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Discover the emerging theatrical talent on our doorstep at Gen-Fest

Following the success of the on-line festivals in November 2020 and March this year, Royal & Derngate’s artist support programme Generate presents its third Gen-Fest, this time with a mix of on-line and in-person sessions. Dedicated to supporting emerging and established artists this autumn’s Gen-Fest will run from Tuesday 9 to Sunday 14 November

Over the course of the week, artists are invited to attend screenings, scratch performances, Q&A’s, workshops and one to one support opportunities, ending with a networking session.

Chris Lowe

Online events include a Zoom Q&A with Royal & Derngate Artistic Director James Dacre and the cast of his production of Blue/Orange, a screening of Jane Carter Woodrow’s audio story Whack-A-Mole followed by a Q&A with Jane, and a physical theatre and movement for well-being workshop with Lauren Nicole Whitter.

There will be a chance to attend live in-person performances of extracts of works in development, Officer Knobbs by Max Lawrence and Scott Bradley and This is a Carton of Orange Juice by Chris Lowe, with opportunities for feedback. There will also be a performance of Room Mates by Zach Devereux.


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Room Mates

Four male friends in their mid-thirties are struggling to afford rent. After advertising a vacancy for their spare room their prayers are answered in the form of two beautiful women.

The two claim to be sisters, and with all their charisma and charm, the friends decide to rent their spare room to the mysterious pair without much question. Things are not what they seem… their new Room Mates are in fact, criminals who have come to collect. Watch the story unfold, resulting in deadly consequences.

Generate is the artist development programme launched in 2016 that supports artists and practitioners with regular masterclasses, networking and development opportunities. Generate also supports 10 associate artists over 18 months offering specific mentorship, development, employment and showcase opportunities. The theatre is also delighted to partner with In Good Company to provide further support for emerging and established artists.


Royal & Derngate’s Creative Learning Associate Erica Martin commented: “We are very proud to have developed this festival with direct input from independent artists and are delighted to be able to showcase some of the work by those on our Generate Associates Artists programme. We look forward to continuing to support artists both online and with face to face opportunities.”

All the Gen-Fest events are ticketed. For details of the full schedule and to book, visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk/gen-fest/ or call Box Office on 01604 624811. All sessions are free of charge apart from the performance of Room Mates.

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