Hugely talented local cast announced for 'Tillies'‏

Posted on: 28th March 2013

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Hugely talented cast of local actors has been announced by The Playhouse for the return of an affectionate and moving production about the city's most famous factory, Tillie and Hendersons.

The smash hit play ‘Tillies' by local writer Patsy Durnin will make a long awaited return to the city's stage in April.

Presented by The Playhouse Players in association with the Waterside Local History Group, the play broke box office records when it first opened in November 2007. It will now be re-imagined by The Playhouse as part of its 2013 City of Culture programme.

Local actors Maureen Wilkenson, Kathy Deehan, Maeve Connelly, Rachel Melaugh, Dearbhaile McKinney, Andy Doherty, Seamus Ball, Paul O' Doherty, and Louise Conaghan will be directed by the talented Nicky Harley for the new production at The Millennium Forum on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April.

An affectionate epitaph to the women and men who sewed, sweated, laughed and cried in Derry's shirt factories through the decades, ‘Tillies' is a vivid and emotional portrait of the famous factory and its times.

Opened in 1856, Tillies and Henderson's factory stood for one hundred and forty seven years as a testament to the industrialist William Tillie and to the sewing skills of the factory girls of the city until its eventual demolition in 2003.

"This play is showcasing local talent, offering an opportunity for those interested in a career in the Arts to broaden their skillset and discover new and exciting ways of re-imagining stories of the city" Director Nicky Harley said.

"What saddens me most is the absent building that once defined our skyline. This is an opportunity to peak inside the walls that once housed a community of strong women workers, and the men!"


Tickets for The Playhouse production of ‘Tillies' at The Millennium Forum on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April at 8pm are £9.50/ £12.50/ £15. To book contact The Millennium Forum Box Office on (028)7126 4455 or


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