New arrivals on Derby stage

Departure Lounge – the annual summer festival of fresh and innovative performance – arrives at Derby Theatre this month for four days of shows, workshops and talks from July 20-23.

There will be the usual array of Edinburgh previews, as well as tried and tested work, and a couple of brand new works-in-progress.

The theatre will also be hosting Little Earthquake’s East Meets West Symposium and its family day will again round off the weekend with some exciting new work for young audiences.

Performance highlights include Declining Solo by award-winning Two Destination Language, a heart-breaking story of watching a parent ageing and fading against a background of changing culture, a beautiful piece presented as choreographed physical movement.

Also in the festival are: O No!, by Jamie Wood, a psychedelic ride and a wonky homage to the woman damned for destroying the Beatles, which borrows Yoko Ono’s art instructions to ask whether falling in love is always catastrophic; Lists for the End of the World, an Edinburgh Festival preview by fanSHEN, a show composed entirely of lists, sourced from all kinds of people in all kinds of places; BULLISH, a preview show ahead of its London premiere, by award-winning Milk Presents; and PUBE by Eugénie Pastor, an intimate one-to-one performance that explores our relationship with pubic hair and the reasons that inform the choices we make, and the making of a unique self-portrait.

During the festival the theatre will also present Arrivals – a new festival celebrating the best of new writing and young voices.

Derby Youth Theatre will present The Blue Road, a new play written by exciting, up-and-coming playwright, Laura Lomas.

There will also be two newly-commissioned rehearsed readings, presented by local theatre company Fifth Word: Are We Dead Yet Benny? by Phoebe Éclair Powell and Lava by James Fritz.

Festival curator, Ruby Glaskin, said: “ Departure Lounge remains a place where doors are opened and new work is championed, and it’s a testament to the region’s artists and audiences that the festival will celebrate its fifth birthday this July.”

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