Call Out: 'This is Derby' performance opportunity for young people aged 14-18 from Derby city

This is Derby: Performance Project ‘This is Me’

Interested in performing? 

Want an opportunity to tell your story as a young person living in Derby?

This is Derby is a programme working with young people across the city and we are looking for up to 15 young people aged 14-18 from Derby city to work with Derby Theatre & Curious Monkey Theatre Company on an exciting and unique opportunity.

This is your chance to produce a short professional ensemble performance (10 minutes), bringing your voices to life through an exciting and highly visual display performed at the large celebration event for This Is Derby on Saturday 13 July 2019 in Derby’s Market Place

You will join us for two intensive days (Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May) of writing and devising workshops, working with Amy Golding (Artistic Director of Curious Monkey) and a script writer to explore the broader themes of growing up/place/identity as a young person in the city. 

This will be followed by an intensive week of rehearsals with a team of professional actors to create the performance leading up to the celebration. 

This is Derby

How To Take Part

It is highly important that young people who sign up for this project are available for all dates listed below, we cannot unfortunately offer a place for anyone that isn’t available for the whole process. Thank you for your understanding.

If you are able to join us and would like to know more about the project and booking your place – please download and complete the permission form below and email it to Alix Manning-Jones by Friday 24 May.

Download the Permission Form


Two Day Introductory Workshops: Thursday 30 & Friday 31 May

Amy Golding and a script writer will be meeting with the young people to generate initial ideas for the performance piece.

Rehearsal Week: Monday 7 - Friday 12 July

Amy Golding alongside a creative team will join us for an intensive week of rehearsals (these will be after-school, times tbc) to create the final performance. 

Performance Day: Saturday 13 July, 3 -8pm

The cast will be part of the celebration and will be performing as part of the major finale performance. Full details to follow.

About Curious Monkey

Curious Monkey is an international award-winning Theatre Company. They create outstanding theatre inspired by young people and connections they make in local communities and around the world, they worked closely with Derby Theatre through their production of Leaving and have worked with the Plus One programme for young people in and leaving care. 

This project will follow the same creative process and listen to young people whose stories are rarely told, collaborating with a team of award-winning artists, including actors and writers to shape these stories into fresh, direct theatre that is rooted in the experiences of the people they work with.