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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it:

Pantomime Dance Auditions Announced

Derby LIVE and Little Wolf Entertainment are pleased to announce the date of the annual auditions for the pantomime children's ensemble. The open auditions will take place at Derby Arena on Sunday 24 June.

Jack and the Beanstalk will be staged at Derby Arena from Saturday 8 December 2018 to Saturday 5 January 2019.

Derby Book Festival 2018

The fourth Derby Book Festival returns from 1 - 9 June 2018 with another great programme  of over 90 events featuring internationally acclaimed writers, poets, historians, politicians, illustrators, storytellers and musicians for all ages and interests.

Derby Film Festival

Derby Film Festival returns between 4 – 13 May with ten days of fantastic film premieres, previews, guests, talks and more. Based at QUAD – Derby, Derby Film Festival this year welcomes guests including Actress & Singer Toyah Willcox for an on stage conversation about her career on screen and Mandie Fletcher , director of hit sitcoms like Absolutely Fabulous, Blackadder and Only Fools And Horses for a discussion of her career making Britain laugh and her recent moving into cinematic features.

Roundhouse Corporate Appoints New Sales Director

Roundhouse Corporate, the commercial division of the Derby College Group, has appointed Darren Jackson as Sales Director to drive forward the organisation’s  growth.

Darren joins Roundhouse Corporate with more than 12 years’ B2B sales management experience across multiple sectors including software development and training.

He will lead the Roundhouse Corporate sales operations – working with businesses across the UK to meet their apprenticeship and staff training requirements.

Business Students Join Sky Recruitment Solutions Academy

Sky Recruitment Solutions in Derby and Ripley have joined Derby College’s innovative Employer Academy programme to showcase the career opportunities available to students in the industry.

Six Business students based at the Roundhouse have joined the Sky Recruitment Solutions Academy, headed by Managing Director David Torrington.

They are Mehran Ali (18) and Ashleigh-Jade Spencer (17) from Derby, Priya Lehal (17) and Jay Bansil (18) from Littleover, Alieu Conteh (17) from Long Eaton and Pawel Klukowicz (17) from Osmaston.

School Pupils Complete Construction Skills Challenges

Pupils from local schools competed in three different construction skills challenges organised by staff at Derby College.

Pupils from Merrill Academy, Murray Park Community School, Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, John Flamsteed Community School, and The Royal School for the Deaf Derby, competed in Brickwork, Painting and Decorating and Plastering challenges.

The competition was organised by Derby College’s pre-16 team who coordinate vocational programmes for school pupils at the College as part of an extended curriculum offer and the Construction academy.

Playwriting Workshop with Tina Jay

Playwriting Workshop with Tina Jay

Saturday 19th May, 10.00 am to 3.00 pm

Chesterfield Library


Join award- winning playwright Tina Jay for a one-day workshop. Explore and develop a range of dramatic writing techniques for creating your own short or full length play.


Buxton has the best of Friends, says new Patron

Buxton International Festival has one of the best Friends organisations in the music world, their new Patron Wyn Davies believes.  

Wyn, who takes on the role from the Friends’ first patron Donald Maxwell, is an internationally renowned conductor who first appeared at the Buxton Festival in 1983 when he conducted the children’s opera James and the Giant Peach.

His work has taken him from New York to New Zealand, and although there are friends groups supporting music events across the globe, nobody does it like they do in Buxton.