A Derby Theatre production

Home Girl

Fri 8 – Sat 9 Jul, 2022 Archive
Based on Alex Wheatle's award-winning novel, Home Girl tells the story of Naomi, a teenage girl growing up fast in the care system.

“This isn’t my home. Haven’t had a proper home since . . . This is just somewhere I’ll be resting my bones for a week and maybe a bit.

This time next year you’ll forget who I am. I haven’t got a diddly where I’ll be by then. But I’m used to it.”

Home Girl is a wholly modern story that sheds a much-needed light on what can be an unsettling life – and the consequences that can follow when children are treated like pawns on a family chessboard.

When fourteen-year-old white girl Naomi is placed with a Black foster care family, her life takes some dramatic twists and turns.

Fast-paced and funny, tender, tragic and full of courage, this exciting stage adaptation will play on the main stage at Derby Theatre this summer.


Main House


Time: 7pm & 3pm (Sat Matinee)
Performance duration: 1 hour and 44 minutes

In Rehearsal

In Rehearsal Trailer - © Videography by Swainson Productions


This brand new stage adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s award-winning novel has been created as a unique collaboration between professional writers Alex Wheatle MBE, Nathan Powell and Sarah Kolawole, Derby Theatre, Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership, professional care-experienced young people and other young theatre makers (our Future Creatives).

Alex Wheatle MBE is an award-winning author who won the Guardian Children’s Book Award in 2016 (for Crongton Knights) and Home Girl is one of the Crongton series of novels.


Martha Godber

Duane Hannibal

April Nerissa Hudson

Andrea Davy

Lisa Allen

Helena Rimmer


Adapted by

Nathan Powell and Sarah 'Rain' Kolawole


Sarah Brigham


Bryn Holding

Assistant Director

Natasha Cover

Movement Director

Lucy Wild

Set and Costume Designer

Kevin Jenkins

Sound Designer and Composer

Lucy James

Sound Designer and Composer


Lighting Designer

Alex Stafford

Home Girl is part of ConnectUp