The City of Culture 2013 programme will put Derry. Londonderry on a world stage- The Playhouse
Auditions were held for two major 2013 Playhouse productions this week as preparations begin for the ground breaking year ahead for the city.
BAFTA award winning Film and TV director Kenny Glenaan and acclaimed Irish director Caitríona McLaughlin were both in the city this week to meet prospective actors for two major Playhouse 2013 productions.
Best known for his work with the award winning ‘Spooks' for BBC and ‘Wired' for ITV Kenny Glenaan will direct a brand new play by multi award winning writer Seamas Keenan, ‘Over the Wire' in January 2013. The new play tells the story of five normal, bright young men in the aftermath of the burning of Long Kesh.
Best known for her work with The Atlantic and Rattlestick Theatres in New York and her time on secondment at the Royal Court, Donegal director Caitríona McLaughlin will then direct ‘On the Subject of Love- A Proposito Di Amore' in February 2013.
Written by historian, broadcaster and lecturer Ken McCormack, the play explores the unusual and intriguing story of The Earl Bishop (Frederick Augustus Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol & Bishop of Derry) through his amorous liaisons.
The auditions held at The Playhouse and The Beech Hill Hotel, come hot on the heals of an extraordinary month in which the City of Culture 2013 programme was unveiled- marking another point in a remarkable journey for the city.
Showcasing the best of the great talent and our beautiful historic city, the incredible line-up of theatre, art, music and community engagement marks the start of a unique year, one that will set down a great foundation for a lasting legacy for the city and for N.Ireland.
An outstanding schedule of landmark events at The Playhouse was announced on Thursday, October 25. As well as the work by Kenny Glenaan and Caitríona McLaughlin, other big names were publicized for The Playhouse stage included Conall Morrison, Gary Mitchell, Jennifer Johnston and Patricia Kessler.
"The Playhouse is delighted as one of the city's flagship art projects to be part of the original bid for UK City of Culture, and we now look forward to playing our part in it" Niall Mc Caughan, at The Playhouse said.
"Our theatre and education departments are gearing up for a luminous year of flagship events, festival and showcases."
Major Playhouse events announced include a new production written by lauded playwright Gary Mitchell and directed by esteemed theatre director, Conall Morrison; an exceptional series of monologues written by Whitbread award winning novelist Jennifer Johnston directed by Caitríona McLaughlin; and a new adaptation of Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare, which will also be directed by Kenny Glenaan.
Accomplished actress and director with Dear Conjunction Theatre Company, Paris, Patricia Kessler will also direct the first ever Northern Irish performance of ‘The Clearing' by Helen Edmundson, which was first produced in 1993 at Bush Theatre London and won the John Whiting & Time Out Theatre Awards.
"This is just the start of the journey. New events, big and small will be announced on a rolling basis now that the countdown has begun!" Niall McCaughan said.
"Derry has always been a key Cultural centre in the North, but now this new cultural status will bring our story to an audience on a global stage. Most importantly however, 2013 will not be a one off; this year is just the foundation of a lasting legacy for the city and for N.Ireland."