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Stimulating creativity, sparking imaginations, broadening horizons. Welcome to the Waterside Theatre’s Community Arts Department.

The Waterside Theatre delivers a large variety of art programs based on local need.  Through working with local stakeholders, partnership organisations, and local community groups we ensure that some of the most marginalised and isolated in society are able to benefit from being involved in high quality arts activities.  These projects will give you a sense of the range and variety of our work:

Intergenerational Art Projects:  The Waterside Theatre delivers a dedicated programme of activities in care home settings with local primary schools.  These projects allow older adults an opportunity to participate in a meaningful activity to ensure that they remain productive, useful and contributing members of society. Through high quality intergenerational art workshops we promote the transmission of cultural traditions and values from older people to the younger generations.

Telling Tales Theatre Project: This drama based project engages with older people living throughout the Derry City and Strabane District Council area, to include those living in areas of high deprivation and rural areas, an opportunity to participate in meaningful activity to ensure that they remain productive, useful and contributing members of society.

Diversity Youth Drama:  Young people from different ethnic backgrounds represented in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area (to include Polish, Chinese and Indian communities as well as Northern Irish Catholics and Protestants) come together in drama based workshops designed to use the arts as a means to explore different cultural backgrounds and to break down barriers and stereotypes amongst different cultures.  The goal of the project is to promote intercultural dialogue leading to the integration of marginalized ethnic communities with the indigenous population. 

Music Therapy and Drama:  Through this project we deliver a year round timetable of arts activities to young people with physical, learning and sensory disabilities and ensure that these young people have the opportunity to live lives as full as possible.  The multi-disciplinary art programme encourages social skills, builds confidence and uses movement, performance and sound to encourage imaginative thought.

Schools Outreach Programmes:  Throughout the year the Waterside Theatre delivers high quality arts to schools throughout the Derry City and Strabane District Council Area.






  • Placido Domingo 50th Anniversary Gala Evening
    30th January
    Plácido Domingo returns to the breath-taking Arena Di Verona amphitheatre for this anniversary gala evening 50 years after his debut.
  • La Bohème
    2nd February
    Puccini’s score for La Bohème is regarded as one of his most beautiful and it’s not hard to see why it’s one of the best-loved operas worldwide.
  • Adventures On Old MacDonald’s Farm
    8th February
    Join us down on Old MacDonald’s Farm for fun, songs and excitement.
  • Take It To The Limit: A Celebration of The Eagles
    13th February
    This unique nine-piece ensemble of top-class musicians will be performing all their hits including Hotel California, Take It Easy, New Kid In Town, Desperado and many, many more.
  • The Gingerbread Man
    22nd February
    Classic fairytale told through the use of puppetry, storytelling and original music.