Inside Out Festival 2016

Tue 3 - Sun 15 May

Welcome to Inside Out Festival 2016 celebrating extraordinary artistic talent from across the East Midlands.

Click here to see our full range of workshops and shows.

Play Readings

Thu 12 & Fri 13 May, 6pm

Breakthrough: First Look

Thu 12 - Fri 13 May, 7.15pm


Thu 12 - Fri 13 May, 9.30pm

Akademi: Choreogata

Sun 15 May, 2pm

All Out

Sun 15 May, 4pm & 7.15pm


As part of the festival, our foyer will once again be transformed into the Inside Out Park, a playground for you to discover and enjoy a range of free music and spoken-word performances, relax between shows, and discover hidden surprises. This year’s Inside Out Park is designed by acclaimed East Midlands’ designer Kevin Jenkins.

From 12 – 15 May, the Park will also play host to HACT, a brand new interactive installation by Metro Boulot Dodo. This innovative theatrical experience pushes the boundaries of contemporary theatre and puts you right in the centre of the show. When it is your time to act, helpers will be on hand to make sure you have everything you need to get up and running and to experience a series of plays like never before.

Click here to see the full timetable for all FREE Foyer stage performances. 

Also during the festival, Graff HQ will transform the Mezzanine into a live illustrated canvas, inspired by the Inside Out artists, audience and performers.

Opening times: Thu & Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat & Sun 1pm – 9pm (Closed Sun 15 May)

The Inside Out Night Market will bring together some of Leicester’s most loved independent shops, sellers and makers. Don’t miss a range of exclusive offers and delicious food and drink to enjoy between shows.

Don’t forget to join the conversation


Writing for a Digital Platform

Fri 13 May, 10.30am - 1pm

A practical workshop for theatre-makers, writers or designers interested in creating work for a digital platform.

Led by award winning company, Metro-Boulot-Dodo’s, Artistic Directors.


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Digital Debate Day

Fri 13 May, 2pm - 5pm

A lively afternoon where artists producers, bloggers writers and designers are invited to discuss how theatre can be presented on a digital platform.


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Fundraising for Participatory Dance Projects

Fri 13 May, 4.30pm - 6.30pm

People Dancing will be leading a free, fundraising development workshop aimed at independent dance practitioners working in community and participatory dance settings.


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A Nation's Theatre Conversation

Sun 15 May, 5pm – 6.30pm

Hosted by Curve in association with Battersea Arts Centre and the Guardian


As the UK’s theatre budget tightens and public services are cut, the arts have never been more scrutinised. Theatre can be life changing for some people, whereas others would rather see funding go on hospitals or schools.

What do you think? What does theatre mean to you? We bring this year’s Inside Out Festival, our annual celebration of the East Midlands best, diverse and creative talent to a close with a chance for you to share your opinions.

Join us for tea, coffee and cake on Sun 15 May in our redecorated Inside Out Foyer where there will be opportunities to talk to Curve staff, visiting artists and The Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner, one of the UK’s most respected commentators on the arts.

This event is open to people of all ages and backgrounds, and will also include some playful and unexpected ways for you, your family and friends to share thoughts informally, whether that’s making a badge or painting a placard.

Pop in and share your experiences as we explore what theatre means to Leicester and to the nation!