Derry play set for New York performance in the autumn

Amanda Doherty.
Amanda Doherty.
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A one-woman play written and performed by a Derry actor is to be staged in New York later this year.

‘Inheritance’, by Amanda Doherty, was penned especially for the 2013 CultureTECH festival in Derry.

Amanda says the play focuses on “Derry City and what it means to have been born into Derry City today.”

She confirmed this week that she’s taking the critically-acclaimed show to the United States in the autumn.

“I’ve been invited to bring the show out to New York this coming autumn to be performed on Theatre Row, 42nd Street, in a one-off performance which will be produced by United Solo.

“United Solo produce an annual festival bringing together international artists who have created solo theatre pieces - from A-list stars such as Fiona Shaw, Hugh Jackman and Alan Cummings to new and upcoming artists - such as myself.

“The show that I’ve been invited to showcase is a product of Derry City; originally created as a site specific piece, it will require bringing the city to New York.”

Before that, however, Amanda is heading to the ‘Big Apple’ next month to perform Neill Labute’s ‘Media Redux’, off Broadway.

She’ll be working with Fay Simpson, a director and coach who works internationally and is the woman Lupita Nyong’o has credited for her performance characterisation in the Oscar-winning ‘Twelve Years a Slave’.

Last year, Amanda, who also works as a model, established the pop-up business, ‘The Actors Gymnasium’, which provided actors from Derry and Donegal with access to training.

A graduate of the world renowned drama school Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Amanda’s acting style has been described as “fearless”.

She has also been lauded as one of Ireland’s foremost young actors.

One reviewer said of her: “She has stagecraft oozing from every invisible pore and a sense of spirited independence that’s refreshingly at odds with the ‘all things to all men’ culture among many aspiring actors.”