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Throughout the three-year programme, £146,000 will be given directly to artists through the commissions, performance fees, seed funding and paid scratch nights.


COMMON: GROUND – Career Development as a Working-Class Artist in the Midlands

Thursday 28 February, 5pm - 7:30pm 

Derby Theatre, Alan Bates Room

Delivered by COMMON in Partnership with In Good Company and Derby Theatre

In Good Company and Derby Theatre are excited to work with COMMON to deliver an event from their COMMON: GROUND initiative for working-class artists in the Midlands.

COMMON: GROUND is a series of supportive discussions which offer a platform to 'off-stage creatives' working in theatre who self-identify as working-class, bringing this community together to share the barriers to career development they face when building careers in theatre.

This event will also provide opportunity for artists to offer suggestions of solutions which could help working-class artists overcome these barriers, acting as the foundation for COMMON and In Good Company to begin a practical collaboration to eradicate these barriers in this region.

COMMON is a nationwide arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and to make theatre more accessible to the working-class; whether they be artists, audiences or communities.

This event is specifically aimed at engaging ‘off-stage creatives’ who self-identify as working-class living and working in the Midlands, including theatre directors, producers, movement directors, stage management, costume supervisors, composers and lighting designers.

Through delivering COMMON: GROUND events across the UK, COMMON are gathering information which is crucial to increasing our understanding of the barriers that artists from working-class backgrounds face, and what interventions need to be made in the theatre industry to help remove them.

This event is wheelchair-accessible, baby/child friendly and inclusive of working-class artists from intersectional backgrounds across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, gender binaries and disabilities. Please contact us on in advance of the discussion if you have any specific requirements, questions or access needs.

Hosted with generous support from In Good Company, the flagship professional, creative and business development programme for theatre makers in the Midlands.

To sign up please email Sophie on

For those attending COMMON GROUND, the Derby Theatre are offering a FREE ticket to see the production of What Fatima Did… directly after the event.

‘What Fatima Did…’ is by Atiha Sen Gupta (writer of ‘Abi’) and directed by Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre’s Artistic Director. The play is a funny and provocative exploration of attitudes to identity, freedom and multiculturalism in contemporary Britain, receiving its regional premiere at Derby Theatre.

*Due to the complexities surrounding the measurement of socio-economic diversity in British theatre, we currently use the term 'working-class' to describe artists who confidently self-identify as being from working-class backgrounds, which includes those who have a family history of social, economic and financial disadvantage.


Artist Tax Return Sit In at Derby Theatre

Saturday 19 January, 10am - 5:00pm 

Derby Theatre, Alan Bates Room



Are you trawling through your receipts not sure if you can claim that Boots meal deal back or not? Well we can help! The artist tax return sit in returns, with a professional Accountant on hand all day, to give advice and answer any questions you might have, with the IGC team providing much needed coffee and snacks, we can all get through this self-assessment together!

This workshop is presented as part of The Big House, a £5 million tailored support programme for the creative and digital industries (CDI) sector, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). For more information visit



VoiceGym - Presented by Speakeasy Voice & Accent coaching 

Every second friday of the month, 2-4pm & 4.30 - 6.30pm.

Derby Theatre 

£8 or £10

Book Here 

The voice Gym is for all abilities and is open to anyone who is interested in using their voice to its full potentiual. It will be particulary useful for actors and speakers who need to keep their voice and body in tip top shape for work. Think of it as your monthly voice workout.