With a new theatre ‘Club Cabaret' Jazz night, a special open mic ‘Jammhouse' and a special performance on the city walls, Culture Night 2012 is set to be the biggest yet for The Playhouse!
As part of Culture Night celebrations on Friday September 21, a brand new theatre jazz club will be showcased at 7pm at The Playhouse.
Following the success of the Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, local performer Ursula McHugh will return with her band ‘Ursula & Co', and invite music lovers to step back in time in a sumptuous jazz club setting and listen to a programme of timeless classics.
This free event will take the audience on an enchanting musical journey - back to the romantic era of musical theatre, stage and silver screen.
After ‘Club Cabaret' on Culture Night, ‘The Jammhouse' will then invite all their past performers back on the Sofa present a free open mic night. The first attendees will receive a complimentary drink to warm up the night, and the mic is open to all. The open mic will start in the plaza of The Playhouse at 9pm til late.
Several cultural tours, showcase workshops, including Mary Hill School of Ballet, and a drop in art workshop with local artist Joe Connolly, will also be going on throughout the bustling Playhouse building on the night.
Outside the building, as a precept to the George Farquhar festival which will explode onto the scene in our City of Culture 2013, The Playhouse are also serving up one of the playwright's best works with a little Culture Night twist.
At 6pm and 8pm The Recruiting Officer will be performed on the City Walls at Artillery Street Bastion opposite the Playhouse, where a special Ampi - theatre of sorts will be created to house a one night only performance.
"Four actors will take you on a 90 minute rollercoaster ride of farce in just 15 minutes!" Niall McCaughan at The Playhouse said.
"‘The Recruiting Officer' was written by George Farquhar, an Irish Dramatist born in the City in 1677, and is best known for Restoration Comedies such as ‘The Beaux Stratagem' and ‘Love and a Bottle'. Directed by Kieran Griffiths, this event is part of the City Walls Heritage project supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. Northern Period Productions will also provide a very special Sedan Chair and chairmen!
"We're also delighted to be showcasing the first ever theatre ‘Club Cabaret' Jazz night at The Playhouse. This is the first time the city has had a jazz club in a theatre setting, and people are invited to dress up (if they like!) and enjoy a very special themed night inspired by the glamorous era of the 1940's silver screen."
Culture Night preparations begin at The Playhouse as local singer Ursula McHugh and musician Robert Peoples (foreground) prepare for a brand new ‘Club Cabaret' Jazz night, while actors Nicky Harley and Peter Davidson (background) get into character for their performance in The Recruiting Officer' by George Farquhar, on the city walls.