Panel Discussion: Survival, Resilience, Well-being & Self-Care

Thu 9 June – Wed 9 November, 2022
An optimistic conversation about using theatre and all the tools we have available to make things better for all.

Chaired by theatre critic Lyn Gardner

Theatre and theatre-makers have faced unprecedented challenges during the last two years. It has been a difficult time, scarring for many.

A significant danger for theatre is that we will quickly slip back into the old ways of doing things, the old career patterns, the old gatekeeping, the old ideas of what theatre is and where it happens, and the old power relationships.

There’s evidence we’re already doing it. But it’s not too late.


  • How can we use what we have learned as individuals and institutions about community, survival, resilience, wellbeing, unity and defiance to face the many challenges ahead? Challenges that include growing poverty, inequality and climate emergency.
  • In the process, how will we transform ourselves as a sector so that theatre and artists can genuinely respond to community need and stand up for themselves and others?


Garden Stage (Main House)


Time: 12pm - 1:30pm
Performance time: 1 hour and 30 minutes


All Places: FREE (reserve in advance)


Sarah Brigham

Artistic Director & CEO, Derby Theatre

Sameena Hussain

Associate Director, Leeds Playhouse

Nickie Miles-Wildin

Artistic Director & CEO, DaDaFest


Co-Director of Scottee & Friends Ltd

Part of Departure Lounge Festival

In Good Company and Derby Theatre’s hugely successful summer festival of cool, contemporary and cutting edge theatre returns for a terrific 10th year!

The highly acclaimed collection of innovative performances and discussion will once again provide the perfect theatrical vacation for artists and audiences alike.

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