So Derby Festé is this weekend, I’ve just booked my ticket for the opening night’s performance and it seems a good time to get excited about my favourite weekend of the year. Dubbed by The Guardian as “one of the most exciting UK festivals for outdoor performance”, all sorts of eccentric and unpredictable performers take over Derby City Centre. I’m already planning what I want to see and where I need to be.
Langley Priory is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been: not just because it’s set in stunning countryside less than 20 minutes from Derby, or because the Grade II listed property is steeped in fascinating history dating back nearly 1000 years, or even because the secluded house is so enchanting it conjures up all sorts of clichés about fairy tales. Langley Priory is warm and intimate and inviting. What a romantic place to have a wedding, an inspiring place to take an arts retreat or a brilliant backdrop for outdoor theatre. Continue reading
Performing Shakespeare in different ways for more than 8 years, 1623 Theatre Company – QUAD’s resident theatre company – have taken their unique productions all over the country, to Glastonbury, the National Theatre and the RSC Fringe as well as to quirky rural village settings. This Sunday evening, Shakespeare’s fairies come out to play as 1623 perform Midsummer Magic, an original production inspired by characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream amongst the magical constellations of artist Aidan Shingler’s stunning StarDisc in Stoney Wood, Wirksworth.
I talked to Artistic Director Ben Spiller earlier this week at QUAD about fairy rebellions, Shakespeare Nights at QUAD and 1623’s new project inspired by King Lear and dementia. Continue reading
You might not have realised, but this weekend a major cultural event will be commencing, right on Derby’s doorstep. This event will bring people from around the UK and beyond (roughly 120,000 over the course of the event), eager to see artists from all over the world showcase their work. Also most of them will be eager to get drunk on over-priced beer and party all weekend, because this cultural event is the 11th annual Download Festival at Donington Park.
Are you excited about iD Fest? I am. QUAD’s annual film festival, running from the 9th to the 12th May, has something for everyone. The programme has been available for a while now and the Clockwork Orrery contributors have rushed to pencil in the films we wanted to see, and now there are pencil scribbles everywhere. Continue reading