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ON 10th June 2018 The Playhouse was delighted to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of Women being given the right to vote by taking part in a mass participation artwork.

PROCESSIONS 2018 celebrated one hundred years of votes for women by taking part in a living portrait of women in the 21st century.

Local textile artist Helen Quigley was one of hundred women artists being commissioned across the UK to work with organisations and communities such as The Playhouse to create one hundred centenary banners for PROCESSIONS as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops.
On Sunday 10th of June 2018, the women of Derry joined the women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to walk together as part of this celebratory mass participation artwork. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffrage movement, the PROCESSIONS appeared as a flowing river of colour through the city streets.

This vast artwork was based on an original idea by creative director Darrell Vydelingum.
PROCESSIONS was commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary and produced by Artichoke. With support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
PROCESSIONS Cardiff was produced by Artichoke in partnership with Festival of Voice and Wales Millennium Centre.



Playcraft Live 2017






Playcraft Live was an exciting new project to create the world's first play inside Minecraft!

An amazing team of writers, directors, actors and professional Minecraft builders  created a brand new play and then performed it live inside Minecraft and on stage at The Playhouse Theatre in Derry/Londonderry.

Every set was  built in blocks. Every character was  performed live inside Minecraft by real gamers. Every word of the play was performed live in the theatre by real actors. And you can still watch it online after the global livestream event on 14 October 2017.

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No Place Like Home 2017

"No Place like Home" is a project looking at the subject of homelessness and culminating in a performance by young homeless parents from the Shepherd's View Young Parents initiative.

The show was developed from the original stories of the young parents and their experiences of homelessness and featured song, satire, drama and a very powerful message about the often overlooked issue of homelessness in this city and beyond. Read More »

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CreatEVE House 2016

The ‘hardest way to make an easy living'? The industry of ‘play'? The lonely world of free labour and inequalities? Our greatest success story?

More than 2 million people are employed in digital and creative industries- it's now worth £137bn a year to the UK. This new creative, tech savvy arm of the economy is a full of creative thinking, and its credited with driving our economy.

But tragivally only one quarter of those working in the digital sector are female.

What is the impact of this new mingling of story, design, and technology on women? The freelance worker, an individual, a micro‐business, an entrepreneurial women? The women starting out in this sector of autonomy, creativity and ‘play'.

Does she have to choose between art or commerce? ‘Art' or ‘industry'? Pixels or paint?


The Playhouse CreatEVE House project ran from Monday 7th March 2016 to Friday 18th March 2016.

The CreatEVE House project delivered a programme of workshops, masterclasses, exhibition and other events on the theme of Women In The Creative Industries.

All events were free, open to all and have focused discussions on various areas of creative work with contributors from various fields, men and women.


The programme included 

Masterclasses with established females in the creative industries including Theatre Directors, Writers, journalists, publishers and bloggers, Theatre Technicians, Filmmakers, Visual Artists, and women from Digital Technologies. These will be held by both indigenous and visiting, international facilitators.

Conference A one day conference, tying in with International Women's Day, exploring the role of women in the creative industries, in line with Derry and Northern Ireland's aspirations to grow the creative industries. Panel discussions explored, across four panels on the day, the creative industries as a whole, changes within it, the divide between ‘art' and ‘industry', the mingling of story, design, and technology and the impact this growing industry is having on women and their creativity.

•  Meet & Greet Networking Event An event where creative industries employers, artists, funders, educators, support organisations, marketers and investors met and networked with the aim of developing opportunities for all participants. Included information points from Theatre NI, Audiences NI etc.

• An Exhibition  in our gallery space comprising of pieces of work from women in various different creative industries.


CreatEVE programme of events

CLICK HERE for the full programme


Or hre to visit the CreatEVE House website www.createvehouse.wordpress.com


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Arts & Older Peoples Programme 2014- 2015


A Playhouse programme which invited rural community groups aged 65 + to participate in Digital Multi Media, Visual Arts, Music and Creative Writing.
Groups involved in the programme included Tullyalley Cosy Club (who participated in Digital Multi Media and Creative Writing), Sionmills Community Forum (who explored Creative Writing and through the Music workshops completed a song about Mill life), and Faughanvale Community Project, (who used Music, including dancing, writing,  singing some of their own work), and participating in Multi Media workshops.


Joe, a participant from Faughanvale Community Project, enjoying a multi media workshop.


The aim of the programme was to promote a number of benefits which will improve health, confidence, esteem and emotional well being.

The programme culminated in participating groups hosting a workshop, exhibition or performance in March 2015, the ‘Arts & Elders' festival month.


"I would like to say a big thanks to you all for giving senior citizens the opportunity do work on something like this. It was through [the facilitator] that has gave me the inspiration to keep on singing by joining my church choir ... and beginning singing lessons for adults.. and it's all down to your wonderful work & inspiration. Thank you again most sincerely and hope that you will do something like this in the future again." Project participant


ICAN 2010 – 2013


International Culture Arts Network (ICAN)

A vibrant three year project designed by the Playhouse, which built on the successes of previous Playhouse projects. ICAN will be delivered by the Playhouse in partnership with North 55, Co. Donegal. This project was part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Since its inception the Playhouse has, and continues to nurture local, national and International collaborations and partnerships which have thus far provided a range of inspiring outcomes. The ICAN project usesd & developed the Playhouse and North 55's international connections to bring high quality artists to the North of Ireland and the Border Counties to work with, trade and exchange skills and knowledge with the local communities.
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ARTID 2008- 2010

Funded by EU Gruntvig, ARTID is a multi-national learning exchange project with Arts & Educational partners in N. Ireland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Lithuania.
Every partner has applied a research and development process focusing on the development, test and optimization of a new adult education action related to the thematic frame “Identity and Difference” with artistic activities as a core element. In these actions the participants are made aware of their own cultural, social and personal identity in a way that promotes their ability to appreciate diversity and differences as enrichment to their personal, social and cultural life.
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What IF? Project 2008- 2011

What If? Project

The What IF? Project was a three year project funded by the International Fund for Ireland that worked with young people from Interface areas in Derry Londonderry and cross border in Donegal. The project used creative arts activity to enable young people to work with others from areas they are apprehensive of and support each other as they work towards common goals.

The programme used the arts as a catalyst to explore community relations issues and challenges personal & community attitudes, broadens horizons, builds trust, understanding & respect, & helps overcome a legacy of violence, prejudice & sectarianism. The project offered Open College Network Training in Visual Arts, Film and Video, Drama and Performance, Dance and Leadership in Youth Work OCN level 1.

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Artskills 2008-2015


Through Artskills, The Playhouse offered an innovative approach to literacy training, by using the arts as an alternative medium to develop literacy skills. The Literacy curriculum encompasses the following Core Elements - Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

Artskills provided young people with the opportunity to participate in creative training that will enhance their literacy ability. This innovative approach is an opportunity for them to develop skills and interests whilst engaging in meaningful, social and creative activity. The Playhouse ensured that all participants are signposted towards additional training and opportunities to further develop skills and interests in the arts.

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The Playhouse was delighted to work on a major arts project, working with partners across Europe.

The iRemember European project was led by Italian partners, including one the largest University in Europe, The University of Rome. Other partner countries include Armenia, Romania, Spain and Portugal.

The iRemember project aimed to develop, share and test an innovative methodology for the teaching/learning of contemporary history. The project aimed to enhance teaching skills through intergenerational management techniques, storytelling and storyboarding techniques and innovative technology. iRemember was funded by the Italian government through the EU ERASMUS+ funding.

This innovative project for The Playhouse follows on from a succession of European projects involving partners in Italy, Finland, Austria, France, Poland to name but a few.

Click here to see Teacher's pack / methodology.


IRemember films

The key themes of the "Laboratories of Memory" in Derry, Northern Ireland were to explore the realities, lived experience, and legacies of the Northern Irish Troubles. The drive was to present young people with a powerful learning and interactive experience away from the cold sterility of their text books.

The Derry Playhouse IRemember Laboratories of Memory ran for 9 workshops between April and June 2016.
Students were introduced to filming techniques, active listening, scripting questions for interviews, and the online training.

Differing methods and modes of storytelling, the power of narrative, and the vital importance of creating an arc of story from original source material (interviews)were explored. Activities included storyboarding using popular music with song lyrics, digital storytelling, and work that allowed for the development of creative language use under the guidance of IRemember lead facilitator Louise McElhinney.

Click here to see the final film

And here to see a documentary on the methodology and the process.



iRemember was funded by the Italian government through the EU ERASMUS+ funding.




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