Freelance journalist from Derry, Northern Ireland.
Published September 9th 2018
As the city of Derry's home of the arts, The Playhouse truly is a venue like no other across the world. The award-winning Art Resource Centre was established by Pauline Ross in 1992 with a grant of just £300, and since then it has developed into one of Ireland's leading venues.
The Playhouse lies hidden on the iconic Artillery Street
Based in the iconic Artillery Street in the historic city of Derry, Northern Ireland, The Playhouse is home to an outstanding 175 seat theatre, along with a gallery, multiple cultural based groups and a dance studio, all within the confines of the striking four walls of the venue. Not only do the aforementioned components all combine to generate a unique environment for those seeking the thrill of it all, The Playhouse also runs a varying selection of education workshops and programmes for a range of age groups. Moreover, having provided thousands of lucky visitors with countless memories over the years, the venue continues to offer a range of arts activities, thus boasting one of Ireland's very few venues that commission, produce and tour theatre.
With the selfless vision to empower the community through the arts with a keen focus on the celebration of diversity, The Playhouse is constantly reimagining ways to serve the people of Derry through the most creative of ways.
For a brief taste of what's on in the coming weeks, there is no need to look beyond The Merry Wives of Windsor, or perhaps The Cultured Spirit is more appropriate, where visitors can enjoy an entertaining evening filled with inspirational theatre and live music. Continuing on in September and Owen O'Neill brings is musical misery tour to The Playhouse, followed by Barefoot & Fancy Free, an exclusive show featuring the likes of the Inishowen Gospel Choir, Releasing Rhythms, Los Dramaticos, Ukulele Strings and the Sollus Highland Dancers among several other renowned acts within the island of Ireland.
Finishing the month and Liam Ó Maonlaí offers his latest work within the world of rock music, before RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Miscellany comes to Derry to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement, while the highly-anticipated More Female Lines kicks off October, where 12 thought-provoking women writers from Northern Ireland will volunteer their creative collections.
This grassroots, community-based project is a highly popular spot for residents of the city who thrive on culture, the arts, and something different from the ordinary. In a city where the impact of the arts must force itself to have a more powerful impact than most areas, The Playhouse is proudly waving the flag for culture and passion within an important industry. Derry has witnessed more turbulent times than they care to admit to, yet as long as The Playhouse continue doing what they are doing, the city needn't worry.
A familiar sight for those fond of the memorable venue