Check-in Festival 2017

Friday 24 March and Saturday 25 March, 11am - 11pm

Pay What You Think (PWYT)

This is a two-day festival for artists and audiences alike, including workshops, scratch performances and immersive happenings.

Check-out our check-in line-up! Pick up a Check-in brochure for full listings.

All events at DEparture Lounge Check-In operate on a Pay What You Decide basis. This means there is no set ticket price and instead you, the audience/participant, decide what you would like to pay for it. Sometimes this may be dictated by what you can afford and sometimes by what you think your experience was worth. All income goes back to the festival, supporting the artists who take part.

How to book

You can book for most events in the festival by emailing igc@derby.ac.uk or signing up on the day. You will need to book individual PWYD tickets for: Show Me The Money & First Bite for which must be booked separately.


Friday 24 March

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  • The Conjurer and the Moon - Enter Edam

  • Friday 24 March, 12pm
  • PWYT
  • Deep inside an Oriental forest wanders The Conjurer. His magic keeps the forest enchanted and all are under his spell apart from his unreachable love, the ever changing Moon. To fly to her he must perform his greatest feat yet, to transform into a mighty dragon. Will his flames of desire threaten to destroy the forest? A love story of magic and mysticism. The Conjurer and the Moon is a visually rich theatrical circus piece. Be moved by a simple story with epic visuals created through spectacular costumes, puppetry, live gong instrumental and circus arts suitable for the whole family.
  • Email igc@derby.ac.uk to book.
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  • House Made of Cardboard and Tape - Tempura Batter

  • Friday 24 March, 1pm - 3pm
  • PWYT
  • As interdisciplinary artists, Rohanne and Paul find it hard to feel at home. So they’re going to build a place of their own. They promise to take everything down at the end of the day, clean up after themselves, and leave. They hope to manage a second floor this time.
  • Email igc@derby.ac.uk to book.
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  • Workshop with Paula Varjack

  • Friday 24 March, 2pm
  • PWYT
  • Using performance, writing and interview, this workshop will explore the ways artists support themselves through their artistic work, and life. Participants will share problems and solutions related to presentation, funding, financial problems, and transparency. Open to artists of all disciplines and levels of experience.
  • Email igc@derby.ac.uk to book.
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  • EU Funding Talk

  • Friday 24 March, 4.30pm
  • PWYT
  • Want to know how Brexit will affect Artists? Director of EUCLID Geoffrey Brown will update artists on Brexit news and the implications for the arts & culture sector. This will be followed by an overview of the likely EU funding opportunities from 2017-19, including Creative Europe, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, Horizon 2020, Interreg and the Structural & Investment Funds.
  • Email igc@derby.ac.uk to book.
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  • Show Me The Money

  • Friday 24 March, 7pm - 8pm
  • PWYT
  • Show Me The Money is a funny, inspirational show by multimedia artist Paula Varjack looking at how artists manage to support their creative dreams. Using a blend of documentary-style interviews with live performance, Varjack lifts the lid on what artists do to make ends meet. In doing so, Show Me The Money provides a painfully honest, yet ultimately optimistic portrait of life in contemporary Britain as government cuts bite.
  • Paula will also deliver a workshop for theatre makers.
  • Book tickets
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  • Drink and draw

  • Friday 24 March, 8.30pm - 12am
  • PWYT
  • After an action packed day, sit down relax, grab a drink and do some drawing. With different drawing exercises scattered around the cafe, here's your chance to reflect on the festival so far, and what's in store tomorrow, all the while DJ Ninja Bob spins some tunes on his decks.
  • Email igc@derby.ac.uk to book.
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  • The Night Shift - Workshop

  • Friday 24 March 9pm
  • PWYT
  • For 18+ years
  • This is a very special creative all-nighter: a theatrical lock-in for anyone interested in rapid-response theatre-making and staying up really, really late.  Part workshop, part performance-making free-for-all, LaPelle’s Factory will work with you via twilight, starlight and the witching hour to explore the creative creepies which lurk in the dark. You’ll be let loose to craft your own material, which will be shaped and then shared, bleary-eyed, the following morning.
  • To apply please email: info@lapellesfactory.co.uk

Saturday 25 March

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  • The Night Shift - Sharing

  • Saturday 25 March 9am
  • PWYT
  • For 18+ years
  • This is a very special creative all-nighter: a theatrical lock-in for anyone interested in rapid-response theatre-making and staying up really, really late. Part workshop, part performance-making free-for-all, LaPelle’s Factory will work with you via twilight, starlight and the witching hour to explore the creative creepies which lurk in the dark. You’ll be let loose to craft your own material, which will be shaped and then shared, bleary-eyed, the following morning.
  • Email igc@derby.ac.uk to book.
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  • Survival Tour - Daniel Nicholas (part of the Departure Lounge Check-in Festival)

  • Saturday 25 March, 1pm and 6pm
  • PWYT
  • Comedian Daniel Nicholas, will take you on a mini tour of the new Ryan Gander Exhibition, and how if in the event of a dangerous situation these objects could be used for survival. Meet outside the Gallery Entrance.
  • Email igc@derby.ac.uk to book.
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  • 1:1 Producer Surgery

  • Saturday 25 March, 2pm - 5pm
  • PWYT
  • Need some help with a funding application? Advice on touring your show? Or just want a heart to heart about the highs and lows of the performing arts industry? Sign up for one of our 20-minute artist surgeries with experienced producer Emily Coleman. Emily has worked with numerous acclaimed theatre companies as well as supporting other independent producers.
  • Email igc@derby.ac.uk to book.
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  • The Other Way Works: A Moment of Madness

  • Saturday 25 March, 2.30pm, 4pm and during First Bite at 9.15pm
  • PWYT
  • Immersive theatre meets urban gaming in this political espionage thriller.
  • On the eve of the vote on radical new legislation to combat climate change, the revelation of a politician’s clandestine rendezvous threatens to destroy the coalition and scupper the bill. Your job is to make sure this doesn’t happen. Stay in your vehicle. Report everything.
  • Email igc@derby.ac.uk to book.
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  • A Place by the Sea - Ten 29 Theatre (part of the Departure Lounge Check-in Festival)

  • Saturday 25 March, 5pm
  • PWYT
  • A Place By The Sea is a heartwarming tale of survival, travel and the displacement of families in the face of war. Following a creative research process in Malta the performance duo combine collected stories and interviews with Maltese residents to reveal a narrative of forced immigration too clearly echo the current ongoing refugee crisis.
  • In an engaging combination of visual and physical imagery, spoken word, collected interviews and sounds, A Place by the Sea, reminds its audience of all the elements at play in these stories, as the performers step between being endangered travellers and foreboding travel agents with reassuring tones. Tables are turned, tales are told, games are played and families are torn apart. This vivid story reveals the pain and determination bred in the destruction of war and the struggles for compassion left in its messy wake.
  • Email igc@derby.ac.uk to book.
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  • First Bite Festival 2017

  • Saturday 25 March, 7pm
  • PWYT
  • A festival within a festival...scratch night First Bite has arrived in the East Midlands!
  • Join us for a chance to see an eclectic collection of extracts and new ideas from some of the most exciting theatre makers working across the region.
    Alongside this will be opportunities to meet the artists taking part as well as key industry figures who will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about working in theatre or how to make work of your own.
  • Click here to read the full line up
  • Book tickets

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