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Tickets £10 – 325
Poor Dame Trott is down on her luck and her daydreaming son Jack is no help at all. When Jack is sent to market to sell their beloved cow Daisy, he comes home not with money – but a handful of beans! But things aren’t always as they seem and soon their luck is on the up and up.
Packed with everyone’s favourite pantomime characters, this enchanting and spellbinding tale combines jokes galore, fantastic dance routines and lots of audience participation – all of which make our pantomime a festive family favourite.
VIP Night - Fri 13 Dec, 7pm
VIP tickets include a top price seat, complimentary programme and a chance to meet the cast in an exclusive after-show drinks reception. VIP Ticket £40 (concessions and under 16s £30 ), VIP Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 under 16s) £110
Assembly Rooms, Derby
Whether out with a group of friends, on a romantic date, or spending time as a family, the Derby Christmas Ice Rink will be one of the coolest destinations in Derby this Christmas.
Hire out the Ice Rink
Hire out the whole ice rink for an hour anytime from 9am from as little as £250. Contact the Derby Live box office directly on 01332 255800 for availability and prices.
Ice Skating Lessons
This year we are offering beginner skating lessons (40 minutes) with our experienced skaters who work at the rink.
One to one: £20 + standard admission price
2 – 4 people: £15 + standard admission price
Book at the rink on the day or in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Showplace Events on 01789 262701.
Running Time: 50 minutes (including intervals)
Market Place, Derby Derbyshire
Or visit the Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/groups/414524948665424/?fref=ts
The Quad, Derby
Derby LIVE have teamed up with local children’s writer Caryl Hart and Derbyshire based theatre company The Babbling Vagabonds for the magical production of The Christmas Chocolate Shop – on stage at the Guildhall Theatre from Thu 12 – Sun 29 December. Babbling Vagabonds were formed in 2000 by three theatre-makers, who had met whilst studying at Rose Bruford College. The Babblers based themselves in the heart of the Peak District National Park and from there began creating family friendly theatre for rural audiences.
The Christmas he Chocolate Shop is set at Christmas in a busy city as the snow starts to fall. However, away from the hustle and bustle, a sad old Shopkeeper shivers alone. Only memories fill Emilio’s empty shop and he misses his wife, Florentina so much. When a magical urchin enters his run-down grocery shop looking for food, she rekindles a spark of his long-forgotten dream. With a song in his heart, a smile on his lips and a sprinkling of Christmas magic, Emilio transforms his dowdy dusty shop into a wondrous chocolate emporium. But will he ever see the
little girl again?
Puppets, shadows, music, magic and mischief abound in this charming and delightful play that will be staged at Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre from Thu 12 – Sun 29 Dec.
Tickets, priced at £10.25 with concessions and family tickets available can be purchased through the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800 or online at www.derbylive.co.uk
Guild Hall Theatre, Derby
V.O2 GRAVITY is a major new interactive audio and video featuring stunning visuals, projection mapping, surround sound and anaglyph 3D multi screen environments. The exhibition explores the properties of gravity through sound, moving image and Indian music via artworks and an installation that can be controlled by the public.
V.O2 GRAVITY will be a giant 3D A/V immersive and participatory environment masterminded by Digital Artists Aron Brown, Oli Melia and Rob Newman, who have been working alongside chromatic architect Aaron Bradbury. The exhibition includes newly commissioned music created by leading artists from Mumbai; Tabla Player and Dubstep composer Mayur Narvekar and Music Producer Pritesh Varia from Bandish Projekt with leading classical Tabla Player and composer Hiren Chate.
The exhibition also features more artworks from digital and 3D artists including; Steroscopic Photography, Artists iPads Apps, Bass relief, Anaglyph 3D films and Lenticulars. A 3D printer in action in the Gallery during V.O2 GRAVITY alongside a virtual world created by digital artist Darius Powell, viewable through an Oculus Rift VR headset.
V.O2 GRAVITY is in QUAD Gallery from 14th December 2013 until 23rd February 2014. The exhibition is free to visit. There is a free QUAD Exhibition Explorer App available: http://bit.ly/19MitHv plus an artist-designed, interactive exhibitions guide available from QUAD Reception.
Throughout QUAD’s Extra Gallery Spaces the subject of 3D will be explored through contemporary art from international artists using age-old techniques such as autostereograms, stereograms, lenticular printins and anaglyph 3D. Embracing these classic techniques which offer the illusion of three-dimensional depth, visitors are invited to explore a nostalgic journey through the recent history of 3D alongside anaglyph 3D artworks by Ravi Purohit, Thomas Hämén, Chloe Humenko.
There will be fun interactive DIY 3D illusions and activities for all ages to explore, available daily in QUAD’s family friendly Resource Area.
V.O2 GRAVITY is part of a fun audio-visual interactive 3D season in QUAD, an exploration through art, film, interactive installation and participatory digital artworks with workshops, talks, schools programme, participation, films, live performance and events. 3D Season runs in QUAD from 14th December 2013 until 23rd February 2014.
A launch event will celebrate the opening of 3D Season and V.O2 GRAVITY exhibition, with 3D printing, live music in QUAD Gallery and artworks throughout the building. The evening includes interactive 3D drop-in activities in QUAD’s Digital studio; O.S.T. 3D film soundtrack DJ/VJ in QUAD Café bar and Stop & Go 3D, the third instalment of the series which dramatically plays with our optical senses, screening in the Box. Curated by the US based Sarah Klein and David Kwan, Stop & Go 3D features artwork by 25 international artists using Strobing effects, Afterimages, 3D anaglyphic experiments and three-dimensional spoofs.
3D Season Launch takes place on Friday 13th December, from 7:00pm.
During the Exhibition events include: Family Friendly Gallery Launch is a chance to have a look at the exhibitions in QUAD Gallery with your children and take part in creative activities inspired by the work. Activities are aimed at children up to five years but all are welcome to take part, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Family Friendly Gallery Launch takes place on Saturday 14th December from 1:00pm until 3:00pm, it is free drop-in event.
3D printing sessions with a chance to meet the V.02 GRAVITY Artists will be taking place in QUAD Gallery. An opportunity to see the 3D printer in action, to be body scanned and become part of the 3D and virtual world installation, these free, drop-in sessions are also a chance to meet the V.02 GRAVITY Artists for an informal tour of the exhibition. 3D printing & meet the V.02 GRAVITY Artists sessions take place on Tuesday 17th December from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, Saturday 14th December from 10:00am until 12:00pm and Saturday 21st December from 10:00am until 12:00pm.
For Schools, Colleges and Universities, Teachers’ Resources for (KS1-5) are available to download to facilitate exhibitions tours: www.derbyquad.co.uk/category/
For more information please see: www.derbyquad.co.uk/whats-on-
The Quad, Derby
Christmas at the VoiceBox! Join us for this celebration of all things Christmas, as we eat, drink and be merry, accompanied by fantastic music from a variety of our choirs and singers! This year, drinks and nibbles will be available throughout the evening, to maximise singing time!
Tickets will be just £6, and details of how to book will be available soon!
The VoiceBox, Derby
Derby’s very own melodic-power-arena-rock trio LOSTALONE have been on an upward trajectory since the release of the critically acclaimed I’m A UFO In This City album last year. They have been touring clubs and arenas around the world and building a devoted international fan base.
They have been play listed by BBC Radio One, received constant incredible live reviews from the likes of NME, Rocksound, Classic Rock and Kerrang! magazines, the latter of which named singer/guitarist Steven Battelle “the 26th greatest rockstar living in the world today” They also rated the bands Assembly Rooms Christmas show from last year a “classic” with the top mark possible KKKKK
This year the band have been locked away in the studio in the English countryside with producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns, Gallows etc), putting the finishing touches to their third full-length album. The as-yet-untitled album will be released in early 2014.
Their 20 December Assembly Rooms gig will come directly after a 28 date tour with The Darkness, so the band are sure to be a well oiled rock machine! “LostAlone always look a class apart and are on schedule to hammer hire own way into rocks upper echelon” Kerrang
It can only be a matter of time before this unabashed explosion of deadly hooks, dirty riffs and lighter aloft ballads equally sells out stadiums” NME
Tickets for the gig, priced at £11.25 are available from the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800 or online at www.derbylive.co.uk
Assembly Rooms, Derby
This spring the cast of DiCC Whittington played to five packed houses and celebrated the news that their pantomime raised £12,000 for the Mayor’s Charities. Starring Derby City Council staff and councillors, Derby City Council’s first ever staff pantomime was hailed a success on all fronts so it has been decided to do it all over again in 2014.
One of the oldest traditions of all the pantomime stories, Mother Goose has been chosen for the 2014 production, which will again star Derby City Council staff and councillors, including Chief Executive Adam Wilkinson.
Directed by Derby LIVE’s Creative Producer Pete Meakin, the cast attended auditions in September and started rehearsing in October and are giving up their free time to ensure Mother Goose is a resounding success. Proceeds will go to the Mayor’s Charity.
Pete Meakin said:
I continue to be overwhelmed by just how enthusiastic, and how committed, staff and councillors are to this very good cause. So many of them learned so much during the process last year, and that’s really showing in the rehearsals for “Mother Goose”. They’re now a very capable group of theatre practitioners – including actors, singers, dancers, backstage workers, and the writer. I have every reason to believe that “Mother Goose” will be an even greater success than “DiCC Whittington”.
Council staff and Councillors are egg-cited to bring another egg-cellent pantomime to the City. Oh yes they are! Join them on a spectacular journey from magic pools to strange enchanted worlds, awash with hidden dangers. Will Mother Goose resist the alluring charms of the Sheriff of Grottingham on his quest to regain power over the village of Rhymelot? Don’t miss this eggs-travagander which will be cracking family entertainment, with lots of singing, dancing and audience participation.
Produced by Derby LIVE, Mother Goose will be staged at Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre from Wed 5 – Sat 8 February.
Tickets, priced at £11.25, concessions £9.25 are available now from the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800 or online at www.derbylive.co.uk. On top of that a proportion of the tickets will be donated to groups of people who would not normally be able to afford a trip to a pantomime.
Guild Hall Theatre, Derby
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