DMU Pride

DMU Pride returns to Curve for a second year this February, offering an exciting programme of theatre performances, workshops and free events curated by De Montfort University students to celebrate LGBT History Month.

Shows for 2019 include: James McDermott‘s debut play Rubber RingTom Wells‘ and Matthew Robins‘ Drip; the return of Rob Ward‘s Gypsy Queen; and Joanperformed by drag king Lucy Jane Parkinson.

These productions are also supported by a series of show-related workshops and talks, and a programme of other events including a Dancing in Heels Workshop with Jono Kitchens, and a free poetry reading with local actor Mark Peachey.

Read on to find out more about this year’s DMU Pride programme, and share your experience with us using the hashtag #DMUPride.


Rubber Ring

Mon 18 Feb, 7pm

Jimmy is sixteen, sexually confused and stuck in Sheringham. He’s screwed.
Well he’s not actually; that’s the problem…

When pop star Morrissey comes to London, Jimmy flees to the city to try and find his hero and himself. Rubber Ring is a laugh-out-loud one man play that opened at The Pleasance Islington to rave reviews before transferring to The Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s West End.

This show contains strong language and sexual references.

Stick around after the show to learn more about Rubber Ring with the cast and creative team. This event is free with your show ticket.


Wed 20 Feb, 7.30pm

A one-man musical comedy by award-winning duo Tom Wells (words) and Matthew Robins (music).

Liam is 15 and he’s just signed up for Bev Road Baths’ first ever synchronised swimming team. It’s for his best mate Caz really. She needs to get a team together to win the annual Project Prize at school. She tries every year. She always loses. But Liam’s an optimist, he’s determined to help.

There’s just one problem – Liam can’t swim.

The show contains mild strong language and sexual references.

Gypsy Queen

Mon 25 Feb, 7.30pm


Following last year’s sell-out success, the award-winning Gypsy Queen returns to Curve for round two.

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love? This is the story of ‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell, a bare-knuckle fighter and traveller, who enters the world of professional boxing which puts him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear.

In the opposite corner, gay boxer Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson, the young pretender and son of a boxing legend, is fighting his own battles that lead to a tragedy that neither could predict.

Gypsy Queen is an unconventional love story between two fighters who discover the greatest challenge lies outside the ring.


Thu 28 Feb, 7.45pm

An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope – this is Joan of Arc.

Performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, history’s greatest gender-warrior takes to the stage, dragging up as the men she defies in this smash-hit show.

A fearless solo play with uproarious songs about what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone.

WINNER – Scotsman Fringe First Award and Spirit of the Fringe Award 2016.



Mon 18 Feb, 5 - 6pm | Seminar Room B

In this workshop, Playwright James McDermott teaches the tools and techniques he uses to generate dramatic stories, create characters, write dialogue and structure scripts.

Through a series of exercises, participants will learn that drama is about people trying to overcome external obstacles and internal flaws in order to get what they want, and that the playwright maps this journey through dialogue and action in space and time.

This event is free to Rubber Ring ticket holders.


Tue 19 Feb, from 7pm | Green Room Café

In remembrance of the 100th year anniversary of the First World War, join us for an evening of poetry reading, featuring some of Wilfred Owen’s most memorable pieces of work.

Wilfred is widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest war poets, who was also gay.

Actor Mark Peachey, who has starred in various productions including Legally BlondeMamma Mia! and Curve’s 2015 production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, will bring the poetry to life.

This event is free to attend.

Jono Kitchen pictured in black and white wearing heeled boots, with left leg up on a chair.


Fri 22 Feb, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Join us for this 60-minute Dance in Heels Workshop from Jono Kitchens, suitable for dancers of any ability.

Jono Kitchens is a Dancer and Choreographer who has performed with many artists including Lily Allen, Eliza Doolittle, Fleur East and Miley Cyrus, and has appeared as a dancer on The X Factorunder the choreography of Brian Friedman.

Jono will cater the class to whatever level the participants are comfortable at, with the session including a warm-up, walking exercises and an opportunity to learn a routine.

This workshop is all about having fun whilst looking and feeling fierce. Wearing heels is optional!

£5 per ticket, or free for Rubber RingDrip, Gypsy Queen and Joan ticket holders (but places must be booked).


Tue 26 Feb, 1pm - 2pm

Are you ready for a challenge? 
Are you ready to have a fun time learning new life skills? 
Maybe you want to build more confidence or brush up on your technique?

Join Kickboxing Instructor and Ambassador for the This Girl Can campaign, Natasha Mina, for her boxing workshop.

Natasha has been kickboxing for 20 years since the age of 8 and has competed internationally. Since 2015, Natasha has inspired and engaged circa 30,000 into becoming more physically active!

This event is free, but places must be booked.