Futures Unlocked - Digital Programme for Ages 15-25

Would you like to work in the arts but aren’t sure what skills you might need or how to get there?

Sometimes, it might feel like (or you might be told) that a job in the arts is too hard to get into, or that you need to be from a particular kind of background to get there. That’s probably because the arts don’t truly represent our society today. But you can get there!

Say hello to Futures Unlocked - a digital programme for ages 15-25 that will help you explore your career potential during lockdown. Scroll down for more information, including BSL interpretation options.

How Does It Work?

Week A - meet a professional artist in an Instagram live interview.

Week B - take part in a practical Zoom workshop with the artist.

5 artists. 10 weeks. Starting Tuesday 23 June! 

Full schedule now announced scroll down for details.

Instagram Live Interviews

Every fortnight, Futures Unlocked invites you to meet a different artist on Instagram Live, in an interview led by a young person.

Gain a unique and personal insight into the work of each artist, including a theatre director, actor, an award-winning writer, a theatre-maker and a music producer/composer.  

As well as hearing about their own journeys into their careers, you will also have the chance to ask questions in the comments.

Follow @derbytheatre on Instagram.

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Zoom Workshops

One week after the interview, each artist will then run a practical workshop on Zoom - a great opportunity to engage with a wonderful range of inspirational artists and learn new skills for directing, writing, acting and more.

They might get you to try some writing, direct you in a small scene or create a short track. 


Booking for each workshop will open on the website the day after each Instagram Live interview at 10am. Check the Get Involved section of our What's On.

Zoom workshop places are ONLY £5 per person (only one place can be booked per booking/transaction).

Each workshop has ONLY 10 places available, so early booking is strongly advised. 

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @DerbyTheatre or subscribe to our mailing list to be the first to hear when booking is available.

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Directing with Sarah Brigham

Watch the full interview with Sarah Brigham in the video below.

BSL interpretation by Stacey Green.

Watch on YouTube

Alex Wheatle - Futures Unlocked

Writing with Alex Wheatle 

Alex Wheatle MBE is a British novelist whose books include Home Girl and Crongton Knights (which won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize Paperback in 2016).

Instagram Live Interview: Tuesday 7 July, 4.30pm – 5pm

Zoom Workshop: Tuesday 14 July, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Booking for workshop opens on Wednesday 8 July, 10am.

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Acting with Alex Nowak

Alex Nowak is a British Deaf actor who uses both speech and British Sign Language, he was due to appear in Derby Theatre's Treasure Island before its cancellation due to COVID-19.

Instagram Live Interview: Tuesday 21 July, 4:30pm – 5pm

Zoom Workshop: Tuesday 28 July, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Booking for the workshop opens on Wednesday 22 July, 10am


Music Production with Rukus

Rukus is Artistic Director of Baby People and an artist, producer, DJ, rapper and musician.

Instagram Live Interview:  Tuesday 4 August, 4:30pm – 5pm

Zoom Workshop: Tuesday 11 August, 4:30 – 5:30pm

Booking for the workshop opens on Wednesday 5 August, 10am

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Theatremaking with Tim Crouch

Tim Crouch is a theatre maker, actor, writer and director (credits include being the co-writer and creator of the BBC's Don't Forget The Driver)

Instagram Live Interview: Tuesday 18 August, 4:30pm – 5pm

Zoom Workshop: Tuesday 25 August, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Booking for the workshop opens on Wednesday 19 August, 10am

Accessible through BSL and Captioning

Instagram Live Interviews

Each Instagram interview will be made accessible through British Sign language (BSL) and Captioning as soon after each recording as possible, and these will be available to view and access from this page and Derby Theatre's YouTube channel.

Zoom Workshops

The Zoom workshops with each artist can also be made BSL accessible on request. 

PLEASE NOTE: a limited number of places will be held for each Zoom workshop for anyone requiring BSL interpretation, and these can be requested in advance of booking opening.

For anyone wishing to book a place which requires BSL interpretation, please email learning@derbytheatre.co.uk

We ask for anyone requiring BSL interpretation to book on and inform us by 5pm on the Wednesday before each Zoom workshop.

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If you can’t see yourself reflected in this industry, it may feel like it’s not for you. This remains one of the most urgent issues facing the sector today, particularly for people of colour, people with disabilities or from lower socio-economic backgrounds who are still massively underrepresented.  

Derby Theatre wants to make a difference and help change this, so that we can unlock creative futures for everyone.