Derby Theatre to produce play centring on Derby County winning FA Cup in 1946 – call-out to the community to share their memories and stories

This autumn, Derby Theatre, through Derby CAN

(Creative Arts Network), and in collaboration with project

partners and the community, will produce a show with the anniversary of Derby County winning the FA cup in 1946  at its heart. The piece will also include memories of the match and how Derby has changed over the years, and the  Theatre would like to invite members of the local region to share their stories and memories of the city with them.

Derby CAN (Creative Arts Network) is a 3-year, multi-partner Arts Council England £1.5 million funded project to  work, co-curate and co-create with different communities, to support and strengthen the performing arts sector in  the local area.

Through Derby CAN, the Theatre and partners have engaged with Jamie Thrasivoulou to develop the story and  script for the play. Jamie is the Derby County Football Club poet, an award-winning writer, poet, lyricist, workshop  facilitator from Derby and a passionate East Midlander who likes nothing more than extolling the virtues of his  home county of Derbyshire. Co-directing the play will be Sarah Brigham and Paul Warwick.

How to get involved and share your stories and memories

As part of the writing of the play, people from the local area are invited to join Jamie and members of the team  from the Theatre to a Virtual Pub/Café, a series of free online events for people to come together over a pint or a  cuppa, to share stories, congregate, conversate and recall memories of the city from, and since, this time. During  these events, Jamie will also invite people to consider the following provocation:

Derby is a place defined by its pride and history. In many ways, it is also a haunted town struggling to cope with its  identity as a city. If a person from the town of Derby in the year 1946 were to be cryogenically frozen and then  resurrected in the city of Derby in 2020; from your point of view, what would they think? What would they think has  changed? Would they think it has gotten better or worse? What would surprise them?  

The Virtual Pub/Café events will each last for 90 minutes and will be held online via Zoom on Thursday 11 Feb at  6pm, Tuesday 16 Feb at 5pm and Friday 19 Feb at 10:30am (this performance will be BSL interpreted).

How to book

The Virtual Pub/Café events are free. You can either book online at www.derbytheatre.co.uk or by emailing  tickets@derbytheatre.co.uk. Spaces are limited, so early booking is strongly recommended.

If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to share your story, memories, or to respond to the  provocation, please email Andy Mandoiu (Derby CAN Volunteers Co-ordinator) at: m.mandoiu@derby.ac.uk .

More details about the play will be available in due course. For further details and updates, please follow Derby  Theatre on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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