Entertaining Mr Sloane from London Classic Theatre at Derby Theatre tells the story of a young man, the titular Sloane, who finds his way into the life of lonely, sequestered Kath; her controlling brother Ed and her father: sidelined, yet the only one seemingly able to see through Sloane’s charm. As Sloane embeds himself in their lives, he begins to take advantage of the competing attentions of Kath and Ed yet as the young interloper looks set to monopolise on the situation the cunning of his benefactors threatens to undermine his cosy position. Continue reading
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.
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?
Having been invited to Derby Theatre’s new Green Lane rehearsal studios to watch Kes in its final production stages, I had a chance to speak to some of the cast including Luke Broughton who takes on multiple roles and Paul Clarkson, who plays the Headteacher. 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.