Departure Lounge at Derby Theatre has bumper line-up

Departure Lounge is a summer festival of fresh and thrilling contemporary theatre with a bumper line-up of innovative shows, Edinburgh previews, works-in-progress, workshops and talks being staged at Derby Theatre.

Highlights of the festival, which runs from July 18-20, include the team pictured above – Tokyo Rose by Burnt Lemon Theatre (Winners of the New Diorama and Underbelly Untapped Award 2019), a piece where five female wartime disc jockeys spit piercing verse in a rap-packed musical broadcast; and Opal Fruits by Holly Beasley-Garrigan, an unreliable solo show about the fetishisation of the feral female, working-class women and the trouble with 90s nostalgia, spliced with stories from four generations of women who came of age on the same council estate. 

One of several discussion sessions during the festival will be hosted by MAYK Theatre and In Good Company, the team behind the festival, on the opening day. We Are All (Made of) Stars, is an afternoon of conversation about making participatory performance across borders. 

Departure Lounge exists to present theatre of the most radical nature right in the heart of the country; proving that the Midlands is a vibrant place to shape the future of theatre. For tickets and further details go to