DMU Pride

DMU Pride returns to Curve for third 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.

As part of the festival, Curve has commissioned a new play by Rob Ward, who has previously been part of DMU Pride with his production of Gypsy Queen, a love story between two boxers. This time, Rob returns to the festival with his new play The MP, Aunty Mandy and Me –  a provocative story of coercion, politics, power and manipulation.

Other Shows for 2020 include Nathaniel Hall‘s First TimeGerrard Martin‘s ‘B’ and Hotter.

These productions will also be supported by a series of show-related workshops and talks, to be announced soon. Read on to find out more!

SHOWS

The MP, Aunty Mandy and Me

Tue 3 - Wed 4 Mar

A bittersweet tale of political campaigns, coercive abuse and steam trains that looks at power and manipulation with a queer voice from the #MeToo movement.

Meet Dom. He is trying to live his best instagay life but it isn’t easy in a small Brexit voting rural town in the North of England where the nearest gay is 10 miles away. He really wants a boyfriend but it isn’t easy living with a mum who spends her spare time getting high and singing along to Rod Stewart.

But a chance meeting leads Dom into the world of the closeted local Labour MP who is wrestling with a conscious vs constituency matter on the legalization of a breakthrough HIV prevention drug. The MP makes Dom feel good. He makes him feel very good. And for all the confidence this unusual new friendship gives him, surely its worth giving certain things back in return. Even if these are certain things that he doesn’t want to give.

First Time

Mon 24 Feb, 7.45pm - Includes an after-show discussion

Can you remember your first time? Nathaniel can’t seem to forget his.

To be fair, he has had it playing on repeat for the last 15 years.

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, award-winning HIV+ theatre-maker Nathaniel Hall presents a ‘hilarious’ and ‘heart-breaking’ autobiographical solo-show about attempting to stay positive in a negative world.

Age Recommendation 14+ – contains strobe lighting, loud sounds, scenes of recreational drug use, strong language and references to sexual grooming.

'B'

Tue 25 Feb, 7pm - Includes an after-show discussion

Former DMU student Gerrard Martin explores what it means to be both Black and Gay in his captivating dance duet, ‘B’.

Stimulated by events in the lives of Black, Gay interviewees, ‘B’ fuses original, club-influenced music with intimate dance, an ingenious set and audio-clips of real-life testimonials.

Age Recommendation 14+

 

Hotter

Wed 26 Feb, 7.45pm

Hello, we’re Ell and Mary. We’re best friends and ex-girlfriends and we’re bored of playing it cool.

So, this is a show about what gets you hot. We asked women and transpeople aged 11 to 97 what makes them sweat, flush, rub and gush. OK, we didn’t ask the 11 year old exactly the same questions. We made a sweaty verbatim dance party out of their answers.

Age Recommendation 12+

WORKSHOPS

GERRARD MARTIN DANCE WORKSHOP

Mon 24 Feb, 6pm - 7.30pm

Ahead of his performing his dance duet ‘B’, dancer, choreographer and De Montfort University alumni Gerrard Martin will be offering a unique dance workshop open to A-Level, HND and degree students, and professionals.

The workshop will consist of a yoga warm-up, to open both mind and body through an awareness of breath, before exploring technical floor, centre and travelling exercises for precision and performative impact.

The session will then lead to guided choreographic tasks to gain more research into the dancer’s own artistry.

EXHIBITIONS

PRETEXT: THE MASK WE WEAR

Tue 18 Feb - Mon 2 Mar

Pretext: The Mask We Wear will be curated by two 2nd year Fine Art Students from De Montfort University, and will include a variety of artworks that act as a visual and contextual response to the performances, around the themes of Hidden Self, Alter Ego and Concealment.

Works have been submitted by artists at all stages of their career, including many from DMU Fine Art students and alumni, as well as Design Craft, Media and Photography students.

Open to the public from 10am daily (excluding Sundays).