Sole Purpose Productions presents Sole Purpose 21 Years Festival of Theatre for Social Change Wednesday 21st February 2018 to Saturday 24th February 2018


Wednesday 21st February

Exhibition Launch
You are invited to a reflective exhibition of Sole Purpose works over the past 21 years with Chairperson of Sole Purpose, Senior Lecturer of Drama Ulster University at Magee Lisa Fitzpatrick, Co-Founder of Sole Purpose Dave Duggan & current Artistic Director Patricia Byrne.

every move you make

Thursday 22nd February
10.30am £5
Every Move You Make by Patricia Byrne, performed by Aoibh Johnson
Jenni's 16th birthday is coming up, and her new boyfriend Jamie will be there. He is so nice. He is interested in everything she does. He always wants to know where she is and what she is doing. He texts her all the time and follows her every move on Facebook. But things start to take a turn, and Jenni isn't so sure anymore.

The play follows the ups and downs of a young woman's relationship as it goes from being near perfect to becoming an impossible nightmare. The production explores the issue of abusive relationships among young people. It was developed in consultation with the Youth Action NI Safe and Sound Project, NSPCC and pupils at Oakgrove Integrated College. First produced in 2012 it was directed by Nicky Harley and performed by Gemma Walker.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the actor, writer/director and representatives from Foyle Women's Aid / NSPCC.

CLICK HERE to book or contact The Playhouse on 028 7126027.


red ladder
8pm £10
Red Ladder Theatre Company presents
The Life and Soul by Chris O'Connor
Jim's always been a bit of a character, just like his Dad, and spends most of his life between the bookies, the pub and the football. He's always had this lingering feeling though that he doesn't quite fit into this world, that there's something different about him, something wrong... Jim's never told his story to anyone before, but tonight he's going to tell it to you...'

Written by Chris O' Connor (Marching on Embers, Buglight Theatre, 2017) and performed by Richard Galloway. 

Red Ladder is a radical theatre company celebrating 50 years this year. The company is acknowledged as one of Britain's leading national touring companies producing new theatre, contributing to social change and global justice.
This play explores mental health. After the performance Rod Dixon, Artistic Director of Red Ladder will give a talk on making theatre on mental health. Siobhan O'Neill, Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University, will give a presentation on her experience of working with Sole Purpose on Blinkered by Patricia Byrne.

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Friday 23rd February

collective encounters

2-4.30pm £20
A Masterclass on Theatre for Social Change
Collective Encounters Workshop facilitated by Sarah Thornton
Sarah is founding Artistic Director of Collective Encounters, a professional arts organisation specialising in Theatre for Social Change. Sarah established the company in 2004 as a practice-as-research initiative whilst she was a theatre lecturer at Liverpool Hope University. Her research aimed to explore theatre's potential as a tool for personal and political change, and to find its immediacy in the Twenty-First Century. Within two years demand for the work led to Collective Encounters becoming a full time concern, and in 2008 it was included in Arts Council England's portfolio of regularly funded organisations. The company now has a deep-rooted participatory programme across the North West of England and an excellent reputation nationally and internationally.
Collective Encounters successfully combines Sarah's varied background, including applied work in diverse community contexts, directing fringe and professional theatre, developing new work and practice-as-research. Sarah leads on the creative and research aspects of the company's work, and writes many of its plays.
This workshop is a masterclass on Theatre for Social Change designed for actors, facilitators & activists. Limited to 20 people, book early! Contact Sole Purpose at


8pm £10
Sole Purpose Rehearsed Readings
Join us for a potted history of Sole Purpose over 21 years with a selection of readings from past productions with introductions from Patricia Byrne, Dave Duggan, partner organisations and artists who have been involved with the work over the years. An exciting and memorable journey through our history!

CLICK HERE to book or contact The Playhouse on 028 7126027.


Saturday 24th February

12 - 4pm £40 to partake, £5 to observe
Sole Purpose Theatre Lab with guest director Rod Dixon
Sole Purpose is known for its Theatre Labs which the company have been running for 18 years and which have developed many new writers. This special Theatre Lab will feature Rod Dixon as the guest director. Do you have a script you are working on that deals with themes of social change? Would you like to experiment with it with professional actors and a renowned? Then submit 5 pages by the deadline 12th February. If you would like to take part or observe the Theatre Lab please contact Sole Purpose at Limited places available.


smashing times

8pm £10
Smashing Times Theatre Company presents
The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of WWII

A creative reimagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against fascism and refused to accept oppression. Smashing Times is a professional theatre and film company involved in performance, training and participation. The work is underpinned by a rights-based approach and a commitment to artistic excellence and social engagement.

CLICK HERE to book or contact The Playhouse on 028 7126027.

9.20pm Sole Purpose Panel Debate
Join us for a debate on the significance of theatre for social change in todays world chaired by Dave Duggan with a panel including: Patricia Byrne (Sole Purpose), Mary Moynihan (Smashing Times), Rod Dixon (Red Ladder), Sarah Thornton (Collective Encounters), Niamh Flanagan (Theatre NI)



Performance Extras

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