Fellowship boost for Derby Theatre

Derby Theatre is the only arts organisation in the Midlands to have been awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fund Theatre Fellowship, which the venue has offered to theatre practitioner and director, Lucy Doherty.

The BBC Performing Arts Fund, which helps to foster the next generation of performing talent in Britain, announced that they have awarded over £430,000 of funding to 19 Fellows and 58 community theatre organisations.

Funding has been distributed across the United Kingdom, with 78 per cent of the recipients based outside of London, and Derby Theatre, along with Lucy, is delighted to have been recognised as one of the Fellowship recipients.

Derby Theatre’s Fellowship will offer Lucy, over the period of a year, the opportunity to develop her artistic and leadership skills in the context of a regional producing venue , which is aiming to develop a new model as a Learning Theatre.

Lucy will produce new work and will benefit from a number of assistant directing opportunities covering a wide variety of work. Derby Theatre will ensure that Lucy is plugged into the wider industry through attending key events with artistic director Sarah Brigham.

For Derby Theatre, Lucy will bring new energy to the team and its outlook. Lucy understands the needs of that crucial age bracket of audiences which the theatre are trying to develop (18 to 30 year olds) and she has a really creative approach to communicating with and developing them.

Lucy is a theatre director working both regionally and in London. Originally from York, she studied Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she founded theatre company, Milk Presents, for who she has directed A Real Man’s Guide to Sainthood (National Tour) and Bluebeard: A Fairytale for Adults (Total Theatre


Lucy is currently developing two new works, which will premier in summer 2014. She is the associate director on Father Christmas, a co-production between the Lyric Hammersmith and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Lucy said: “I am hugely excited about working at Derby Theatre as the BBC Performing Arts Fellow. Derby Theatre is fast becoming a hub for learning and for questioning how theatre is produced and experienced. “Artists are talking about Derby Theatre and I want to be at the centre of that growth as it happens, feeding into it and being nurtured by it.

“The work I make talks about the representation of gender in stories and popular culture, therefore it is fitting that one key strand of focus for Derby Theatre in 2014 is the female voice; it’s an exciting match.”

Sarah Brigham, artistic director at Derby Theatre, said: “We are all delighted here at Derby Theatre that we will be working with Lucy Doherty, who is a really exciting and talented artist that we can both support and, in turn, learn from ourselves.

“I’d like to thank the BBC Performing Arts Fund for this support as securing this prestigious Fellowship scheme feels like a real validation of the new work we are trying to do here as a Learning Theatre with the promotion of emerging talent, like Lucy, at the very heart of our mission.”