Don’t miss Departure Lounge this weekend

derby theatre logoThe audience at the launch of Derby Theatre’s Departure Lounge this week was being asked to write down what the theatre meant to them.

I missed out on being able to take part but I know what I would have said – “it’s a place I’m certain I will always need a hankie to wipe away the tears from either laughter or sheer emotion at the poignancy of the drama.”

So it was on Thursday as I watched All The Little Lights by Jane Upton in a rehearsed reading by Fifth Word.

One minute I was laughing loudly and the next silently weeping at the scene in front of me.

The play was a creative response to the recent high profile cases of sexual exploitation of young girls and as you would expect it was both harrowing and deeply moving.

There was a simple cast of three playing the teenagers, Nadia Clifford as Joanne, Sarah Hoare as Lisa and Abigail Hood as Amy. We had to imagine the rest of the characters involved ourselves.

If it hadn’t been for the ever-present scripts on the stage you would never have known this was a show still at the rehearsed reading stage – all three women were excellent and Nadia Clifford gave an exceptionally powerful performance.

You simply must make sure that you go and see it when it has been polished ready for future audiences.

The DEparture Lounge journey is four days of master classes, salons and networking opportunities for artists and a chance for audiences to discover something new, surprising and innovative.

It continues this evening at 7pm with The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone With An Internet Connection by James Vetch. James has spent the last year responding to as many scam emails as he can. Through his own blend of traditional stand-up, interactive projections and music he takes the audience on his journey investigating the scams.

At the Alexandra pub in Derby, at 8pm you can see Early Doors performed by Not Too Tame. Join the regulars for tales of love, loss, laughter, drunken dancing and a pub quiz.

Tomorrow (Sunday) there are more site specific events in the site including The Litvinenko Project at the Derby Museum Café at 12.30pm and 4pm. Join 2Magpies Theatre as they piece together the day Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in a cup of tea in London.

For more details about what’s going on in the city tomorrow go to