Double bill for youth theatre group

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Derby Theatre Youth Theatre will be presenting an intriguing double bill at Derby Theatre from Thursday to Saturday, July 24-26.

There will be two plays in one evening, unified by the themes of freedom and sacrifice.

The two plays are The Willow Pattern by Judith Johnson and The Chrysalids by John Wyndham.

The older Youth Theatre group will present The Willow Pattern, a classic tale of innocent, yet forbidden, love. Be transported to a vibrant and colourful land of the past to uncover this traditional tale of the angry Mandarin and his determined daughter, Knoon-She.

The Chrysalids will be presented by the younger youth theatre group and is a powerful story set in the post-nuclear world, a place divided into ‘perfect’ humans and ‘mutants’. A young hero and his friends are growing up in fear, hoping that nobody will ever know of their unique power of telepathy.

Soon they face a choice: wait for eventual discovery, or flee to the terrifying and mutable badlands.

Derby Theatre Youth Theatre was formed towards the end of 2012 and consists of 50 young people from all across Derbyshire, between the ages of 11 and 18.

The group works with, and alongside, theatre professionals, both in relation to the production and other theatre-related workshops and activities.

Tickets to see the double bill are £12, concessions are £9.

For more information and to book tickets please call the box office on 01332 593939 or visit

n Pulse, a Derby People’s Theatre Production, is to be performed at Derby Theatre from July 30-August 2.

This is a new play with music by Sally Siner. It is to be directed by Caroline Barth.

The initial idea for the production came out of a workship with local people and it’s grown into an opportunity for members of the public to take part in all aspects of creating a full-scale production. Tickets are £9-12.