Derry servants’ lives, civil punishment and 18th century recipes-

Posted on: 3rd June 2013

The Story of Cecily Jackson
The Cook by Georgia Rhoades

Servants' lives, civil punishment and 18th century recipes will come to life next month in a new production about Cecily Jackson.

Perfectly capturing Derry life in 1725, a distinguished US professor will team with The Playhouse to stage the infamous local tale of the women who was convicted of petty treason and executed by burning.

Inspired by Colm Cavanaugh's research for Derry Jail, professor Georgia Rhoades has researched the context of Jackson's death over 10 years.

And now her story will become The Playhouse's latest commission for 2013.

‘The Cook' is an inventive treatment of the year before the execution and what led Cecily Jackson to her demise

Black Sheep Theatre was founded in 1992 by Georgia Rhoades, Dennis Bohr and Mary Anne Maier, and is dedicated to writing and performing original political work.

A professor of women's studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Georgia Rhoades has for many years cultivated specialist expertise in Irish Women's Literature.

Georgia will travel for Derry~ Londonderry with Black Sheep co-founder Dennis Bohr, who will direct a local cast for the production.

Georgia and Dennis have performed their work in Derry at The Playhouse since 1995" Max Beer at The playhouse said.

"Since then, Black Sheep has performed some extraordinary original productions at the Playhouse with Derry and U.S. actors. We're delighted to have them back for our culture year with this beautiful piece, which flawlessly revived the customs of the privileged classes in Northern Ireland in 1725."

The Cook will come to the playhouse Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 June. Tickets are £14/ £10 and are available from The Playhouse Box Office on (028)71268027 or online at

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