Derby Theatre launches Futures Unlocked - a new digital programme for ages 15-25

Unique opportunities to discover more about careers in the creative industries and to engage with a range of exciting, professional artists in online workshops 

During this extraordinary time of lockdowns, lives being lived  differently and our digital connections being stronger than ever, Derby Theatre is excited to launch Futures Unlocked, a fantastic and insightful online programme for 13-25 year olds that will have BSL interpretation options available.

Futures Unlocked is being offered in line with Derby Theatre’s commitment to keep digitally connected with audiences, artists, families and young people at this time. This is a programme of artistled activities, both live and recorded, to engage, inspire and keep creative during lockdown and the Theatre being closed. 

Every fortnight, a new artist will be introduced via an Instagram Live interview led by a young person, a fantastic opportunity to gain an invaluable insight into the work and career of each artist. The artists involved include a director, musician, actor, theatre maker and an award-winning writer.

One week after the interview, each artist will then run a practical workshop on Zoom… a brilliant opportunity to get digitally up close and personal to work with the artist on a practical session where they share approaches. 

Sarah Brigham (Artistic Director and CEO, Derby Theatre) will kick us off. Sarah’s Instagram Live interview will be on Tue 23 June, 4.30-5pm, and her Zoom workshop will be on Tue 30 June, 4.30-5.30pm.  

Taking place every fortnight, the other artists include: British novelist, Alex Wheatle MBE whose novels include Home Girl and Crongton Knights (which won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize Paperback in 2016); Rukus, Artistic Director of Baby People and an artist, producer, DJ, rapper and musician and Tim Crouch, an experimental theatre maker, actor, writer and director. The final artist will be announced soon.

Find out more about cost, availabilty, booking and BSL interpretation here

Caroline Barth (Creative Learning Director, Derby Theatre) said:

“What better opportunity than the current situation to be able to “meet” some of our most exciting artists and hear directly about their careers and their advice for the next generation.  Using Instagram Live, means young people will also be able to interact. Not only that, but the smaller Zoom workshops will give a unique and practical insight into the way these artists work.  Get in quick for those!” 

Futures Unlocked is an ideal opportunity for young people who are looking to get into a career in the arts.

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