by David Holman
University Productions , Family Friendly
Wednesday 21 February 2018

A delightful and thought-provoking piece of theatre celebrating friendship and diversity, perfect for ages 4+

In times past, the blues and the reds lived in harmony.

One day a fight broke out between the two lands and they were divided by a wall and by suspicion.

From then on, the reds and the blues have been apart, living in fear of each other. This was until a daring red wanted to learn how to juggle.

With music, puppets, dance and juggling, join Simp and Franny on a journey that explores friendship and celebrates diversity.

Lasting 45 minutes, this delightful piece of theatre is suitable for family audiences from age 4+.

Peacemaker was originally commissioned by David Johnston at Theatre Centre in 1982 and has been performed by theatre companies nationally and internationally over the years, including China, Australia, Japan, America and Canada. 

University of Derby Contemporary Theatre and Performing Arts students are delighted to be able to bring this classic text for young audiences to the Studio at Derby Theatre. 

The performance is free, but any donation (that will go towards Plus One, a scheme which provides children in care with free arts experiences) will be gratefully accepted.  

Related Events

Wednesday 21 February, from 11am

Events to celebrate the legacy of David Johnston and explore children’s theatre within a wider regional, national and international context.

Research Symposium

12pm - 1:30pm

An opportunity for practitioners, students, researchers and teachers to come together to consider what opportunities there are for theatre in schools in 2018. 

Speakers include: David Holman (Playwright), Paul Harman (International Children’s Theatre practitioner) and Dr Jo Robinson (Associate Professor in Drama & Performance, Nottingham University)

Open Space Discussion

1:30pm - 3pm

How can international exchange develop Theatre for Young People Association (TYA) in the future?Chaired by Danny Braverman (Goldsmiths University of London)

Legacies & Epiphanies: Celebration of David Johnston

3pm – 4pm

Personal reflections and unseen footage of David to celebrate his legacy and contribution to children's theatre. 

Exhibition - Playing Around: Taking Theatre to Communities across the East Midlands

Playing Around explores the history of two local theatre companies, New Perspectives Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse's Theatre-in-Education company, Roundabout. Operating in various non-theatre spaces from classrooms to caravans, both companies have sought to make national and international issues 'local' to their audiences and bring theatre 'home' to people across the East Midlands. Exhibition by kind permission of Nottingham University.

The Peacemaker performance, and all related events, are FREE with donations going to Plus One, the citywide ticket donation scheme which provides children in care from across the county with free arts experiences. However, numbers are restricted and spaces must be booked in advance for ALL the performances/events you would like to attend.