We are excited to announce the line-up for our 5th annual Inside Out Festival in October, which returns to celebrate the diversity and talent of East Midlands artists from Wed 17 – Sat 27 Oct.

Leading the festival will be a production of award-winning playwright Ché Walker‘s The Frontline, twelve stories of heartbreak in a bustling city performed by the graduates of Curve’s new actor training programme New Theatre Talent, supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. First produced as a sell-out at Shakespeare’s Globe, this drama will be directed by Curve’s Associate Director Suba Das and will be performed from 17 – 20 Oct.

Speaking of this year’s festival, Curve Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:
Our Inside Out Festival once again showcases some of the most exciting new work in a region rich with astonishing talent. Alongside an eclectic festival which challenges our turbulent times, we are proud to present our talented Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation students in Ché Walker’s explosively entertaining play The Frontline.”

Inside Out Festival showcases a whole host of exciting new work, music sessions and events, staged in and around the theatre. All of the works featured in the festival have been supported and developed through Curve’s Artist Development programmes, and focus on new and innovative approaches to performance.

Tickets for this year’s Inside Out Festival are now on sale! 

To book your festival tickets online, click into the relevant show(s) below. You can also book by calling our Ticket Office team on 0116 242 3595, or by visiting us in person at Curve. 



See more show for less at this year’s Inside Out Festival with our money-saving ticket bundles!


£25 for three shows*

Looking to get a glimpse into the brightest new work the East Midlands has to offer? The Bronze ticket bundle gives you seats to our production of The Frontline, as well as two further performances of your choice.


£39 for five shows*

Looking for more than just a taster to the festival? With the Silver package you can see our production of The Frontline, plus four other performances of your choice.


£59.50 for all productions in the festival*

If you really want to experience the full variety and excitement of new work being produced in the East Midlands, this is the package for you. Choose the Gold ticket bundle to ensure you don’t miss a thing at this year’s Inside Out Festival.

*Please note, ticket bundles do not include any free performances, workshops or conversations as these can be booked separately. 


The Frontline

Wed 17 - Sat 20 Oct

Twelve stories of hope and heartbreak emerge in this modern classic by award-winning playwright, Ché Walker, first produced as a sell-out smash hit over two seasons at Shakespeare’s Globe, and now performed by the graduates of Curve’s new actor training programme supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

Black: Women Talk

Thu 18 Oct

BlackChat is a forum to exchange and progress ideas and plans for issues which directly affect Black Communities. Everyone is invited to be part of the conversation.

In a special edition for Black History Month 2018BlackChat: Women Talk seeks to give voice to women from the African and African Caribbean community.

Rachael Young: Nightclubbing

Thu 18 & Fri 19 Oct

Rachael Young and her badass band of super-humans embrace Afrofuturism and the cult of Grace Jones in Nightclubbing; an explosive new performance bringing visceral live music and intergalactic visions to start a revolution.

Jack A.G. Britton: Mighty

Thu 18 & Fri 19 Oct

Mighty is a documentary declaration, a performance protest, a rally that often rhymes with one simple goal in mind; to interrogate if we discriminate based on one simple physical trait, height.

The Party Somewhere Else Takeover

Sat 20 Oct

The Party Somewhere Else is a Nottingham-based collective of maverick creatives who happen to be women. Through showcasing work made and led by women and non-binary people, The Party Somewhere Else champions female-led projects and gives everyone a great night out.

Pink Lemonade

Sat 20 Oct

Join us for an extended look at the sensational new one-woman show Pink Lemonade, by theatre-maker and performer Mia Johnson.

Exploring female masculinity and what it means to be a mixed-race lesbian in the 21st Century, Pink Lemonade fuses spoken word, sound and movement to ask provocative and wryly humorous questions about how we grow up and learn about intimacy and self-identity.

Lewys Holt: Phrases and Footnotes

Tue 23 Oct

Lewys Holt is a dance artist. He likes to improvise and makes use of text and humour in a way that only he can.

Phrases and Footnotes fuses dance and text with a sprinkling of comedy. Prepare to get reflective, prepare to be confused, and most of all, prepare to sit down for a reasonable amount of time with a brief intermission.

In Good Company: The State of the Arts

Wed 24 Oct

Marking the start of Curve‘s new collaboration with In Good Company, the East Midlands-wide artist development partnership, we invite all theatremakers in Leicester to join us for a conversation on what matters to you.

Chaired by theatre venue leaders, independent producers and award-winning artists from across the region, this free session offers local artists the chance to share their needs and shape the offer made in the future.

Curve WritersLab Presents

Wed 24 Oct

Curve WritersLab Presents is a unique opportunity to preview a selection of brand new plays in development at Curve by extraordinary new writing talent from the region.

Presented by a professional company, this evening offers a full-length presentation of The Killer Question, a hilarious new black comedy by Midlands-based writer David Payne.

Subhash Viman Gorania: Woven

Wed 24 Oct

Woven is a new dance double bill from Subhash Viman Gorania. It features two performances – EKA and the return of Fly From, as seen at last year’s Inside Out Festival

Alice in Her Shoes

Thu 25 Oct & Fri 26 Oct

“I have a voice and I will use it!” is the mantra of Alice Hawkins, mother of six, shoe machinist, equal rights activist and suffragette. Alice joined the band of many women in the fight for their right to vote.

The Fosse SingersThe Red Leicester Choir and DMU Square Mile Choir join Alice on stage helping to bring this very important story to life!


I Dare You

Thu 25 & Fri 26 Oct

You live in the perfect family. Mum. Dad. Sister. Brother. But lately Mum’s started sleeping all the time. Dad’s knocked all the walls out and replaced them with glass. Solomon is waging war on the insects trying to get in. And Emily will only drink Coca Cola. Something’s going horribly wrong.

A play about family, trauma, and a sofa that has seen everything. Think Hansel and Gretel meets Black Mirror in an escape room.

The Audit (Or Iceland, A Modern Myth)

Fri 26 Oct

The global economy is a mess. The crash has landed, the tide’s swept out and it’s taken our hope with it. There’s less in our pockets and more to be spent. The rich have got richer, the middle’s squeezed tight and the poor are being dragged ever downwards.

With the true value of money and the human cost of greed firmly in their sights, Proto-type Theater tell the story of how a nation raised their voices in protest and railed against the currents.

Nupur Arts: Yuva Nartan 2018

Sat 27 Oct

Following the success of Yuva Nartan 2017Nupur Arts bring an equally exhilarating programme with a brilliant line up of national and international artists for Yuva Nartan 2018 as part of this year’s Inside Out Festival.

Artists for Yuva Nartan 2018 include Sooraj SubramaniamArunima Kumar, Vidya Patel and Shammi Pithia, plus many more.

L.O.V.E. Art - The Leicester Open Variant Exhibition

Throughout the festival

L.O.V.E. Art – The Leicester Open Variant Exhibition in collaboration with Harvey Hobbs will be taking over the public space at Curve for the Inside Out Festival 2018

The exhibition includes over 100 artworks from drawing, painting and photography to sculpture and installation, exhibiting the very best, cutting-edge and avant-garde creators and artists from in and around Leicester.

Navigate your way around Curve as you discover the works which will be found everywhere from the magnificent glass windows to the Mezzzanine – and even the café tables!

L.O.VE. Art starts to take shape…
Vishal Joshi has already completed his 4-metre glass mural titled Ascension (right). Please do pop in to see more artworks as they arrive!