Theatre Unwrapped

At Derby Theatre we want to share the process of theatre-making with our audiences. Our FREE Theatre Unwrapped sessions are designed to do just that. See what really goes on behind the scenes of making a production, covering everything from lighting design, set building, costume making and even watching the final technical rehearsals!

Our Theatre Unwrapped sessions are FREE and open to anyone aged 14+, but please book in advance to secure your place.


Unwrap Writing - Monday 24 September, 6pm-7.30pm

Join Atiha Sen Gupta, the writer of this fresh new RETOLD piece for a practical workshop exploring how she worked with the young people of Derby and created a new piece of writing from a classic play.

Unwrap Change Making - Thursday 4 October, 5.30pm-7pm

Inspired by Abi? Join Ian Pringle of FaceUp Theatre to see what we can do together to support positive change in our communities.

Hansel and Gretel

Unwrap Lighting Session 1 - Thursday 22 November, 2pm-3:30pm or 7pm-8:30pm

Come and join our technicians on stage and help us rig the lights for our big Christmas show.

Hard Hat Friday - Friday 23 November, 2pm-3:30pm or 7pm-8:30pm

Put your hard hat on and join us as the set goes up for Hansel and Gretel, with our expert technical team, including the set designer himself, on hand to give you the low-down on the process.

Unwrap Lighting Session 2 - Monday 26 November, 5pm-6pm

Getting closer to opening night with the lighting designer on hand to share their vision as we focus the lights!

Unwrap the Final Stages - Wednesday 28 November, 7pm-8pm or 8pm-9pm

An opportunity to join the technical rehearsal for a unique insight into the final stages of opening a production.

Unwrap Costume Making - Thursday 6 December, 6pm-7.30pm

Work with Tim Heywood our Head of Wardrobe, for a hands-on session exploring the costumes in the show.