Heritage Open Day Saturday 8th September 2012 Tour times: 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm

As part of European Heritage day, The Playhouse will open its famous red doors for a fun packed day of tours and children's art workshops.

The award winning Playhouse, as featured in BBC Restoration is housed in two 'B1' listed buildings, which were former Sister of Mercy Primary Schools dating back to 1887 and 1911.

Unusual features include a unique wooden cobbled entrance (the only other wooden cobbles in Ireland are at Trinity College), and bizarre hinge/sash windows.

Refurbished at a cost of £4.6 million, winner of the UK BURA Award 2009, and finalist of BBC Restoration 2004, The Playhouse is well worth a visit.

The City Walls Heritage Project will be organizing lots of exciting heritage activities over the weekend at The Playhouse and other heritage venues connected to the City Walls.


Performance Extras


Children's Art Workshop

Play Resource artist Shauna McCann will be taking a Children's Art Workshop at The Playhouse on Heritage Day from 10.30am-12.00pm. She will be using model magic and waste materials to reconstruct the city wall! Call The Playhouse at 028 71268027 to book your kids a place now!! This event is free and is primarily aimed at 8-12 year olds.


Sunday 9th September 2012

Get up close and personal with Ulster's largest ancient monument in the company of specialists.

1.00 pm Derry's Walls - An Instrument of War - a tour examining the design and use of Derry's Walls and Siege Cannon. Dr Brian Scott, author of The Great Guns that Thunder, will lead the tour. Living history performers will demonstrate the firing of a cannon every hour from 1pm until 5pm.

3.00 pm Speaking Stones-the architecture and geology of Derry's City Walls and Historic Buildings. Professor Alistair Rowan, author of North West Ulster: Buildings of Ireland Series will lead the tour.

Free refreshments at the end of each tour which will last 1.5 hours. Tours are free but tickets must be obtained in advance from The Playhouse Theatre Booking Office telephone 02871 268027. Numbers will be limited so early booking is recommended. A free guide souvenir to Derry's Walls will be available to all participants.


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