Departure Lounge: Staycation Festival 2020
Please note this event has now passed.
Departure Lounge is back to bring you two jam-packed days of ONLINE performances, workshops, discussions and pre-recorded work.
In Good Company and Derby Theatre are really looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s Festival. It nearly didn't happen but we were determined to put something on that everyone can enjoy safely whilst proving that we are here to stay!
Buy a festival pass for just £15 to access all Friday events at the best value and save £15 per person! Please note: booking is still required for each event. All events can also be booked individually.
Friday 11 December
On Zoom: Book a free 15 minute slot between 10am—12pm
An opportunity for theatre makers to give organisations the low down on what’s going down with them. Sign up for a 15 minute slot to rattle through as much as you can about the applications your making, projects your starting, work your doing, things your looking to achieve.
There are a limited number of first come, first served slots available but there will be future opportunities.
Please note that you’ll be speaking to several organisations at the same time. These are not 1-2-1 sessions.
What's The Crack Photo Credit: Chris Montgomery
Zoom Workshop: 12pm - 1pm
Critically acclaimed theatre maker, Lewis Doherty, explores the tools you’ll need to create dynamic and cinematic worlds on stage using just your body.
Using physical theatre, beat-boxing and mime, you’ll work together to push the boundaries of what is possible on stage when you the performer are the sound, the lights, and the props.
No previous experience is necessary – just a willingness, curiosity, and energy!
Lewis Doherty Photo Credit: Pamela Raith
On Zoom: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Hosted by Lyn Gardner. Panelists include Tobi Kyeremateng, Sarah Brigham, Alan Lane and Amahra Spence
Theatre makers come together for a fascinating and insightful discussion with industry movers and shakers, led by Lyn Gardner, to talk about the future of the theatre industry and how it can survive and thrive by putting community at the heart of what it does.
Panelist Photo Credits: Blaow, Robert Day, Chris Webb and Thom Bartley
Zoom Workshop: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Get ready to hear what it’s like behind the scenes, producing an online festival/event and exploring together how we can all navigate new ways of working in an interactive workshop with Birmingham based producer, Paige Jackson (she/her).
Paige Jackson Photo Credit: Lauren Morton
Katie Greenall and Daisy Hale present
Pre-Recorded Online Performance: 8pm - 9pm
Do you ever feel like your body takes up too much space in a world that doesn't want to make any room? Katie is fat. She’s pretty much always been fat, and probably will be fat forever more.
Join her in the ‘Cha Cha Slide’, munch on some crisps, and have a listen to what it’s like to live in a body that people can’t help but have an opinion on.
Derby Theatre is a 'Covid-secure' venue and this production has been safely pre-recorded, following government guidance.
Fatty Fat Fat Photo Credit: Liberty Antonia Sadler
Zoom: 9:30pm - 10:15pm
During lockdown some of the UK’s most exciting new musical theatre makers have come together for the first time on a collectively creative and produced piece of work, inspired by 1904 Olympic Marathon.
This is a story of fraud, thievery, liquor, raw eggs, rat poison, food poisoning, feral dogs, at least three separate incidents of near death and trying to put one foot in front of the other.
Saturday 12 December - The Best of Online
In Good Company
Photo Credit: Meander Theatre at Nottingham Playhouse Amp Night by Fraser Youngson
Derby Theatre - Premieres
Two new short plays commissioned by Derby Theatre and created under lockdown restrictions will also premiere online on Saturday 12 December as part of Departure Lounge: Staycation.
All the Places We Could Travel by Rommi Smith - 8pm
Two lovers separated by the pandemic: one is carrying a secret and this moment is the key to it; the other laments that plans for travelling the world are now dashed, but has no idea just where their relationship is going to travel tonight. Secrets rise like moths, but will love win?
Not That Kind of Film By Leo Skilbeck - 8:30pm
Filmed at a deserted mine site, Leo contemplates what it means to have grown up under Section 28.
Photo: Leo Skilbeck and Rommi Smith - the writers of the two new short plays. Credits Holly Revell and Lizzie Coombes aka Betty Lawless
How To Book
BSL Interpreted Events
• Panel Discussion (Online)
• Fatty Fat Fat (Online) BSL by Nicola Williams
• If you require a BSL interpreter at any of our other events please email Sophie Hack on email@example.com by 1 December 2020