Playhouse launches Stephen Rea Productions in enhanced theatre

3rd December 2012

Field Day Theatre Company will return to the city this evening to tread the boards once more in an enhanced Playhouse Theatre thanks to funding from the Department for Social Development with support from Ilex.

Originally established here in 1980 by Stephen Rea and Brian Friel, Field Day Theatre Company, under the direction of Stephen Rea, will bring their productions of Farewell and Half a Glass of Water to a newly renovated Playhouse Theatre on Artillery Street to run from 3-8 December.

The Playhouse was awarded £73,550 under the City of Culture Captial Fund. The theatre and arts centre has made a number of structural changes to the theatre and offices and the funding has also enabled it to purchase audio/visual equipment, a van and signage to extend its current programming offer to a larger audience.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said: “I am pleased that my department has been able to provide financial support for this worthwhile project.  This investment in the Playhouse further enhances the services on offer and allows for increased programming and audience numbers during the UK City of Culture 2013 year and beyond”.

Ilex’s Cultural Broker Caoimhin Corrigan said: “The revamp of the Playhouse, including the installation of new equipment, enables the theatre to provide an enriched, more accessible experience for larger audiences, which will help to draw more people through the doors of the theatre.  The funding will help this dynamic, vibrant organisation to expand their already exciting and innovative programme of events for 2013 and for many years thereafter”.

Playhouse Theatre Marketing Officer Max Beer added: “The award from the City of Culture Capital Fund has enabled a step change in the range of events that The Playhouse can accommodate. Following the purchase of new theatre lighting, staging & sound equipment, improvements in access to the theatre, and the purchase of a new van, the Playhouse is now able to deliver an enhanced arts programme.

“The first of these events is the return of Field Day Theatre Company who are performing Farewell by Clare Dwyer-Hogg and Half A Glass of Water by David Ireland from Monday 3rd December to Saturday 8th December directed by leading Irish actor Stephen Rea”.