Two by Jim Cartwright


Friday 2 - Saturday 24 March 2018

Schools Performances: Wednesday 14 March, 2:30pm, Thursday 15 March, 10:30am and Wednesday 21 March, 2:30pm

Performance and workshops perfect for GCSE and A Level Drama students

Our big production for the spring is Jim Cartwright’s brilliant comic two-hander. Set during the 1980s in a pub in the North of England, a bickering landlord and landlady take orders from the locals. As a range of colourful characters pull up a stool, the rich tapestry of their interconnecting lives is revealed. With the fragile relationship of our less-than-cordial hosts at breaking point, a rollercoaster of emotions unfolds.

TWO is a mainstay of GCSE and A Level Drama curriculums due to its heavy use of multi-roling and a wide variety of characters and themes that cover love, loss, commitment, faithfulness, domestic abuse, adultery and growing old.

School Tickets
We are offering schools tickets for only £9.50 each, with one teacher free with every ten tickets purchased.

To make a schools booking please call the Box Office on 01332 593939 or email

As part of this production, we are offering fantastic participation and learning opportunities, each providing a wonderful insight into the production, its themes and the array of characters in preparation for exams.

TWO - Explore Session with actors Sean McKenzie and Jo Mousley

Wednesday 14 March, following the 2:30pm performance

An interactive session which helps students to understand the array of characters and how our actors approached the creation of them. Students will even get the chance to become the director themselves, giving new character choices for the actors to explore… on the spot! This session can also support students to critically analyse this particular production for their live review, as we unpack the creative decisions made by the designer and the director.

The session will take place in the auditorium after the show and will also be attended by other schools. Places are limited so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Suitable for: KS3, 4 and 5

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes (including a short break)

Cost: £100

TWO Playback

Wednesday 21 March, after the 2.30pm performance

A chance to see key moments from the play replayed with input from the student audience to help explore character, story and production elements. Helps GCSE and A level students with their live theatre review.

Duration: 45 minutes (including short break)

Prices: please enquire

Post-Show Discussion

For those school groups who would like to come in the evening there is a post-show discussion taking place on Thursday 22 March after the 7:30pm performance. School tickets are also available on this date. 

Careers Day

See backstage and meet the professionals who work across all the departments.  Learn about the broad range of career paths in theatre, experience what our staff do and find out how they became invovled in professional theatre work.

Suitable for: KS3, 4 & 5

Cost: £6 a head

Duration: Whole day

Min pupils: 30   Max pupils:  60

Backstage Tour

A great introduction to theatre. From the dressing rooms to the fly floor, come and take a look into the backstage world of theatre.

Both these sessions are perfect for Arts Awards.

Suitable for KS 3, 4 & 5

Cost: £2 per head

Duration: 1 hour

Maximum capacity: 30 pupils

Shakespeare in Practice

These workshops will provide students with practical approaches to explore ways to unlock Shakespeare's language and bring the text to life. As either a first introduction or a deeper study of a chosen plays language, characters and theme we can tailor them to meet your learning objectives.

You can choose from the following workshops:

First Encounter Workshop: An introduction to a Shakespeare play

Exploration Workshop: A deeper study into a Shakespeare play, unpicking key speeches ans scenes.

Suitable for: KS3, 4 & 5 (Can also be used as a GSCE revision aid) 

Duration: 2 hours

Price: £5 per head

Max capacity: 30

Arts Award Day

Build Derby Theatre into your plans for Arts Award for all levels. Discover the theatre and find out about professional artists. We'll inspire yoru pupils here, giving them the knowledge they need to complete their award.

Suitable for KS 3, 4 & 5

Cost and duration is flexible depending on your needs. Please enquire.