Staff put own art on show

Staff from the Playhouse in Derry are displaying their own art works in a unique new exhibition.
Staff from the Playhouse in Derry are displaying their own art works in a unique new exhibition.
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Playhouse staff have put their own artistic prowess on show with the opening of a unique exhibition at the Artillery Street venue.

The staff themselves have created over 30 pieces of art for the exhibition.

The show was officially opened by Gavin O’Connor, Arts Development Officer with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, this weekend.

Speaking after the event, Mr O’Connor said: “The arts provide us with opportunities to enjoy the good things, explore difficult experiences and develop new skills, confidence and awareness of the commonalities and differences within and between our communities.

“The Playhouse are to be commended on showcasing the artistic skills and talents of their staff team. Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us and deserves recognition.”

Niall Mc Caughan, Chief Executive of The Playhouse said: “We are delighted to host such a unique exhibition, which we believe is a first in Ireland.

“We originally had thought about mounting a staff art exhibition during the 2013 City of Culture, but because we had such a packed programme, we postponed it until now.

“The thinking behind mounting such an exhibition was that our dedicated staff are always focused on the artists coming through our famous big red doors, but that everyone of us in our own way has a creative side; this exhibition gives the staff the opportunity to showcase their own talents.

“Nearly every member of staff have exhibited something, and the quality of the work produced was surprising and exceptional. It’s well worth a visit.”

The exhibition runs in The Playhouse until Saturday, October 3.

Meanwhile, other major events coming up at the Playhouse Theatre include local playwright Felicity McCall’s dramatisation of Derry’s renowned tenor in ‘Josef Locke- A Grand Adventure’ on Friday October 23 and Saturday October 24 at 8.00 p.m. each night.

Directed by Kieran Griffiths and arranged and musically directed by Brian O’Doherty, the play explores Locke’s life, music and legacy.
Known as The Singing Bobby, Locke established himself as a star on the variety halls, becoming one of the most popular and highly paid singers of the 1940’s and 1950’s.

The play is returning following last year’s sell-out success, with esteemed singer Karl McGuckin again joining local musicians for the production, with tickets priced at £16.

In the days leading up to Hallowe’en meanwhile Peter Davidson will be getting into character as he presents ‘Grimm Tales For Kids’.

The show will see the greatest and best loved fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm brought to life in a unique fashion with games, interaction and laughter.

The show will run from Wednesday, October 28, to Friday, October 30, at 7pm, with matinees at 1pm from Thursday 29 to Saturday 31st.

Tickets are priced at £7.50 or £20 for four people.

On November 8th and 9th, meanwhile, Aidan Dooley will bring his self penned play ‘Tom Crean- Arctic Explorer’ to life in a dramatic and humorous solo performance.

Crean was one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive three famous expeditions. Tickets £12.50.

To book any of the shows telephone 71268027 or online at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk.