Call Out: Creative Commission for ‘Derby Loves You: A Night of New Writing’

Derby Theatre and Derbyshire Playwright and Poet Simon Marshall are looking for a new creative response to the prompt ‘Derby Loves You’.

The creative commission should be 3-5 minutes in length, and could take the form of poetry, spoken word, original music, a monologue – however your creativity takes shape!

The chosen artist will create a piece and perform it on the evening of the Saturday 14 August at Derby Market Place, as part of Derby Loves You: A Night of New Writing.

Fee: £250 will be offered for the creation and performance of the work.

Other works that evening will celebrate Derby city, LGBTQ+ identity, young people’s aspirations and sense of home.

Derbyshire Playwright and Poet Simon Marshall will be curating the evening with Derby Theatre.

How To Apply

To express an interest in the commission, please send over a proposal in written (no more than 1 page), video or audio format to Beth Fermor, alongside one example of previous creative work.

In your proposal, you might indicate the inspirations you will draw on for the work, include an extract of what you had in mind, and demonstrate how Derby / Derbyshire has had significance in your creative or personal life.

Closing Date

The closing date will be Friday 23 July, with selections made on Monday 26 July. We will let you know either way by e-mail.

A first draft of the piece would be anticipated by Monday 2 August.

If you have any queries, please contact Beth Fermor at

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