Q&A session asks if that’s ‘All There Is’

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Nexus and Victim Support are both to take part in a special Q&A session to discuss the themes of a hard hitting new play and the effect theatre can have on social issues.

‘All There Is’, a new joint production with The Playhouse and local company Fahy Productions, which will be premiered at the Playhouse next month, explores important social issues such as substance addiction, sexual violence and how the choices we make affect those around us.

The play will premiere at The Playhouse on Monday, February 10 and run until Saturday, 15 February.

The matinee performance on Wednesday, 12 February will include a Q+A session with members of the company and representatives from local support groups, Nexus and Victim Support.

Directed by J.P. Conaghan and starring local actors Nicky Harley, Francis Harkin and Micky Kelly this dark comic play deals with the nature of choice and the possibility of reconciliation.

‘All There Is’ tells the story of a woman lying by the roadside. A taxi man does ‘the right thing’. At the hospital a nurse catches his eye and the connection is made. But the woman’s boyfriend wants to know what really happened. Because nobody touches his girl. He has only one lead - the taxi man. Slowly his paranoia eats away at him. Until finally, he makes a decision...

A teaser for the show was first shown at Pick ‘n’ Mix Festival in June 2012 to a captivated audience at The MAC in Belfast.

Set up in 2005, Fahy Productions strives to produce new and innovative theatre whilst exposing social issues. The company staged the award winning ‘Solicitors’ at The Playhouse in July 2011 and ‘Heroes with their Hands in the Air’ to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in 2012.

Artistic Director of Fahy Productions John-Paul Conaghan was production manager for every Playhouse production for UK City of Culture 2013 and has recently received the BBC Arts Fellowship Award to work with Tinderbox Theatre Company for 2014.

“This play is an important piece of work that doesn’t shy away from the most pressing social issues”, according to Kieran Griffiths, producer at The Playhouse. “Whats also important is that this piece deals with these issues in a way that is accessible and engaging for audiences. Don’t miss this significant new piece of local writing,”

‘All There Is’ will run at The Playhouse from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 February at 8pm (Matinee Wednesday 12 at 4pm). Tickets are £10 (Preview and matinee tickets £7.50) and are available from The Playhouse Box Office on 02871 268027 or online at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk