Sam Shepard premiere at the Playhouse

Sam Shepard premiere at the Playhouse
A new work by acclaimed playwright and actor Sam Shepard opens at the Playhouse, Derry tonight.

A new work by acclaimed playwright and actor Sam Shepard opens at the Playhouse, Derry tonight.

A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations), the latest production from Field Day theatre company, runs until December 7.

The show promises to be one of the theatrical highlights Derry’s year as the UK City of Culture.

Field Day was founded in Derry in 1980 by Stephen Rea and Brian Friel. In keeping with Field Day’s tradition, this new production will bring together some of the very finest theatrical talent to create a powerful and challenging new work.

The cast features Stephen Rea and also two Donegal actors - Iarla McGowan and Frank Laverty.

Chief Executive of Culture Company, Shona McCarthy said: “We are delighted to welcome Field Day back to the city - the relationship that has developed with the theatre company over the years extends right back to 1980 when Stephen Rea first collaborated with Brian Friel to produce Translations. So it’s fitting that we revisit and celebrate the return of Field Day during our culture year.

“And to host the world premiere of a work by such an acclaimed writer as Sam Shepard is a real thrill for theatre goers here. It’s one of the final highlight events in our cultural programme and one of the last chances to take part in the celebrations before the curtain falls on 2013.”