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Created and shared during lockdown in 2020, Curve in Conversation was a series of in-depth video interviews with leading creatives and performers – from Jodie Prenger, Hanif Kureishi, Arlene Phillips and many more – hosted by our Artistic Director, Nikolai Foster!
Curve in Conversation now continues as a podcast, released on the final Thursday of every month. Hosted by former BBC Radio Leicester presenter Martin Ballard, listen to hear insights from Curve and the people who make work both on and off our stages.
In the first of a series of in-depth interviews with leading theatre creatives and performers, Nikolai talks to playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and novelist Hanif Kureishi, whose Oscar-nominated screenplay My Beautiful Laundrette became a world-premiere Made at Curve drama last year.
In this episode of Curve in Conversation, our Artistic Director Nikolai Foster is joined by the incredible Jodie Prenger (A Taste Of Honey, Calamity Jane, Oliver!).
From her upbringing surrounded by music in a B&B, to meeting Liza Minnelli and securing the role of Nancy in Oliver! in the West End, watch this interview to find out more about Jodie and her advice for aspiring performers.
In this episode of Curve in Conversation our Artistic Director Nikolai Foster speaks to Olivier Award-winning Choreographer Stephen Mear.
Stephen, who choreographed previous Made at Curve productions of Scrooge and White Christmas, talks about growing up in Loughborough and embracing his passion for dance, his first job in the West End, receiving a CBE and his process for creating and inspiring movement on stage.
In this in-depth conversation, Nikolai Foster speaks to Anita Dobson about growing up in London’s East End, finding a connection with the characters she’s played and making magic from the mistakes.
Having become a household name for her portrayal as Angie Watts in EastEnders, Anita’s career also includes an Olivier Award-nominated performance in Bryony Lavery’s Frozen, as well as starring as Mama Morton in Chicago in the West End. Last year, Anita appeared as Miss Hannigan in the touring production of Annie, directed by Nikolai.
In this episode of Curve in Conversation, our Artistic Director Nikolai Foster speaks to Catherine Russell about her early memories of childhood, her advice for aspiring actors and working on our 2017 Made at Curve production of Joe Orton’s What The Butler Saw.
In this episode of our Curve in Conversation series, Nikolai Foster speaks with Tony Award-winning Orchestrator, Musical Supervisor and Curve Associate Artist Sarah Travis.
The in-depth interview covers the teachers who inspired Sarah’s career, her path into the industry and her passion for new work.
In this episode of Curve in Conversation, Nikolai Foster speaks to Cathy Tyson (The Importance of Being Earnest, My Beautiful Laundrette, Band of Gold) about the experiences in her youth which shaped her career as a performer, the people who inspired and enabled her to act and finding a home at her local theatre.
In this week’s Curve in Conversation, our artistic director Nikolai Foster speaks with star of stage and screen Lesley Joseph (Annie, Birds of a Feather, Young Frankenstein).
This in-depth interview covers Lesley’s early memories of growing up in Northampton, meeting the Pope, and the strength of the theatre community.
Nikolai Foster talks to Curve Associate Artist and Casting Director Kay Magson CDG.
Having assembled the casts for many Made At Curve productions including West Side Story, My Beautiful Laundrette and Grease, in this in-depth conversation Kay discusses the evolution of her role over the years, the importance of respect and creating a safe audition space, as well as her top tips for auditions.
In this episode, Nikolai Foster speaks to the multi-talented Craig Revel Horwood. In 2016, we welcomed Craig to Curve as he directed Sister Act and, more recently, Craig performed as Miss Hannigan in Annie, directed by Nikolai.
From playing the recorder at the Sydney Opera House to performing on stages across the world and directing shows of his own, find out more about Craig’s career and his hopes for the future of theatre.
Our Artistic Director Nikolai Foster speaks to Dakota Blue Richards (A Streetcar Named Desire , Joe Orton‘s What The Butler Saw, both at Curve).
Dakota shot to global fame when, at the age of 13, she appeared as Lyra Belacqua in the blockbuster adaptation of Philip Pullman‘s The Golden Compass. Since then she has gone on to star in series including Endeavour and Skins. In this in-depth interview Dakota and Nikolai discuss dealing with fame at a young age, the differences between television, film and theatre, and her approach to acting.
In this in-depth interview, Curve Associate Artist, dance artist and choreographer Akram Khan speaks to Nikolai Foster about growing up surrounded by music, dance and storytelling, performing in Peter Brook‘s legendary production of The Mahabharata, his process for creating work and the necessity of finding a raw connection with an audience.
From child-actor to Tony Award-nominated composer, in this week’s Curve in Conversation, Curve Associate Artist Grant Olding (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Simply Cinderella, One Man Two Guvnors) talks to Nikolai Foster about his career, the success of streamed theatre throughout lockdown, and how he finds the sound of a show.
In this episode of Curve in Conversation, our Artistic Director Nikolai Foster talks to legendary choreographer Arlene Phillips, who most recently joined us at Curve to bring dynamic moves to our touring production of Grease.
Arlene takes us back to her first ever ballet class, the formation of dance troupe Hot Gossip, and discusses her approach to working with performers.
In this Curve in Conversation our Artistic Director Nikolai Foster talks to award-winning Lighting Designer and Curve Associate Artist Ben Cracknell (My Beautiful Laundrette, Sunset Boulevard, Breakfast at Tiffany’s) about his journey to a career in lighting design, the role that lights play in a performance, and how new technology is creating exciting opportunities in theatre lighting.
In this episode of Curve in Conversation, Artistic Director Nikolai Foster speaks to Shane Richie, who joined us in 2019 for our Made at Curve production of John Osborne‘s The Entertainer.
With a career spanning television, theatre, stand-up, presenting and more, watch as Shane talks about his career beginning in his dad’s clubs, how he has been able to move between genres, and why Curve is not just about theatre.
Please be aware, this video contains strong language which some viewers may find offensive.
In this episode of Curve in Conversation, Nikolai talks to Tony and Olivier Award-nominated Ellen Kane, choreographer of our Made at Curve production of West Side Story.
Listen as Ellen discusses how she came to work in musical theatre, her work on Billy Elliot, Matilda the Musical and Groundhog Day, as well as her approach to finding the right moves for West Side Story at Curve.
In this episode, Nikolai talks to Theatre Designer Colin Richmond, whose previous work includes our Made at Curve productions of Grease and Sunset Boulevard.
Watch and listen as Colin discusses how he became interested in theatre and design, the importance of collaboration among creative teams, and his advice for the next generation of theatre designers.
To coincide with the release of the dress rehearsal archive recording of My Beautiful Laundrette, cast members Paddy Daly, Kammy Darweish, Hareet Deol, Jonny Fines, Nicole Jebeli, Omar Malik, Balvinder Sopal, Cathy Tyson and Gordon Warnecke reunited online with Director Nikolai Foster, Writer Hanif Kureishi and Designer Grace Smart.
Almost one year since the acclaimed Made at Curve drama hit our stage, in this discussion the team reflect on the production and its impact, with questions sent by audience members.