Derry-Londonderry City of Culture marks the largest ever single investment in the arts by the British Council in Northern Ireland. Field Day Theatre Company, which began as an artistic collaboration between playwright Brian Friel and actor Stephen Rea in 1980, has returned to Derry and in May will perform Thirsty Dust, a new work by Clare Dwyer Hogg starring Brid Brennan.
The legendary Field Day Theatre Company is back in Derry-Londonderry after an absence of almost two decades, as they rehearse for the first of a series of commissions and exhibitions to take place as part of the City of Culture celebrations.
The company made a historic return to the stage for the first time since 1995 with a double bill of Farewell by Clare Dwyer Hogg and Half a Glass of Water by David Ireland, which ran at The Playhouse in December 2012, directed by Stephen Rea. Clare blogs about the experience for the British Council in Ireland here.
Thirsty Dust will be performed at The Playhouse in May 2013. In November 2013 a new play by internationally acclaimed playwright, actor and director Sam Shepard will be performed at the Guildhall.
An exhibition in the Verbal Arts Centre, Stable Lane and Mall Wall will reintroduce the narrative of the accredited ‘Field Day Story’ to its home town. Taking place from May until September 2013, the exhibition will feature archived materials from the National Library of Ireland. The full City of Culture programme can be downloaded here.
Derry-Londonderry1st May 2013 - 30th Sep 2013