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Beyond the Curriculum Opportunities for children and young people to connect with us in their own time

Our model here at Derby is unique – we are transforming the landscape of theatre and learning by providing unique access to professional theatre-making and nurturing creativity. We have something for learners at all stages, which can be tailored to meet your needs and can be anything from a simple workshop to a long-term developmental partnership. If you are applying to be an Arts Mark school or are doing Arts Award, we can help! We are very pleased to announce that Reprotec have renewed their sponsorship of the Learning Programme for 2016/17. To enquire about any aspect of our Learning Programme, contact the Learning Department.

Youth Theatre Interested in seeing, making and performing theatre? If you want the opportunity to work with professional theatre practitioners and perform on stage every year, just get in touch! All groups work towards a major annual show that is professionally produced either on our main stage or in our studio theatre.

We provide a safe space in which you can express yourself, whilst developing skills, confidence and making friends. Cost: £75 a term* Years 4 - 6: Tuesdays and Thursdays in term time 5pm-6.30pm Years 7 – 9: Sundays in term time 10am – 11.30am Years 10 – 13/FE: Sundays in term time 11.45am – 1.45pm

Nicky Bellenger, Creative Learning Associate

Beth Williams, Stage Management and Learning Coordinator


The learning continues… Derby Theatre works in partnership with the University of Derby to deliver a number of unique and exciting theatre-related degrees, including Technical Theatre and Contemporary Theatre and Performance. Students get invaluable industry experience, learning alongside the professionals in Derby Theatre, a venue owned by the University.

Derby Theatre’s Learning Programme for Schools, Colleges and Young People

KEY DATES Tue 29 Nov 2016

Alice in Wonderland

Fri 2 Dec 2016 – Sat 7 Jan 2017


Tue 6 – Sat 31 Dec 2016

Alice RELAXED performance

Thu 5 Jan 2017, 10.15am

Educating Rita

Fri 17 Feb – Sat 11 Mar 2017

Teachers’ Network (Stage Combat)

Wed 22 Feb 2017, 5 – 7.30pm

Educating Rita Schools Day

Tues 7 March 2017, 10.30am

Educating Rita Post-Show Discussion

Thu 9 Mar 2017, after the performance


Fri 17 Mar – Sat 1 Apr 2017

Betrayal Post-Show Discussion

Thu 30 Mar 2017, after the performance

National Theatre Connections Festival

Mon 24 – Sat 29 Apr 2017



All of our workshops can be tailored for Special Needs Schools at primary or secondary level.

Teacher from Bennerley Fields Special School attending a Careers Day

Relaxed performance of Alice in Wonderland

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Special Schools

Every child got involved – even those who often don’t.

We would like to thank the following organisations for their generous support:

Derby Theatre’s Learning Programme is sponsored by

Work Experience student

Contact Tim Heywood:

£65 for the week* Spring Half Term: 13 – 17 February 2017 for 11 – 16-year-olds, 10am – 4pm

We’ll send you regular information about a whole range of exciting stuff to get involved with.



It’s life-changing.

We hire costumes and props to schools and colleges. We have over 2,500 costume pieces built up over many years and are always adding to our stock. We can even make you something specific if we aren’t too busy. Our Head of Wardrobe is on hand to help with patterns, books and brilliant advice.

Come and join Derby Theatre professionals for skills and work as a team to create a mini performance to be shared on the final day for friends and family. All welcome!

We know it’s frustrating that our groups are often full, but as soon as you get in touch, you can automatically become a member of the Network.


Derby Cultural Education Partnership Launch

Cheryl Mitchell, Creative Learning Assistant


Costume & Prop Hire

Holiday Workshops

DT Young People’s Network Caroline Barth, Head of Learning

This year-long course looks at all aspects of the technical side of theatre including lighting, sound and design, and is run by our professional technicians. In the third term you gain technical experience and shadowing opportunities on our shows. £35 per term Age 11-19 years Contact the Box Office to join the Sept 2017 course.

Thu 5 Jan 2017, 10.15am Relaxed performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and some small changes made to the light and sound effects.


Special Delivery! Great for developing communication and confidence. What if an exciting parcel arrived in your school one day? One week before the workshop, a special delivery will arrive for pupils to explore; to inspire conversation and imaginations. Who do the objects belong to? What are they for? The workshop will then use the now-familiar objects to help the group create their own stories and communicate with confidence to each other. 1 hour Dates: please enquire £75 each or £200 for a full day (up to 4 workshops in a day)

We have shared with parents and colleagues what a valuable experience this was for their children.


Discover Derby Theatre: A Learning Theatre

Young Technicians


Watch Derby Theatre’s new learning videos at:

Teacher from a nursery school



Refer to our spring brochure or check our website for information about the following shows that qualify for a school party rate of £9.50 per ticket plus every 11th ticket free for a teacher/supervisor for:

To book tickets for performances, call the Box Office on 01332 59 39 39 or email

Invincible Educating Rita Betrayal Northanger Abbey School tickets for Alice in Wonderland are from £10 each plus every 11th ticket free. Coming by coach? We can help you to arrange the drop-off point. We can also assist you with any questions you may have when completing a risk assessment for your visit.

WORKSHOPS For specific workshop pricing please refer to individual events.

To book workshop places or to make an enquiry about any aspect of our Learning programme, contact the Learning department: Email: Caroline Barth, Head of Learning: 01332 593944 Nicky Bellenger, Creative Learning Associate: 01332 593919 Beth Williams, Stage Management and Learning Coordinator: 01332 593913 Cheryl Mitchell, Creative Learning Assistant: 01332 593913

We regularly hold post-show discussions where you’ll have the opportunity to put your questions to the cast and director. See key dates for discussions this season.

Alice in Wonderland

Literacy, movement and roleplay Explore Lewis Caroll’s extraordinary story through drama and movement, to inspire the creation of the children’s own legendary monsters and poems. Perfect for KS2 1 hour Dates: Throughout the autumn term School- or theatre-based £75 each or £40 each if you book 30+ tickets for the show.

Friday 17 February – Saturday 11 March 2017 Willy Russell’s award-winning and hugely popular comedy drama is an uplifting tale of self-discovery, where we witness how the power of choice comes through education. Schools’ Day: Tues 7th March, 10.30am The performance will be followed by an exploratory session with the company and experts on the work of Willy Russell. State when booking if you would like to stay for the post-show event finishing at approx. 1.30pm.


I got to perform on a professional stage with professional people, lighting and sound. It was thrilling and educational.

• The Social Mobility agenda • Curriculum delivery • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The Cultural Campus is the collective name we give to Derby’s key cultural organisations. We are packed with fantastic learning opportunities. Derby Theatre alongside our partner venues will support your pupils to thrive through high-quality cultural experiences. We can help you evidence their development against the Ofsted framework and support your Arts Mark application.

Discover Day student

Join us for an action-packed day at Derby Theatre and our partner venues, rotating around each site to experience a variety of practical workshops of your choice to engage and inspire. You can even have your own private screening of any film you choose! We can cater for up to 150 students in a day. Choose from three different options:

Partners are: Déda, QUAD, BabyPeople, Sinfonia Viva and Derby Museums Cost: from £8.50 per student

Cultural Campus After-School Clubs We can provide the most varied, fun and exciting experiences through our brand new After-School Club provision. We can offer sessions in many areas, including: • Urban Choir • Drama • Dance • Visual Arts (inc Digital)

A fantastic day! Thoroughly enjoyed by every learner. Derby College lecturer attending a Careers Day

Spring 2017 Stage Combat with Ian Stapleton Wed 22 February 2017, 5pm – 7.30pm This exciting workshop will be a practical introduction to the skills used by actors to create the illusion of combat. Spanning the full range of skills, tricks and choreographic devices, participants will get a chance to learn and practice new skills for choreographed fights to share with your students. Ian has been a theatre practitioner for over 20 years, as a fight director, teacher, performer, and director. He is a member of the Independent Guild of Fight Directors, the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and works on Derby Theatre productions.

Derby Theatre's National Theatre Connections Festival Mon 24 – Sat 29 April 2017 For the fourth year running Derby Theatre will host the National Theatre Connections Festival. Throughout the festival there will also be a variety of workshops for young people (13 years+), open mic sessions, family activities, a festival food menu and much more. For more information please see the website.

for colleges and further education We are offering this unique opportunity for one college to work with our professional team for a term, to explore the whole production process. Your students will work as a professional company supported by our team to understand design, costume, stage management, performance techniques and lighting. Sessions: Autumn 2017 Cost: £750

Please contact us to find out more information and how to apply.

Bespoke Projects for Schools

We would be happy to discuss and design a creative project of opportunities or working towards producing a specific outcome that suits your school needs. This could be a performance, film, exhibition, dance piece or perhaps your own research project.

We support both primary and secondary school teachers in the region through a termly networking session: practical training from the best practitioners in theatre, practice sharing with colleagues and useful news updates. For teachers of Drama and Performing Arts and for those who want to develop their use of drama as a tool for engaging learning. £10 per session To book a session please contact Paul Hawkins at the Box Office on 01332 59 39 39.

Professional Insight –

Cost: £55 an hour +VAT £45 an hour + VAT if the pupils are in receipt of Pupil Premium. Maximum number: 25 students per session A minimum of 5 sessions must be booked

Talk to us about our Bespoke Schools Projects where you can work with us or any of the Cultural Campus venues on a longer-term partnership programme that could include drama, visual arts, music, film-making, circus skills, dance, exhibitions or even building robots!

Years 7 – 13 Dates: Please enquire £200 or £75 when you book at least 10 tickets to one of this season’s shows.


• Robot Wars •ºMusic

Cultural Campus Days

Cross-Curricular Day – From singing to Shakespeare, to how sound and light work, we can design practical and engaging sessions that use the arts to deliver your curriculum. Careers Day - A practical insight into a range of careers in the creative industries through practical activities and conversations with the professionals, from box office staff to designers, dancers, film makers, curators etc. Arts Day – Practical sessions into specific art forms across the Cultural Campus, specifically encouraging team work, communication and confidence. This can also support the delivery of Arts Awards.

See backstage and meet the professionals who work across all the departments. Learn about the broad range of career paths in theatre, experience what our staff do and find out how they became involved in professional theatre work.

Morning, afternoon & evening performances

Develops team working, design and numeracy (scale) Open up a world of creativity and imagination in your classroom. Taking a story or a play that you’re studying as a starting point, our Head of Wardrobe, Tim Heywood, will work with your class to unlock design ideas for props, costume and scenery. Years 3 – 6 1.5 hours Dates: Please enquire £100 each or £200 for a full day (up to 3 workshops)

Supporting all phases with:

Friday 17 March – Saturday 1 April 2017

Emma and Jerry meet two years on from the end of their adulterous affair. Emma has betrayed her husband Robert. Jerry has betrayed his best friend Robert. But Robert has secrets of his own.

Educating Rita

Derby’s Cultural Campus Experience

Careers Days

A bitter comedy and gripping story of infidelity.

Play Box

Don’t be on your own: Join the Teachers’ Drama Network!

Betrayal by Harold Pinter


Myths and Legends – Alice in Wonderland

Discover Day student

Fri 2 Dec 2016 – Sat 7 Jan 2017

Perfect for age 5+

For Teachers

I gained confidence and learnt to believe in myself. It also inspired me a lot.

Derby Cultural Education Partnership (DCEP) Launch Event Tuesday 29 November 2016, 12 – 5.30pm Join us for a special launch event featuring the work of the Cultural Campus and how your school can get involved. To book your FREE place please contact Alix Manning-Jones at

Arts Award Discover in a Day

Technical Training and Consultation

Build Derby Theatre into your plans for Arts Award for all levels. Discover theatre and find out about professional artists. We’ll inspire your pupils here, giving them the knowledge they need to help complete their award.

Work with our professional and friendly technical team to get the best out of your school’s lighting and sound equipment. Be inspired to create exciting design at low cost or get advice on updating your existing kit.

Cost: £50 plus VAT Dates: Please enquire

Cost: £30 per hour plus travel Date: To suit School-or theatre-based


I learnt a lot, but also a lot about myself. I had a go at things I wouldn’t have been confident to do before. Member of the Teachers’ Drama Network


Post-Show Discussions

For KS1 and 2 £200 (or £75 if you book at least 10 tickets for a show in the season). Dates: Please enquire



For Primary

Secondary and Further Education

A great introduction to theatre Spend a day at the theatre and learn new skills. Discover everything from costume and set design to lighting, in an accessible and fun way. See backstage and make your own mini production to be performed on stage.


Discover Days

Story Explorers

For Early Years Jack Tue 6 – Sat 31 Dec 2016 Morning and afternoon Perfect for age 3+

A workshop delivered by one of Derby Theatre’s workshop leaders, using imaginative play, storytelling, movement and drama games. Brilliant for developing communication and social skills, self-confidence, self-expression and group work. 45 minutes Dates: Please enquire School- or theatre-based £60 each or £160 for a full day (up to 4 workshops in a day)

For more information and to book, contact or call the Box Office: 01332 59 39 39 |

Derby Theatre's Learning Programme for Schools, Colleges and Young People - Spring 2017