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More great workshops and opportunities coming soon...so watch this space!

 

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


 

COMMON: GROUND – Career Development as a Working-Class Artist in the Midlands

Thursday 28 February, 5pm - 7:30pm 

Derby Theatre, Alan Bates Room

Delivered by COMMON in Partnership with In Good Company and Derby Theatre

In Good Company and Derby Theatre are excited to work with COMMON to deliver an event from their COMMON: GROUND initiative for working-class artists in the Midlands.

COMMON: GROUND is a series of supportive discussions which offer a platform to 'off-stage creatives' working in theatre who self-identify as working-class, bringing this community together to share the barriers to career development they face when building careers in theatre.

This event will also provide opportunity for artists to offer suggestions of solutions which could help working-class artists overcome these barriers, acting as the foundation for COMMON and In Good Company to begin a practical collaboration to eradicate these barriers in this region.

COMMON is a nationwide arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and to make theatre more accessible to the working-class; whether they be artists, audiences or communities.

This event is specifically aimed at engaging ‘off-stage creatives’ who self-identify as working-class living and working in the Midlands, including theatre directors, producers, movement directors, stage management, costume supervisors, composers and lighting designers.

Through delivering COMMON: GROUND events across the UK, COMMON are gathering information which is crucial to increasing our understanding of the barriers that artists from working-class backgrounds face, and what interventions need to be made in the theatre industry to help remove them.

This event is wheelchair-accessible, baby/child friendly and inclusive of working-class artists from intersectional backgrounds across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, gender binaries and disabilities. Please contact us on s.hack@derby.ac.uk in advance of the discussion if you have any specific requirements, questions or access needs.

Hosted with generous support from In Good Company, the flagship professional, creative and business development programme for theatre makers in the Midlands.

To sign up please email Sophie on s.hack@derby.ac.uk

For those attending COMMON GROUND, the Derby Theatre are offering a FREE ticket to see the production of What Fatima Did… directly after the event.

What Fatima Did… is by Atiha Sen Gupta (writer of ‘Abi’) and directed by Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre’s Artistic Director. The play is a funny and provocative exploration of attitudes to identity, freedom and multiculturalism in contemporary Britain, receiving its regional premiere at Derby Theatre.

*Due to the complexities surrounding the measurement of socio-economic diversity in British theatre, we currently use the term 'working-class' to describe artists who confidently self-identify as being from working-class backgrounds, which includes those who have a family history of social, economic and financial disadvantage.

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.

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First Bite Festival

Midlands Arts Centre
Saturday 2 March, 4pm & 7:30pm
Tickets: £6 (£5) per session or £10 (£8) for day ticket

First Bite is back! Join us this Spring for a chance to see an eclectic collection of extracts and new ideas from some of the most exciting theatre makers working across the region.

First Bite takes place across three venues in the Midlands, and is an exclusive chance to see work in progress material from seventeen regional theatre companies, and offer them your feedback in order to help develop their work. Three of the pieces seen during the First Bite events will be commissioned by the festival partners and be shown at the Bite Size Festival at Warwick Arts Centre in January 2020.

Be there at the start and help us mould the future of theatre in the Midlands!

Line up includes;

Lucy C Hayward

BoysClub

Tilly Branson

Enter Edem

Open Theatre Company

Laura Ryder & Co

Carbon Theatre

INFLUENCING MACHINE

Maisarra Margubul

Sidney Stringer Academy

 

Photo Credit: Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy

Essential Fundraising Skills Masterclass

Derby Theatre
Thursday 21 March, 4:30pm-7pm 
Tickets: FREE

David Johnson, Head of programme, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy at Cause4 is delivering a masterclass that will cover key things to consider to help you raise cash, review different types of funding available to the arts and cultural sector (in addition to Arts Council); and support participants to build their project’s Case for Support, a key resource for all fundraising. The session will include a focus on developing skills in application writing and key considerations when raising money from businesses.

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First Bite Festival

Derby Theatre
Friday 22 March, 7pm
Tickets: £5

First Bite is back! Join us this Spring for a chance to see an eclectic collection of extracts and new ideas from some of the most exciting theatre makers working across the region.

First Bite takes place across three venues in the Midlands, and is an exclusive chance to see work in progress material from seventeen regional theatre companies, and offer them your feedback in order to help develop their work. Three of the pieces seen during the First Bite events will be commissioned by the festival partners and be shown at the Bite Size Festival at Warwick Arts Centre in January 2020.

Be there at the start and help us mould the future of theatre in the Midlands!

Line up includes;

Open Sky

Georgie Jones

Rinkoo Barpaga

Quick Duck Theatre

Derby Theatre, Theatre Makers

 

Check In 2019

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
Friday 5 & Saturday 6 April

We’re so excited for another festival of experimentation and play, for all of us who are curious. There’s plenty happening over the two days including panel discussions, scratch performances and immersive happenings. This is a real chance to see so brand new work, as well network your socks off with venues from across the midlands and beyond. On top of that everything is pay what you want! We can’t wait to see you there.

 

Producer 1-1s

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
Friday 5 April, 11am-2pm

Got a burning question about your next bid? Not sure how to handle this budget? Or simply would like a coffee and chat things over with a producer. Then we’re here to help, In Good Company’s very own creative producer Ben Anderson will be joined by Pippa Frith (Fierce Festival, PILOT Nights) and Emily Williams (Producer for Theatre Ad Infinitum) to give individual surgery sessions. Limited space avaible book now by e-mailing Dan Nicholas on d.nicholas@derby.ac.uk

Emily Williams is an independent producer (ebwproducing.com) based in Bristol who is driven by a desire to support a more ambitious, collaborative and exciting cultural ecology for artists, producers and audiences across the South West and beyond. Her current portfolio includes; Ad Infinitum, Amy Shelton and Honeyscribe, Ira Brand, Katie Villa and Laura Mugridge, Molly Naylor and Raucous.

@emilybronwen 

Pippa is an award winning Independent Producer based in Birmingham. She works with artists to create art that aims to surprise and delight audiences nationally and internationally. She is passionate about working in the regions to create new work of high quality, showcase new voices and grow new audiences. In 2014 she won The Mark Marvin / Peter Brook Award for her work with Birmingham REP. She is Festival Producer at the internationally renowned Fierce Festival, a co-director of regional scratch platform PILOT Nights and a visiting lecturer at The University of Birmingham and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. 

@Pippa_Frith 

 

Venue Speed Dating

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
Friday 5 April, 4pm-6pm

After the success at last year’s check in Festival we present another venue speed dating event. Where artists have five minutes to have a quick one to one with programmers from venues such as Attenborough Arts Centre, Arena Theatre, Birmingham Rep and more  to pitch your show, or simply introduce yourself, before moving on. Followed by a free dinner.

Limited spaces available, reserve your slot by contacting Dan Nicholas on d.nicholas@derby.ac.uk 

 

 

 

First Bite Festival

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
Friday 5 April, 7pm
Tickets: Pay What You Think

First Bite is back! Join us this Spring for a chance to see an eclectic collection of extracts and new ideas from some of the most exciting theatre makers working across the region.

First Bite takes place across three venues in the Midlands, and is an exclusive chance to see work in progress material from seventeen regional theatre companies, and offer them your feedback in order to help develop their work. Three of the pieces seen during the First Bite events will be commissioned by the festival partners and be shown at the Bite Size Festival at Warwick Arts Centre in January 2020.

Be there at the start and help us mould the future of theatre in the Midlands!

Line up includes;

MIA

Mia Johnson

TCU

Jane English

Turkey and Cranberry Sauce

 

Producer Agony Aunt

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
Saturday 6 April, 12pm-12:30pm

Producers of the East Midlands unite! This event specifically for producers (or artists who self produce) is for us all to have a heart to heart, chat about our hang ups, our worries and our successes. Perhaps we can help each other with our problems, or just have a nice chat over a brew. Send in your queries and problems ahead of the discussion by e-mailing d.nicholas@derby.ac.uk 

 

Panel discussion: audience participation (for those who don't like Audience Participation)

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
Saturday 6 April, 3pm-4pm

When you hear the words ‘Audience Participation’ does it fill you with dread? Does a chill go down your spine? Or perhaps you’re an artist, who is keen to do more audience participation within your work. Itself as a form can create an intimacy between the performance and audience, but sometimes it can cross the line. In this panel discussion we will discuss the benefits of audience participation, how as artists we can care for the audience, and where we should draw the line.

 

 

East Meets West Theatre Club

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
Saturday 6 April, 5:30pm-7pm

In Bed With My Brother: Tricky Second Album

We’d love you to join us for another meeting of the East Meets West Theatre Club. It’s like a book club, but with less reading. In fact, you don’t have to do any advance prep at all. And you don’t even have to talk about the work if you don’t want to..

Come along to AAC early for a pre-show catch up with the rest of the Midlands’ theatre-making community. In Good Company will shout you a drink - there’ll be some informal Human Search Engine action going on (you’ll find out more about this when you get there) - and why not stay around after the show for more chit-chat and a live DJ? It’s a great opportunity to have a bit of a get together whilst also supporting our peers at the same time.

Tricky Second Album starts at 7pm so come along for Theatre Club from 5.30pm

East Meets West is a network for the East and West Midlands’ independent theatre making community, curated by Little Earthquake. For more information, visit:

www.eastmeetswest.org.uk

 

In Bed With My Brother - Tricky Second Album

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
Saturday 6 April, 7pm-8pm

In Bed with my Brother, three performance makers who like to make a massive song and dance out of the mundane and are a messy, multimedia mish-mash of clowning, dance routines and bad lip-syncing.

 

Drink and Draw

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
Saturday 6 April, 8pm-12pm

It’s the final night of the festival, and a Saturday night! As such let your hair down with this Drink and Draw extravaganza. A chance to hang out and relax after a busy weekend, with fun drawing activities, drinks and DJ on the decks.

 

Parent/Carer Creatives Consultation Session

Derby Theatre
Monday 8th April, 11am - 1pm
Tickets: FREE

In response to the recent conversations around issues and challenges parents in the arts face, In Good Company and Notnow Collective have teamed up to take action! If you are a (expecting or existing) parent/carer artists or creative, whether currently working, on parental leave, or considering going back to work, we would like to hear from you.  The consultation is held in anticipation of a forthcoming Parent-Carer Scratch Night presented by Notnow Collective and In Good Company and hosted by Derby Theatre, which will be held on 21st September 2019. 

This consultation is supported by PIPA Campaign, and the guest speakers will be announced soon.

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Commedia dell' Arte with Chiara D'Anna

Derby Theatre, Rehearsal Room
Saturday 13 April 11am - 5pm
Tickets: £10

In this masterclass you will learn how to create successful ensemble work, interact effectively with an auidence and improvise with confidence, developing skills that are fundamental in any performance setting - not only physical comedy. The workshop will explore how to apply Commedia's principles and techniques in the development of character and ensemble work. This masterclass will focus on different aspects of actor training including body awareness, improvisation, slapstick, stock characterisation and half mask technique. 

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Director Masterclass - Sarah Brigham 

Foreman 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. 

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Playshuffle 

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.

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