Arctic Soul to debut at Playhouse

The cast of Glengarry Glen Ross, which will be staged at the Playhouse this weekend.

The cast of Glengarry Glen Ross, which will be staged at the Playhouse this weekend.

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This week will see the debut production by a new Derry company set up by two university students from the North west.

Ulster University students Jamie McConnell (25), from Creggan and Ciaran Kehoe (28) from Moville, have set up Arctic Soul Productions.

They will present ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ at the Playhouse on Friday and Saturday this week, September 25 and 26, nightly at 8pm.

Pulitzer prize-winning ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ by David Mamet focuses on four Chicago real estate agents and their supervisor, as they frantically try to sell undesirable properties.

The story also involves a sales contest which has been declared among the workers. Whoever comes out on top will be rewarded with a Cadillac, while the losing two staff members will be fired.

The stage show was later turned into a much-lauded film starring Jack Lemon and Al Pacino.

With very strong language, the play is deemed suitable for adults only.

Jamie said: “It’s drama packed and the tag line for it was ‘lie, cheat, steal- all in a day’s work’.

“There is a lot of swearing from the start and it’s a thinking type of play that keeps the audience on their toes. There’s a lot of twists and turns. There’s a lot of reasons for people to come and see it, not least because it’s a very exciting play.”

The cast are all local actors from the North West and tickets are priced at £5. They can be purchased from the Playhouse, telephone 028 71268027 or book online at: www.derryplayhouse.co.uk.

Arctic Soul Productions is also currently working on a documentary about Amelia Earhart and looking at moving into feature films, having already produced several short films uploaded on to Youtube.

Other highlights coming up at the Playhouse meanwhile include a special live screening of William Shakespeare’s ‘Coriolanus’ this Thursday, September 24.The screening will be part of National Theatre Live and starts at 7pm, admission £11.

Next week will see The Tain being staged by Comedia dell’Arte on Friday October 2, at 8pm, with tickets priced at £11/ £9.

Siege City, a lecture by Dr Brian Lacey, will explore Derry from the Ice Age to the 1980s, with a special focus on the Siege and the city at the time. Tickets for the event are priced at £10 and all provides are to provide benches in memory of historian Annesley Malley.