Don’t miss the Departure Lounge

Departure Lounge is a fantastic summer festival of fresh and thrilling theatre with a bumper line-up of shows, workshops and talks coming to Derby Theatre from July 19-22. 

Performance highlights of the festival include A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn by Jess Green and the Mischief Thieves, an award-winning theatre company with a lyrical, powerful and humorous look at modern politics and Major Labia’s Vulva the Revolution, a frank frolic about love, life and labia from East Midlands’ Theatre Company who delight audiences with their ‘fanny funnies’.

It’s definitely worth making sure you are in Intu in Derby for a performance of Town Choir by Theatre Replacement. It is a site-specific musical piece during which writers type out observations of the world unfolding around them, and in that same moment, a town choir receives these observations via a large screen and sings them out to the public. 

You can also get hands on with Dante or Die’s User Not Found, which will see audience members handed a smart phone and a pair of headphones to become a fly-on-the-wall of the life of a man facing the dilemma of whether or not he should delete his online legacy. 

Fever Dream’s Wrecked, is a gripping piece of site-specific theatre (in the Derby Theatre car park) where audience members are invited into a stolen car seconds after it has crashed, a powerful, intense and individual show experiencing the aftermath of a car accident.

There will also be the chance to see Open Wound by Cheeky Chin, a London-based collective of theatre takers of East Asian origin; I’m Sticking with You by Pebble Gorge, a 15-minute, table-top performance which explores some of the feelings that have been running high in the UK since Brexit; and We Are Ian by In Bed With My Brother (pictured), a ‘mad-fer-it’ show which transports audiences back to 1989 and into the frenzied world of drugs, beats, bucket hats, acid parties. . .and throwing two fingers up to Thatcher. 

Workshop, discussion and participatory highlights for 2018 include the return of the panel discussion which will focus on leadership in the arts. 

Chairing the discussion will be British freelance theatre critic, journalist and blogger, Matt Trueman.

The panel of provocateurs will include: Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of London’s Young Vic; Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre’s artistic director and chief executive; Jenny Sealey, artistic director of highly-acclaimed theatre company Graeae, who boldly place D/deaf and disabled actors centre stage; and Natalie Ibu, who is artistic director of British African theatre company, Tiata Fahodzi.

For full details of the Departure Lounge programme and to buy tickets go to