BBC funding award for Derby Theatre

derby theatre logoDerby Theatre is the only arts organisation in the Midlands to have been awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fund Theatre Fellowship, which it has offered to theatre practitioner and director, Lucy Doherty.

The BBC Performing Arts Fund, which helps to foster the next generation of performing talent in Britain, announced today that it had  awarded over £430,000 of funding to 19 Fellows and 58 community theatre organisations.

Derby Theatre’s Fellowship will offer Lucy, over the period of a year, the opportunity to develop her artistic and leadership skills. She will produce new work and will benefit from a number of assistant directing opportunities covering a wide variety of work.

Lucy, a theatre director working both regionally and in London, is originally from York. She studied Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she founded theatre company, Milk Presents for who she has directed A Real Man’s Guide to Sainthood (National Tour) and Bluebeard: A Fairytale for Adults (Total Theatre Nominee). Lucy is currently developing two new works, which will premiere in summer 2014.

Lucy said: “I am hugely excited about working at Derby Theatre as the BBC Performing Arts Fellow. Derby Theatre is fast becoming a hub for learning and for questioning how theatre is produced and experienced. Artists are talking about Derby Theatre and I want to be at the centre of that growth as it happens, feeding into it and being nurtured by it.

“The work I make talks about the representation of gender in stories and popular culture, therefore it is fitting that one key strand of focus for Derby Theatre in 2014 is the female voice; it’s an exciting match.”

Sarah Brigham, artistic director at Derby Theatre, said: “We are all delighted here at Derby Theatre that we will be working with Lucy  who is a really exciting and talented artist that we can both support and, in turn, learn from ourselves.

“I’d like to thank the BBC Performing Arts Fund for this support as securing this prestigious Fellowship scheme feels like a real validation of the new work we are trying to do here as a Learning Theatre with the promotion of emerging talent, like Lucy, at the very heart of our mission.”

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