DEparture Lounge 2015

DEparture Lounge, Derby Theatre’s hugely successful summer festival of fresh, new and exciting theatre, returned for a third year in 2015, produced by In Good Company.

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From Thu 23 until Sun 26 July, DEparture Lounge once again saw Derby Theatre transformed into a festival site where audiences and artists alike could see the very best in contemporary theatre, picnic and support artists to take flight. Highlights of the Festival included: a panel discussion around artist development, chaired by Lyn Gardner from The Guardian; award-winning and highly acclaimed companies and artists such as Theatre Re, TOOT and Richard Dedomenici; seasonal scratch nights, in-flight breakfasts, a kooky look at Karaoke, an immersive theatrical experience performed at a pub in Derby and a visit to the great British ice cream van in Derbados (Derby Theatre Car Park)! The Festival also included, for emerging artists: masterclasses in directing, devising and performing, show surgeries and the chance to connect with independent producers – plus much more for audiences and artists alike.

Holiday Chic!

We transformed Derby Theatre for DEparture Lounge in 2015, with our Main Auditorium becoming a lush Garden Stage, and even our Car Park getting a summer makeover into the stylish beach paradise of Derbados!

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Thu 23 July

PERFORMANCE - Blind Man's Song; Garden Stage, 7pm-8pm

PERFORMANCE - Western?; Studio, 8.30pm-9.30pm

SOCIAL - Launch Party; Building Wide, 9.30pm onwards

Fri 24 July

MASTERCLASS - Paper Birds; Rehearsal Room, 11am-1pm

MASTERCLASS - Show Surgeries; Foyer & Alan Bates Room, 11am-12.30pm

PERFORMANCE - Gorilla Gardening; Studio, 11am-12pm

PERFORMANCE - I'll Keep Waiting On The Pavement for the Ice Cream Van to Come; Derbados, 12pm-1pm

DISCUSSION - A Nation's Theatre DEvelop Panel Discussion chaired by Lyn Gardner; Garden Stage, 1.30pm-3pm

PERFORMANCE - Gorilla Gardening; Studio, 2pm-3pm

DISCUSSION - Indi Producer Meeting; Alan Bates Room, 3.30pm-4.30pm

WORKSHOP - Script Salon; Rehearsal Room, 3pm-6pm

PERFORMANCE -  I'll Keep Waiting On The Pavement for the Ice Cream Van to Come; Derbados, 3.30pm-4.30pm

PERFORMANCE - Carry OK Karaeoke; Building Wide, 4.30pm onwards

PERFORMANCE - Unfinished Business; Garden Stage, 4.30pm-9.30pm

Sat 25 July

MASTERCLASS - Directing Masterclass with Lisa Spirling and JMK; Rehearsal Room, 10am-12pm

PERFORMANCE -  I'll Keep Waiting On The Pavement for the Ice Cream Van to Come; Derbados, 11am-12pm

MASTERCLASS - Edinburgh Fringe Festival: The Need to Knows; Rehearsal Room, 12.30pm-2pm

PERFORMANCE - I Know All The Secrets in My World; Studio, 2.30pm-3.30pm

PERFORMANCE -  I'll Keep Waiting On The Pavement for the Ice Cream Van to Come; Derbados, 3.30pm-4.30pm

PERFORMANCE - Electric Dreams; Garden Stage, 4.30pm-5.30pm

PERFORMANCEThe Wendy House Trilogy - Edmund; Derbados, 6pm-7pm

PERFORMANCE - Some People Talk About Violence; Studio, 7.30pm-8.30pm

PERFORMANCE - Early Doors; Venue TBC, 9pm-10pm

Sun 26 July

SOCIAL - Package Picnic; Garden Stage, 12pm-3pm

PERFORMANCE - Scratch That Itch; Studio, 4pm-7pm