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Derby has one of the best and most thriving non-professional theatre communities in the country: a study carried out a few years ago showed that we had more individual societies and more people involved in them than any similar sized town or city in the UK.

But, unlike most other towns and cities similar to Derby, we do not have a theatre dedicated to the non-professional community. It was for this reason that the Derby New Theatre Association was formed in 2003.

Over the past few years, the Derby theatre scene has suffered some major difficulties and the situation does not seem to be getting much better. We can, however, be thankful that Derby Theatre was rescued by the University from the demise of Derby Playhouse and now offers the local non-professionals a chance to hire the main auditorium and, sometimes, the Studio Theatre. The facilities at Derby Theatre are good but it is expensive to hire. The Assembly Rooms have been used but they are not only expensive, the space is not designed as a theatre. The only other city centre venue is the Guildhall, with its lovely auditorium and inadequate back stage facilities. There are also a number of schools and village halls with varying levels of amenity.

The Derby New Theatre Association was set up:

  1. to establish and operate a theatre in the City of Derby for the benefit of the community
  2. to raise funds for the furtherance of this project

It is still working to establish a community theatre but it now also acts as a body to represent the common interests of a large number of groups in the city when talking to the Council and other similar bodies. By working together we have achieved a number of important successes: we, and community theatre in general, are now recognised as an important part of Derby’s cultural scene.

Although we have yet to realise our ambition of a dedicated theatre, we have had some success in raising the profile of non-professional theatre in Derby –
see our Achievements page.

Membership is open to individuals and to local theatre groups.

Why not apply to join the Association now and become a member of this exciting project.
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