Derry ~ Londonderry’s year as 2013 City of Culture may be over but its legacy continues as The Playhouse gives an emerging theatre company their chance to shine in 2014.
Fahy Productions are all set up in The Playhouse to bring an original new drama, All There Is, to the City. The drama runs from the 10th to the 15th of February in Derry~Londonderry before moving to Belfast’s own Crescent Arts Centre from the 27th of February to the 1st of March.
Known as a venue dedicated to producing new Irish drama, the Playhouse has been instrumental in creating this opportunity for the emerging company, proving that whilst City of Culture may be over, Northern Ireland’s reputation as a hub for groundbreaking theatre remains in tact.
“Supporting young companies and helping them create exciting new work is exactly what The Playhouse and Northern Irish theatre are all about,” says Playhouse Producer, Kieran Griffiths. “We’re delighted to be working with an innovative company like Fahy Productions, who have taken on the big job of producing new Northern Irish writing and exploring the social issues that affect us as a nation today.”
The company, which is based in both Belfast and Derry, was formed in 2010 and is already going from strength to strength with a growing industry following. Their past successes have included a highly popular run of the widely-acclaimed Heroes with Their Hands in the Air, an exploration of the Bloody Sunday Enquiry and their Artistic Director, John-Paul Conaghan being named as one of the recipients for the BBC Funding Fellowship for 2014, a UK-wide grant aimed at supporting promising new theatre professionals.
“The support we’ve had has been incredible. We couldn’t have done any of this without everyone behind us,” says John-Paul. “We’ve definitely got a few tricks up our sleeve for staging that we hope audiences will enjoy. I doubt they’ll have seen anything like this before. We’re delighted that the Playhouse have given us the opportunity to show what we can do as a company and get All There Is out there.”
An original piece by local playwright Jonathan Baillie and starring local actors Nicky Harley, Micky Kelly and Francis Harkin, All There Is tells the story of a Derry taxi driver and a nurse, whose acts of kindness towards an unconscious girl on a Friday night spark a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse across the city, posing some big questions about the decisions we make and those that are made for us.
“City of Culture has taught us that, by working together, we can achieve great things, which is absolutely in the spirit of theatre. It’s all about collaboration,” says Kieran. “The Playhouse is dedicated to supporting new companies and helping emerging theatre-makers make the most of opportunities available. City of Culture was amazing but we’re all hugely excited about what 2014 will bring!”
All There Is runs from 10th – 15th Feb at the Playhouse in Derry and from the 27th Feb – 1st March at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. Tickets are available from www.derryplayhouse.co.uk and www.crescentarts.org