Derby Theatre celebrates young people’s work

Published: 27 February 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Youngsters working on a Reimagine project at Derby Theatre Credit: Black Mercury Photography

Derby Theatre is to showcase work being created by young people in areas of low cultural engagement through Reimagine, an online project which is supported by £1.1 million from Arts Council England.

Reimagine is part of This is Derby, a consortium made up of arts and sports organisations in and around Derby to support young people.

Caroline Barth, the theatre’s creative learning director, said, “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’s well proven that culture and the arts can be the spark that ignites a young person’s confidence and excitement for life. This is Derby is a thriving collaboration of organisations who work together to create amazing work with young people in our city.”

As part of Reimagine, Derby’s cultural organisations have been supporting young people in five hubs. Each month, Derby Theatre will profile the type of work created by one of the hubs. The first is a spotlight on the Abbey hub.

Over the next few months, the theatre will look at other hubs comprising Chaddesden and Derwent, Normanton and Arboretum, Sinfin and a virtual hub working with special educational needs and disabilities students.