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Contemporary artsderbyshire filmmakers, scriptwriters, actors and organisations in the film industry

To accompany the article on Derbyshire’s Film, TV and acting Heritage, we present to you here some of the many fantastic contemporary performing arts and film industry bods we have hidden within our county.

Lynn LudditFeatured artist: Lynn Luddit

Lynn Ludditt is a renowned writer and award winning trainer, but she is also passionately involved in the performing arts.

Lynn participates in many drama based workshops in different community settings bringing her writing skills to the fore.

Read on to find out how passionately people who've taken part in her workshops feel.   

Other featured artists and organisations 

Northern Gap Theatre Company
A gap-year theatre company, offering performance experience to talented and committed young people between the ages of 18 and 25.

Derby Gilbert and Sullivan Company
Non-professional theatre company that performs the works of G&S world wide.  6 times overall winners of the International G&S Festival.

The Ritz Cinema
The small, but perfectly formed Ritz Cinema in Belper is a special place to spend cosy nights in old-world cinema surroundings.

Maison Foo
Maison Foo Theatre Company is a collective of performers and artists based in Derbyshire creating new and interesting theatre for the East Midlands and beyond.

Kananda works in audience development by taking Indian cinema and cultural artforms to new audiences.

Thirty Frames Per Second
A Saturday morning animation group, as a non-profit session, as well as screening family friendly cinema at the town hall

Marcus Clarke and Hands Up Puppets
TV Puppeteering and Puppetry Workshops by Bookaboo!

Sustained Magic Ltd
An Ilkeston based professional production company of theatre, film and web that works with local writers, actors and crew.

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy
Working with children aged 5-17 after school to develop confidence, self-esteem and communication skills.

Who else have we got?

Well, with more than more than 240 film and video artists and over 300 drama and theatre artists listed on the website, we can't list them all here, but here is a selection for your perusal;

Actors and film industry individuals

  • Ed Kennedy, Actor

  • James Sharpe, Film and video maker

  • Huw Morgan, Video Producer and Lecturer

  • Fabrizio Federico, Film Director

  • Chris Thompson, TV and Radio Dramatist

  • Tommy Draper, Screenplay writer

  • Amanda Beetham-Wallace, Actress

  • Tim Heywood, Theatre costume and set designer 

Film societies

  • Calver Film: Meeting every 2nd Thursday from September to May in the Village Hall at Calver

  • Buxton Film: Show a programme of alternative contemporary films and participant in the Buxton Festival Fringe

  • Wirksworth Film Society: Show a programme of films from September until May starting off each year with participation in the Wirksworth Festival

  • Bonsall and District Film Society: Showing an eclectic mix of films, from old classics like 'Brief Encounter' to the best of world cinema like 'Tsotsi'

  • Holymoorside Film Mid-week Movies: Film and a glass of wine at the Village Hall

  • Holymoorside Film Fourth Friday Films: Offers popular big screen films in local community cinema

  • Tideswell Cinema: Cinema Club in Tideswell showing a film a month Sept-Feb. 

Theatre and Film groups and arts organisations

  • 1623 Theatre Company: Perform Shakespeare in non-traditional theatre spaces to engage new and existing audiences with the playwright's inspirational language, vibrant characters and exciting sense of theatre

  • Derby Deaf Drama: Through the company deaf adults are able to get involved in the life of theatre from acting and directing to backstage support

  • Mickleover Players: An amateur group that stage plays and pantomimes at Murray Park School

  • Oddsocks Productions: Tour nationally twice a year with accessible, family-friendly classic plays and stories -- open-air in the summer and arts centres in the winter

  • QUAD cinema: Provides facilities and services that connect people and businesses to art and film, creating opportunities for entertainment, education and participation

  • Babbling Vagabonds Storytelling Theatre: Create theatre productions for theatres, non-traditional performance spaces, schools, and other community places

  • Toothpix: Create innovative films with young people, promotion of the arts and dealing with sensitive issues 

Film and post production companies, and development agencies

  • Film City Productions: A community production house which offers workshop and services in Digital Arts/Media Production

  • Light Films: Produce a variety of film and video work from corporate and training to award winning shorts

  • Snug Recording Co.: A professional recording studio and rehearsal facility for all styles of music, corporate voiceovers, film soundtracks and spoken word

  • Peak District Film Network: Designed to provide a forum and additional support structures to the film industry

If you would like to be included in this round up, let us know the web address of your artsderbyshire profile and drop us a line to tell us just how great you are to

Featured artists

Angela Thompson

Angela Thompson

Paula Sharples

Paula Sharples

Richard Bett

Richard Bett


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