Local cast perform Field Day member’s new drama for London's National Theatre Connections

Posted on: 11th February 2015

A young local cast will perform a challenging new Irish drama by Field Day Theatre Company member Eugene O'Hare at The Playhouse!
The performance is Derry's contribution to London's National Theatre Connections project.
In ‘Hospital Food' by Eugene O'Hare, ten teenagers from the ages 14 to 17 are the residents of a teenage cancer unit in a city hospital. All of them are undergoing various conventional treatments for different cancers at different stages of progression. Their shared illness bonds them and they support each other as they reveal their fears and hopes for the future while confronting, head on, the very real prospects of untimely death. The teenagers have a special room called The Retreat where they can have peer meetings without adult intrusion - a place to go where it is calm and where their thoughts can be intimated to each other without fear. What is discussed in The Retreat stays in The Retreat.
Local Theatre Company More Pies Productions, established by Oakgrove College Drama Teacher Steve Wakeley, will present a young local cast for this challenging new Irish drama, which is Derry's contribution to London's National Theatre Connections project, at the Playhouse on Thrusday 12th February at 4pm and Friday 13 Febraury at 8pm).
Eugene O'Hare was chosen by Channel 4 from over 3,500 submissions for the 4Screenwriters placement for which he wrote the psychological thriller ‘Shopping for Boys'. Previous play commissions include ‘Refuge' for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. He is currently adapting the 1979 cult film ‘Scum' for the stage alongside its original writer Roy Minton. His full length play ‘Sydney & the Old Girl' goes into production in 2015 with Phillip Breen directing.
Eugene is a member of Playhouse patrons Field Day Theatre Company which was founded by Brian Friel and Stephen Rea in 1980. As an actor he has performed both on and off Broadway, at the National Theatre, Royal Court, Old Vic, Tricycle, Hampstead, Abbey Theatre, Arcola, Glasgow Citzens and extensively across Ireland. He has worked on several film and television productions and created the role of Aaron Monroe in the hit BBC 2 series ‘The Fall'.
Tickets are £8/ £6 and are available from The Playhouse Box Office HERE or by calling (028)71268027.

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