Home Girl

A Derby Theatre production
Derby Theatre Productions , Plays and Drama
Tuesday 20 July 2021

CANCELLED: Due to an increasing amount of Covid-related absences affecting our young company, we are incredibly sad to announce that our upcoming production of Home Girl on Friday 30 - Saturday 31 July 2021has had to be cancelled.

We will be contacting everyone who has a booking for the production to arrange a refund or theatre credit, so please bear with us, and we will be in touch very soon.

"This isn’t my home. Haven’t had a proper home since . . . This is just somewhere I’ll be resting my bones for a week and maybe a bit. This time next year you’ll forget who I am. I haven’t got a diddly where I’ll be by then. But I’m used to it."

Home Girl tells the story of Naomi, a teenage girl growing up fast in the care system, a wholly modern story which sheds a much-needed light on what can be an unsettling life - and the consequences that can follow when children are treated like pawns on a family chessboard.

When fourteen-year-old white girl Naomi is placed with a Black foster care family, her life takes some dramatic twists and turns.

Fast-paced and funny, tender, tragic and full of courage, this exciting stage adaptation will play on the main stage at Derby Theatre this summer.

The Home Girl Project

This brand new stage adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s award-winning novel has been created as a unique collaboration between professional writers Alex Wheatle MBE, Nathan Powell and Sarah KolawoleDerby TheatreDerby’s Cultural Education Partnership, professional care-experienced young people and other young theatre makers (our Future Creatives).

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About Alex Wheatle

Alex Wheatle - Futures Unlocked

Alex Wheatle MBE is an award-winning author who won the Guardian Children’s Book Award in 2016 (for Crongton Knights) and Home Girl is one of the Crongton series of novels.

Meet the Cast

L-R: Lisa Allen, Isobel Coward, Andrea Davy, Newtion Matthews, Helena Rimmer and Laura White

The cast includes: Lisa Allen (Horrible Histories for the UK no. 1 tour, Brassed Off for Derby Theatre and DCI Burns, Waterloo Road and Emmerdale for TV); Isobel Coward (The Laramie Project and Canterbury Tales for the stage), Andrea Davy (The Railway Children for Northcott, Exeter; Treasure Island for Birmingham Rep and Patrick Melrose for TV), Newtion Matthews (One Love: The Bob Marley Musical and The Front Line for Shakespeare’s Globe); Helena Rimmer (A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations and Alice in Wonderland for Derby Theatre) and Laura White (The Play That Goes Wrong for a national tour).

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Meet the Future Creatives

Home Girl Future Creatives Meet the Team

The Future Creatives are a group of young people who are an integral part of our Home Girl production and related project. The initiative offers a range of hands-on opportunities for young people aged 14-25 to be involved in different stages of the creative and production process.

Meet the Team


- Home Girl will initially be on-sale at a reduced capacity, whilst we await the next update in relation to the roadmap announcement for 19 July.

- Performances will not be on-sale socially distanced, and seats may need to be re-allocated if full restrictions are not lifted from 19 July.

- If full restrictions are lifted from 21 June, then more tickets will be released for sale. We will contact all bookers with the latest information.

Friends Membership Deal

Home Girl tickets are just £13 for Friends (£2 off). Offer available on all seats and performances. Offer not available on £5 tickets for Under 26s.

Simply login into your theatre account before booking and your discounts will automatically be applied when adding tickets to your basket.

Friends are entitled to 1 discounted ticket, Joint Friends can get 2 discounted tickets and Family Friends can get up to 6 discounted tickets.

Home Girl is part of...

Age Guidance: 14+

Co-directed by Sarah Brigham and Bryn Holding

Dramaturg: Nic Wass

Future Creative Writer: Anisa Archer