A new chapter is starting here at The Playhouse. New live broadcasting means we will keep telling incredible stories & delivering arts to our community.
So come play in our new #DigitalPlayhouse
When lockdown began, everything stopped, immediately. Now, the Playhouse is bringing live performance back to the theatre with a new plan and programme of productions and events.
From next month, The Playhouse will begin a programme of live performances inside the theatre that will also be broadcast live, online, across the world via its newly installed live broadcasting infrastructure. So, while the theatre’s 150-seat capacity will shrink to 20 due to social distancing, conversely its audience will now expand greatly too. All performances will be free to all subscribers to the Playhouse’s YouTube channel. And this approach will continue once the restrictions of the pandemic are lifted and the theatre is filled once again; it is the future for the Playhouse.
Those who have lost people in the Troubles, due to Covid-19, or in any circumstance, are invited to contribute to "Anything Can Happen 1972: Voices from the heart of the Troubles"
They can send objects or photographs of significance or importance to them to The Playhouse, to be placed on the other 130 empty chairs in the theatre. This act is so that the chairs have, other than absence, something very significant and important on them, to be lit by theatre lights in an act echoing Seamus Heaney`s famous work `Mossbawn: Two Poems in Dedication`, in which he describes "a sunlit absence".
The Playhouse’s new season will begin on 28 August with Proud to Be, an innovative new play created in lockdown by the poet and performer Mel Bradley and director Kieran Smyth. Proud to Be explores the diverse experiences of the LGBTQ+ community.
This new digital experience will then present six extraordinary of life in Northern Ireland in 1972. The premiere of Anything Can Happen 1972: Voices from the heart of the Troubles by Damian Gorman, will be broadcast live from The Playhouse from 16 September as part of The Playhouse’s PEACE IV Programme’s Theatre and Peacebuilding Academy. The PEACE IV Programme is an EU funded Programme designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border region. It is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).