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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Curve Theatre Autumn/Winter Season Launch.


The last 12 months has been incredible for the Curve Theatre in Leicester. Having added the UK Theatre Award for Promotion of Diversity, producing the first ever 360-degree recording of a theatre production and having enabled 'Curve on Tour' to establish itself to have international impact, with their production of The Witches. It has been played to over 6,000 people in Hong Kong which shows it doesn't seem like things are going to stop anytime soon for such an exciting theatre so close to my home.

Having become more and more engaged in what Curve is producing recently with the help of this blog I am captivated by the strength of a programme which offers so much variety and exciting productions for people of all ages to enjoy.

Being sat in within the same four walls as Chief Executive, Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster their passion and love for creating the work they have for Curve is clear to see. Chris himself said that their was an 'atmosphere and confidence within Leicester' that makes him excited to produce the work that Curve Theatre has in the last 12 months. Nikolai also expresses how everyday in the theatre is a new and exciting experience. He also spoke about how 'when the building is alive with young people that's the most exciting' which leads me nicely onto Curve's growing relationship with young people through Leicester's community. 

Curve has engaged with 400 schools throughout the county over the last year whether that's through things like workshops, school visits to the theatre or their school and it's clear that this relationship to support young people is a real core strength of Curve's work. Their current performance of Bugsy Malone is a great example of this relationship. Working with a bunch of inspiring, energetic young people as their cast and even a 25 person strong community orchestra too, this performances promises to echo the importance of supporting young people and giving them the professional opportunities that Curve can provide.

More of the stuff that I am excited for through the Autumn and Winter season is The Importance of Being Earnest, a play which is definitely the greatest of English Language and one I have heard tons about in the past so would love to see how they interpret it to Curve's audiences. 

The Curve also has two very exciting productions coming over the Christmas period that applies to people of all ages to enjoy. One of those is the iconic musical Grease which I am pretty sure nobody has missed during their lifetime. It promises to bring a vibrant and sexy cast to help bring a classic musical favourite to life. There are also 4 new songs for you to enjoy and the performance will definitely have a made at curve feel to it, with a purpose to be exactly as the writers intended the musical to be. I'm really excited to see such an iconic musical be played with a really focus to keep it very close to the storyline. Another performance, which will be enjoyed by the big kids just as much as the small kids is the adaption of Roald Dahl's, The Twits. After the success of last year's The Witches, Curve was keen to create something just as loved and enjoyed this year.

It would not be a blog post without also looking at what Dance performances Curve are providing it's audiences during the Autumn/Winter season. I'm really excited by the work of my favourite ballet/contemporary young men, Balletboyz who I cannot wait to watch again. They are absolutely flawless with technique so I am pretty sure their piece, Life will be just as stunning as ever. I'm also buzzing to finally be able to see the work of Akram Khan that was created following a residency at Curve in July 2015. His brand new, full-length production of Until The Lions looked incredibly stunning in the sneak peak trailer so I cannot wait to see it live.

You can find out about the shows mentioned in this post and more (there's so much more exciting stuff to check out too) coming up at The Curve over on their website.

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