Derry’s Playhouse has become internationally regarded as one of the leading art centres in Europe, having been fortunate enough to work with many international art based projects in recent years and fostering ever-increasing international ties.
The Playhouse’s international department has two arms. First of all it brings to Northern Ireland, through its international project Ican, arts practitioners from literally across the globe; including artists from New York, Bosnia, London and Finland. Playhouse Ican was approached by Queen’s University to partner with it for its up and coming Spring Conference. Speakers lined up for its March conference include artists, from South Africa and the Balkans. Also, The Playhouse though the Esmee Fairbain Trust has also been bringing international artists from El Salvador, California, Bolivia, Afghanistan, and Algeria to name but a few, to work on projects here in the North.
Secondly, The Playhouse has increasing been invited to take part in a variety of international partnerships across the globe. In recent months it has taken its resident special needs company Lilliput Theatre Company to Germany and Poland to work with special needs companies based there. For St Patrick’s Day this year, these international partners visited Derry and took part in the city’s parade.
The Playhouse recently finished an international project called Artid, working with art organisations in Italy, Germany, Austria and Lithuania. This week both Artistic Director, Pauline Ross and General Manager Niall McCaughan headed to Rome to start work on a new European project working with arts and training organisations from Italy, France, Finland and Austria. Next, Pauline will be heading to India, to work on a theatre project funded through the British Council.
Niall McCaughan told the ‘Journal’: “We are delighted but not surprised about the high volume of international work which we are now involved in. It’s a credit to Pauline’s vision and the hard work of our staff, that we now seem to be receiving international recognition for much of our pioneering work. It is hoped that The Playhouse will be a key player in much of the international work in the led up and during 2013 UK City of Culture.”
For more information, see: www.icanplayhouse.com or www.derryplayhouse.co.uk.