The Playhouse Disability Arts Festival had a very special visit this week from Playhouse Patron Roma Downey!
The ‘Touched by an Angel' star dropped in to The Playhouse to meet Foyle Disability Players, whose originally devised performance of ‘Life is a journey ... and only you hold the map' by Eddie Kerr concluded the week long Arts Festival at the Artillery Street theatre last week.
A showcase of The Playhouse's distinctive and original work in the Arts with local disability groups, The Playhouse Disability Arts Festival ran from Monday 1 to Friday 5 July.
Performances, exhibitions, film and video screenings displayed work on various projects with learners who have learning difficulties, acquired brain injuries, learners who are blind, partially sighted and Deaf sign language users.
Events included the Digital Dialogue Derry~Londonderry Photographic Exhibition Launch with members from Lilliput Theatre Company, Foyle Down Syndrome Trust and The Willow Group on Monday.
The Destined Artskills Showcase, which included the Launch of participants' Creative Writing Booklet, Screening of Film and Videos, and a Website Launch was then held on Tuesday.
A performance presented by The Sensory Engagement Programme and The Playhouse "SenseAbility" was then staged on Wednesday. The performance was been devised through a partnership between RNIB, NCBI and Action on Hearing Loss and DeafHear, and will be audio described and interpreted with British and Irish Sign Language Interpreters. The event was followed by Q&A Session and Discussion on Accessible Arts.
Benbradagh Photographic Exhibition was then held on Thursday, encompassing a selection of photographic images centred around Limavady and the learners' interests.
The week then finished with a performance by Foyle Disability Players, when the local actress, producer and Playhouse patron Roma Downey popped in for a visit. The Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress became a Playhouse patron in November 2009.
The Playhouse is core funded by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland and Derry City Council. The Playhouse Disability Arts Festival received funding from Big Lottery Fund, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland, the European Social Fund, North West Regional College and Department of Employment and Learning.
For more information about The Playhouse's extensive education programme contact The Playhouse on 02871 268027 or visit www.derryplayhouse.co.uk.