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Stars and Stories

About the Show

Come and wrap yourself up in an evening of Stars and Stories inspired by the wonders of the universe. Magical stories created and performed by young people in care and care leavers and professional storyteller Maria Whatton (The Lunar Men), will capture your imagination, entertain and inspire, whatever your age!

Enjoy a combination of new and traditional stories at Wirksworth’s celestial amphitheatre, the StarDisc. Discover the story of the Big Bang and how we’re all made from the same elements found right in the heart of the stars.

And join us for eye-opening stargazing sessions from 6.15pm as well as after the performance at around 8.30pm.

Please come dressed for the weather on the day, the performance will go ahead in all conditions! There is limited seating, feel free to bring your own chair, rug or cushion and don’t forget a torch for the way home!

Everyone’s welcome, especially 7+

FREE – no pre-booking required


Storyteller Christine McMahon started visiting care homes in Derbyshire to tell and listen to stories with young people and staff in April 2015, and our Stars and Stories project began in earnest in January 2018. You can read more about the project on these pages on our website. The culmination of the Stars and Stories project will be the first performance of the work created, at the Wirksworth Festival in September 2018.

How to get to the Wirksworth Festival event at the StarDisc – if you’ve never been to Wirksworth’s StarDisc, getting there is all part of the adventure! 

If you are coming by car, we’d like to ask that you park on Middleton Road (leaving the limited parking near the StarDisc for those with mobility needs) and access the StarDisc through the entrance to Stoney Wood, be aware that this route has a steep footpath through grassy ground OR you might find it easier to either walk up The Dale or Greenhill to the StarDisc (Greenhill is also very steep!). For those with mobility needs, please drive up The Dale and park on the road near to the StarDisc.

The StarDisc is marked on Google Maps here . Designated parking for Stoney Wood is on Middleton Road, pedestrian and disabled access is on Greenhill, DE4 4EN.

Map of StarDisc Wirksworth

This project has been made possible through partnership with Derbyshire Virtual School and significant funding from Arts Council England as well as the Cooperative Community Dividend Fund, the Royal Astronomical Society, Tesco’s Bags of Help, Scopes4SEN, Foundation Derbyshire, Walbrook Trust, William and Griselda Kerr Fund and the National Space Centre.

Image credit: Original image by NASA/ESA & Hubble Heritage Team, alterations by Adverse Camber

Stars and Stories

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