Wed 18 - Sat 28 Oct


Curve will be celebrating the work of leading and emerging East Midlands’ artists this October for the fourth annual Inside Out Festival. With over 15,000 people visiting and taking part in Inside Out over the past three years, this year’s festival promises to be even bigger and better than ever.

This year sees a change in date for the festival, running from the 18 to 28 October and taking over unusual spaces in and around Curve’s building.

This year’s event will feature a diverse range of performances, workshops and events that showcases leading theatre makers, artists, performers and writers from the region. Work developed by Curve’s Breakthrough Artists, Affiliate Community Groups and Young Company will also feature as part of the festival.


You can also enjoy a programme of fantastic FREE workshops and performances on our Foyer Stage…


Wed 18 - Sat 28 Oct

Making Space Art

Age guidance: 11+

A digital revolution is creating an automated society where our lives are increasingly guided by computer algorithms.

But what happens when the systems we depend on begin to rule our lives?

Drowning is a series of audio theatre, exploring the themes of encrypted power and digital control, mind-altering systems and distorted identity.


Esther Rolinson

Age guidance: All the family

REVOLVE will be a large scale light installation hand constructed by artist Esther Rolinson in the Curve Foyer space for the Inside Out Festival.



Various times - see below for details.

Thu 26 Oct from 6.30pm

Age guidance: All the family

Variety performance troupe. Home to spoken word poetry, storytelling, comedy, live music, beatbox, rap, DJing, dance, circus, live art and the zest goes on…


Enter Edem
Sat 28 Oct, throughout the day

Age guidance: 6+

Enter Edem bring a taste of Tao Tales: The Conjurer and the Moon with arts and puppetry activities! Beautiful characters tell a story from the Orient through live music and giant puppets, with spectacular stilted and juggling parades.

Come and have your face painted, create shadow puppetry shows and Origami paper birds to take away the magic.


Hubbub Theatre
Sat 28 Oct, throughout the day

Hubbub Theatre Company bring you a taste of their outdoor show Village Green Antics at Inside Out festival. First performed at the closing of the Paralympic Celebration in Derby in 2012, they’ll be offering you a chance to promenade in their Pedal Powered Vehicle, join in the egg and spoon race, or just enjoy the company of their colourful characters!

We look forwarding to meeting you on the Village Green.


Turned On Its Head
Sat 28 Oct, 11am & 2.15pm

Age guidance: All the family

Sponge Play is Turned On Its Head’s immersive, multi-sensory extravaganza.

Liz and Oksana create a special time for families using hundreds of colourful, squishy sponges and other everyday items you can find at home. They invite you to dance, play and be creative. You’ll never look at a sponge the same way again!

Their dance workshop is touring the East Midlands after winning The Big Lottery’s People’s Project earlier this year. Get a sneak peek of the show here.


Maison Foo

Sat 28 Oct, 12.30pm & 2.45pm

Age guidance: All the family

These are no ordinary birds and this is no ordinary bird show, these are the person birds…

Maison Foo’s wonderfully ridiculous street theatre show combines traditions of bird display shows with the madness of live science experiments. Hilarious and surreal life size birds with a Foo twist, they are half bird, half human!


The Gramophones
Sat 28 Oct, 1.30pm & 5pm

Age guidance: 4 – 8 yrs and their families

Tarzanna is a playful aerial theatre show for all the family to enjoy. Watch the performers literally climb, jump and swing through the air.

After a row with her mum, Anna hides in the garden, intent on spending the night outside in her tree house. Follow her amazing journey as she is transported to the Rain Forest, discovers wonders she’s never seen before. Wild creatures appear and dance before her as Anna swings through the jungle of her dreams. But when her new home is put in danger, can she become Tarzanna and save her new found friends?