Connections Festival 2021: Derby Theatre and Dudley College Performing Arts

Connections Festival , Community Events
Saturday 12 June 2021

Part of Connections Festival 2021

Derby Theatre Connections Company - Like There's No Tomorrow  by Justine Themen, Claire Proctor and Liz Mytton

Dudley College Performing Arts - Witches Can't Be Burned  by Silva Semerciyan

Age guide: 14+

Like There’s No Tomorrow created by the Belgrade Young Company by Justine Themen, Claire Proctor and Liz Mytton

Like There’s No Tomorrow

created by the Belgrade Young Company

by Justine Themen, Claire Proctor and Liz Mytton 

There are strange cracks appearing in the land on the other side of the world, turning habitats into wastelands and creating a new wave of climate refugees.

However, no one’s worrying about that here - where a mayoral candidate is promising more, more, more. It’s what the people want. Apart from Maru that is, who’s asthma is really bad because the air is already thick with pollution, and their mantra of reduce, reuse, recycle, is falling on deaf ears. However, as plans emerge to build on the park, and Maru’s parents appear to be seduced by the mayoral candidate’s invitation to consume as much as you can - something has to give.

So, when a crack appears in Maru’s new state of the art bedroom furniture and then it spreads to the centre of town, and Maru seems to be the culprit, it’s enough to focus everyone’s attention - as they seek to deal with the symptom, whilst remaining oblivious of the cause. Like There’s No Tomorrow was created with the Belgrade Young Company, through a process of discussion, research, improvisation, scripting and revision. They first performed this play on Monday 9th March 2020.

Witches Can’t Be Burned by Silva Semerciyan

Witches Can’t Be Burned

by Silva Semerciyan

If you keep on doing the same thing, over and over again, you’ll keep on getting the same results, time and time again.

St. Paul’s have won the schools Playfest competition, three years in a row, by selecting recognised classics from the canon and producing them at an exceptionally high level, it’s a tried and trusted formula. With straight A’s student and drama freak, Anuka cast as Abigail Williams in The Crucible  by Arthur Miller, the school seem to be well on course for another triumph, which would be a record. What could possibly go wrong?

However, as rehearsals gain momentum, Anuka has an epiphany. An experience resulting in her asking searching questions surrounding the text, the depiction and perception of female characters, the meaning of loyalty, and the values and traditions underpinning the very foundations of the school. Thus, the scene is set for a confrontation of epic proportions as Anuka seeks to break with tradition, before tradition breaks her and all young women like her and reality begins to take on the ominous hue of Miller’s fictionalized Salem.

How To Book for Events at the Theatre

- All bookings must be made in advance, where you will be issued with an e-ticket. Please note that the Box Office is currently available for calls (01332 59 39 39) and in-person bookings on Tuesday - Saturday between 10am - 2pm. Online bookings are available 24/7.

- For any enquiries please email or text 07717 346 964 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

- Please make sure your theatre account has an up-to-date e-mail address and contact number so we can send your e-ticket.

- Book with confidence: we will be offering a flexible ticketing policy to avoid any concern about cancelled performances. A free exchange or refund will be offered in cases of event cancellations due to COVID-19.

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Socially Distanced Seating Pods

- In line with government advice, we are offering seats for all in-person events up until 21 June 2021 in socially distanced pods with one metre distance between each pod. Pods of seats can only be booked and occupied by people from within one household or bubble. 

- Please only book into a seating pod that matches your group size. If the pod size you wish to book is not available, please consider booking two pods of 2 for a group of 4, one pod of 2 and one pod of 3 for a group of 5 and so on. If this is not suitable, please do get in touch to discuss by email or text 07717 346 964.

- Please note there is some level of flexibility and if demand is there we will look to adapt the seating plan as and where we can, while maintaining social distancing, to continue offering varying sized pods.

- If government guidelines change before this event takes place, the seating plan may change and capacity may increase.

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