SAT 3 OCT 2020

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Welcome to your weekly newsletter from Curve. We hope you and your loved ones are well and all is good for those of you with young people returning to school.

There are only four days to go until our friends at Wise Children ‘visit’ Curve with their digital tour of Romantics Anonymous! Rehearsals are underway in Bristol and the company are enjoying every moment of being back in a theatre, rehearsing a show. We envy them and can’t wait until we can be back at work in LE1. We hope you’ve got your tickets ready, your pre-show meal in your dining room booked and your outfit – or should that be pyjamas! – prepared for this brilliant live broadcast from Bristol Old Vic. If you haven’t booked yet, there’s still time to do so – see the show section below for more details.

We’ve had a wonderful reaction to our latest Curve Commissioned Community Project, Somewhere Over the Rainbow; thank you so much for all of your kind words. It’s moving to see so many familiar faces in the video and the song takes on greater poignancy and resonance in these stark times. If you missed the video – which features a 60-strong digital choir of local singers, signers and musicians – in last week’s newsletter, we’ve re-included the link to watch it below. We are also pleased to confirm that tickets for our 2021 rescheduled dates for The Wizard of Oz are now available to book online. Though it’s a longer journey to Oz than we ever anticipated, we look forward to welcoming you to the Emerald City next year.

In other exciting news our Made at Curve shows have crossed the Atlantic, with our archive recordings making the online and print pages of The New York Times. Photographer Ellie Kurttz‘s stunning image of Johnny (Jonny Fines) and Omar (Omar Malik) in My Beautiful Laundrette also leads the ‘Theater to Stream‘ piece, helping us to make a truly big splash across the pond. The article details all of Curve’s online archive recordings and we’ve been pleased to receive emails from people across America, who have enjoyed engaging with Curve. Huge congratulations to our Press & Digital Manager Fiona Moore for securing this terrific coverage for our theatre and Leicester.

We conclude this week with two fantastic opportunities for emerging artists: Graeae‘s Beyond is designed to support d/Deaf, hard-of-hearing and Disabled artists, and successful applicants will benefit from a share in 600 hours of rehearsal space, 100 hours of mentoring support and much more. Meanwhile the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme is the UK’s foremost programme of paid professional development for theatre directors. The application window for their 18-month residencies is now open, with Contact Theatre Manchester and Birmingham Repertory Theatre hosting this year’s residents, and we will host a trainee director next autumn. Details on how to apply for both schemes can be found below. Please share with your networks if you think they might be of interest to local theatre makers and creatives. Thank you.

As ever, thanks to Leicester City Council, Arts Council England, and to you – our wonderful audiences – for your continued support.

Best wishes,
Chris & Nikolai

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Sitting on a bed, Angelique smiles and looks at Jean-Rene on her left, whilst he looks into the camera.

Watch Romantics Anonymous live at home!

Live theatre is back next week, as Wise Children broadcast their acclaimed production of Romantics Anonymous from Bristol Old Vic to your screens at home!

Next Wed 23 Sep 2020 from 7.30pm, settle down on the sofa, grab your favourite snacks and get ready to devour this deliciously sweet musical treat with audiences across the Midlands. We’re delighted to be part of this ‘digital tour’, and hope you enjoy the show!

“A multi-faceted gem, chock-full of love, generosity and joy.”
The Guardian

“A sweetly funny, gorgeously tender musical rom-com.”
The Times

This production has now finished.

Go Somewhere Over the Rainbow with our digital community choir

Last week we released our latest Curve Commissioned Community Project, Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Featuring over 60 singers, signers and musicians and with musical direction from Alex Parker and videography by Ben Hewis, we hope you feel both inspired and uplifted as you watch this video. 
The release also coincides with our 2021 rescheduled dates for The Wizard of Oz going on sale, and you can book your tickets here.

Production image from My Beautiful Laundrette. Omar (Omar Malik) holds Johnny's (Jonny Fines) face as he looks away forlorn on a blue stage. White The New York Times logo top left.

Made at Curve shows featured in The New York Times

Made at Curve has gone Stateside! We were elated to see our Made at Curve archive recordings featured in The New York Times‘ ‘Theater to Stream’ article towards the end of last week.

Appearing both online and in print, the piece also included photographer Ellie Kurttz’s stunning shot of My Beautiful Laundrette.

Five artists make facial expressions against a yellow background in promotional artwork for Graeae beyond.

Apply today for Graeae's Beyond scheme

There’s still time to get your applications in for Graeae‘s latest scheme for d/Deaf, hard-of-hearing and disabled artists, Beyond.

We are delighted to be one of eight partner venues for this programme, which will see successful applicants receive creative space and support to explore theatrical ideas, shadowing opportunities within R&D and rehearsal processes and much more!


Black and white images of five young directors each overlay a coloured triangle, against a medium blue background.

Application window for 18-month residencies now open!

The Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme (RTYDS) are now accepting applications from directors and theatre makers for their RTYDS 18-Month Residencies.

The RTYDS 18-Month Residency provides paid opportunities for emerging directors to spend 18 months in a regional building-based company as a resident assistant director. Directors develop their creative skills, learn how a theatre runs and have the opportunity to make work. RTYDS are currently recruiting for 18-Month Residencies at Contact Theatre Manchester and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

The scheme creates pathways for directors to develop not only their craft but also skills as future artistic leaders.

For details on how to apply, including guidance notes, please visit the link below. Large print, BSL, dyslexia and screen reader friendly versions of the guidance notes and application form are also available on their website.

Applications close Mon 12 Oct 2020, 12 noon.

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Header image: Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual, 2018 – Photo: Ellie Kurttz