Departure Lounge 2020 festival to be postponed until early 2021
Due to the current Coronavirus situation, we are sad to announce that Departure Lounge, our nationally recognised and highly acclaimed annual summer festival of ground-breaking work and fresh and exciting performance, will not go ahead in its usual July slot this year.
Produced and presented by In Good Company, the flagship creative, professional and development programme, and Derby Theatre; the Festival takes months of planning and preparation, working collaboratively and in partnership with numerous artists and companies, both regionally and from across the UK.
Therefore, with advance planning, producing and rehearsing being restricted and limited at this time, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone.
However, in line with our on-going support for artists, and a public commitment to showcase work, we are now working towards presenting the Festival in early spring 2021, both through its much-loved Departure Lounge festival-feel format in a variety of exciting spaces at the Theatre and through innovative new channels and platforms.
We’d like to take this opportunity to announce and pay tribute to some of the theatre makers and companies that were due to showcase work at this year's festival. Make sure to follow them on Twitter and check out their work using the links below.
We look forward to welcoming them to Derby Theatre in 2021!
Good Grief by Ugly Bucket
Cute by Luca Rutherford
Fatty Fat Fat by Katie Greenall
Bonfire by Simon Marshall
State of Independence by Unanima Theatre
A Good Nawt Out by Phil Green
Ready Steady Disco by Zest Theatre
Don’t Leave Me This Way by Zoo Indigo
Hawk by Lewis Doherty
Petticoat Council by Boys Club
*Represent Showcase name by artist Lauren Nicole Whitter, highlighting works that are underrepresented on stages.
Stay Tuned for Updates
So we’ll be set to depart on theatrical vacations together again soon. Festival-related updates and announcements will be made via In Good Company and Derby Theatre communication channels and platforms...so keep an eye on the digital departures board and watch this space!
In the meantime, view the latest digital workshops being offered through The Big House and In Good Company.
We look forward to you inviting you onboard once again in the coming months.