Derby Theatre to showcase and celebrate work created with young people from the city

Derby Theatre and partners set to share,  showcase and celebrate the rich breadth  of work and projects being created with young people from hubs within the city

Over the next few months, Derby Theatre and cultural  partners in the city will celebrate and showcase the rich  variety of artistic creations, community collaborations,  engagements and cultural activity being created through  Reimagine with young people from ‘hubs’ within the city. 

Reimagine, made possible through £1.1 million of investment from Arts Council England through the Young  People’s Performance Fund with additional support from Derby’s Opportunity Area, Derby County in the  Community Trust and Derby City Council, is an ambitious, strategically connected, performance programme  generated by young people in areas of lowest cultural engagement. Reimagine is part of This is Derby, an award winning consortium made up of arts and sports organisations in and around Derby to support those young people  who really need it. 

As part of Reimagine, Derby’s cultural organisations have been collaboratively supporting young people in five  ‘hubs’ through progressive encounters with inspirational work, artists and settings. As new skills are nurtured,  families have, and will, become engaged, teachers will gain new knowledge and young people will uncover routes to  creative careers. Young people have, and will, produce their own work, reimagining everyday spaces and authoring  the story of their lives through innovative and extraordinary performances. 

Where is each hub?

The five Reimagine ‘hubs’ are: Abbey, Chaddesden and Derwent, Normanton and Arboretum, Sinfin plus a Virtual  Hub working with all the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

When and how will each hub be profiled?

From February to June, each Reimagine partner will share details of all the great work that has been happening in  each hub through Spotlight On… This monthly series of profiles will shine a light on the type of work that has been  created and explored in each hub and through each project, the relationships which have been forged, the  collaborations with regional artists and all that has been achieved, through interviews, images, film, comments from  the young people we have engaged with and the impact that each project has had on all those involved. 

On Thursday 25 February, Derby Theatre will share the first profile through Spotlight On…Abbey, the hub they have  been working with directly. Following that, the profiles will be shared as follows: Baby People and working within  Sinfin; sinfonia ViVA and their work with young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; Déda and  

Sensitivity: Public 

working with young people from Chaddesden and Derwent and Artcore for their work within the Normanton and  Arboretum hub. 

Caroline Barth (Creative Learning Director, Derby Theatre) said:

“Derby is a brilliant city, but not one without its challenges. We have a strong sense of our rich culture – a city in the  heart of the UK, operating globally but still small enough that people feel connected. However, some families and  young people are being left behind. They tend to be families from areas of our city that are higher in deprivation,  where people may not get the chance to benefit from all we have to offer. 

It is well proven, that culture and the arts can be the spark that ignites a young person’s confidence and excitement  for life. In Derby, our arts and sports organisations have joined forces to create an award-winning consortium that  supports those young people that really need it. The University of Derby, supporting the This is Derby consortium,  won the Guardian University Award 2020 for Social and Community Impact. Originally funded as part of the city’s  Opportunity Area programme, This is Derby continues now as a thriving collaboration of organisations, who work  together to create amazing work with young people in our city”. 

Over the next few months, Derby Theatre and the Reimagine project partners look forward to proudly sharing and  celebrating the great work within all of the hubs, with the people of our great city and the wider public. 

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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