Students stage a Derbyshire tale

A CLASSIC book about a 19th century rural Derbyshire childhood will be brought to the stage using innovative film, video and animation techniques alongside live actors.

The Country Child, published 80 years ago, was written by Alison Uttley, who was born in Cromford and educated in Bakewell.

It follows a year in the life of nine-year-old Susan Garland, living on a farm in Derbyshire towards the end of the 19th century. Alison Uttley who had written more than 100 books, mainly for children, by her death in 1976, based it on her own upbringing.

Students of the University of Derby’s BA (Hons) Theatre Arts Degree course will be using a combination of screened film, video and animation, original music and live actors to bring the book to the stage of Derby Theatre. It has been adapted by Paul Hurt, production co-ordinator for Theatre Arts.

The Country Child will be at the University’s theatre from Thursday May 26-28. Performances will be 7.30pm nightly, with a matinee at 2pm on Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets are priced at £11, with concessions available at £8. They are available through or the Derby Theatre Box Office on 01332 255 800.