For Secondary Schools & Colleges

Discover Derby Theatre - A Learning Theatre

To enquire about any aspect of our Learning Programme, please email: All of our workshops can be tailored for Special Educational Needs Schools at primary or secondary level.

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.

Book Now for Drink The Mercury

Petrichor - Theatre In VR Discover Package


ThickSkin is offering an exciting bundle of learning resources for a new digital play, titled PETRICHOR for Derby Theatre's school audiences. The production is available to schools and colleges online and can be viewed on smart-devices or laptops, with or without VR headsets. 

ThickSkin are also offering an immersive VR experience, touring into schools and colleges. Booking is available now for October 2020 onwards.

PETRICHOR is a story set in a parallel universe, exploring escape and connection. It features two performers, an original soundtrack and projected animation. The story is told through movement, animation and film with very little spoken word, and is approximately 30 minutes long.

This is the first in a series of MATCHBOX plays by ThickSkin – presenting high quality digital theatre for young people.

Discover Package for Schools & Colleges

This package has been designed to support learning and access for age 13+, with curriculum links for GCSE and A Level.

Download Discover Pack


1) PETRICHOR VR film, accessed online for 6 months 

2) A behind-the-scenes documentary, including interviews with the creative team and insight into the creation process

3) Additional teaching resources, including creative task videos led by ThickSkin's Artistic Director


- On-site VR experience in schools/colleges (£500 + VAT)

- Live Zoom Q&As with members of the company (£50 + VAT)

Book Now for your School

Coming Soon

Check back soon for more events and learning resources for Secondary Schools & Colleges as we begin to re-open following our closure.