First show for Derby Theatre’s youth

Ruckus%20artworkARTSBEAT THEATRE: Derby Theatre Youth Theatre will present as their first ever production David Farr’s magical comedy – Ruckus in the Garden – on April 5 and 6.

Derby Theatre Youth Theatre, led by East Midlands-based Junk Shop Theatre Company, in association with Derby Theatre, was formed towards the end of 2012 and the group’s first meeting and rehearsal took place in January.

The group consists of 50 young people from across Derbyshire, between the ages of 11 and 18, and they meet once a week, on a Sunday, to rehearse.

The group works with, and alongside, theatre professionals, both in relation to the production and other theatre-related workshops and activities.

Ruckus in the Garden is a very funny and entertaining look at the trials of being a teenager with a modern nod to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

It’s fast-paced and full of action as two rival schools meet on a school trip to a stately home and the Garden of Cecil Fortescue.

Numerous fights break out between some unlikely opponents and the girls are just as feisty as the boys! However, when the statues in the garden come to life, and start playing tricks on the teens, that’s when things get really complicated, and some home truths are revealed.

With an array of characters, including hopeless and sometimes hysterical romantics, a pacifist who gets beaten up, and a garden that is much more alive than at first meets the eye; some issues are wrapped up in the comedy and mayhem which allows us an insight into the lives and pressures of young people today.

Christina Lydon, learning manager at Derby Theatre, said: “Since starting to work together at the beginning of 2013, our youth theatre has already achieved a huge amount, both in relation to the rehearsal and production process, and in building their performance and theatre-related skills and knowledge.

“We have a really talented company of young actors who are working brilliantly together and creating what should be a very funny and entertaining production. The young people have devised a lot of the staging themselves and it’s really exciting to see it all coming together.”

Visit for a fun and informative insight into how rehearsals are going (from the perspective of two or three youth theatre members).

Tickets: £8, concessions £6, family ticket (four people) £20 for all performances.

For more information and to book tickets please call the box office on 01332 59 39 39 or visit

Ruckus in the Garden contains some mild swearing, a bit of snogging and a sprinkling of magic!