Community Performers Wanted For Herculean Opportunity

Budding local performers are being invited to audition to be part of the Derby performance of a national touring show which is coming to Derby Theatre on Friday June 12.

'Hercules' has been created and stars award-winning comedy double act Tom Roden and Pete Shenton of New Art Club who are performing in the city as part of their 15-venue UK tour.

Ahead of the show, New Art Club are recruiting local people to perform on stage at the Theatre alongside the professional cast.

New Art Club and contemporary dance development organisation Dance4 have teamed up with regional dance house Déda and Derby Theatre to hold an experience day on Sunday 8 March between 2.30 and 5.30pm at Déda in Chapel Street.

The day will include a taste of the comedy dance routines that are an integral part of the performance of 'Hercules' - billed as a modern cabaret for the whole family.

Those selected will then attend weekly rehearsals to learn the choreography for three dance routines that will be a key part of the show in June.

A group of twelve will be 'Birds' and a further eight will be 'Hyrdras'. Both groups are ideal for young people aged 11 and over who have some dance experience and the confidence to perform on stage.

The eight-strong group of 'Folkies' will learn a more technically complex dance piece, making previous dance experience essential.

'Hercules' recreates the story of the Greek myth for a 21st century audience. It follows the story of the hero's Twelve Labours in a crazy cabaret style with Pete as the unlikely superhero and Tom as the show's compere.

Throughout the performance there are also appearances by Finnish Hula Hooper Tiina Tuomisto, dancing double act The Two Wrongies and American musician and performer Bill Carper.

Déda Head of Dance Development and Learning Clare Limb explained: "As a dance organisation committed to working with our local communities and developing dance skills, Déda is delighted to be involved in this unique partnership and engagement programme.

"We are looking for young people aged 11 and over and adults of all ages who have some experience of dance or just have a love of performing to join the experience day.

"It will be an opportunity to take part in New Art Club's workshop in order to get a feel for the work and style of performance. We will then be talking to everyone about the time commitment, confidence and energy needed in the weeks and months leading up to the show.

"This project will culminate in a highly entertaining show for all the family to enjoy. This is a fantastic opportunity for local performers to be involved in a highly creative show and work with Tom and Pete who are incredibly talented performers.

"Everybody is welcome on the experience day provided they have registered with us by March 4."

For more information or to book a place at the experience day, please contact Heather Gunn at Déda on 01332 374670 or h.gunn@deda.uk.com.

Hercules is at Derby Theatre on Friday June 12. For more information visit www.derbytheatre.co.uk and for a sneak preview, visit www.youtube.com/user/NewArtClub or www.herculestour.co.uk

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Notes to editors

Déda
Déda (formerly known as Derby Dance) is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, two professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.
With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.
Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.

New Art Club
New Art Club have toured their work all over the world. After winning the Edinburgh Spotlight award for best comedy show in 2010 their work has received a raft of four and five star reviews in the national and international press.
New Art Club have crossed the boundaries of high and popular arts, having performed their work at Sadler's Wells, The Royal Opera House and Melbourne International Comedy Festival as well as touring around the world and throughout the UK.

Dance4

Dance4 is an international centre for the development of extraordinary 21st century dance. At the heart of Dance4's mission is the support of artists and the importance of presenting new perspectives and research in the art form. Dance4 invites artists to create work with the public in a variety of ways, exciting audiences and participants about the unexpected and extraordinary experiences of dance.

Dance4 is establishing an East Midlands producing and touring network, to create high quality dance work for the mid scale to tour the UK. Two of the region's well know producing houses Curve and Nottingham Playhouse are partners of the producing hub.

About Arts Council England

The Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk