Departure Lounge is run by In Good Company in collaboration with Derby Theatre.  In 2020 it is celebrating its 8th anniversary.  

Departure Lounge is our summer festival celebrating fresh new contemporary theatre from right across the UK. It usually takes the form of a jam packed four days of Edinburgh Fringe previews, works-in-progress, workshops and talks.

We are committed to supporting and playing host to a range of work from both small and large independent touring companies and so transform our theatre allowing for performances on stage, outside and in and around the theatre.

For Connect Up we will host an additional day which will encourage young people to attend the festival.

In December 2020 we delivered Departure Lounge Staycation Festival. As part of it we platformed 14 shows, 2 workshops, 1 networking event with venues right across the Midlands. We also held a panel discussion, hosted by Lyn Gardner. Panelists included Tobi Kyeremateng, Sarah Brigham, Alan Lane and Amahra Spence. This also presented us with the opportunity to record a show on the Main Stage at Derby Theatre specifically for the festive. We recorded Fatty Fat Fat by Katie Greenall, this show has also been made available on-demand with BSL + captions. We also got the privilege of seeing the very first scratch sharing of The Marathon Project; a work-in-progress piece produced by some of the UK’s most exciting new musical theatre makers who have come together for the first time to collectively create a piece inspired by the 1904 Olympics Marathon.

Partner Theatre


Short Info
  • founded in 2002
  • yearly festival
  • presentation of approx. 12 productions
  • around 2000 audience members


Ben Anderson

Sophie Hack

Sarah Brigham

Jenny Langlands