On the Subject of Love

The story of Frederick Hervey, former Bishop of Derry and playboy extraordinaire, comes to the Playhouse in Derry~Londonderry from February 19

On the Subject of Love tells the story of Frederick Hervey, the 18th century bishop who came to Derry~ Londonderry in 1768 and later became 4th Earl of Bristol. Cultured, clever, but eccentric and extravagant, ‘The Earl Bishop' of Derry was a periodic playboy – a great lover of art, architecture and women.

Through the experienced hands of director Catriona McLaughlin, actor Howard Teale and composer Adam Burnette, Ken McCormack's On the Subject of Love explores the infamous 18th century Earl's insatiable hunger for love, lust and life as he searches for the perfect woman. It opens in the Playhouse in Derry~Londonderry on February 19.

Three world class cellists have been selected to perform Burnette's original score as part of the production. With extensive orchestral experience throughout Ireland, Europe and the US, cellists Lizzy Donaghy, Naoimh Simpson and Elaine McCann were chosen from a long list of prestigious and accomplished musicians.

The musicians will feature as characters in the show. Former principal cellist of Queen's University Symphony Orchestra Lizzy Donaghy has played with Spark Opera and the Ireland and Ulster String Quartets, and in many prestigious venues across Europe, including the Royal Albert Hall.

Elaine McCann has attended the prestigious Emmanuel Hurwitz Chamber Music Course, and has performed with various quartets from the Ulster Orchestra including, the Belfast String Quartet, Ireland String Quartet and the Ulster String Quartet.

Specialising in cello tuition, Naoimh Simpson is a music teacher and tutor, a member of the Brandenburg String Quartet and a founder member of The North West Community Orchestra.

On the Subject of Love is a UK City of Culture events, and runs at the Playhouse, Derry~Londonderry from Tuesday, February 19 to Saturday, February 23.

Frederick Hervey