National Exhibition of UK Performance Design 2023 (Hello Stranger, East Midlands) Workshop

Tue 24 – Wed 25 January, 2023
Performance designers and creative practitioners in the East Midlands, join us for a playful Workshop on the Main Stage of Derby Theatre to discuss your work and the future of theatre, performance and spatial design in the region, while crafting a collective ad hoc artefact.

We will be sharing information re: participating at the East Midlands National Exhibition of Performance Design 2023 in Spring 2023 (venue(s) TBC) and the Prague Quadrennial 2023

This FREE event is open to theatre and performance designers and creative practitioners from the East Midlands (and beyond) who are established in the field; are early-career; mid-career; are studying performance design or any wider relevant topic.

We want to capture thoughts and practice from East Midlands in relation to:

  • Industry of performance design and wider spatial design
  • Community work and various design processes which happen outside conventional theatre venues and
  • The thinking/reflection of designers in the region in relation to:

1). Opportunities in the East Midlands for early career, mid-career and established designers;

2). Creativity, research and innovation;

3). Environmental responsibility;

4). Accessibility and inclusivity;

5). Imagining the future of performance design in the region.

The workshop will take place at the Main Stage of Derby Theatre using a set of creative tasks shared between the whole group to facilitate conversation.

The recorded voices from this workshop will be used at an exhibition (venue TBC) in the Spring, where a number of structures will be used as a way of hosting the designers’ works and thoughts.


Derby Theatre


Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm


Standard: FREE

Schedule (Tue 24 Jan 2023) Workshop


Introducing the workshop.

Workshop Part 1.

Lunch Break. (A light lunch will be included in your booking).

Workshop Part 2.

Comfort break and tea.

Workshop Part 3 and final remarks.

Schedule (Wed 25 Jan 2023) Reflection

This half-day event invites designers and theatre and performance design students who can make it on the day to reflect on the material created during the Workshop on the 24th January and plan actions for the exhibition in March.

This event is hosted by The Society of British Theatre Designers, the University of Derby and Derby Theatre with the participation of Nottingham Trent University.

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

A BSL interpreter can be provided upon request. Please make sure you request this by Sunday 15 January 2023 so that we can make relevant arrangements.

For more information on this event contact Xristina Penna, Lead Designer-Curator for the East Midlands, Hello Stranger, National Exhibition of UK Performance Design, at x.penna@derby.ac.uk.