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!

Festival Pass

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

What's The Crack?

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

Making Theatre with Lewis Doherty

Zoom Workshop: 12pm - 1pm

Cost: £5

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

Beyond 2020: Online Panel Discussion

On Zoom: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Cost: £5

Hosted by Lyn Gardner. Panelists include Tobi Kyeremateng, Sarah Brigham, Alan Lane and Amahra Spence

BSL Interpreted

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

Producing in a Pandemic with Paige Jackson 

Zoom Workshop: 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Cost: £5

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

Fatty Fat Fat

Pre-Recorded Online Performance: 8pm - 9pm 

Cost: £8

BSL Interpreted

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

The Marathon Project: A Choose Your Own Adventure Musical


Zoom: 9:30pm - 10:15pm

Cost: £5

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

Tune into the best pre-recorded work from the past 7 months. Free to watch - follow @IngoodcoEM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as they are turned into digital stages! 

View Line-Up

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.

Free to watch: subscribe to Derby Theatre on YouTube or follow @DerbyTheatre on Facebook to watch online.

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?

Find Out More

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.

Find Out More

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

Book online today or call Derby Theatre's Box Office on 01332 59 39 39 (available from Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30am - 2:30pm), text 07717 346 964 or email

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 by 1 December 2020

Good to Go and See It Safely logos