A key note lecture by the award nominated technology journalist who coined the term ‘podcasting' is just one of the exciting events announced this week in the new Playhouse Theatre Spring Programme.
Journalist, broadcaster, technologist and Editor at Large of WIRED magazine Ben Hammersley will be speaking at the Artillery Street theatre for the British Council Annual Lecture on Wednesday March 23.
The event is one more than thirty original theatres shows, productions and performances in The Playhouse Spring Programme, launched this week.
The award-wining theatre's January to July brochure is packed full of theatre shows, comedians and workshops, includes visits from comedians David O'Doherty (Friday February 4), and Jason Byrne (Thursday February 10).
Several theatre companies will be bringing fantastic performances, including the award-nominated Bruiser with Shakespeare's masterpiece ‘Othello' (Wednesday April 13), C21 Theatre Company with the remarkable ‘Not A Game For Boys by Simon Block (Friday March 18), and Belfast's Fringe Benefit Theatre Company bringing their own original and uproarious play ‘Pack Up Your Troubles on Friday March 4.
Local bands such as John Deery and the Heads (Saturday February 12) and international success story Inishowen Gospel Choir (Saturday March 5) will both be bringing their unique high-energy music to The Playhouse stage.
Two original Playhouse Theatre productions will also be premiered, ‘Kings of Kilburn High Road' by Jimmy Murphy will open on Thursday March 10, and ‘Star Men' by Seamas Keenan will open on Wednesday May 18.
For the children Indigo Moon Theatre will present shadow theatre for ages four and over with ‘Alice and The White Rabbit' on Friday 6 May.
"We just love announcing a new programme, full of fantastic variety of plays, musicals, comedies, opera and dance!" Pauline Ross, artistic director of The Playhouse, said.
"And this new brochure is sure not to disappoint! We are particularly looking forward to welcoming award-winning journalist Ben Hammersley, which follows on from the elation of the 2009 British Council Lecture held at The Playhouse, which included an incredible key note lecture by Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti.
"Another highlight for us is the return of the Playhouse yarn spinners with an evening of spine-chilling local ghost stories on Thursday February 24. Their sell out show in The Playhouse at Halloween was such a great triumph we couldn't resist bringing it back, but this time in the hauntingly beautiful surroundings of Prehen House!"
For information about any of the exciting shows in the Playhouse Theatre Spring programme and booking contact The Playhouse box office on (028)71 268027 or visit www.derryplayhouse.co.uk.