Departure Lounge 2017

Departure Lounge 2017

Thursday 20 - Sunday 23 July 

Departure Lounge Festival is celebrating its 5th birthday, and not only do we have a bumper line-up of shows, workshops and talks, but we've also added a whole new festival to the bill - Arrivals! Departure Lounge will remain a hub for fresh and innovative performance and the following weekend Arrivals will showcase the best in new writing and young voices.

You’ll get your usual dosage of Edinburgh previews, as well as tried and tested work and a couple of brand new works-in-progress. We're also delighted to announce that we will be hosting Little Earthquake’s East Meets West Symposium and our family day will return to finish off the weekend with some exciting new work for young audiences.

We’ve kept our ticket prices low as we know artists and audiences aren’t always flush, so check out our weekender and day passes below. And if you just want to pop along to an individual event nothing costs more than a tenner! 

So save the dates, stockpile your sun cream and prepare for the hottest theatrical summer on record!

View the Departure Lounge Brochure Online Here

To see the Festival walking guide, see here.

The Line-Up 

Thursday 20 July

East Meets WestTalk - East Meets West Symposium, 11am - 6pm
An exciting new symposium for Midlands-based theatre-makers, brought to you by Little Earthquake.
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20BNew Performance - 20B by Jane English, 7.30pm 
20B unearths the stories of a demolished building on a council estate in East London. 
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Declining Solo New Performance - Declining Solo by Two Destination Language, 9pm 
A woman returns to visit her family home, and misses the one thing she values most: the father she remembers.
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Friday 21 July

Justin AudibertWorkshop - The Director in the Devised Process with David Mercatali, 10am 
Freelance director David Mercatali (Radiant Vermin, Blue Heart, Dark Vanilla Jungle) explores the role of the director in a devising process.
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MobileNew Performance - Mobile by The Paper Birds, 11am, 1.45pm, 5.30pm, 6.15pm, 7.15pm & 8pm 
The Paper Birds’ second show in a trilogy about class in modern Britain.
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FeelGoodTalk - Feel Good Facts and Home Truths, 12pm 
A panel discussion revolution that shines a light on theatre's glorious achievements and epic failures.
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BigHouseLunchTalk - The Big House Big Lunch, 1.45 - 2.45pm 
A chance for programmers, artists and audiences to chat while you chow. Picnic on our indoor lawn and network with your peers and industry professionals.
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BullishPreview - BULLISH by Milk Presents, 3pm 
Milk Presents drop a bull into a gender shop and hope it breaks everything. A wild show about not taming the minotaur within. 
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CaptainSimonUnfinished Business / IGC Associate Artists - Captain Simon by Serious Business, 4.30pm 
A wry, tender and anarchic exploration of sex, pornification and male inadequacy.
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EugenieNew Performance - Pube by Eugénie Pastor, 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm 
An intimate, 45 minute one-on-one performance that explores our relationship with pubic hair and the reasons that inform the choices we make.
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LaunchTalk - The Big House Launch Event, 6.15pm 
Find out about The Big House project, a programme offering business development support to performing arts companies and individuals through In Good Company.
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PackageHolidayNew Performance - How to Make an Enticement Machine (Package Holiday Performance), 7.30pm 
We’ve offered one lucky company the chance to retreat to the Nottinghamshire countryside and develop their show at The HopBarn and then perform it at Departure Lounge.
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CastleRockNew Performance - Castle Rock by Massive Owl, 9pm 

Castle Rock is a new story inspired by three of the voiceless characters in Stephen King’s novella The Body and its 1986 cult film adaptation, Stand By Me.

Expect distorted sound, movement and projection as Massive Owl contort the book’s characters and twist the film’s soundtrack into a reimagined story about loss and acceptance.
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Saturday 22 July

ForcedEntertainmentWorkshop - Workshop with Forced Entertainment, 10am 

Forced Entertainment’s Creative Producer (Participation & Engagement), Hester Chillingworth, will offer an introduction to the company’s practice and core approaches to being on stage in post-dramatic work.
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EugenieNew Performance - Pube by Eugénie Pastor, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm
An intimate, 45 minute one-on-one performance that explores our relationship with pubic hair and the reasons that inform the choices we make.
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MobileNew Performance - Mobile by The Paper Birds, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 5.45pm, and 6.45pm
The Paper Birds’ second show in a trilogy about class in modern Britain.
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DadManUnfinished Business / IGC Associate Artists - Dad Man: The Bathtime Warrior by Notnow Collective, 2pm 
Father walking down the street pushing a pram. He runs into a neighbour who remarks: “Giving Mum a day off?” Suddenly the ancient battle-horn is sounded, and the warriors are called to arms.
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ListsEdinburgh Preview - Lists for The End of The World by fanSHEN Theatre, 4pm 
a show composed entirely of lists, sourced from all kinds of people in all kinds of places.
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CasketCaseNew Performance / IGC Associate Artists - Casket Case by Flickbook Theatre, 7.30pm 
A show about our fear of death, dying and being dead. It’s about Jozey, who doesn’t really do anything that could possibly, even slightly, increase her risk of dying.
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O NoEdinburgh Hit - O No! by Jamie Wood, 9pm 
A psychedelic ride, and a wonky homage to the woman damned for destroying the Beatles, O No! borrows Yoko Ono’s art instructions to ask whether falling in love is always catastrophic.
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Workshop - Lucy McCormick, 5pm

This practical workshop will give participants an insight into Lucy's performance-making practice via research, writing, devising, choreography and karaoke.

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Family Day - Sunday 22 July

StrollercoasterStrollercoaster by the egg and Bureau of Silly Ideas, 11am & 3pm 
A specially-designed facility, where babies are wheeled into a visually and aurally stimulating environment.
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SentenceSnatchersThe Sentence Snatchers by Flat Pack Productions, 2pm 
Weaving together audio collage, song, puppetry and magical storytelling, The Sentence Snatchers is a heart-warming and mischievous modern fairytale for ages 7+.
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DeadSeaThe Dead Sea by Louise White, 4pm 
A family friendly performance looking to get all ages excited about saving our planet and looking towards the future.
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Departure Lounge welcomes all customers and we are working hard to make as much of the festival as we can accessible to all. Click here to find out more about access at Departure Lounge.


Our festival passes couldn’t be better value so we highly recommend picking up a weekend or day pass in order to get the most bang for your buck! Alternatively all events can be booked individually and everything is under £10! Click here to find out more.


This year, we have teamed up with Hallmark Hotels to offer all Departure Lounge attenders discounted accommodation in Derby during the weekend of the festival.

What's the deal?

Departure Lounge attenders can get a twin room for just £40 per night. To redeem this offer, simply quote Derby Theatre when booking directly with Hallmark Derby Midland...and what's more, the hotel is right opposite Derby Train Station and a five minute walk from the theatre!

Offer ends 5th July - so book early!

Rooms booked after 5th July can still be booked at this price, but are subject to availability.

Explore Departure Lounge

Every summer Derby Theatre is transformed into a vibrant festival hub and this year is no different. Here’s a run-down of what you can find around the theatre during the festival: 

Boarding Gate – Our Festival Box Office

Departures Café – Our ground floor café serving in-flight food day and night

Landside Bar – Our second floor bar

Derbados – Our outside bar

Artist Hub – Our second floor artist hotdesk hub, for those who need to catch up on a few emails in between shows

Garden Stage – One of two festival performance spaces  

Studio Stage – One of two festival performance spaces 

Rehearsal bunker – Our space for workshops


Here’s a taste of what you can expect at the festival this year…

Thursday 20th July: Vegetarian Bean Chilli with rice

Friday 21st July:  Vegetarian Curry with rice

Saturday 22nd July: Vegetarian Lasagne with garlic bread

Sunday 23rd July: Vegetarian Pasta boxes with various options for sauces.

A selection of wraps and sandwiches will be available throughout the festival - perfect to grab and go if you have a workshop or show to get to!

All meals and food options will be under £5.

Our outside bar will be serving a selection of beer, cider, wine and soft drinks, as well as Pimms and lemonade.