Derry folk wanted to tread the boards

Gerry Dorrity, left, and James Lecky. (0610PG53)
Gerry Dorrity, left, and James Lecky. (0610PG53)

Two Derry actors hoping to reignite the city’s passion for all things am dram have set up a new theatre group in the hope of making their craft accessible to all.

Both Gerry Dorrity and James Lecky are stalwarts of the local theatre scene. Together they have decided that the run up for the 2013 City of Culture is the perfect time to establish a solid amateur theatre company in the heart of the city.

Under the banner of Shindig Theatre Co, Gerry and James have already staged their first production - the acclaimed ‘Dealing Dougie’ at The Playhouse earlier this year and are now looking to harness the wealth of talent Derry has to offer.

“We want people from any level - no experience necessary as they say - who wants to get involved and feels they have something to offer us,” Gerry explained. “We aren’t only looking for actors - if someone is out there who wants to try their hand at directing, producing, lighting, script writing, whatever and wants to get in touch, we are open to offers.”

Gerry said both he and James, with the help of the Derry public, wanted to “build the theatre company from the ground up”.

“While we are an amateur company, we still want to have the proper structures in place to make us as sustainable as possible. We are interested in taking to anyone who wants to help us out - from marketing to PR, finance etc”

Shindig are hoping to revive a tradition of theatre which used to thrive in Derry in the 70s and 80s - when groups such as The Theatre Club and the 71 Players entertained audiences locally and around the country at different festivals.

While Derry still hosts its own drama festival each year, it has not had local representation recently.

“We know there has been a strong history of drama in the city - and we want to bring that back. We know there are people out there who have been keen to get involved in theatre but who perhaps have not known where to start.

“And we know people may be nervous but we want to people at their ease.”

Both Gerry and James have years of experience in theatre both on and off stage. Gerry says this makes them the perfect people to start the new venture.

“We will be there to support people - through the nerves and everything else. We know what it is like and we hope to be able to work with people to get the best out of them and put them at their ease.”

Shindig are also keen to harness local writing talent. They have already been in touch with local writers’ groups and are happy to accept submissions from budding scriptwriters.

“Our aim is to put on two plays a year - and to make our mark but we also want to be somewhere people can go to have a bit of craic and enjoy the social aspect.

For more information contact either Gerry or James on shindingtheatreco@hotmail.com