What’s On in Derry

Peace Bridge.
Peace Bridge.

Open days in Derry - Explore the city’s historical buildings.

This weekend Derry takes part in the European Heritage Open Days which offer a unique opportunity to venture into historical buildings across the city. The Playhouse Theatre opens its doors to the public who get the chance to learn the story behind the building’s transformation from a school founded by the Sisters of Mercy to the Arts Centre it is today, following its recent refurbishment. This weekend, the Playhouse offers a Heritage workshop for children aged 8-12 on Saturday as well as walking tours in association with Professor Alistair Rowan and Dr. Brian Scott give an expert’s insight into the Playhouse’s history in relation to it’s location inside the walled city.

All events in association with the European Heritage Open Days are free; however, it is vital to book tickets from the Playhouse Box Office on (028)71 268027.


Donegal Film Night

An event featuring some of the best work of Donegal filmmakers will take place in Derry tonight.

Donegal Film Night will feature the work of national and international independent filmmakers who are from - or reside in - Donegal.

There will be a collection of experimental shorts, comedies, music videos, short films, documentaries, mockumentaries and animations.

Some of the films have been shown on television and at national and international film festivals

Donegal Film Night take place in The Craft Village at 9pm tonight. Admission is free.


Big Tickle Comedy Festival

The Big Tickle Comedy Festival concludes this weekend at the Playhouse Theatre. After gaining popularity on the BBC panel show ‘Monumental,’ up-and-coming comedian Micky Bartlett presents ‘Go Wi Ma’ on Friday the 13th.

Tickets are available from the Playhouse Theatre Box Office on (028)71 268027. Bartlett is followed by Neil Delamere’s ‘Smartbomb’ on Saturday 14th September, as he returns to Derry following last year’s highly-acclaimed show.


Following a successful show in August, Danny McCrossan returns to the Millenium’s Caf é Aroma joined by his fellow ‘half wits’ for the Half Wits Comedy Panel Show; a live-action general-knowledge based show, wherein comedians are pitted against the public; ‘only one will go through to the final, the rest are half wits!’ Admission is free, the show begins at 9pm on Friday the 13th.


The Immaculate Deception

Friday the 13th sees Gareth Russell’s adaptation of his own Belfast-based novel, The Immaculate Deception coming to the Waterside Theatre. The play tells the story of a year in the life of 17 year old, so-called ‘teen queen’ Meredith Harper as she struggles to keep her precarious position at the top of the social hierarchy in Belfast’s exclusive Malone Road. For tickets, contact the Waterside Theatre Box Office on (028) 7131 4000.


Following their productions of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth in recent years, the Icarus Theatre Collective and King’s Theatre, Southsea present their third Shakespearean play to come to the Millennium Forum. Othello: the Moor of Venice. The Venice-based tragedy comes to the Millennium Forum on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th September. Contact (028) 71264455.