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Stephen Rea returns to Playhouse for special double-bill

By Brendan McDaid

Actor Stephen Rea has taken up a residency in Londonderry ahead of the long-awaited return of the groundbreaking Field Day Theatre Company.

Rea will direct two new productions for the company he founded in Derry with playwright Brian Friel in the 1980s.

Field Day has begun a month-long residency at the Playhouse Theatre ahead of the premiere of a special double bill.

The two plays are Farewell, a short new play by young up-and-coming Antrim writer Clare Dwyer Hogg, and Half A Glass Of Water, by David Ireland.

They will be staged back-to-back nightly at the Playhouse from December 3-8. Rea directs both and stars in Farewell with Brid Brennan, Eugene O'Hare and Charlie Bonner.

Playhouse manager Niall McCaughan said: “This remarkable two-hander from Field Day is just the beginning of the incredible line-up of theatre, art, music and community engagement that will take place during the unique year we have ahead.”

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