Pay What You Can Performance from Rising Theatre Stars

rhumclay.jpgOn Saturday 2 November, Déda is pleased to present a ‘Pay What You Can’ event, giving the audience a chance to see high quality theatre from talented emerging companies without the financial risk.

Rhum and Clay Theatre Company presents A Strange Wild Song, a show that takes the audience to Northern France during the Second World War, where three children encounter a lost American soldier. Unearthing the soldier’s camera decades later, his grandson discovers a surreal world of childhood and imagination as fragments of a half–developed war explode into the present day.

Accompanied by an original award-winning musical score, the production fuses cinematic imagery, absurdist humour, and physical theatre in a charming production which has enchanted audiences nationwide, featuring laugh out loud moments and inventive physical staging.

Déda is keen to support emerging artists and theatre companies and the excellent work they are producing, but understands the risk this can pose for audiences. Pay What You Can events aim to minimise that risk by giving the audience the opportunity to see a show and pay what they think it was worth following the show.

Rhum and Clay Theatre Company was founded at l'Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in 2010 and consists of Christopher Harrisson, Julian Spooner and Matthew Wells.  Returning from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012 and a successful run in 2013, critically-acclaimed Rhum and Clay present a darkly comic story told in their visually unique and highly inventive style.

To reserve your seats, please contact the Box Office on 01332 370911. Advanced booking is advised.

Notes to Editors:

For images, interview requests, press tickets and press enquiries, please contact:

Helen Dawson, Programming and Marketing Officer

T: 01332 370911


Listings Information

Saturday 2 November 8pm

A Strange Wild Song

Presented by Rhum and Clay Theatre Company


Déda, Chapel Street, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3GU

Box Office:    01332 370911




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.


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.