DMU Pride

DMU PrideĀ is our annual programme of theatre performances, workshops and free events curated by De Montfort University students to celebrateĀ LGBT History Month.

As part of the 2020 festival Curve 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 returned to the festival with his new play The MP, Aunty Mandy and Me –Ā  a provocative story of coercion, politics, power and manipulation.

Other Shows for 2020 included Nathaniel Hall‘s First Time;Ā Gerrard Martin‘sĀ ‘B’ and Hotter.

These productions were also supported by a series of show-related workshops and talks. Find out more below.

2020 SHOWS

Rob Ward as Dom has his mouth covered from behind by a person wearing a leather dog mask, red silk gloves, a suit and a red rosette. Fridge magnet letters read The MP, Aunty Mandy and Me against a pink background.

The MP, Aunty Mandy and Me

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An Emmerson & Ward production in association with Curve | #MadeAtCurve

Nathaniel Hall looks into the camera, confused, wearing a white vest. A blue light is cast on his face from the right as he eats a bowl of pills. The background is yellow with blue text that reads FIRST TIME.

First Time

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A Dibby Theatre and Waterside Arts production

Gerrard Martin Dance: 'B'

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Ell and Mary pose against a red background wearing an array of colourful, textured clothing. Yellow text reads HOTTER in the top left corner.

Hotter

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A Hotter Project and EKP Production

2020 WORKSHOPS

A black and white headshot of Gerrard Martin.

GERRARD MARTIN DANCE WORKSHOP

Ahead of his performing his dance duetĀ ā€˜Bā€™,Ā dancer, choreographer and De Montfort University alumniĀ Gerrard Martin offered a unique dance workshop open to A-Level, HND and degree students, and professionals.

The workshop comprised 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 also included guided choreographic tasks to gain more research into the dancerā€™s own artistry.

2020 EXHIBITION

A close-up of a rainbow Pride flag moving in the wind.

PRETEXT: THE MASK WE WEAR

Pretext: The Mask We Wear was curated by two 2nd year Fine Art Students from De Montfort University, and featured a variety of artworks that acted as a visual and contextual response to the performances at DMU Pride 2020 and the themes of Hidden Self, Alter Ego and Concealment.

Works were 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.