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First Fridays: Parky Players: Shake It Up + Post Show Q&A with the Cast and Director

£5 / £3 concessions

A fiercely funny, no-holds-barred comedy about modern life living with Parkinson’s.

When a local community group turn up for their weekly meeting, they are surprised to find themselves in the fantasy world of Snow White and the Seven Symptoms. Be prepared to expect the unexpected and have your awareness of Parkinson’s raised – along with a big smile! A brand-new theatre company formed on Zoom in lockdown made up of People with and Supporters of People with Parkinson’s.

Following the success of their sell out shows in Nottingham and at the Leicester Comedy Festival. Developed with Community Vibe, National Lottery funding from Arts Council England and support from Derby Museums.

Following their super show, join the Parky Players for a Q&A where they can tell you everything you always wanted to know about Parkinson’s, but were too afraid to ask; fill you in on their rise from zoom group to Arts Council Funded performing theatre company, their plans for the future and how you can take part or contribute.   

“Absolutely fantastic, really important for raising awareness”.—Kathryn Higgins, Senior Healthcare Professional

“Absolutely amazing — please take this message to as many places as you can”.  – Mike Newbold, Actor

“Very much from the heart, a really good advert for finding out more about Parkinson’s” — Sue Dutton, Theatre Practitioner

“Well written, very musical and the whole thing was put together brilliantly”.— Michael Hill, Artist and Person with Parkinson’s

In addition to the performance there will also be an exhibition of work from ‘The Artful Parkies’

Two of the members of the Parky Players went on an art tour around Yorkshire in a camper van in 2021.

Their aim was to connect, create and change perceptions. They engaged with people, recorded their understanding of Parkinson’s, and built this into their creative work.

A video diary charting their story, and a display of the resulting art work will be available to view.

This project was a Disability Arts Online funded project:

6pm till 7pm – An exhibition of work from The Artful Parkies

7pm till 7.50pm – A performance of ‘Shake It Up’ by the Parky Players

7.50pm till 8pm – Interval

8pm till 9pm – Q and A with cast and creative team

The Museum of Making is fully wheelchair-accessible and assistance may be provided if required. More information about accessibility at Derby Museums can be found here

Booking essential, suitable for adults and young adults.