There are lots of opportunities and chances to put all the developing, collaborating and dreaming you've indulged in through In Good Company into practice on stages big and small. 

Our annual Departure Lounge Festival is a performance platform of national importance, attended by artists, industry and audiences. We invite local and national artists to showcase their work and celebrate new and innovative performance.

Our annual Check-in Festival is designed for local artists to experiment and play.

Our seasonal scratch nights allow local and national artists to test new ideas in a supportive and encouraging environment

Departure Lounge Festival 2018

Thursday 19 - Sunday 22 July

Departure Lounge is back for a sixth year! Derby Theatre’s hugely successful summer festival of fresh, new and exciting theatre, produced by In Good Company.

Departure Lounge Festival is the arts festival for groundbreaking work in the heart of the country. Every corner of Derby Theatre and beyond will be brought to life by extraordinary performances, workshops and discussion. 

We really are reimagining what a theatrical experience can be and are committed to supporting curious minds and artists. There's the regular mix of Edinburgh previews, the best of the East Midlands blended with the UK’s most exciting artists and companies, sharing works-in-progress, performances in cafés and cars, all nighters, immersive and intimate performances and award-winning touring work.

This year we've gone international, with Theatre Replacement's Town Choir taking place in Derby's Intu Centre and a corker of a line-up being assembled for our Leadership In The Arts panel discussion on Friday. We are also teaming up with Little Earthquake to host East-Meets-West once again and re-charging our batteries and taking stock on our Sunday workshop day. 

See the full line up of Departure Lounge 2018 events

We’ve kept our ticket prices low, as we know artists and audiences aren’t always loaded, so check out our weekender and day passes below. With our Earlybird Offer you can even buy a Weekend Festival Pass for just £60 by booking before Thursday 31 May (saving a massive £80 per person). If you just want to pop along to an individual event nothing costs more than a tenner! At Departure Lounge you'll always be In Good Company. 

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The Thelma’s Coconut

Ever feel like you are constantly disappointing people? 

Meet Rumi, a British Pakistani woman who’s referred to as a ‘Coconut’ (brown on the outside, white on the inside). Born and brought up as a Muslim, Rumi spends more time enjoying fine wine and bacon than being at the mosque.

When she meets Simon, a white guy, she hopes that his decision to convert to Islam will be enough to keep everyone happy. However, as Simon begins to explore his faith, Rumi’s world spins off its axis in ways she could never have predicted.

About The Thelmas:

The Thelmas are devoted to empowering women to redress the equality imbalance in the arts, supporting them to disrupt dominant narratives and create theatre that is big, bold and emotionally resonant. They crave authentic and bittersweet stories outside of the traditional female (BAME) stereotype and socially impactful narratives that reflect society but don’t look to solve prevalent issues.

The Thelmas are proud to be a New Diorama Theatre Emerging Company for 2017/18.

Touring to all the IGC partners across the East Midlands, for more info and to book tickets please see the venue website:

Mon 18 June – Guildhall Arts Centre in Grantham
Tue 19 June – The Brewhouse in Burton 
Wed 27 June – Drill Hall in Lincoln
Thur 28 June – The Old Library in Mansfield
Fri 29 June – South Holland Centre in Spalding
Sat 30 June – Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester

Scratch Nights

Our next Scratch Night is the Summer Madness on June 23rd 7-10pm. We've chosen our performers so come along and get inspired for the next one or just enjoy a great evening of new writing. For more information click here.



8th June 5.30 -7.30

PlayShuffle is an open mic night for new writing, designed to lift plays off the page so they can stand on their own two feet.  We provide the Dutch courage so actors can stretch their sight-reading muscles; producers and directors test their ability to sniff out potential and playwrights hear their work for the first time. Find out more about our next event here