From Farquhar to Field Day- New Book Explores History of Music & Theatre in Derry

Posted on: 10th September 2012

The launch of new book covering Three Centuries of Music and Theatre in Derry~Londonderry was launched last week.

Nuala McAllister Hart's book ‘From Farquhar to Field Day' was officially launched at The Playhouse on Thursday night (September 6) by Sean Doran, Former Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the UK Year of Literature and Writing 1995 and the English National Opera.

The extensive and comprehensive book examines three centuries of music and theatre in the city highlighting the key figures and turning points in its cultural life. It documents the rich diversity of drama and concerts played out in the city's theatres and concert halls, from the birth of playwright George Farquhar in 1677 to performances by the Field Day Theatre Company and the cultural revival of the 1990s and beyond.

Dr Nuala McAllister Hart is a musician with a passionate interest in the history of Derry~Londonderry about which she has published widely. Her career has included university teaching, being a church organist and working for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. She is married to philosopher Bill Hart who shares her love of music and theatre. They live just outside the city. She once appeared as a dancer in a Kathleen Watson Matinée Dansante in the Guildhall.


"This is a very important book, one that is unique in its comprehensive exploration of the history of culture in this city" Playhouse Founder and Director Pauline Ross said.

"The extensive history of The Playhouse buildings, as well as the many significant Playhouse events throughout the years, including our BBC Restoration Campaign and important productions such as ‘Still, The Blackbird Sings' by Dave Duggan, are featured in the book and this is why we're particularly thrilled that Nuala has chosen to officially launch the book at The Playhouse.

"And we also can't forget how ‘From Farquhar to Field Day' highlights the longevity of the culture in this city; Playhouse Patrons Field Day will of course return to the city this year after a long absence to premiere ‘Farewell' by Antrim writer Clare Dwyer Hogg here in December." she said.

For enquiries, call The History Press Ireland +353 1 2449470 or contact The Playhouse on (028)71268027 or visit



Author Nuala McAllister Hart pictured with Sean Doran and her husband Bill (left) at the official launch of ‘From Farquhar to Field Day' at The Playhouse on Thursday night



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