Kes, based on the book A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines, and made famous by a Ken Loach film adaptation, is Derby Theatre’s second homegrown production under the stewardship of Creative Director Sarah Brigham. The first was the raucous – and excellent – Cooking with Elvis, but could Derby theatre follow it up and avoid the sophomore slump?
If you’d asked me what I thought Tetsuo, The Iron Man was a couple of weeks ago I would have guessed that it was about a giant robot stomping about and battling beasties in miniature Japanese cities. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Last Saturday’s Holy Smokes! night at Déda featured as its main event the film shown with a live soundtrack by post-rock band NASDAQ, organised in part by Satori Screen, QUAD’s monthly Asian cinema night. Continue reading
Last Friday was the closing night of Derby Theatre’s Departure Lounge festival, ending with Pendulum’s Bargain Emporium by local theatre company Maison Foo. Inspired by the story ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’, the show is about a talented shoemaker whose work begins to be unappreciated, and his wife. When she takes action to try and turn the business around it begins to succeed, but at what cost? Continue reading
I’ve been lucky enough to see quite a lot of great theatre this year, some for the blog and some just for fun. There’s been the racy energy of Cooking with Elvis, the poignancy of The Seagull, the light but inspiring Pitmen Painters … the list goes on. But as good as they all were I have not enjoyed anything quite so much as Little Bulb Theatre’s Squally Showers, on as part of Derby Theatre’s DEparture lounge event.
Recently we’ve all been enjoying the sunshine and remembering what summer feels like, and Derby Theatre has got in on the act with the launch of its DEparture Lounge festival.
The main stage has been ‘transformed into a summer outdoor festival atmosphere, complete with picnic blankets and deck chairs’, there are holiday reps with parasols who escort you to your seats, and everyone involved has a sunny disposition. The holiday theme has been built around a range of varied and exciting acts performed each evening until the 19th, and we went along to the opening night on Thursday.
Following the …mixed success of Scarred for Life on Thursday it seems I hadn’t yet had my fill of student theatre, and intrigued by its synopsis decided to return to Derby Theatre‘s small Studio to see Delirious Theatre’s A Dance with the Devil. It sounded simple, focused, and engaging – two survivors of an apocalyptic war stumble into a madman’s funeral home, only to find that the Devil is there waiting for them, and willing to make them a deal.
Scarred for Life, by Awkward Arts, was advertised on the Derby Theatre website as ‘a Student Production’, and – trigger warning – the play was described as being about RAPE (emphasis theirs). With such a sensitive subject matter and with perhaps a stereotypical perception of student productions in my head I was prepared for one of two things: A fresh and interesting performance which took its weighty subject in stride; or alternatively an absolute train-wreck. Continue reading