For Primary Schools

Discover Derby Theatre -  a Learning Theatre

We have a fantastic series of shows and workshops aimed at Primary School children. To enquire about any aspect of our Learning Programme, please email:  

All of our workshops can be tailored for Special Educational Needs Schools.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently working with a reduced staff team and only able to offer a limited learning programme. Check back soon for more events and resources specifically for secondary schools and colleges as we now begin to re-open following our closure.

Drink the Mercury

FREE Online Performance by University of Derby Students

Many years ago, dark and sickening times truly befell a small Japanese Village named Minamata. Many of the people in the village grew sick and weak, dying of a disease known as the “Mercury Disease”.

This story follows the life of a little girl known as Ioka, who was only nine years old and one of these unfortunate victims. The ones responsible for all this sickness and death are known as the Chisso Factory Corporation, contaminating the waters of the village, poisoning the fish that inhabited the water with the chemical “Mercury”.

This is a true story that demonstrates and embodies the power of greed and how it leads us to do truly unforgivable acts, but also unity and bravery in adversity showing no matter how strong the enemy may be, you must never give up hope. Where alone we are not much of a threat but together, we are a force to be feared.

Directed by Nathan Powell, and brought to you by University of Derby students, Drink the Mercury  reveals the importance of fighting for what is right and having the bravery to do so no matter the odds.

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