Derby Theatre Regrets to Announce the Cancellation of Home Girl
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 has had to be cancelled.
The disruption will have too heavy an impact on the rehearsal schedule and the whole company being able to work together towards opening the show next week.
Although this is an incredibly difficult decision to make, the safety of our company, staff and audiences remains a top priority.
Sarah Brigham (Artistic Director and CEO, Derby Theatre) said:
"We are extremely disappointed about having to cancel this production. The genesis and core of the Home Girl production was always about giving young people the voice and agency to co-write, co-perform and co-design the production.
But out of the 24 young people who are involved, we now have a significant number who are unable to take part due to self-isolation.
Even if they isolate today (21 July), they will not make the final rehearsals, and so will be unable to have any meaningful involvement in the show.
This would mean that whilst we would 'get a show on', the core mission of this exciting production, to genuinely co-create a production between young people and professionals would not be met.
We know this is hugely disappointing, but we feel to move forward with only a handful of young people involved, would be counter to the heart of the project and the civic responsibility we, as a theatre, aim to embody through this production.
We have therefore taken the heartbreaking decision to cancel the show. We will be paying all contracts of freelancers and casuals involved in full, and we will aim to remount the show in 2022."
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.