Home Girl Creative Mentors Call-Out

Are you a professional set and costume, lighting designer or movement director based in the Midlands and interested in mentoring young people aged 14-18?

Derby Theatre and Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership are producing a new adaptation of British novelist, Alex Wheatle MBE’s Home Girl.

Adapted by Sarah ‘Rain’ Kolawole and Nathan Powell in collaboration with young theatre makers, the play will be directed by Derby Theatre’s Artistic Director, Sarah Brigham and will be performed by a professional company of actors and young performers this July.

The production week and performances are currently due to take place w/c 26 July 2021.

The next stage of the project is to recruit the young people who will design the set, costumes and lighting for the production and work on the movement supported by professionals to mentor them through the process.

This opportunity is being offered as part of our Reimagine and Plus One Projects, which place young people’s voices at the centre of a creative process.

We welcome and encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. We are committed to providing opportunities for people of colour, Deaf or disabled people and people who identify as trans and gender diverse.

We would also be interested in hearing from those with a lived experience of the Care system.

We will provide suitable access provision and support, in consultation with the people we work with.

About Home Girl

Home Girl  follows the story of a young girl in care who struggles to adapt to the foster care system. More information can be found here.

We imagine there potentially being more than 1 young person per role and creative discussions will initially take place on Zoom. We are looking for applicants who will be confident working in both a virtual space, as well as face to face, creatively supporting and mentoring young people through their ideas. The number of sessions and when these take place is to be agreed.

The final adaptation will be under 60 minutes and be for a flexible cast of 15-30 performers and an audience with the age guidance of 11+.

In addition to mentoring sessions, you will also run up to 2 sessions with our future creatives young people to share skills in your specialism. These will be groups of around 15 young people.

How to Apply

We are looking for designers and movement directors with at least 2 professional** production credits.

You will need to send:

- A full CV with full contact details

- An paragraph (no more than 300 words) explaining why you would like to mentor and work with young people on this project

- Images or footage of your work

- A completed Equality and Diversity monitoring form

Please send to Lauren Barkes-Nickolds  L.Barkes@derby.ac.uk with 'Home Girl Mentor' in the subject line.

Download Equality and Diversity Form as PDF

Download Equality and Diversity Form as Word Doc


The deadline to apply is by midday on Friday 26 February. PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept submissions after this time.

Selection Process

For those we would to like to discuss the project with further, we will invite to a Zoom meeting.

We will ensure feedback is given to any unsuccessful applicant, but please bear with us in sending this.


Each mentor will receive £2,000 fee and expenses (as necessary)

** A production with a professional creative team for a minimum of a one week run.

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