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AboutHistorically home to St. Mary's convent and St. Joseph's school in the 19th and early 20th century, The Playhouse is based in Artillery Street and was established in 1992 with a grant of just £300. Since then it has grown to become one of Ireland’s leading award-winning multi-disciplinary Community Art Resource Centres.
The Playhouse works to deliver Arts, Education and Peace-building Programmes to every corner to society, to provide a platform for new and emerging artists, and to create and touring important theatre around the island of Ireland.
Every day The Playhouse delivers an innovative and impactful programme of arts training, support and qualifications for people who most need it; children, young people, those who have slipped through the cracks in statutory education, those with disabilities, young people at risk of committing crime, vulnerable and lonely older people.
As part of its remit to simply "Make arts accessible to all", The Playhouse strives to develop pioneering new types of theatre- from performance work with ex combatants and victims and survivors of conflict, to theatre that steps between real and virtual worlds, using human actors, theatrical direction and digital puppeteering.
Since Covid-19 and its devastating effect on the world of the arts, The Playhouse has developed a an imaginative digitally led programme, broadcasting live around the world as part of our new Digital Playhouse- enabling us to thrive in a new artistic and theatrical landscape.
Find out more at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk.