There are lots of opportunities and chances to put all the developing, collaborating and dreaming you've indulged in through In Good Company into practice on stages big and small. 

Our annual Departure Lounge Festival is a performance platform of national importance, attended by artists, industry and audiences. We invite local and national artists to showcase their work and celebrate new and innovative performance.

Our annual Check-in Festival is designed for local artists to experiment and play.

Our seasonal scratch nights allow local and national artists to test new ideas in a supportive and encouraging environment

Departure Lounge Festival 

Departure Lounge Festival is the arts festival for groundbreaking work in the heart of the country. Every corner of Derby Theatre and beyond will be brought to life by extraordinary performances, workshops and discussion. Check back next year for details on the 2019 festival.

See the full line up of Departure Lounge 2018 events

We’ve kept our ticket prices low, as we know artists and audiences aren’t always loaded, so check out our weekender and day passes below. With our Earlybird Offer you can even buy a Weekend Festival Pass for just £60 by booking before Thursday 31 May (saving a massive £80 per person). If you just want to pop along to an individual event nothing costs more than a tenner! At Departure Lounge you'll always be In Good Company. 

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Scratch Nights

Our next Scratch Night is on Monday 11 November at 7:30pm. We've chosen our performers so come along and get inspired for the next one or just enjoy a great evening of new writing. 


PlayShuffle is an open mic night for new writing, designed to lift plays off the page so they can stand on their own two feet.  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. Find out more about our next event here