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Check In Festival

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Monday 24 – Saturday 29 May 2021
A week of online workshops, work in progress, performances, and discussions.

For all online events, you will be sent a link to access at least 2 hours before on the day of the event via email. This information will be sent to the email address on the account used when signing up to this event

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Access First: Creating Creative Art with Quiplash

Monday 24 May, 1pm – 2:30pm
Quiplash will take you through their model of creating inclusive art from a disability justice and access first perspective.

Using their past production Unsightly Drag and Friendsas a case study, they will talk you through how they have adapted their work from pre-pandemic life, to now, to looking to the future. They will identify what they think has been successful, and talk through mistakes they’ve made and how they have addressed them to make sure they continue to do better. They will also leave time for chats, questions and conversations as this is a big and ever-shifting topic for everyone!

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Wise Children: Release the Art Inside

Tuesday 25 May, 12.30pm – 2:00pm
This practical workshop will explore how to create a fear-free environment and release the artist within.

‘In order to release the art inside of anyone, I believe they have to be without fear; so, we must work to make a fear free environment’ – Emma Rice, Wise Children’s Artistic Director. This practical workshop will explore how to create a fear-free environment and release the artist within. Led by Wise Children’s
Head of Performance, Laura Keefe, and Head of Music, Ian Ross, it will be a relaxed, interactive session, mixing exercises and discussion, perfect for early-career ensemble and theatre makers.

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Reducing our Impact with Kill the Cat

Wednesday 26 May, 12:00pm – 1.30pm
Reducing our Impact is an introductory workshop for producing and creating sustainable theatre; giving you tools / new ways of working.

Kill The Cat are passionate believers that creating work with a smaller carbon footprint does not have to limit your creative ambition. Join them as they explore what it is to put environmentalism at the heart of your practice and look forward to what the creative sector could look like post Covid.

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: Steps Toward Building your Practice with Adam Carver

Wednesday 26 May, 2.30pm -4.00pm
This informal workshop will consider the day-to-day practicalities of building a career in the arts, and particularly how we look after ourselves and support ourselves to have satisfying, sustainable, and manageable careers.

Suitable for artists, producers, and freelance creatives looking to establish or develop their creative practice full-time, we will explore strategies for building a sustainable career, avoiding burn out, monetising your skills, knowing your worth, and the lived reality of working in creative industries

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Anti-racism in Action with Yassine Senghor

Thursday 27 May, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
In this session, we will explore the importance of moving beyond simply being “not racist”, which rests in passive inaction towards being actively antiracist, which is grounded in action and movement.

While anti-racism will be the core focus of the session, we will also be looking at building inclusive practice that considers the impact of our work, what we are saying, who we are reaching with it and how we can platform the voices of the most marginalise.


Rewriting the Future with Edalia Day

Friday 28 May, 12:30pm – 2pm
Join Edalia Day in this kickass workshop interrogating who we are, what we want our world to look like and we can use that to fuel the performance work
we make.

Inspired by how Edalia made Too Pretty To Punch, her show tackling transphobia in the media, you’ll do a series of spoken word writing exercises and performance tasks designed to take complex ideas and emotions and communicate them in a way that’s exciting, fun and thought provoking

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Hemisphere with Mellow Baku

Thursday 27 May, 7pm
With live vocal looping and original digital visuals, Mellow Baku performs her new story Hemisphere (working title). Mellow tells a story of a girl in a parallel world who uses jazz, creativity and improvisation as a form of resistance against a restricted realm under surveillance.

e. A contemporary adaptation of her script Beyond The Dome, a futuristic narrated play for young people (performed at Curve 2017, directed by Steven Luckie, with music by Marcus Joseph), that explores freedom from limitations and boundaries, following the character Ital, as she challenges an oppressive system and finds her voice.

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Scratch that Itch

Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 May, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
A chance to collectively watch work in progress, hear about the shows direct from the artist, and have the chance to offer feedback, thoughts and ideas.

Featuring work from Esme Sears, Andy Chaplin, James Reilly and TECTUM.

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Lights Up (Premier)

Friday 28 May, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Join Fifth Word as they premier ‘Lights Up’; a living history project curated by young women aged 16-21 that shines a light on inspirational women who have led the way in the theatre industry in the East Midlands.  This premier will see the launching of the Lights Up website and podcast, with a stellar panel of pioneering women.
Lights Up is conceived by Fifth Word in partnership with Derby City Libraries with support from Derby Theatre and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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No Woman's Land by Zoo Indigo

Friday 28 May, 6:30pm

Wilkonmmen! Roll up, stroll in and join us on a spectacular stagger through the post-apocalypse of 1945. Before your very eyes the bearded ladies running on treadmills, to a live soundtrack, conjuring up past and present digital landscapes.

1945 – Ildiko’s grandmother Lucia is expelled from her place of birth. She walks 220 miles across the fractured landscape of Europe, her two children and all her belongings dragged in a cart.
2015 – Ildiko Rippel and Rosie Garton retrace her footsteps. Crossing borders, climbing fences, bleeding, crying, blistering and carrying their flat-pack children.
No Woman’s Land is a politically charged nod to 1920s Kabarett, entwining the duo’s experience of their walk with Lucia’s story.
Age Rating: 18+
Content warning; nudity, themes of rape, war and forced migration.
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Little Mess by Foan & Fortune

Saturday 29 May, 11am

Join Princess Olive on a thrilling quest to find the legendary Tidy Up Troll to help her tidy her room before the Troll Queen’s palace party!
This fun, fantastical puppetry adventure is jam packed with original music, magic, comedy and adventure, made for everyone everywhere who in delights in making a Little Mess.
Little Mess celebrates imaginative story-telling and creativity, encouraging the whole family to play together using objects found around their home.
Presented by Foan and Fortune

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Kilburn (Not London) by Simon Marshall

Saturday 29 May, 7pm

Join the cast and creatives for the launch of a new audio play by Derbyshire playwright Simon Marshall about finding yourself and first love in the middle of nowhere.

Line up:
  • A live extract from the play, performed by Derbyshire actors John Booker (Paines Plough) and Louis Greatorex (BBC, Netflix)
  • An interactive Q&A with the team about the participation process, including Plus One young dramaturgs
  • An exclusive performance by Kilburn (not London)’s composer; singer-songwriter Lucy James, with music from her original score and reimagined covers of dreamy pop classics
  • Be the first to access the full production when the play goes live on Saturday night!
Kilburn (not London) was developed in collaboration with young people from Derbyshire’s LGBT+ and Plus One, support by In Good Company, Boundless Theatre and New Perspectives.
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It is really important to us that if we are presenting work then everyone should be able to access it, whatever their circumstances.

We want to welcome all and are working hard to make as much of the Festival as we can accessible to all. We know that access provision is constantly evolving and that your individual acces needs might change over time, so we’ve set aside a buget for access to cover things like captions, or BSL interpreters and easy read documents from workshops.

When booking please let us know your access needs. It helps us if we have a little time to make sure we can properly book and prepare the provision, so if you can do that before 19th May 2021 that would really help us, help you.

Please tell us if you required BSL or any other access provision in the booking notes, when booking