Derbyshire theatre will host stage version of Alex Wheatle's book Home Girl

A unique stage production of Alex Wheatle’s book Home Girl will be hosted at a Derbyshire theatre this month.

Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 8:23 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 11:49 am

Care-experienced young people have contributed to the creation of the one-act play which will be performed at Derby Theatre on July 30 and 31.

Home Girl tells the story of Naomi, a teenage girl growing up fast in the care system, a wholly modern story which sheds a light on what can be an unsettling life – and the consequences that can follow when children treated like pawns on a family chessboard.

The cast will include Lisa Allen (Horrible Histories for the UK no. 1 tour, Brassed Off for Derby Theatre and DCI Burns, Waterloo Road and Emmerdale for TV); Isobel Coward (The Laramie Project and Canterbury Tales for the stage), Andrea Davy (The Railway Children for Northcott, Exeter; Treasure Island for Birmingham Rep and Patrick Melrose for TV), Newtion Matthews (One Love: The Bob Marley Musical and The Front Line for Shakespeare’s Globe); Helena Rimmer (A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations and Alice in Wonderland for Derby Theatre) and Laura White (The Play That Goes Wrong for a national tour).

Home Girl will be staged at Derby Theatre on July 30 and 31, 2021.
Home Girl will be staged at Derby Theatre on July 30 and 31, 2021.

Joining the cast will be a dozen Future Creatives young performers who are participants in an initiative for 14-25s to be involved in different stages of the creative and production process. An additional ten participants in the Future Creatives project take on non-performance roles including stage manager, marketing and costume design for the Home Girl production.

Tickets for Home Girl cost £15, and £5 for under 26s. To book online go to or call 01332 593939.