City centre theatre and community arts centre
In 1992 with a grant of £300, Pauline Ross founded The Playhouse in two derelict ‘B1’ listed buildings on Artillery Street, Derry . Since then the Playhouse has grown from strength to strength becoming one of the best known and loved community arts centres in Ireland, making ‘arts accessible to all’ and having a positive impact on peoples’ lives not only in the city but also throughout Ireland and further afield.
The Playhouse houses a 180 seater theatre, the Context Gallery, the Source art shop, a dance studio and large education and outreach department as well as being home to several arts and cultural based tenants. The Playhouse is not only one the city's flagships art venues but has also played an important part in Derry ’s economic regeneration, including the development of cultural tourism as a future economic driver.
Recently the Playhouse received national television coverage through the BBC television programme Restoration, when it won through to the grand final in Hampton Court Palace, London. Only a few weeks later the Playhouse Theatre won The Stage’s Outstanding Achievement in Regional Theatre 2004 award, the first time this major honour had come to.
Plans for a £3.1 million refurbishment are afoot and a new build for the Artillery Street site. More information from www.derryplayhouse.co.uk or telephone +44(0) 28 7126 8027.