Top 5 Reasons Not To Miss Departure Lounge Festival 2021

There's just one day to go until In Good Company's Departure Lounge 2021 - THE Midlands' arts festival that arts journalist Lyn Gardner calls "one of the most crucial dates in the annual theatre calendar".

Here are the Top 5 reasons you won't want to miss the festival and why YOU should come along and get involved, either in-person or online...

1) Have Your Say

DL 2021 Panel Discussion

In response to how many freelancers are stepping up to be heard after the events of 2020, you can join the conversation and have your say at this year's online panel discussion.

Join us on Zoom for this important discussion chaired by Lyn Gardner

The panel brings together: Sarah Brigham (Artistic Director & CEO of Derby Theatre); Dr Cecila Wee (Independent curator, educator and agitator) Sunita Hinduja and Adele Thomas from Freelancers Make Theatre Work and Amanda Parker from Inc Arts

Book Your Place

Ahead of the event, read Lyn Gardner's blog discussing the needs of freelancers on The Stage.

2) Support Emerging Artists

Artists sharing works-in-development this year include Lauren RussellNeal Pike and Nadia Nadarajah as part of the REPRESENT: Disabled Artists Showcase.

DL 2021: Represent Showcase

3) Be part of a Supportive Network

This year, join the Snack and Chat Networking Lunch online gathering on Gathertown.

4) Try New Types of Theatre

Audiences can try something new with a range of immersive and experiential theatre. The line-up this year includes Cloudscapes by Gobbledegook Theatre and Mouthful of Salt and Soil Audio Walk by Jo Tyabji.

DL 2021 Outdoor Events

5) Diverse Audiences. Diverse Shows

BONUS: Catch Up & Have Fun!

We're all overdue a good theatre catch up after a year of lockdown, isolation, furlough and working from home. We can't wait to see you!

View Festival Line-Up

DL 2021 Front of House