The Artists' Network

The Artists' Network is a digital and physical collection of artists. It is open access - it brings together the “I”s to make a “we”, it turns acquaintances into friends and competition into collaborators. We send a bi-weekly e-newsletter and your one-stop-shop for all artist development opportunities across the region. Email igc@derby.ac.uk to join. As a  local artist who is a member of the artist network you are welcome to request a 1-2-1 mentoring session with one of our programme producers. See back issues of our network here.


Have a read of the press release for the announcement IGC commissions here.

Artist Bursaries

28 February 2018

Derby Theatre, in association with Tamasha Developing Artists and In Good Company, would like to offer three £2000 bursaries to artists of colour from the Midlands. These bursaries are being offered to support the development of culturally diverse artists in recognition that artists of colour are currently underrepresented in the industry, including Derby Theatre’s immediate pool of artists.

Click here for the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form. 


Package Holiday Call Out

Deadline: 26th February

Interview date: 9th March

We are offering an artistic retreat in the Nottinghamshire countryside alongside an opportunity to perform your work at Derby Theatre’s flagship contemporary performance festival ‘Departure Lounge’. We are looking for work made by artists of colour (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic - BAME) in recognition of the fact that these artists are currently underrepresented in contemporary theatre and In Good Company ambition to address this imbalance.

The offer 

1 week of free rehearsal space and on-site company accommodation at The HopBarn, a beautiful converted barn in the Nottinghamshire countryside  

Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July 2018

Programmed performance at Departure Lounge Festival  

(Friday 21st July 2018)

Performance fee of £500

Branded as our ‘Departure Lounge Package Holiday Production’

Guidance and support on funding applications

 For more details download the application form here. To apply please return the application form, and the monitoring form to Daniel on d.nicholas@derby.ac.uk by the 26th February.


Pitch Perfect

as part of Check In Festival, 13th April

As much as we are fans of Anna Kendrick’s hit movie, we are not unfortunately looking for new acapella groups. We are however looking for something much more exciting. We are looking for a number of regional and national artists who haven’t engaged with In Good Company before, to pitch their work whatever that may be (theatre, performance, live art...even acapella) at whatever stage it’s at (early ideas, R&D, touring work) to the In Good Company team and partner venues, as well as a number of other invited producers and programmers from across the midlands. There will also be a "speed dating" style chance to quickly network with producers and programmers afterwards.

For more details on how to apply download the application form here. To apply please return the application form, as well as the monitoring form, to Daniel on d.nicholas@derby.ac.uk by the 12th March.

Auditions – Captain Simon

Captain Simon is a witty and unflinching show about sex, relationships and porn addiction.Commissioned by Camden People’s Theatre, In Good Company, China Plate, birmingham mac & Warwick Arts Centre, Captain Simon will premiere at Derby Theatre’s Departure Lounge Festival in July before an extended London run in Autumn.We are looking for one male performer to join a mixed-gender company for our final development period and touring.You must have strong acting, movement and improvisation skills, as well as significant devising experience. You should be prepared to take part in lively discussion about the show’s subject matter. But you should also be prepared to have your views challenged and be an excellent listener.You must live within daily commuting distance of either Derby or London to apply.

Click here to download an info pack, which includes key dates and fees. Click here  to download an application form.


Application deadline: Friday 16 Feb



Have a read of the latest ICG Blogs-

A Letter Of Thanks 

Vanessa Mcaulay's Package Holiday blog.

Hang Out Happenings

Socials: In Good Company knows that it can be lonely being an artist, so we’re committed to providing you with opportunities to connect – about art, but also just the stuff of life. Come hang out with us and each other. From drinks to dancing and picnics to day trips keep watching the IGC calendar for upcoming socials.

Artist Lucky Dip

Feeling adventurous? Artist Lucky Dip is for the bold. IGC pairs you with a fellow artist, suggests a random location and you take each other on an artistic adventure. Document your discoveries using #IGCartistluckydip and feed our regular blog feature about stepping outside your comfort zone and making new connections. ***Email Dan if you'd like to try your hand at a lucky dip***

Pay What You Think

Support touring work at a price you can afford with our Pay What You Think artists’ scheme. Pay What You Think is available for all Derby Theatre Studio shows from 1 hour before the performance. Check the Newsletter for the booking code.

Previous and ongoing IGC opportunities

  • Regular residencies at The HopBarn, a countryside artistic residency with on-site accommodation in Nottinghamshire. This is an ongoing relationship and we hope to be able to offer more residencies soon. Residecnies so far have focused on the use of music in performance and providing opportunities for people of colour.
  • Supporting young artists to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time, in collaboration with Nonsuch Theatre
  • Rapid Response. An opportunity for writers to respond to new work produced by Derby Theatre and have their own new writing staged
  • Playshuffle. An open-mic play reading night for writers and actors hosted once a season. Find details about the next Playshuffle here.
  • Transit, an opportunity for Mid-career artists to build relationships with Derby Theatre, The BikeShed, Exeter and Arc, Stockton by receiving six weeks of rehearsal space between the three venues and touring the finished the show.
  • Commissions for mid-career artists of £5500
  • Meet the venues. A speed dating opportunity for artists and venues to meet each other
  • Artist Skill Swapping days, where artists swap skills and knowledge
  • A Nation’s Theatre, a national event led by Battersea Arts Centre and The Guardian showcasing regional artists in London
  • Bring-an-artist tickets, where programmers are encouraged to pay for their tickets to departure lounge in return for getting a free ticket for an artist.

'The Departure Lounge Package holiday as whole experience has helped me to ‘find my voice’ not only as a theatre maker and performer, but by supporting me and providing time and space for me to think about what I want to say and how I want to say it, for that I’m very thankful.' Vanessa Macaulay, Package Holiday recipient 2017 



We have an ever-growing collection of artist resources designed to help you find the information you need. Please have a look through the resources on offer and if you can’t find what you’re looking for do let us know, and we might be able to point you in the right direction.  The In Good Company team are always here to answer specific questions or talk through your projects, but do check our resources first. Of course if you can’t find what you’re looking for you can arrange a 1-2-1 mentoring meeting by emailing igc@derby.ac.uk

Have a look at these useful resources:

How to make a tour pack

Budgets - Touring Budgets or Under 15k Budgets Arts Council Example Budget 

New writing offer

 Thinking about starting a scratch night? We've made some useful guidelines on how to produce just that. See here 

Rehearsal Space - Artists can book our rehearsal space for free. Please check availability  here  and read the Green Lane Information Pack for instructions on how to book.

University of Derby Student? Found out about how we can support you and what opportunties there are for you here

house website resources -house theatre have a range of brilliant resources from touring information, marketing tips and technical know-how so we recommend checking out their resources page. (Orignially commissioned for house) 

Venues North - infomation oh how to engage with venues in the north

 Tourbookfind venues and audiences you never knew existed and make new connections in places near and far.