We are inviting schools to take part in our Design Your Own Curtain competition where classes can use their creativity to produce their own safety curtain design that reflects their own experiences of theatre and what, who and where is important to them in Northamptonshire.

All entries will be exhibited as part of an online digital gallery and the winning entries will be displayed at Royal & Derngate with a special invitation for the winner’s class to come and see it and tour backstage.

To take part in this opportunity, simply click on the link below to access an interactive website that contains everything that you and your students need to take part.

The website can be displayed on your whiteboards, tablets or computers, and includes historical information, videos exploring the Safety Curtain restoration process, and industry insights into the roles of Royal & Derngate’s Head of Workshop, Paul Beasley and Head of Scenic Art, Stephanie Tucci.

Click CLOSE on the welcome screen to access the content on the website.

You can also access a Teacher’s Pack with additional information, activities and the Design Your Own Curtain template.


We would love to have as many young people take part as possible, so it’s up to you whether you submit a class design or individual design from each student.

Once you have the designs, please either scan and email them as pdf documents or drop off the original designs to Royal & Derngate Box Office in an envelope marked FAO: CREATIVE LEARNING – CURTAIN DESIGNS and inside please include your school name, which year groups and classes the designs are from and a teacher contact. The deadline for entries is Wed 1 June.

This is a fantastically fun and FREE opportunity for schools to learn about the history of a theatre that is at the very heart of Northamptonshire.

The project is a Royal & Derngate CreatEd initiative kindly supported by HLF, Northamptonshire Community Foundation and Northants Cultural Education Partnership (Northants CEP) and designed by One Brown Bear.