In Real Life is one of the oldest internet acronyms, IRL, used to denote everything that happens away from the internet. Yet as this documentary shows, for young people growing up now that really might not be much, as the internet and phone technology has taken over communication and friendship at speed. I’m 30 and my smartphone rarely leaves my side, but my job also involves supporting young people online, so this documentary was a must-see. In parts terrifying, but also at times warm and sweet, I feel like it should be a must-watch for parents and youth workers alike!
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?
Described as crazy golf with an artistic twist, QUAD‘s gallery has been turned into a golf course for the last couple of weeks with the exhibition of Doug Fishbone and Friends: Adventureland Golf. Free to view, or £2 to rent a ball and club and play, it’s hard to know whether to experience the course as a work of art or as an amusement. I played through with some other Clockwork Orrery contributors this week to give it a go.
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
Last Saturday was a day of music, colour, celebration and noise in Derby City Centre as the Caribbean Carnival hit the streets. With street sellers selling whistles and horns for a pound the crowd was making almost as much noise as the huge speakers on the back of every truck, although we couldn’t come close to matching the incredible costumes! That night I also went along to Small Lies music night at the Hairy Dog, to round off a day of LOUD and do a bit of dancing myself.
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.