Current IGC Diary


Throughout the three-year programme, £146,000 will be given directly to artists through the commissions, performance fees, seed funding and paid scratch nights.


VoiceGym - Presented by Speakeasy Voice & Accent Coaching 

Every second friday of the month, 2-4pm & 4:30 - 6:30pm

Derby Theatre 

Tickets: £8 - £10

The voice Gym is for all abilities and is open to anyone who is interested in using their voice to its full potentiual. It will be particulary useful for actors and speakers who need to keep their voice and body in tip top shape for work. Think of it as your monthly voice workout.

Book Your Place

 Shake Up Your Shakespeare

A one off Shakespeare Masterclass with guest coach, Ellen Hartley, RSC Associate Practitioner

Friday 14th June

Ellen will guide you through a warm up to begin with and then move on to looking at Shakespearean text in more detail.

Throughout the session you will explore, partner scenes to encourage greater listening & reacting, using accents in Shakespeare, plus other bold counterintuitive choices/scenarios as a way to break out of habits. 

Book Your Place

LaPelle's Factory in conversation: Why did I decide to become an artist?

Lincoln Drill Hall
Friday 10 May 1pm - 5pm
Tickets: £5

Double-headed performance-making monster and anti-darlings of the East Midlands performance scene LaPelle's Factory are hosting an informal workshop-cum-seminar for emerging artists to share their first-hand knowledge and experience of the slippery small-scale touring theatre sector.

If you have questions about how to find partners to support you in making your work, how to survive the horrors of (whisper it...) 'networking', how to sustain a relationship with a producer, how to pull together a tour and not completely lose it - or if you just want to slightly allay those fears you're harbouring about being poor for the rest of your life - then book yourself in.

There are no stupid questions, so don't sweat it, yah?

Book Your Place

Reach Out – MEISNER TECHNIQUE FOR DIRECTORS: a two-day workshop at Derby Theatre

Supported by Young Vic & In Good Company


Session One: Saturday 11th May 2019

Venue: Derby Theatre

Times: Group One: 10am – 1pm / Group Two: 2pm – 5pm


Session Two: Saturday 18th May 2019

Venue: Derby Theatre

Times: Group One: 10am – 1pm / Group Two: 2pm – 5pm


The Meisner Technique has become one of the standard approaches of all modern acting training the world over, and the approach has widely become recognised as a vital part of the directors’ toolbox to collaboratively work with actors, explore text and devise work.


The Young Vic Directors Program Reach Out intiative is supporting a series of workshops for directors who are interested in learning how they can facilitate the connection between actors, enable them to respond intuitively, truthfully and spontaneously, whilst using a technique that provides them with a clear simple focus. The workshops are for two groups, each attending one three hour session either in the morning or afternoon on each of the two dates.


This is an opportunity for directors who live and make work outside of London.


If you are interested in taking part, please sign up here by 24th April 2019.


 Please also clearly indicate which group you would like to be part of:


Group 1:              Mornings (10am – 1pm)


Group 2:              Afternoons (2pm – 5pm)


Please only sign up if you are free for both dates. You must be available for the same times on both 11th and 18th.

Challenging with Care 

Saturday 25th May, 3-5pm

Derby Theatre, Rehearsal Room


How to take care of audiences without compromising artistic intent.

Art not only entertains but expands our thinking.   With theatrical immersion changing our views of audience engagement,  do we need to change our structures around audience care; where is the line between challenge and care?  Along with this Theatres are becoming increasingly aware of having appropriate trigger warnings, so how do we ensure that we care enough about the people seeing our work but continue to challenging appropriately? 

This workshop is designed to offer a space for companies and artists to think about how to support audiences effectively from page to stage.  When to ask the important questions about audience care during rehearsals, and how to set your own boundaries within your work. 

Nikki Disney is a theatre director, Dramatherapist and founder of Stageweight focusing on boundaries in theatre work and the well-being of all involved.  Through her training and work she has developed systems to challenge appropriately and ensure care for all involved.

Book Your Place


Director Masterclass - Sarah Brigham 

Forman Street, Derby Theatre Rehearsal Rooms
Thursday 30 May, 6-9pm
Tickets: £10 

Sarah has been Artistic Director at Derby Theatre since January 2013. Sarah trained at Bretton Hall and worked first extensively as an actor for a variety of companies before perusing her directing career. 

Book Your Place 




Derby Theatre, Rehearsal Room
Friday 7 June, 5pm-7pm
Tickets: FREE 

Playshuffle is an open mic night for new writing, designed to lift plays off the page. We provide the dutch courage so actors can stretch their sight reading muscles; producers and directors test their ability to sniff out potential and playwrights hear their work for the first time.

Book Your Place


Departure Lounge 

Derby Theatre
Thursday 18 July - Sunday 21 July

Depature Lounge, Derby Theatre’s hugely successful summer festival of, cool, contemporary and cutting edge theatre will once again provide the perfect theatrical vacation for theatre makers and audiences alike.

Departure Lounge is a platform for the most exciting theatre companies from across the UK, Edinburgh previews, workshops and the return of the ever-popular panel discussion, hosted by theatre critic and writer, Lyn Gardner.

Brand new work will include: Ad Infinitum with their show Extraordinary Wall of Silence. For 2019, we are also thrilled to platform Represent Showcase, a collection of performances to celebrate queer artists, performance and themes, and to commission the S.H.E.D, a versatile portable space for all kind of cultural happenings at Departure Lounge and beyond…

Look out for more Festival announcements on the Derby Theatre website and on our social media platforms. As ever, we’ll have passes for the whole weekend, day passes and individual tickets available so you can make the most of your festival experience and at great prices and nothing will cost more than a tenner.

Departure Lounge is produced by In Good Company, and supported using funding from Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund through the D2N2 Big House Project.


Commedia dell'arte with Chiara D'Anna

Derby Theatre
Saturday 27 July, 11am-5pm
Tickets: £10

In this masterclass you will learn how to create successful ensemble work, interact effectively with an audience and improvise with confidence, developing skills that are fundamental in any performance setting – not only physical comedy.

Book Your Place