The Theatre Store

The Theatre Store was an empty shop on Derby high street where workshops, open rehearsals, demonstrations, installations and experiments took place over three weeks in September 2010.

A lively programme of activities, which were free for all audience members and participants, were run by professional theatre companies and amateur groups to celebrate all things theatrical in Derby.

Recent events

ensemblecast-new_logoTuesday 28 September
CAST Ensemble presented

Physical ensemble workshop

6.00pm to 8.00pm

This participatory workshop for people aged 18 and under was a fast-paced and active masterclass in ensemble physical theatre.

Participants explored the tools and techniques which can be used to create a piece of contemporary physical theatre. This was an exciting and collaborative approach to devising ensemble theatre, experimenting with lifts, balances and movement sequences to create new and interesting work.

As part of the workshop process, participants used their own ideas, experiences and opinions to create a piece of original, verbatim text, culminating in a short performance at the end of the session.

Contact Laura Smith at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information.

 

jontycitizen-logoMonday 27 September
Citizen 598 presented

Hugo and Jonty in Variety

10.00am to 3.00pm

The stage was set, the curtain was drawn and props were ready. Two performers stood in front of you. It was their time to return to the stage. It was Hugo and Jonty.

You must remember them, you should do. After gracing our theatres and televisions for many years, Hugo Manning and Jonty Simpson embarked on their Autumn theatre tour. After decades in the public eye, the Kings of 1980s light entertainment were back. And this time they were better than ever.

Both Hugo and Jonty were available to sign previously purchased merchandise. They can be followed on Twitter @hugoandjonty

Contact Citizen 598 on 07834 367302 for more information. www.citizen598.com

 

1623 theatre company1623-smalllogoFriday 24 September
1623 theatre company presented

The Great Shakespearean Workout 2010 lunchtime session

12.00pm to 12.30pm

Awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark, the workout was based on Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare's only play inspired by the mythology of Ancient Greece, birthplace of the Olympic Games.

The beat of Shakespeare's verse provided the pulse for a fun, 30-minute fitness class. All participants were asked to wear loose clothing and bring along a bottle of water. Suitable for people aged 6 and above.

The full 60-minute version of the workout took place at Derby Festé on Saturday 25 September in the Market Place at 16:23hrs.

Call Ben Spiller on 07867 996959 for more information. www.1623theatre.co.uk

 

comedy1623-smalllogoThursday 23 September
1623 theatre company presented

Shakespearean comedy workshop

6.00pm to 8.00pm

A practical, interactive session run by Ben Spiller, artistic director of 1623 theatre company, which performs Shakespeare in unusual places.

This high-energy workshop explored Feste, Shakespeare’s quick-witted funnyman in Twelfth Night who inspired the naming of Derby Festé.

Participants were invited to discover what it takes to make a modern audience laugh at jokes created over 400 years ago. Suitable for anyone with an interest in Shakespeare, comedy and Shakespearean comedy. 

Call Ben Spiller on 07867 996959 for more information. www.1623theatre.co.uk

 

devisinglostboys-logoWednesday 22 September
Lostboys Productions presented

Devising theatre workshop

6.00pm to 8.00pm

A practical, interactive session run by Lostboys Paul Smith and Ben Adams. Suitable for people aged 16 and above.

This workshop involved learning a series of games and exercises to jump-start the creative process while picking up methods of responding to source material and stimuli.

By the end of the workshop, participants had devised their very own short piece of theatre in response to a stimulus.

Call Ben Adams on 07912 315734 for more information. www.lostboys.eu.com

 

writinglostboys-logoTuesday 21 September
Lostboys Productions presented

Writing and developing scripts workshop

6.00pm to 8.00pm

An interactive session run by Lostboys Paul Smith and Ben Adams. Suitable for people aged 16 and above.

This workshop explored how to create a basic 'tool-bag' for script-writing, through a series of games and exercises designed to develop writing skills.

By the end of the workshop, participants had developed a clear understanding of story and script structure and learnt how to beat writers' block. 

Call Ben Adams on 07912 315734 for more information. www.lostboys.eu.com

 

fightlostboys-logoMonday 20 September
Lostboys Productions presented

Stage combat workshop

6.00pm to 8.00pm

A practical, interactive session run by Lostboys Paul Smith and Ben Adams. Suitable for people aged 16 and above.

This workshop explored how to approach fight choreography safely while developing basic manoeuvres such as punching, slapping, hair pulling, pushing, throwing and falling.

By the end of the workshop, participants had created their very own fight sequence.

Call Ben Adams on 07912 315734 for more information. www.lostboys.eu.com

 

jackcentrestage-logoSunday 19 September
Centre Stage Theatre Arts presented

Jack and the Beanstalk open rehearsal

2.00pm to 5.00pm

A rehearsal for students who attend Centre Stage Theatre Arts as they started to stage the first few scenes of Jack and the Beanstalk, their next show.

Parents and the public were welcome to join the session to find out how a show is put together and how a story written in a script develops through direction into a piece of theatre.

Jack and the Beanstalk will be performed from 16 to 19 December.

Call John Hale on 01332 232940 for further information. www.csta.org.uk

 

mills

Saturday 18 Septembercast-new_logo
CAST Ensemble presented

Dark Satanic Mills open rehearsal

4.30pm to 6.00pm

CAST Ensemble were fine tuning their latest project, Dark Satanic Mills.

A physical piece of theatre, Dark Satanic Mills explored the lives of the children who worked at the Derby Silk Mill.

The project was run in association with Derby City Council Museum and Library Services, and the Extended Schools programme.

Contact Laura Smith at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

 

quarndonquarndon-logoSaturday 18 September
Quarndon Amateur Dramatic Society presented

Pick up a script open rehearsal

12.00pm to 3.00pm

People who had dreamt of being an actor were invited to come along to the Theatre Store and join in the fun as Quarndon Amateur Dramatic Society rehearsed their next play.

No previous acting experience was necessary and all ages were welcome.

Quarndon Amateur Dramatic Society has been performing plays since the 1940s. They are a very friendly society that puts on two plays a year, plus social and fundraising events. They welcome new members from all over Derby and the surrounding area.

Call Rob Snell on 01332 840007 for more details. www.quarndonquads.co.uk

 

sustainedmagic

sustainedmagic-logoFriday 17 September
Sustained Magic presented

The Girl in the Window experiment

12.30pm to 12.40pm
1.30pm to 1.40pm
2.30pm to 2.40pm
3.30pm to 3.40pm
4.30pm to 4.40pm
5.30pm to 5.40pm

“When I was younger, I remember the girl in the window as I passed the toy shop”.

During one cold winter, a toy shop owner experienced something that he could not explain ... Toys would suddenly move without reason, music boxes would suddenly play and the feeling of someone else in the room sent chills down his back ...

The Girl in the Window - Sustained Magic’s interactive experiment - allowed members of the public to experience and influence an old tale, lifted from Derbyshire legends, in a new way.

Contact the Sustained Magic team at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.

 

5thword5thword-logoMonday 13 to Wednesday 15 September
Fifth Word Theatre presented

EXPOSURE installation

Throughout the day

Fifth Word Theatre was producing a theatrical event called Exposure, which featured two new one-act plays that were previewed at Derby Guildhall Theatre on 17 and 18 September.

As part of the Theatre Store, the company worked with a visual artist to create an installation piece as a response to the scripts.

The installation was created on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 in full view of the public and launched on Wednesday 15 September. The final piece of work was then displayed at Derby Guildhall Theatre until Saturday 18 September.

Call Angharad Jones on 07966 213590 for more details. www.fifthword.co.uk

 

lostboysdemolostboys-logoSunday 12 September
Lostboys Productions presented

Stage combat demonstrations

12.00pm to 1.30pm
2.00pm to 3.30pm

One element is always present in the work of the Lostboys ... stage combat. People were invited to come along and see how the guys put the fight sequences together, making them look realistic, appropriate to the style of the show, ensuring that they tell a story and - let's not forget - painful, yet funny. 

Onlookers witnessed fake punches, dynamite kicks, plenty of sword thrusts and ... erm ... hair pulling!

Call Ben Adams on 07912 315734 for more details. www.lostboys.eu.com

 

centre_stage

centrestage-logoSaturday 11 September
Centre Stage Theatre Arts presented

Strike street dance workshops

1.00 to 1.20pm and 3.00 to 3.20pm (children aged 7 and under)
1.30 to 2.00pm and 3.30 to 4.00 pm (children aged 8-11)
2.00 to 2.40pm and 4.00 to 4.40pm (children aged 11 and over)

People under the age of 18 were invited to take part in free street dance classes to find out if this was the kind of dance for them. Street dance is a great way of keeping fit, one of the many reasons to take it up. 

After this free session, participants had the chance to join Strike School of Dance, which opened on Saturday 25 September at St Peters Church rehearsal rooms. 

Call John Hale on 01332 232940 for more information. www.strikedance.org.uk

 

Supporters

All the events listed above were free of charge for all participants, thanks to the support of the following organisations.

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