INSIDE OUT is our first major festival celebrating talent within our region. Over the course of ten days, a range of shows, workshops and events will take place to celebrate the work of the East Midlands’ leading theatremakers; and offer emerging talents an opportunity to develop their skills through partnerships with IdeasTapBBC WritersroomThe Actors Centre and more.

To book for any of these free workshops please contact our Ticket Office on 0116 242 3595

INSIDE ACTING: Symposium and Workshops 

SAT 12 APR 12noon – 6pm

Seminar Rooms


An Event for Professional Actors in the Midlands.

Are you a professional actor/performer in the Midlands? Do you find it hard to find exciting opportunities to work and develop your skills? Do you want to meet other artists in the same situation? We are launching an ambitious new partnership with The Actors Centre – the country’s leading provider of continuing professional development for actors based at the heart of London’s West End. Expanding on Curve’s commitment to the region’s talent, we intend to provide a range of opportunities for talent in the region.

Launching this new relationship, we invite all professional performers in the region to attend Inside Acting, a day of conversations and workshops on Sat 12 Apr 2014 as part of the new Inside Out  Festival celebrating the region’s talent. Inside Out will inform the planning of an ongoing programme of CPD opportunities for regional actors which will take place at Curve.

Beginning with a one hour discussion focused on the issue of actor training chaired by the Chair of the Actors Centre, Paul Clayton, whose many credits in a long and distinguished career include Doctor Who, Peep Show, Him and Her, Coronation Street and many more, we will invite a panel of leading actors, directors and producers from the region to consider the landscape for actors in the Midlands. What does “continuing professional development” mean to you? What are the specific needs and gaps? How can a sustainable programme be implemented?

To book for this event please contact our Ticket Office on 0116 242 3595

For your chance to help inform the entire programme of activity Curve and the Actors Centre are creating, why not complete our short questionnaire here. You opinion matters to us and we want to create an ongoing programme that reflects your needs.

Full details of further workshops and classes will be announced in the coming months. To be the first to hear, register for alerts by emailing

For more information on the Actors Centre and their programme of over 1700 workshops each year with the industry’s leading professionals, please visit

Attendees at the day are invited to remain for the Final of the Curve IdeasTap Playwriting Competition, which will feature a professional cast from the region performing the work of five major new Midlands’ writers.


SAT 12 APR 5pm – 7pm



Ever wondered how to send your script to the BBC and what happens when you do? How do they assess your work? What grabs them and what puts them off? If you’re after some tips, this is a session not to miss.

BBC Writersroom is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers of any age and experience with an original voice and great stories to tell.

Join Henry Swindell, New Writing Manager for BBC Writersroom North (which focuses on championing writers from across the north of England) who will provide you with some invaluable tips and answer any burning questions you may have about screenwriting.

This 3 hour seminar utilizes loads of film and TV clips to clearly demonstrate the building blocks of great story telling. It’s a very broad talk that is suitable for both beginners and experienced writers designed to get people excited and invigorated about writing as well as covering most of the basics.

Henry R Swindell is New Writing Development Manager, BBC Writersroom North where he works across Film, TV and Radio finding and developing writers for the BBC. Henry’s background is as a TV, Film and Theatre Producer. His 2011 award winning film ‘All That Way For Love’ has been shown at film festivals all over the world. As a TV producer he’s worked for the BBC, ITV and Channel Four on shows including CasualtyHollyoaks and Coronation Street.

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