The stage is being set for a series of special performances in Guildhall Square (and a mile-long Mexican Wave!) to mark the first ever ‘Derry Walls Day' on Sunday 25 August.
The Playhouse have teamed up with the Holywell Trust and Derry City Council to present a unique day of performances celebrating the heritage of the City walls as part of National Heritage Week from 17 to 25 August.
The Playhouse is currently busy building sets and working with several local artists and musicians to present a high energy musical performance telling the story of the origins of the famous walls.
The comedy piece will tell the story of how in August 1613, two representatives from the City of London, George Smithes, Alderman, and Mathias Springham, Merchant Taylor, along with ten experienced local officers, "viewed and trode out the ground at the Derry for the fortification there". That simple act, four centuries ago, has left us a tremendous physical legacy in the form of the largest ancient monument in Northern Ireland; it also left an enduring imprint on the cultural identities of the people of Ireland and Britain.
The 20minute performance will take place in Guildhall Square several times on the day, at 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm and 5pm.
The Guildhall Square will be brought to life as the old days of agricultural markets, featuring livestock, tradesmen of the day and living history performers.
An impressive 1,500 local volunteers wearing specially designed t-shirts will take part in a Mexican wave along the top of the walls at 12pm. The Mexican Wave is open to all, but organisations are particularly encouraged to register 10 or more people each. The event will be filmed and photographed and each participant will receive a specially designed t-shirt and souvenir certificate. Each participating organisation will receive a souvenir certificate and will be listed in a special booklet about the event, to be published later in the year.
Registration is free but participants are asked to make a voluntary donation to Foyle Hospice on the day (£3 for adults £1 for children).
For more information about Derry Walls Day visit www.walls400.com/derrywallsday.
Actors Alan Wright, Keith Lynch, Kieran Griffiths, Jude Cornette and Peter Davidson prepare to perform 'We Built this City' at the Guildhall Square for Derry Walls Day.