Performance Platforms

New Work Festival

Our annual New Work Festival both supports and showcases the most dynamic and exciting talent from the Midlands. The festival takes over spaces across our theatre with productions and activities for all ages, including several performances direct from runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, informal gigs, musical comedy, dance, drama and more.

Our last New Work Festival ran between Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 March 2022.

We were delighted to be able to offer BSL interpretation on two of our all-day workshops, and closed captioning on selected performances via Talking Birds’ The Difference Engine. For more information about this facility, please visit our Access page.


New Work Festival Performances

A Dangerous Thing


Proto-type Theater presents a new, digitally animated work created in response to a world full of uncertainty. Mashing and melding animation styles, original sound and composition, contemporary performance and story-telling, A Dangerous Thing is coming, and it cannot be stopped.

The Dreadful Dance of Ms. Iniquity

THU 10 MAR | 6.30PM

Who will ask, who will call?

A solo performance, using word, sound, music, physical theatre and still digital visuals to create a liminal space in which to explore a little-known, real single act of egregious immensity.

Closed Captioning via Talking Birds’ The Difference Engine will be available at this performance.

Pepper and Honey

THU 10 MAR | 8.30PM

So, what is “home”? That’s the question Ana, a young Croatian woman, poses as she settles in the UK.

Written by a Croatian playwright and performed by a Croatian actor, Pepper & Honey is a poignant and subtle play, timed to perfection to deliver a perfect Croatian pepper biscuit, baked live during the show.

Closed Captioning via Talking Birds’ The Difference Engine will be available at this performance.


FRI 11 MAR | 2PM

Are the patterns of history always doomed to repeat themselves?

Hazel seizes the opportunity to flee her abusive husband. But as the pressure to escape rises, unspeakable family truths emerge and the rift between her sons grows.

Closed Captioning via Talking Birds’ The Difference Engine will be available at this performance.


FRI 11 MAR | 6.30PM

Enjoy a theatrical lucky dip at our New Work Festival Scratch Night!

Written, directed and performed by the best emerging companies from the East Midlands, don’t miss your chance to be amongst the first to see their latest work-in-progress performances.

Confirmed bill coming soon.

Is He Musical?

FRI 11 MAR | 8.30PM

MP Theatricals presents a concert-style staging of this intimate, joyous new musical comedy inspired by the true stories of the queer friends who loved, lived and partied across 1930s London.

Closed Captioning via Talking Birds’ The Difference Engine will be available at this performance.

Little India

SAT 12 MAR | 1PM

A rehearsed reading of Dilan Raithatha‘s Little India, in which an alienated son returns home to attend his father’s burial and discovers some shocking home truths.

Home, a musical revue

SAT 12 MAR | FROM 4.45PM

Leicester born composer Mark Sheppard-Bools presents a revue of his songs on Curve’s Foyer Stage. Written in the many dressing rooms that became Mark’s home over the 15 years he’s been performing, the revue will share stories of love, life and adventure and most importantly, what home means to all of us. From the escapism of Neverland, stories from the past and the varying fortunes of people looking for love, Home is an uplifting, funny afternoon of new musical theatre writing.


SAT 12 MAR | 6.30PM

Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting, Sankofa is a semi-autobiographical show about legacy, heritage, and what it means to belong as part of the African diaspora, told through live music, storytelling and traditional pottery.

Sticky Door

SAT 12 MAR | 8.30PM

Sticky Door, a storytelling show with songs about sex, stigma and cystitis, is the third part in Katie Arnstein’s It’s a Girl! trilogy*(Because that’s how trilogies work!).

Closed Captioning via Talking Birds’ The Difference Engine will be available at this performance.

Dance Dhamaka 2022

SUN 13 MAR | 3PM & 6.30PM

Students of Nupur Arts Dance Academy take you on a cultural journey through the world of dance in a theatrical extravaganza of Bollywood and Bharatanatyam.

New Work Festival Workshops

One-to-one Artist Surgeries


Do you need some one-to-one advice or consultation on a show or project you’re developing? Book a 30 minute artists’ surgery.

Taking a show to Edinburgh Fringe

THU 10 MAR | 11AM

Thinking of bringing your show to the Edinburgh Fringe 2022 or 2023? Join The Pleasance at Curve to get started!

Taking a show to Edinburgh Fringe | One-to-one Surgeries


Following our Taking a Show to Edinburgh Fringe Workshop, you’re invited to book a one-to-one surgery with Jonny Patton from The Pleasance.

Creating a Theatre Company

FRI 11 MAR | 11AM - 5PM

Are you thinking about setting up a theatre company? Got the spark but not sure where to start? Find out how the multi award-winning makers of Burnt Lemon Theatre found their fire.

This event will be BSL Interpreted.

Artist Networking Breakfast

SAT 12 MAR | 11AM

If you’re a local artist, company, creative or theatre-maker, come and meet other like-minded people over coffee and a pastry on our Mezzanine.

Producing Your Own Show

SAT 12 MAR | 11AM - 5PM

Are you a writer, actor or director who needs to learn to self-produce? Spend a day with Emmerson & Ward.

This event will be BSL Interpreted.

Playwrighting with Emteaz Hussain

SAT 12 MAR | 11AM - 5PM

Join playwright and performance poet Emteaz Hussain for this in-depth workshop on writing your own play.