Studio plays big part in season

Derby Theatre
Derby Theatre

Derby Theatre’s recently announced spring season features a number of standout performances that will be taking place in the venue’s Studio.

Following its premiere at Derby Theatre in February 2014, Caroline Horton returns to the Studio in the Derby Theatre production of the highly acclaimed Penelope RETOLD, on for two nights only on March 14 and 16.

Olivier Award nominee and The Stage Best Solo Performer, Caroline re-tells Homer’s The Odyssey from the perspective of Penelope, his wife by drawing the audience into an epic, heartbreaking and fiercely playful tale of love, loneliness and the need to be free.

Other Studio season highlights include: Acqua Alta presented by Nonsuch Theatre, a weird and wonderful updated take on Noah’s Ark; Buttercup by Bristol-based writer and performer Tom Wainwright; Operation Crucible by From Ground Up Theatre Company, in interesting insight into how Sheffield’s world famous steel works were completely wiped by Germany’s Luftwaffe bombings; Stella by Siobhán Nicholas, a play about time, space, curiosity, passion and two women astronomers; Where Do Little Boys Go? by Duckdown and Heavy Weather Theatre, Lucy’s terrifying story about being kidnapped by the Kray twins in the 60s; Ablutions, a grimly funny tale from the sodden depths of

the Los Angeles underworld; Above Bored by Owdyado Theatre, set in a police interrogation room where a woman has been detained for questioning after her boss is found dead; Mugs’ Arrows, a surreal, black comedy set in very ordinary surroundings, a local Derbyshire pub by award-winning theatre company Third Man Theatre and He Had Hairy Hands by Kill the Beast, a supernatural tale of slaughter which combines beautiful visuals, original music and quite an important pigeon.

In addition to these Studio shows, University of Derby final year Theatre Arts students will present a contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s greatest and much-loved tragedies, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare and second year students will present Girls Like That, an explosive new play by Evan Placey which examines the fragility of friendships and the pressures of the digital generation.

Family Theatre shows include: The Snow Queen by Relative Pitch Opera, perfect for age 5+; Three Wise Monkeys by Hiccup Theatre, ideal for ages 3 to 7; Nicobobinus by Red Ladder and Dumbwise, for ages 6+; Big Window Theatre Company with One Finger One Thumb, aimed at age 3+; Theatre Alibi with I Believe In Unicorns, based on the book by Michael Morpurgo.

Sarah Brigham (artistic director at Derby Theatre, said: “Our Studio programme continues to showcase the

latest in innovative performance and new writing and this season will host our critically acclaimed production of Penelope RETOLD, devised and performed by rising star Caroline Horton.

“It premiered with us in February 2014 and now returns as part of a national tour. As well as the shows we make here in the heart of Derby we’re bringing audiences the best of touring theatre. This spring, I’m really looking forward to Tara Arts’ Macbeth, situating Shakespeare’s text in a modern Asian family, and a magical show for children as Theatre Alibi adapt Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns.

“Add to this a wealth of talented young performers on our main stage from our own Youth Theatre, to University of Derby Theatre students to hosting the East Midlands’ Connections Festival with the National Theatre, plus multiple opportunities for audiences to get involved. We hope you’ll want to come and see lots of our shows this season and get involved with us. We’re

also delighted to say we’ve reviewed our pricing to ensure you’re getting the best value – check out our Encore! multi-buy

ticket offer which allows you to see more for less. We can’t wait to welcome you to Derby Theatre.”

Visit www.derbytheatre.co.uk for more details or call the box office on 01332 593939.