Derby Soap Opera will be written, filmed and performed by the people of Derby, led by renowned film director Marinella Senatore.

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Your issues, your lives, your opinions, and your thoughts will become the script; you and your skills will provide the set; Marinella Senatore will be the director and QUAD will be your support.


Record a film about you and Derby for Derby Soap Opera

We need you to get involved in the Derby Soap Opera project! You can use this interactive website to upload a film about your life, your stories and ideas. Click HERE to record a short film about you and Derby, which will become a part of this website.


Soundtrack Derby for Derby Soap Opera

We are currently taking submissions and contributions for our soundtrack, to upload your music or sound recording please use QUADs Soundtrack Derby platform by visiting:

Please tag your music with the “Derby Soap Opera” so that we can collate and compose our new track.


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You can tag any existing videos you own the rights to on Vimeo for inclusion in the project website. Please only tag videos that you feel link to the Derby Soap Opera project: such as your own videos that are about Derby.

Tag any videos you may like to include with ““derbysoapopera”” and they will be included on the page for tagged videos which you’ll find here.


All Talks and Workshops are free to attend at QUAD and around Derby. Booking essential QUAD Box Office on 01332 290 606.

If you have booked onto a workshop and you are unable to attend, please contact the QUAD Box Office to let us know. We may be able to offer your place to someone on our waiting list.

Click here to for further details of upcoming events and workshops.


Saturday 12th May, 12 noon – 9PM, at QUAD
WE NEED YOU! Come along to a drop-in casting session in the gallery, or help paint the set, or record your film in our purpose built recording booth. Come and take part in YOUR Derby Soap Opera.


Calling all schools, colleges and universities! Contact us to find out how you can be involved, email:


A fully working film set will be in QUAD Gallery from Saturday 12th May to Sunday 8th July 2012. Come and see the work in progress, every day from 11:00am – 6:00pm.


See the first part of the film in July 2012 and a full gala screening at Derby Festé in September 2012.

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“QUAD has always been ambitious when it comes to giving Derby a voice in the arts and now everyone in the city is being invited to join its biggest project yet. A movie about Derby, made here, by the people of the city is sure to be a landmark project that will fire imaginations in 2012″

Nigel Powlson, Derby Telegraph


Come and be part of Derby Soap Opera, one of the world’s largest and most ambitious mass participation film projects that will be written, filmed and performed by the people of Derby. Derby Soap Opera will be a 40-minute film coordinated by QUAD and led by world renowned film maker and artist Marinella Senatore, filmed in May and July and screened at Derby Feste in September. We need every single person in Derby: anyone can get involved!

Since March Marinella Senatore has, with the aid of many assistants and volunteers, led workshops at QUAD and Deda to teach Derby residents the basic elements of film making, acting, dancing and script writing. Workshop participants, drawn from members of the public and local groups, have fashioned a script that is about the people of Derby, and the life of the city itself. As the month of May progresses, Marinella will lead local people in filming the script in a purpose built film set at QUAD, and in locations across the city.

The QUAD film set will be available for the public to view from the 12th of May, and also for any local groups to book and use as their own film set (complete with on-site filming equipment) to make a film about Derby that they can then upload to our dedicated website. For more information on how to book email:

Alongside the film set, in the QUAD gallery, there is an interactive resource area. This section of the gallery includes a recording station, designed by QUAD artists in residence Brendan Oliver and Brendan Randall (Floating Point Digital) where you can record your short film about you and Derby. Also in this area there will be a place to make a prop or costume, and view images from Derby Soap Opera workshops.


Marinella Senatore is a contemporary artist and Director of Photography who studied under the highly influential Giuseppe Rotunno, who illuminated the films of Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Bob Fosse. Senatore currently lives and works in Berlin.

Marinella Senatore / Derby Soap Opera

Marinella Senatore / Derby Soap Opera

Marinella Senatore’s films are created with whole communities who work with her to create their own project. The films that she makes highlight the importance of collaboration and the exchange of ideas within the creative process.