As part of NT Connections Festival 2023

Double Bill: Is My Microphone On? & Innocent Creatures

Thu 20 Apr, 2023 Archive
Tibshelf Academy & Bilborough College perform at Derby Theatre as part of NT Connections Festival 2023.

Is My Microphone On?

by Jordan Tannahill

How do we move forward from here? Young people know that time is running out, and will no longer be able to avoid the consequences of climate change. They speak to the adults in the audience, holding them to account, questioning the choices they have made and the choices that have not been made, and the decisions that children will be forced to make. What kind of future do they stand to inherit?

Content Guidance:

  • Recommended for ages 13+
  • Strong language

Innocent Creatures

by Leo Butler

Soon, very soon, Big Ben will be underwater, surrounded by ice floes.

Enid and Mia wait to be rescued from the rising floodwaters and taken to a Holiday Inn to be reprogrammed. In this world, robots are in charge and Mia and Enid must decide whether they too want to live forever or take their chances in the icy waters.

Will they decide that Earth’s last sunset is worth hanging around for thousands of years to see?

Content Guidance:

  • Recommended for ages 15+
  • This is a sci-fi play set in the near and distant future, and features characters who are robots or part android. Within this context, the play features discussion of characters being “exterminated” and “gas chambers”; violence to an animal (which is revealed to be robotic); a character cutting open their wrists to reveal wires; and a character’s eyes being gouged out and replaced with implants.
  • Strong language.


Main House


Time: Tibshelf Academy: 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Bilborough College: 8:20 - 9:20 pm
Performance duration: 2 hours 20 mins
Age guidance: 13+
Advisories: **show specific**
**Please be aware, these times are approximate**