Over the Wire gets top theatre reviews

editorial image

In recent times it’s been rare that a local theatre production from this city has received critical acclaim nationally, however The Playhouse did so last weekend.

In recent times it’s been rare that a local theatre production from this city has received critical acclaim nationally, however The Playhouse did so last weekend.

Last weekend’s Sunday Times described The Playhouse’s ‘Over The Wire’ as “a gritty and stylish piece of theatre from Derry’s Playhouse”, and this follows on from excellent reviews from the national paper in Scotland, The Scotsman, with a four Star review “Gripping”.

Pauline Ross, Director and Founder of The Playhouse said, “We are really delighted with the reviews that this production and other recent productions have received from the critics and audiences alike. In particular, it’s a credit to local playwright Seamas Keenan, Playhouse Producer and Director Kieran Griffiths, and Kenny Glenaan, the original director of ‘Over The Wire’, the cast and the crew for bringing this incredible piece of work to stage. It’s another important milestone in the history of The Playhouse in dealing creatively with our recent and historic past. Not only do we have talented writers, actors and designers here in our city, but also we have many important stories both local and national to tell, and theatre is a way of bringing these back stories to a wider audience.”

Just as the latest reviews went to press, The Playhouse have also just announced that Carlo Gébler’s production, ‘Walking to the Ark’ will premiere this May in the city, funded by the Legacy Fund, as well as securing funding though DCAL to commission one of Ireland’s best known novelists and screenwriter, Colin Bateman, to write a new play which will be premiered in 2016.

Also returning to a stage is Felicity McCall’s hugely successful ‘Joseph Locke- A Grand Adventure’, which will tour to the Millennium Form in October, before the main stage at The Lyric Belfast and Smock Alley Theatre Dublin.

Kieran Griffiths, The Playhouse Theatre Producer, who directed ‘Over The Wire’ said: “We were really delighted with how well our recent productions have been received and it’s a credit to the whole team. We are so excited to have received funding for several new productions, and to learn only this week that for 2016, we have funding to commission Colin Bateman to write a new play for us. Over the last few years we have built up a unique catalogue of work, which very much confirms that we were and continue to be, a City of Culture. It should be noted that in fact the critically acclaimed ‘Over The Wire’ is in itself a great Legacy from 2013, and in order to build on this legacy, we must continue to resource it. We would like to thank the funders, Arts Council Northern Ireland and An Chomhairle Ealaíon’s North South Touring and Dissemination Scheme, as well as the public for coming out and supporting us.”

Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “The Arts Council are delighted that The Playhouse has received this well-deserved national recognition following their Dublin performance of Over the Wire. The tour, which comes to Belfast next week, is supported by the Arts Council Northern Ireland and An Chomhairle Ealaíon’s North South Touring and Dissemination Scheme which since its first round of funding has supported a number of successful cross-border tours bringing great art to as many new audiences as possible.”