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WHAT’S ON | January–April 2013

5-7 Artillery Street Derry Londonderry, BT48 6RG, Northern Ireland Tel: 028 71 268027 Fax: 028 71 261884

Arts and the Community working together The Playhouse is supported by the following organisations:

The Henry Smith Charity

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Box Office Information OPENING HOURS Monday- Friday 10.30am- 5.30pm, Saturday: 10am- 4pm

HOW TO BOOK By Telephone: Call (028)71268027 during box office hours. In person: Simply call into the box office during office hours. Online: Log on to anytime On the Night: The Box Office will be open 45 minutes before a performance for ticket sales/collections. Concessions available for those in receipt of benefits, students, under 18’s and senior citizens. Group discounts also available. Please phone Box Office in advance for details.

ACCESS & DISABLED PATRONS Winner of the William Keown Prestige Access Award 2010, The Playhouse has full access for disabled patrons and an infra-red hearing assisted system is installed in our theatre. If patrons have any special requirements, please contact the Box Office and we will be happy to help in any way we can.

LATECOMERS Latecomers cannot be admitted once a performance has started until a suitable interval.

REFUND POLICY Please note that there are no refunds, expect in the event of the show being cancelled.

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OVER THE WIRE Monday 14th- Saturday 19th January Tickets: £14.00 | £10.00 Opening Night Offer- All tickets £10 In the aftermath of the burning of Long Kesh, five prisoners, many of them sporting injuries, have erected shelters in which to sleep and avoid the cold of winter. Five normal, bright men are now pitched into a world of violence, paranoia and hunger. ‘Over The Wire’ is a new play by multi award winning writer Seamas Keenan, directed BAFTA award winning Film & TV Director Kenny Glenaan, best known for his work on the award winning ‘Spooks’ for BBC and ‘Wired’ for ITV. Limited seating available, advance booking recommended. by Seamas Keenan Directed by Kenny Glenaan

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The Playhouse presents The World Premiere of


THE PLAYHOUSE JAMMHOUSE 2nd Feb, 9th March, 6th April 9.15pm Tickets: £6 The Jammhouse continues to bring the best of our regions talent to the sofa and the stage! After the success of Soak from our Sofa Sessions in February 2012, her first Jammhouse support gig March 2012 and first headline gig with us in August 2012, we are going to seek out only the best for 2013 City of Culture! The 2013 year will see the biggest bands and singer songwriters in the land dawn the Jammhouse red sofa. Anybody heard of the almighty ‘Little Bear’?? There year is going to be

mega and we’re proud to announce their appearance at The Jammhouse. 2013 certainly will go off with a bang with these guys! SATURDAY 2ND FEBRUARY, 9.15PM Little Bear plus support SATURDAY 9TH MARCH, 9.15PM Old friends return for Jammhouse’s 1st birthday SATURDAY 6TH APRIL, 9.15PM TBC Like our page at to keep up to date and see all our Sofa Session videos.


Female Gothic

Saturday 9th Februrary, 8pm Tickets: £11.00 | £9.00

Wednesday 13th February, 8pm Tickets: £11.00 | £9.00

A sensational theatre debut showcasing the iconic life and music of world renowned jazz musician Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong.

Three spine-chilling stories from the great female writers of the Victorian era.

Trumpeter Rick Swann has made appearances around the UK, Europe and US, and on stages such as London’s ‘Royal Albert Hall’, Belfast’s ‘Odyssey Arena’ and as lead trumpet onboard RMS Queen Mary 2. For this first class show he will be joined by a sterling line-up, including renowned jazz musicians such as John Trotter (trombone) and Gay Mclntyre (clarinet), as well as a richly talented rythm section, this show promises to be a night to remember.

“The next golden trumpet player from Northern Ireland” Linley Hamilton, BBC Radio

In the stygian darkness between life and death, a lone haunted woman tells chilling tales of the macabre and terrifying, illuminating the curious frailties of human nature… This dark celebration of female gothic is adapted and performed by Rebecca Vaughan (Austen’s Women, I, Elizabeth). Directed by Olivier Award Winner, Guy Masterson (Morecambe).

‘A near perfect piece of theatre’ The Scotsman

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Dyad Productions Presents


Ursula & Co presents

Chambers Management and The Big Tickle Presents

Club Cabaret

Andrew Lawrence is Coming to Get You

With special guest singer and performer Kieran Griffiths Thursday 14th February, 8pm Tickets: £10.00 | £8.00

Saturday 16th Februrary, 8pm Tickets: £10.00 Contains moderately strong language. Recommended for ages 14+

Following the success of Club Cabaret on Night of Culture last year, the Club is back to host an enchanting evening of live music, performance and cocktails for Valentine’s Night

As seen on BBC 1’s Live at the Apollo, now a regular on Channel 4’s Stand Up For the Week, Andrew Lawrence is back on the road following a sell-out fifty date tour of the UK.

Dance and romance to some of most exquisite melodies and love songs of all time.

Twice nominated Best UK Headline Act at the Chortle Awards 2010/11, also a former double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, audiences can expect Lawrence to deliver an evening of top class stand-up.

Dress up and step out on the town for another classy evening in a sumptuous 1940’s night club setting.

‘a beautifully-pitched individual voice; fresh, original versions of the classics’ Kevin McAleer, Comedian

‘He discharges kamikaze philosophies a-hundred-to-the-dozen. And it is outstanding.’ The List

On the Subject of Love A Proposito Di Amore Tues. 19th- Sat. 23rd February, 8pm Tickets: £14.00 | £10.00 Opening Night Offer-All tickets £10.00 Viewed as the first modern ‘European’ and one of the 18th Century’s great eccentrics, Bishop of Derry Frederick Augustus Hervey, was a phenomenal Builder, art collector and a notorious womaniser. Writer and broadcaster Ken McCormack joins forces with composer Adam Burnette and

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The Playhouse presents

esteemed Donegal director Caitríona McLaughlin, best known for her work on the stages of New York and London, for this new commission about his life and loves. by Ken McCormack Directed by Caitríona McLaughlin


The Playhouse presents

Willfred Theatre In association with Arts & Disability Ireland presents

The Sensory Engagement Programme Showcase


Wednesday 27 February, 2pm Event is free and open to the public. RNIB and Action on Hearing Loss will perform a collection of originally devised drama pieces which will be simultaneously audio captioned and audio described. This work is a culmination of training through The Playhouse’s Education Department in conjunction adults with vision and hearing impairments.

Thursday 28th Februrary, 8pm Tickets: £10.00 | £8.00 Shane O Reilly is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults). He grew up in a house with doorbell lights and subtitles on the TV. ‘Follow’ tells humorous and moving stories and experiences from the Irish Deaf community through sound, light, BSL, (British Sign Language), ISL (Irish Sign Language) and traditional story telling. Winner of the Spirit of the Fringe Award at Dublin Fringe Festival 2011, ‘Follow’ is the first piece of theatre in Ireland created for both a Deaf and Hearing audience.

“Every journey to the theatre commences in hope (too often dashed) – here it is totally justified”. ✩✩✩✩ Irish Theatre Magazine

The Ulster Kama Sutra Fri.1st and Sat. 2nd March, 8pm Tickets: £10.00 Contains adult material. Recommended for ages 18+

The sell-out success of last year’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2012 is coming to town! Inspired by a year’s worth of sexual confessions from people all across Northern Ireland, this naughty-but-nice adult puppet show lifts the lid on what Ulster really thinks about sex. Featuring walking, talking, hand-crocheted ‘body-parts’ and very loosely based on the Hindu sacred text, ‘The Ulster Kama Sutra’ is a fabulous cabaret mash-up of sketches and songs. By Nuala McKeever, Andrea Montgomery & Anthony Toner

“Actually better than sex!... ” Audience Member

Realising Potential

Tackling underused historic buildings The Playhouse 12th February 2013, 9.30am- 12.30pm All owners of listed buildings in Northern Ireland are being invited to this event which forms part of NIEA's contribution to the City of Culture. Demand is expected to be high and so is limited to owners of listed buildings. Information on the topics discussed will be available to download from NIEA's website:'

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Photo: Neil Harrison

Terra Nova Productions presents


Class Act School of Speech and Drama annual Spring show Sunday 10th March, 2pm & 5pm Tickets: £6.00

From the drama group that brought their thrilling adaptation of ‘Annie’ to The Playhouse. Class Act School of Speech and Drama was set up in 2007 by two local teachers, Loretta Bradley and Brenda Grant. The group has grown from strength to strength, staging several local plays, entering children in fesieanna, Trinity Board Grade Examinations and now staging their annual Spring show. This year the young drama group will stage two performances in The Playhouse that are not to be missed! A perfect family day out!

David Hull Promotions and The Big Tickle Presents

Jake O’Kane-Mouthful Thursday 14th March, 8pm Tickets: £14.00 | £12.00 This show contains adult material not suitable for under 16’s.

Following hot on the heels of the criticallyacclaimed show ‘Tear Gas’, Jake O’Kane returns to the stage, and this time he’s going to give you a ‘Mouthful’! Where ‘Tear Gas’ covered growing up and surviving the Troubles, Jake’s latest show ‘Mouthful’ covers everything else. Jake will be taking a no-nonsense approach to relationships and religion, modern life to being ginger, and everything else in between. With his unique brand of observational humour and astute take on social commentary, this new live show reinforces Jake’s position as a comic at the top of his game.

The Priory Stage presents

Molly Sweeney

Black 47

by Brian Friel Friday 15th March, 8pm Tickets: £10.00 | £8.00

Saturday 16th March, 8pm Tickets: £11.00 | £8.00

Brian Friel's ‘Molly Sweeney’ won the 1996 New York Drama Critics Circle Award as best foreign play. The 1993 play revolves around a courageous blind Irishwoman Molly Sweeney; Frank, her charmingly enthusiastic husband; and Mr. Rice, the alcoholic eye surgeon who partially restores her sight.

Black 47 is a new musical production exploring Ireland’s most devastating era - the Great Famine of Ireland.

In separate speeches, each recalls his or her version of the events leading to Molly's miraculous cure and the shattering aftermath.

Two teens have fallen in love, but all around them hunger, disease, death and emigration are taking their devastating toll… With original heartfelt music, and a haunting storyline- this is a story of courage, hope, love and the endurance of Irish people.

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An Grianán Theatre Productions presents

Directed by veteran multi-award winning actor Sean McCormack.

‘An astonishing work… a play as tense as it is wonderfully written” The New York Times

by Sean Donnelly


Frank McGuinness Double Bill

Greasepaint Productions presents’

DOLLY WEST’S KITCHEN By Frank McGuinness Friday 22nd March, 8pm Tickets £10.00 | £8.00 As the Second World War rages in Europe, in Donegal there is another war closer to home. In Dolly West’s kitchen, the family has its own conflicts to face as their lives are transformed with the arrival of Allied Troops who are stationed across the border in Derry. War changes everything – and its tragedies and survivals will alter the history of the West family forever.

Buncrana’s community theatre group Greasepaint Productions return to The Playhouse following the success of ‘The Factory Girls’ and Broadway musical ‘Rent’.

'A complex feast of a play’

Shindig Theatre Company presents

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME By Frank McGuinness Saturday 23rd March, 8pm Tickets £10.00 | £8.00 In a dark room in Beirut, three hostages - an Irishman, an Englishman and an American are kept chained. They do not know why they have been captured, how many days have passed, or if they are waiting for death or release. Battling personal demons, and often on the edge of madness, the men clash, argue and use biting

humour to hold it all together. Based on the true story of Irish writer Brian Keenan, who was held captive in Lebanon for over four years, ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ is a classic of Irish Theatre.

“funny and tender and desperately sad… this is the play to see” The Stage

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Frank McGuinness Double Bill


Handful Productions Presents

National Theatre Connections present


Bo Strategy

Tuesday 26th March, 11am and 8pm Admission Free Contains strong language. Ages 16+ At the bottom of every empty bottle is an individual life, and its story…. In this unique and challenging short play the city’s homeless and street drinkers, both recovered and drinking, make their voice heard - reinforcing the reality that they are a part of the community, not apart from it. Produced for Derry’s UK Capital of Culture year by Felicity McCall, with musical direction by Darren McPartland.After the performance the playwright, producer and cast welcome open and honest discussion of the issues it raises.

Friday 5th April, 8pm Tickets: £5.00 A workshop presentation of Rosemary Jenkinson’s new play performed by local young actors.

George Farquhar wrote his celebrated comedy The Beaux Strategem in 1707; three centuries later playwright Rosemary Jenkinson creates a new version, Bo Strategy, in collaboration with young people of Derry, in the Playhouse Theatre which is situated only a few strides from the home of Farquhar himself. This new comedy will then become one of the plays in the National Theatre Connections season, a nationwide new writing programme for teenage actors and following its premiere as part of the UK City of Culture 2013, will be performed by young actors all over the country.

FOR LOVE With John Duddy Monday 8th- Saturday 13th April, 8pm Tickets: £9.00 | £10.00 | £14.00 Contains strong language. Ages 16+ Join Derry’s former middleweight boxing champion John Duddy as he trades the ring for the stage for the Irish, UK and European Premiere of this dark blue comedy. Fresh from a sold-out run in New York City at the 1st Irish Theater Festival, where it was chosen as “the Pick of the festival” by The Irish Echo, ’For Love’ is an irreverent romp through the torturous dating scene in Dublin, Ireland.

Watch as three women navigate the murky assault course of Dublin’s tricky nightlife, as they look for love in all the wrong faces and places.

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Grand Scheme presents

By Laoisa Sexton

“’For Love’ starts with a bang... the writing is hilarious” Irish Examiner


Play On Words Theatre in association with European Arts Company Presents

TOM CREAN-ANTARCTIC EXPLORER Thursday 18th April, 8pm Tickets: £11.00 | £8.00 This multi-award winning and critically acclaimed show that has played to over quarter of a million people worldwide returns to The Playhouse for one night only. Tom Crean (1877–1938), the intrepid Antarctic explorer, and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance.

One of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive the three famous expeditions; Tom Crean’s story is not to be missed. Winner of Fringe First in Edinburgh Best Solo - New York Int. Festival Best Actor nomination - Dublin Theatre Festival

“A remarkable and uplifting piece of theatre.” Sunday Independent

TILLIES (at the Millenium Forum) Friday 19th & Saturday 20th April, 8pm Tickets: £15.00 | £12.50 | £9.50 Box Office: (028)71 264 455 or 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.

the sewing skills of the factory girls of the city until its eventual demolition in 2003.

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The Playhouse presents

by Patsy Durnin Directed by Nicky Harley

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


SARAH MCQUAID Saturday 20th April, 8pm Tickets: £10.00 |£8.00 Renowned for her warm, engaging stage presence, Sarah McQuaid is a versatile and beguiling performer. In addition to her own elegantly crafted originals, she interprets traditional Irish and Appalachian folk songs, Elizabethan ballads, 1930s jazz numbers, surprise covers and lively guitar instrumentals with panache and poignance. Her deliciously earthy voice delivers a powerful

emotional punch that’s matched by her distinctive, eloquent guitar style. Add this to a real rapport with her audience, and you have all the ingredients of a great night out.

“A great songwriter and traditional singer, and a wonderful guitarist.” Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

COOLEY WOMEN Friday 26th April, 8pm Tickets: £11.00 | £8.00 ‘Cooley Women’ consists of two inter-linked one-act plays, exploring characters from the Ulster Cycle of Irish myths and the An Tain Irish legends. The first play features two of the Morrigan sisters, Morrigan herself and Macha, famous for her curse on all Ulstermen. The second play is an account of Queen Maeve’s desire to capture the Brown Bull of Cooley.

Incorporating ancient Celtic rituals (including a rarely seen hand-fasting ritual), and tales of wealth, power and war, both of these exceptional plays offer a unique insight into Irish mythology… and the Women who shaped Irish folklore and legends. by John Dunne

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London Irish Theatre/Borderline Theatre presents...


SEÁN DONNELLY Saturday 27th April, 8pm Tickets: £10.00 The well known traditional singer, songwriter and guitarist makes a welcome return to The Playhouse. Seán Donnelly has been a regular on the Folk Circuit for many years and his sixth and latest album ‘Cut a Long Story Short’, featuring the song ‘Sailing Off To Yankee Land’, has been critically acclaimed.

Best known for his version of ‘The Homes of Donegal’ which has been released worldwide by recording giants EMI, he was given the prestigious ‘Keeper of the Tradition’ award at the Tommy Makem International Festival of Folk Song in 2010.

“This quiet man of Folk music must be heard” Belfast Telegraph

THE MAIDENS’ CITY: A HERSTORY OF THE WALLED CITY by Anne Crilly, produced by Patricia Byrne International Women’s Week Mon. 4th – Sat. 9th March 2013, 11am and 2pm Tour information and booking at Tel: 028 7127 9918 An exciting and engaging dramatised tour on Derry’s historic Walls which explores the largely hidden history of women in the city. Starting at the Guildhall, where local Suffragettes met one hundred years ago, this theatrical journey around the walls focuses on key female characters and events. Eleanor Marx and Mrs Pankhurst meet local shirt factory workers and suffragettes; Cathy Harkin helps found Women’s Aid; Cecily Jackson is burned at the stake for infanticide. Learn about

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Sole Purpose Productions presents

the lives of women during the Siege of Derry and the Civil Rights Movement. It’s history but not as you know it! Meeting point: The Guildhall steps. Transport can be provided for women’s groups and community groups on request.


SOLE PURPOSE PRODUCTIONS LGBT Theatre Lab Saturday 16th February 2013 12 – 4pm Do you have a stage, screen or radio script with a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) theme that you are working on? Or do you have part of a script? Would you like to see it acted out? Or would you like to try out some acting? The LGBT THEATRE LAB is a place where writers of all levels can try out ideas in a safe and creative environment. It is a place to receive constructive feedback. This will be a fun, active ‘on the floor’ event facilitated by Patricia Byrne, Artistic Director of Sole Purpose Productions and writer and award winning film maker Anne Crilly (University of Ulster). You send in an extract from the piece you are working on to Sole Purpose and we will copy them for distribution on the day. Send up to four typed pages in advance, including a five-line description

of the piece. Your work will then be ‘stood up’, under your direction, by actors associated with Sole Purpose. Or if you would like to try your hand at acting then come along and give it a go. For writers the deadline to send in your extract is Monday 11th February. If you are interested in participating in the LGBT THEATRE LAB contact Sole Purpose Productions on 028 7127 9918 or email,

SATURDAY 27th APRIL 10am – 4.30pm Fee £30 / £20 conc Do you have scripts or parts of scripts you would like to try out with other writers? Part of a stage play you’ve written, scenes from a screenplay or radio drama? THEATRE LAB will be a place where you can try out your ideas in a safe and creative environment. It is a place to receive constructive feedback. This will be an active ‘on the floor’ event. It will be convened by Patricia Byrne, Artistic Director of Sole Purpose Productions and writer and award winning film maker Anne Crilly (University of Ulster). You send in extract(s) from the piece you are working on to Sole Purpose Productions, who will photocopy them for distribution on the day. You must send a MAXIMUM of four typed pages to us

in advance of the day and a five-line synopsis of the piece. Your work will then be ‘stood up’, under your direction, by actors who are associates of Sole Purpose Productions. Deadline for submissions is Monday 22nd April. If you are interested in participating in the THEATRE LAB contact Sole Purpose Productions on 028 71 279918, or email solepurpose@mac. com Website

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Book early, as places are limited. Participants are required to commit to the full day.


CREATIVE INDUSTRIES CAREER WORKSHOPS Tuesday 23 April, 9.30am-3pm Admission Free, booking essential A one day exclusive opportunity to experience, through participative workshops, the diverse range of career opportunities available in the back stage creative industry sector. Workshops on offer will include Events Management, Directing for Theatre, Stage Make-Up, Costume Making, Lighting & Sound Techniques for Theatre. Participants must be over 16.

For further details and to book your place, please contact The Playhouse on 02871 268027.

Adult night classes Digital Photography & Printmaking Processes OCN Level 3 Duration: 10 Weeks Day: Tuesday, 6-9pm Start: 22 January 2013 End: 26 March 2013 Cost: £45 Learn more advanced use of your camera, photograph composition and photoshop Film & Video Production OCN Level 2 Duration: 10 Weeks Day: Tuesdays, 6-9pm Start: 22 January 2013 End: 26 March 2013 Cost: £45 Learn storyboarding, camera work, sound and editing.

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If you would like to register for either of the above Night Classes at The Playhouse, then telephone Sharon on 02871 268027 for an Application Form..


Aged 16+ Out of work? Not in training? Interested in the Arts? Welcome to Artskills 2013 ! Artskills provides young people with the opportunity to gain their essential skills qualifications as well as OCN’s in creative artforms, such as creative writing, digital photography, film and video, performance and web design.

Who we can work with?


We can work with individuals from 16 upwards who are not in education, employment (less than 16hrs) or training (less than four weeks to complete).

Due to the generosity of funders we are in a position to cover student travel to the course, EMA (education maintenance allowance) lunch costs depending on timetabling. Completers of the course will also receive a £100 cash bonus upon successfully completing the course.

What? The course is made up of the main element which is the Essential skills element (60hrs), Creative Writing (30hrs), Digital Photography (30hrs), Film and Video (30hrs), Performance (30hrs) & Web Design (30hrs) in total the time commitment to the course is 210 hours.

Where? The Playhouse

When? Tues., Wed. and Thurs. 10 – 4pm Staring January 2013 for 12 weeks (Tuesday 8th January to Thursday 28th March) and April 2013 for 12 weeks (Tuesday 9th April to Thursday 25th July). Places are limited and booking is essential. For further information and enrolment please contact Siuán O’Doherty Artskills Coordinator at The Playhouse on 02871268027 or via email on

Artskills Open Day

Artskills Graduation

19 March, 10-4pm The Playhouse

25 March, The Playhouse

This one day information day is designed for anyone that is interested in enrolling on an Artskills Course and would like more information.

This event showcases the variety and quality of creative work produced by Artskills Graduates.

Siuån O’Doherty project coordinator will be available to discuss the Artskills project and enrol participants.

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MARCH 2013

The event will take place in The Playhouse Theatre and will celebrate the qualifications gained and successful completion of the programme for project participants.


ICAN Conference

Challenging Place History, tradition, artistic intervention, public art, perception and attitude

European Union

European Regional  Development Fund  Investing in your future

ICAN is a three year project which has been part-financed by the European Union’s Regional Development fund through EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) managed through Special EU Programmes Body.

Date: 10am – 5pm, 1st & 2nd March 2013 Venue: The Playhouse Cost: Free For information or to enroll contact Elaine Forde on T. 02871 268027 or

Diversity: Evolving from reality to truth Delivered By Internationally Acclaimed Marc Wainblatt Fri.18th & Sat.19th January , 10.30am – 5pm ,The Playhouse Admission Free A master class using Theatre of the Oppressed and other participatory methods to explore issues of race, class, gender, etc. Whether it is in institutions or in your personal life, participants can develop deeper awareness about societal

systems. Explore your own social rank and its impact on situations, as well as strategies to become a more effective ally to yourself and others. This two-day master class is open to all and no previous experience necessary.

Playback Theatre for Community Development Delivered by international Artist Zhaleh Almaee 24th, Fri. 25th, Thurs. 31st January & Fri. 1st February, 1.00pm – 5pm ,The Playhouse Admission Free How do you listen and reflect back with your whole body? This is one key ingredient in Playback Theatre, an improvisational form of storytelling for community development that is practiced around the world. This master class

will develop your skills of deep listening using Playback and other creative approaches to strengthen connections and build resilient communities. This master class of four sessions is open to all and no previous experience necessary.

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ICAN International Master Class Programme

For information or to enroll contact Elaine Forde on T. 02871 268027 or

ICAN is a three year project which has been part-financed by the European Union’s Regional Development fund through EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) managed through Special EU Programmes Body.


Theatre of Witness Course With Artistic Director Teya Sepinuck Mondays 6:00-9:30pm, from January 21-April 15, 2013 Free A special twelve-week course in which students will be introduced to Theatre of Witness through film, discussion, theory, creative exercises, and actual practice. This is an opportunity to immerse oneself in the creative process as well as to practice deep listening and bearing witness. Each session will focus on one of the Theatre of Witness’s twelve guiding principles, and participants will work closely with partners to create and direct a short Theatre of Witness piece for a classmate, perform in a short piece directed by a classmate, and create a short autobiographical piece.

Class size is limited to 10, admission through application. Applications can be received by either emailing emmastuart@derryplayhouse. or alternatively downloaded from the website

Return completed applications to Teya at Application Deadline, Friday January 11th 2013. For more information contact Teya at: European Union

European Regional  Development Fund  Investing in your future

The Theatre of Witness project is supported by the European Union's PEACE III Programme, managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the Community Relations Council/Pobal Consortium.

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Groups Based In The Playhouse SOLE PURPOSE PRODUCTIONS is a professional theatre company founded in 1997 to use the discourse of imagination to investigate and illuminate social and public issues. Contact: 028 7127 9918.

LILLIPUT THEATRE COMPANY is Northern Ireland’s leading theatre company for adults with learning difficulties. Recent productions include a specially adaptedversion of Macbeth and commissioned plays exploring disability rights. Contact: 028 7136 8150.

PLAYBOX THEATRE COMPANY Drama classes for children and young people aged 5 – 15. Workshops every Wednesday: 5 – 10 yr olds, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm, £3.50 per session; 11 – 15 yr olds, 4.45 pm – 6.15pm, £4.50 per session. Contact the Playhouse on 028 7126 8027

DERRY PLAYHOUSE WRITERS meet at The Playhouse every Wednesday from 1pm– 4pm and offer a series of workshops, drop-in classes and masterclasses. Contact:

SCOIL RINCE CATHAIR NA MBALLAI: THE WALLED CITY SCHOOL OF DANCE meets every Tuesday from 5.30pm – 7.30pm under the instruction of MichaelaTemple TCRDM. Irish dancing for fun and exercise as well as competition. Contact 028 7135 1895 / 07749 967 841 or email

TAI CHI A gentle way to get fit and into shape without the ‘burn’ Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art designed to improve co-ordination, relieve stress and strengthen joints and muscles. Classes taught by Frances O’Kane every Monday from 7-8.30pm and run from 28th January for 10 weeks, excluding 18th March. Cost £3. Contact: 028 7126 8027.

HATHA YOGA CLASSES Ease yourself into the day with a morning or lunchtime yoga class. These relaxing drop-in classes will introduce yoga postures, meditation and positive affirmations to alleviate stress and promote wellbeing. Suitable for everyone. Thursdays 10.30am to 12pm. Cost £6 per class. Contact Ursula McHugh:



holds regular classes every Friday (3pm – 8pm) and Saturday (9am – 1pm). Contact 028 7132 9005

A working actor’s studio which offers drop in classes covering various areas within a working actor’s life. More information can be sourced at


In a great room with lots of natural light. Terms are for six weeksTerm one 9 Jan – 13 Feb 2013 Term two 20 Feb – 27 March 2013.

Our famous Saturday Art Club will feature a series of art workshopsexploring different art themes, art history and teach budding artists an array of unique art skills from Batik to 3D modelling.

Workshop runs from 7-9pm each Wednesday night and the cost is £30 per term which is payable on the first night. This covers materials - canvases, paints acrylics/oils and brushes. The class is for all levels of painters and everybody is welcome. Contact: Emma Logue 07821410616.

Workshops run for ten weeks from 26 January 2013 Workshop 1: 11am - 1pm 7- 11 years. Workshop 2: 2pm - 4pm12 - 15 years. Places are limited and booking is essential. Cost per child is £50. Contact: 028 71 268027.



Discover your voice and the fun and the joy of singing in harmony with others. Learn songs to uplift you, heart and soul with these workshops, led by Valerie Whitworth, whose easy and enthusiastic style is infectious.

Every Friday 4.30pm - 6pm. Feis work, Grade examinations, boost your confidence and have lots of fun! Contact: Loretta 0791 999 2662 Brenda 0775 326 7982.

10 weeks starting Wednesday 9th January 7pm-9pm Cost £8 per session. Contact: Valerie Whitworth 07526534183 or visit


LIFE DRAWING CLASSES Running Saturday 12 and Saturday 19 January from 2- 4pm. Cost £6 per session. Easels and conté pastels etc provided but please bring your own paper. Booking is essential. All levels welcome. Contact: Emma Logue 07821410616.

based around the Alily Foyle ethos – Active learning in later years, this group is targeted towards retired people interested in shared creativity. There is a therapeutic element to the creative process and it provides the opportunity for individuals to meet and share ideas and experiences. Every Tuesday and Wednesday 2-4pm. Contact: 028 71 268027.

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Humdinger! Featuring Roddy Doyle and Julia Donaldson Thursday 7th- Saturday 10th March 2013 Admission Free The Playhouse is delighted to be the main venue for ‘Humdinger!’, a city wide children’s book festival to celebrate the best in children’s stories, characters and illustration.

‘Humdinger!’ will showcase amazing writers, performers, musicians, and illustrators from Ireland and beyond, including Roddy Doyle and Julia Donaldson.

‘Humdinger!’ will run for four days from 7th (7th is World Book Day!) to the 10th March as part of Derry/Londonderry’s City of Culture 2013 celebrations.

The Dog Ears team is on a mission to inspire a love of reading and to encourage the children of Northern Ireland to fall in love with books, stories and illustration.

All events will be family-friendly, innovative, inspiring and above all: fun!

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If you are organising a Conference, Workshop, Festival, Seminar, Meeting, Information Day, Lecture, Graduation Ceremony, Trade Fair, Press Launch, Fashion Show… Why not consider one of the most unique award winning conference venues in the North West? Situated in the heart of the historic walled city of Derry Londonderry, The Playhouse has flexible, state-of-the-art conference facilities including our 175 Seat Theatre and additional break out and training rooms.

Facilities available include wireless broadband, infra-red hearing, air conditioning etc. Catering also available. Recent clients include: British Council, Celtic Media Festival, Academy of Urbanism, ILEX, Princes Trust, Derry City Council, BBC Children In Need and Arts Council of Northern Ireland. For more information on hiring The Playhouse contact: The Playhouse on 028 71268027 or email us on:

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“Thank you so much for your kind attention during our festival in the Playhouse. You and your team were so helpful and kind, we had a great time being part of the Playhouse family” Celtic Media Festival


JANUARY Mon 14th-Sat 19th Over the Wire by Seamas Keenan


HOW TO BOOK By Telephone: Call (028)71268027 during box office hours.


In person: Simply call into the box office during office hours.

Sat 2

Online: Log on to anytime

Sat 9

On the Night: The Box Office will be open 45 minutes before a performance for ticket sales/collections.

Wed 13



Female Gothic




Thurs 14 Club Cabaret


Sat 16 Andrew Lawrence is Coming to Get You


Tues 19-Sat 23 On The Subject of Love- A Proposito Di Amore by Ken McCormack


Wed 27 The Sensory Engagement Programme Showcase P10

Thurs 28 Follow


Fri 1 & Sat 2 The Ulster Kama Sutra

Fri 5 P11

Sat 9 Jammhouse

Tom Crean- Antarctic Explorer by Aidan Doole

Sarah McQuaid

Tillies by Patsy Durnin at The Millennium Forum




Fri 26 P14

Cooley Women

Sat 23

Sat 27

Someone to Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness P15

Sean Donnelly

Mon 25 Artskills showcase


Fri 19-Sat 20 P13

Fri 22 Dolly West’s Kitchen by Frank McGuinness

For Love with John Duddy

Sat 20 P13

Sat 16 Black 47 by Sean Donnelly


Thurs 18 P12

Fri 15 Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel


Monday 8-Sat 13 P12

Thurs 14 Jake O'Kane- Mouthful


Sat 6 P56

Sun 10 Class Act Spring Show

Bo Strategy



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Tues 26 Every Bottle has a Story to Tell



How to find us‌ The Playhouse is located within the historic Walls of Derry. Londonderry, just a short walk from the Foyleside and Richmond Shopping Centres (see map) 5-7 Artillery Street Derry Londonderry, BT48 6RG, Northern Ireland Tel: 028 71 268027 Fax: 028 71 261884

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