Royal & Derngate launch festival dedicated to championing local artists


Royal & Derngate’s Generate Talent Development programme is thrilled to announce Gen-Fest; a weeklong online festival this autumn dedicated to supporting the work of Northamptonshire artists.

Taking place from Monday 2 to Sunday 8 November 2020, Gen-Fest will showcase the work of Royal & Derngate’s latest Generate Artists – local performers working closely with the venue to create new work – and provide a host of other learning and training opportunities through masterclasses and Q&A sessions for professional artists at any stage of their career to access.

The week-long programme of free events includes 9 live-streamed scratch performances plus 23 workshops and masterclasses with companies including Improbable, Hydrocracker and Spymonkey, Nottingham Playhouse and In Good Company, on subjects ranging from lighting design, casting and devising, to networking, fundraising and budgeting. The venue will also live stream its 2015 co-production of Spymonkey and Told by an Idiot’s Every Last Trick for free to all participants.

The featured Generate Artists sharing their scratch performances are Joshua Baldwin, Michaela Blackburn, Helen Clifford, Tristan Jackson-Pate, Amy Jones, Henry C. Krempels, Megan Lucas, Beth Markey, Amina Moss, Andy Routledge, Georgia Tillery Randak, Joe Roberts and Bobby-Lee Scott.

Alongside the platform for Royal & Derngate’s supported Generate artists this year, Gen-Fest aims to provide an inspiring range of free opportunities for creatives across the region and beyond. Read more and download the brochure here.