Curve Breakthrough Companies

Breakthrough is Curve’s year-round development programme for emerging artists. We see our role as helping artists to reach their full potential by offering opportunities to make, share and explore new work and ideas, while giving critical feedback and linking artists in with our networks.

We want to help artists develop work that transforms our building, engages with our audience and inspires the way we work, think and programme.

Applications for this year’s programme are now closed. Details for future applications will be released soon.

2Magpies Theatre
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Beth Shouler
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Chris Dugrenier
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Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson
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Enter Edem
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Impulse Collective 
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Jack AG Britton
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Jess Green
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Joel Daniel

Lewys Holt
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Louise White
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Major Labia
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Off The Fence Theatre Company
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Rachael Young
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Scarlett Turner
Photo by David Wilson Clarke

Sheep Soup Theatre
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Shruti Chauhan
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State of Flux
Artistic Director: Laura Weston & Sterre Maier

Toby Campion
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The Gramophones
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Wayward Thread
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Curve Associate Artists

Our Curve Associate Artists are industry-leading theatre and dance companies who with our support create cutting-edge new work which is showcased at Curve, across the UK and internationally. They are:

Aakash Odedra Company

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Akram Khan Company

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Ben Cracknell

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Dougal Irvine

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Grant Olding

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Jake Brunger

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Mel Knott

Nick Winston

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National Youth Music Theatre

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Pippa Cleary

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Associate Artists

Sarah Travis (Orchestrator and Musical Supervisor) Matthew Wright (Designer)
Kay Magson (Casting UK)

Resident Assistant Director

Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme 2016-17

Julia Thomas has been awarded a paid residency to enable her to spend eighteen months based in a regional theatre as part of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme 2016 – 2017.

Funded by Arts Council England, this residency provides the opportunity for the directors to mount their own production as part of each theatre’s programme.

In addition, the residency will allow the directors to develop their understanding of the artistic and operational workings of a theatre as potential artistic directors and to assist on its productions.

Established in 1960, the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS), a Young Vic Associate Company, is the UK’s longest running and most influential training scheme for emerging directors.
RTYDS brings together emerging directors with the UK’s leading regional theatre companies and is particularly focused on directors who live outside London and are from communities presently under-represented in theatre.

The scheme which was re-designed last year with support from Arts Council England is now offering many more opportunities to directors at the early stages of their theatre careers. It has just attracted a grant of £114,500 from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation over two years towards the development a national programme of regional theatre and director development which is designed to bring a richer range of life experiences, cultural traditions and different voices into regional theatres and the theatre industry in general.

Curve Playwright in Residence

Curve’s first ever Playwright In Residence is Leicester-based Ben Weatherill supported by Writing East Midlands and BBC Writersroom.

Ben trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has written three full-length plays: The Next Five Years which was performed at Theatre 503, Tastes like Chicken (Old Red Lion) and S/he which he wrote as part of The Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme and Studio Group. He currently has a television pilot in development. Ben has also worked in Script Development for a number of years and is currently the Literary Manager at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London.

Affiliate Community Groups

Our Affiliate Community Groups programme welcomes Leicester’s leading participatory arts organisations into Curve to offer a range of regular performance classes ranging from Breakdance to Bollywood.

The groups are:
2Funky Arts (singing & break-dancing classes)
Kaine Management (Curve Gospel Choir)
Moving Together (Dance Projects)
Next Wave (Music)
Nupur Arts (Bollywood)
Little Movers

Inside Out Festival

Launched in 2014, we are proud to showcase our supported artists during our annual Inside Out Festival. Celebrating the most exciting up-and-coming talent in the region, Inside Out offers the opportunity to enjoy fresh new drama, comedy, dance, spoken word and music all over our building. Inside Out includes many free performances alongside a range of professional masterclasses and workshops to help more people develop their creative skills.

Keep your eyes peeled for information about Inside Out 2017.