Delia. D. Programme

Photograph by Shirlaine Forest

The DELIA. D. COMPANY

Cast……………………….. Rebecca Crankshaw, Jasmin Hinds, Carys Lewis, Ross Thompson

Director…………………………………….. Frances Nutt

Writer…………………………………………. Katharine Armitage

Original music……………………… Caro C

Sound design……………………….. Caro C & Katharine Armitage

Lighting designer……………….. Stewart Bartles

Stage manager………………………. Ellen Kaye

Anna Harrison………………………… Emerging Musician

Venue technicians……………….. Amy Whitby-Baker,   Simon Alford

Contact theatre team……….. Rachel De Ridder,  Liam Whittaker, Georgie Edward, Jonathon Hamer

Set provided by……………………….. Stockyard North

Research support……………………. Dr. David Butler 

Produced by Tandem Theatre

Photograph by Shirlaine Forest

Thanks to:

Simon Nutt 

Jane Donaldson

Nick Read 

Tracy Dunk

Royal Exchange Theatre 

John Rylands Library

and Delia Derbyshire for being a constant inspiration. 

A huge thanks to all the staff at Contact Theatre.

Photograph by Shirlaine Forest

REBECCA CRANKSHAW

Rebecca has just finished six months as a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company. Last summer she understudied Lesley Sharp in Kae Tempest’s Paradise at the National Theatre. Other theatre includes: Stop Kiss for Above the Stag; 10 at VAULT Festival; Everything That Rises Must Dance for Complicité; One Minute at The Barn; Prurience at Southbank Centre; The Open Couple at The Albany; The Spanish Tragedy at the Old Red Lion; Hookup and Affection for Outbox Theatre. Rebecca has recently completed shooting on the Paramount feature Apartment 7A and is looking forward to beginning work on a second feature (Club Zero) in August.

CARYS LEWIS

Carys grew up in Rochdale and trained at The Oxford School of Drama. Theatre includes immersive shows MOMENTS DESIGNED FOR (LEAVING) A CITY for West Yorkshire Playhouse’s ‘Light Night’ and HELIANTHUS (Squat Collective.) She played Helena in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM  (City Palace Udaipur, India) Nelly in WUTHERING HEIGHTS and Ariel/Gonzalo in THE TEMPEST (both Aquila Theatre U.S and Bermuda tour).She is part of musical comedy duo The Ukeladeez and has performed at Edinburgh Fringe and Manchester’s Women in Comedy Festival. On screen she met a sticky end as Rachel in British darkly comic feature, A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE.

JASMIN HINDS

Jasmin graduated from RADA in 2018. Theatre credits include Summer and Smoke (Duke of York’s) and The Prince and the Pauper (New Vic). TV credits include The Amelia Gething Complex (BBC). Audio credits include Nomadic Souls (North Wall), Doctor Who: Bad Day in Tinseltown (Big Finish) and UFO: Things We Lost in the Darkness (Big Finish). This is her Contact theatre debut.

ROSS THOMPSON

Ross graduated from Salford University in 2018 with a First Class BA Hons in Theatre and Performance. His theatre work includes STAN (Art with Heart) and GET HELP (Up Ere Productions). He runs his own theatre company; Farewell Theatre C.I.C., who have two professional shows under their belt (Boots ‘n’ Braces and Me & Thee) with plans for many more in the future. He has enjoyed working on this project and said that “the live music element really elevates the piece”. As well as his passion for theatre, Ross is keen on branching out into TV work and hopes he will be on your screens this year. 

KATHARINE ARMITAGE

Katharine studied English Literature at University of Manchester, where she first heard the name ‘Delia Derbyshire’ from lecturer Dr. David Butler. She is Artistic Director of Tea Break Theatre and has written all of their eleven of their productions including Dracula and Beauty and the Beast (Offies Award Finalist) and two shows on Zoom during the lockdowns. With her comedy group ZAZU she has created four shows and performed around the UK including at Soho Theatre, Pleasance and Underbelly. She currently writesDOCTOR WHOand BLAKE’S 7 audio dramas for Big Finish. She has also written an opera, an album of song lyrics and is always looking for new ways to write and new mediums to write in!

CARO C

Described as a “sonic enchantress” (BBC Radio 3), Caro C is a composer, producer and performer of atmospheric electronic music. Caro also creates music and sound for film, theatre, dance and works in podcast production including for Sound On Sound magazine. Caro is the instigator and project manager of electronic music charity Delia Derbyshire Day. Her passion and expertise includes working as a mentor, teacher and a researcher on Sisters with Transistors, a feature film about women pioneers of experimental electronic music.

FRANCES NUTT

Frances Nutt is the co founder and artistic Director of Tandem Theatre community arts charity. As part of her work she has created, led and managed creative participatory programmes including ‘I remember When’ for the International Homeless Arts Festival, ‘Magnify Manchester’ in partnership with the Homeless Film Festival, ‘Zhoosh’ music and arts project for young people who identify as LGBT+ and Game Changers for young women’s groups in every borough of Greater Manchester. As an actor she has performed in ‘Indigestion’ and ‘There and Back Again’ (New Space Productions), ‘The Mortals in the House’ and ‘To Be Head at Dusk’ (Tea break Theatre).  

Photograph by Shirlaine Forest

Delia Derbyshire – a timeline

1937 – Born in Coventry

1940 – The Coventry Blitz destroys most of the city. One of Delia’s earliest memories is the sound of the air raid siren. She was evacuated to Preston. 

1945 – Aged 8, Delia starts playing the piano. 

1956 – Delia gets a scholarship to study at Girton College, Cambridge.

1957 – Delia switches degree from Maths to Maths and Music. 

1958 – Goes to Brussels, Belgium and hears a life-changing piece of electronic music. 

1959 – Works for the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. 

1960 – Delia joins the BBC.

1961 – Becomes a Studio Manager.

1962 – Delia starts working at the Radiophonic Workshop.

1963 – Arranges the DOCTOR WHO theme tune. 

1968 – Delia founds an electronic music studio with two friends.

1973 – Delia leaves the BBC and joins another studio but leaves soon after. 

1974 – Marries but the relationship ends soon after. 

1978 – Meets Clive Blackburn (her partner for the rest of her life).

1980 – Moves to Northampton. 

1998 – Renewed interest in Delia’s work. 

2000 – Works with Sonic Boom.

2001 – Dies. 

Photograph by Shirlaine Forest

A note from the writer:

“Delia has long fascinated me as the mysterious source of all this incredible music. I first heard about her via her connection with Doctor Who but soon realised she had this huge catalogue of world-changing music. What I love about her work is that it seems to hit somewhere deep down inside you, like it’s talking directly to your body and by-passing your brain. As a writer I love words but Delia’s music seems to go beyond language and that fascinates me. I wanted to try to capture just the smallest glimpse of what this incredible woman might have been like. I hope you enjoy the show and that it encourages you to learn more about women like Delia and the quiet, but huge, impact they have had on art and society.”

Photograph by Shirlaine Forest
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