What makes us a Learning Theatre? Plus One

Hi! My name is Lucy, and I’m an 18 year old singer-songwriter from Belper. My involvement with Derby Theatre originated from my participation in the Plus-One scheme. I first heard about the Plus-One scheme through my leaving care worker, who suggested that this sounded like the perfect opportunity for me, as my low confidence prevented me from sharing my compositions with the world. The first time I participated in an event was under a year ago, in December 2016, which really demonstrates how the scheme can make a huge difference to young people like myself, in such a short space of time.

For me, the most enjoyable aspect of the Plus-One scheme is the opportunity to express myself as an artist, alongside some incredible, equally minded young people whose talents couldn’t be explored without the scheme itself. Not only has Plus-One given myself and many others a platform for creativity, but also the opportunity to improve confidence in making friends, being independent and learning about how to take our interests to a professional level. Before the scheme, I couldn’t travel alone due to anxiety and low confidence, but my enthusiasm for attending the events gave me a strong motive to overcome my fears. 

I am due to attend The London Academy of Contemporary Music in the next couple of weeks, and live in Greater London independently as I complete my honours degree in Creative Artistry. I have acquired the skills, confidence and support to acheive this from the Plus-One scheme, and the incredibly dedicated, loving and talented teaching staff at Derby Theatre. Plus-One evidences the fact that Derby Theatre truly is a learning theatre, which projects its opportunities towards everyone, no matter your skill level, your age, your personal situation or your quality of life. The one requirement for learning at Derby Theatre is passion, and the Plus-One scheme certainly demonstrates a passion for building on creative minds, and watching them flower. 

Plus-One isn’t just a scheme, it’s a family.

Find out more about Plus One in the video below...