Theatre to be transformed for festival

Derby Theatre’s summer festival of fresh, new and exciting performance –DEparture Lounge returns for a fourth year next month.

The theatre will once again be transformed into a lush garden stage, a festival site where audiences and artists alike can see the very best in contemporary performance, support regional artists to take flight and get involved in lots of inspiring workshops and discussions from July 21-24.

This year the festival, produced by In Good Company, will feature and celebrate more work from local artists than ever before –artists who have received a tremendous amount of support from venues and organisations in the region.

Performance highlights of the Festival for 2016 includes Clothes Swap Theatre Party, a fun-filled, fashion focused show full of fizz by Forward Theatre.

It is an interactive piece that involves audience participation and actual clothes swapping – audience members should bring along a bag of old clothes to swap.

You will also be able to see How Not to Live in Suburbia by Annie Siddons, pictured above, which is a brutal, hilarious and poignant show about a single mother, artist and proud urbanite dealing with accidentally finding herself living life in the suburbs.

For 2016, Derby Theatre has teamed up with new venue and performance space, The HopBarn in Southwell, to offer Package Holiday, an exciting new initiative which offers one emerging theatre company from the region the chance to develop their work in the The HopBarn theatre retreat for two weeks and preview it at Departure Lounge.

LaPelle’s Factory, a theatre company from Nottingham, has been awarded this opportunity, and they will present their production Desperados, a wry smirk and scuffle against the grinding monotony of the modern world, on July 23.

Ruby Glaskin, creative producer, In Good Company, said: “Our programme is action-packed and full of a diverse range of performances, including fresh new writing from Strawberry Blonde Curls, intricate puppetry from The Barrowman and cheeky cabaret from Spiltmilk Dance and more.

I’m delighted that the festival will be one of the first places you can catch new work from Caroline Horton and Milk Presents, as well as some exciting Edinburgh Previews from Annie Siddons and Greg Wohead.”

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