From 16 – 26 Oct this year, our New Work Festival – formerly known as Inside Out – will take over spaces around our theatre with productions and activities for all ages.

Curated by our New Work Associate, the festival will both support and showcase the most dynamic and exciting talent from the Midlands. The line-up includes several performances direct from runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer, plus informal gigs, musical comedy, dance, drama and more.

Selected performances through the festival will also be captioned by The Difference Engine, making it accessible to even more people. See below for further details.



The Difference Engine

We are delighted to be working with Talking Birds Theatre Company to bring The Difference Engine to Curve, enabling us to offer Captioned Performances across several shows at this year’s New Work Festival.

The Difference Engine is an innovative tool created by Talking Birds to help make performances accessible for as many people as possible. It enables audience members to receive captions on their own mobile devices – such as smartphones and tablets – via a free app available to download on both the App Store and Google Play Store.

For more details about The Difference Engine or tips for downloading and using the app, please email [email protected] or call Box Office on 0116 242 3595.

Find out more about The Difference Engine at



The following performances will be captioned by The Difference Engine:

All of Me
Wed 16 Oct, 7.45pm

Fri 18 Oct, 7pm

The Eden Effect
Mon 21 Oct, 8pm

Fri 25 Oct, 7pm

Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula The Sea Witch
Fri 25 Oct, 8.15pm & Sat 26 Oct, 7.45pm

Washed Up
Sat 26 Oct, 2pm


Before you arrive, download the free App onto your smartphone or tablet.

  • On iOS (iPhone/iPad) – download from the App Store.
  • On Android – download from the Google Play Store.
  • You can find the App on both stores by searching ‘The Difference Engine‘.

To access the captions, please follow the written steps below, or watch the captioned video tutorial above. 

On arrival, connect to the network.

  • Set your device to Airplane mode to avoid interruptions.
  • Re-enable WiFi and select the Difference Engine network (this should be available around 20 minutes before the event begins – if not, speak to a member of staff).
  • The password is engine123 – if this changes, check the App Guide).

Open the App and select ‘Captions’.



If you have a different device, or an older version of iOS or Android:

  • Connect to the Difference Engine WiFi network, as above.
  • In your browser, type into the address bar and press Enter.
  • Select ‘Captions’.

Saving battery life:

  • Talking Birds recommend reducing the brightness on your device whilst viewing the captions, to conserve battery life during the performance.


Our New Work Festival brochure is now available on stands at Curve and across the City. You can also read our digital, large print (Arial, pt. 18) and giant print (Arial, pt. 24) brochures below.


New Work Festival Brochure – Large Print (Arial, pt. 18)
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Download as Word Document

New Work Festival Brochure – Giant Print (Arial, pt. 24)
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“All of us at Curve love to find new and distinctive shows made by extraordinarily talented artists. We’re thrilled the festival will showcase some of the best work being made by contemporary theatre-makers in the UK. There is something for everyone: new plays, comedy, physical theatre, works-in-progress, spoken-word, family work, dance, musicals, autobiographical and devised performances.

“It is a real celebration of the talent in the Midlands as every performance has creatives or performers from the region involved. There will also be workshops, surgeries and opportunities for artists to network. All of us at Curve hope audiences have as much delight watching these shows as we have. Ultimately, they are fascinating stories told in inventive and beautiful ways that make for a really great night out.”

Beth Shouler, New Work Associate