Playhouse premiere for ‘Re-energize’

Esteemed director Conall Morrison and John and Damian O’Neill of The Undertones are proving punk’s not dead as The Playhouse announces a tour of their brand new commission, ‘Re-energize’ by playwright Gary Mitchell.

The Playhouse will host the world premiere of ‘Re-energize’ next week and the play will go on tour to the Lyric Theatre, Belfast for a two week run in September. The Playhouse has also announced that an extra matinee performance has been added onto the show’s Playhouse dates for nedt week.

Conall Morrison, whose theatre work has been celebrated around the world, will direct the production, which is set thirty years after The Playhouse’s production of Gary Mitchell’s ‘Energy’ in 1999, where a wannabe punk band rehearsed, bickered and tried to get their act together for that all-important first gig.

And now actors Jo Donnelly, Michael Liebmann, Gavin Pedan, Niomi Libernte, and James Doran will join original cast members from the 1999 production, Chris Corrigan and Andy Moore, for the sequel production- which runs at The Playhouse from Monday 13th to Saturday 18th May. A special matinee performance will also take place on Saturday, May 18 at 2.30pm.

The wonderful mix of new and original cast members will be directed by Conall Morrison, whose work has been produced around the world, much of it at the Abbey Theatre, and most recently, he directed ‘La Traviata’ for the English National Opera and ‘The Taming of The Shrew’ for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Brothers and members of the mighty Undertones John and Damian O’Neill have written the original score for the play, which will mark the Playhouse’s fourth major production for the 2013 UK City of Culture.

An internationally recognized, multi-award winning, writer from Northern Ireland, Gary Mitchell has 3 television films, more than 20 radio plays and 18 stage plays to his credit. “The original production of ‘Energy’ reflected the punk era, in a very vivid and real way, and showed the machinations of a band as they quarrel about their act with ‘The Troubles’ and the hunger strikes ominously in the background” Pauline Ross at The Playhouse said.

“Now, set thirty years on, ‘Re-energize reunites these men, now aged in their 50s and with various broken marriages, depressions, drug debts to paramilitaries behind them. They come together again to do one last gig to prove to themselves, their communities, each other, their annoying teenage children that they could have been somebody, they could have lived dream lives.”

“We’re honoured and humbled to have so any heavyweights of theatre and music in our midst to help bring this story of music to life.”

‘Re-energize’ will run at The Playhouse from Monday 13 to Saturday 18 May and will tour to The Lyric from September 9 to 23. Tickets for The Playhouse performance are £14/ £10 and are available from The Playhouse Box Office on (028)71268027 or online at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk. A captioned and audio described performance will take place on Friday 17 May at 8pm.