JMK Northampton Directors’ Group – Programme Dates

Sign up for the following FREE Masterclasses and receive a complimentary ticket for the performance that evening at Royal & Derngate, in partnership with the JMK Trust and Royal & Derngate’s Generate Programme.

These workshops are designed for those already working or with a genuine interest in pursuing a career as a professional director or theatre maker.


27th September 

Workshop: How Writers & Directors Work Together - 5.30pm-7pm

Join us for this practical workshop with Martin Berry, Paines Plough and Giles Croft.

Performance: Come To Where I'm From - 7.45pm

Royal & Derngate and Paines Plough have commissioned DC Moore, Subika Anwar, Robin Soanes and Louise Brealey to write short pieces specifically about Northampton. Listen to the playwrights read their work in the Royal Theatre.


20th October

Workshop: Directors & Play5.30pm-7pm

Join one of the country’s best Clowns, Frank Wurzinger, as he gives an insight into how play can assist and inform your work as a director and a theatre maker.

Performance: Oh! Suburbia - 8pm

This solo show by Bob Karper explores suburbia’s serious silliness. With film, songs and photographs you can watch how a master of ‘play’ has created theatre.


December (TBC 4th December 1-3pm)

Look out for details for a Directing Musical Theatre masterclass with Perfect Pitch Musicals and an accompanying ticket offer for Royal & Derngate’s Christmas show The Worst Witch.


31st January

Our Lady of Kibeho Matinee performance & exclusive workshop/ Q&A - 2.30pm

Join Royal & Derngate Artistic Director James Dacre post performance to discuss directing his new play, Our Lady of Kibeho and the techniques he employs in the rehearsal process.


8th March 

Workshop: Directing Children’s Theatre11am-1pm

Join us for this practical workshop on directing immersive children’s theatre.

Performance: The Reluctant Dragon - 6pm-8pm

Join Munchkins & Monsters for their work in progress sharing of this well-known children’s novel.


To Book:

Call the Royal & Derngate Box Office via 01604 624811

Please note that to receive the complimentary ticket offer you must attend the accompanying workshop on the same day.

For more information on this programme of workshops and productions, please email


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