Interviews & Podcasts

Enjoy great insight from personalities and companies from across the arts with our selection of Curve in Conversation podcasts, and other interviews from our archives.

CURVE IN CONVERSATION PODCAST

Curve in Conversation is our audio podcast series giving you insights into Curve behind-the-scenes. In these podcasts you’ll meet the staff working in the building, the actors on our stages, the people who bring their work to the theatre and everyone in-between.

Episode 1

Chris Stafford & Nikolai Foster

Episode 2

Suba Das & Inside Out 2018 Artists

Episode 3

Carol Leeming & Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual

Episode 4

Glynis Wright on supporting the arts

Episode 5

Beth Shouler on New Work Festival 2019

Episode 6

The Cast of West Side Story

Episode 7

DMU Pride, Maggie May & Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Episode 8

The Wizard of Oz, Curve Young Company and more!

OTHER INTERVIEWS

GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE (2019)

Gerald the Giraffe longs to go to the great Jungle Dance, but how can he join in when he doesn’t know how to tango or two-step? Everyone knows that giraffes can’t dance! But with a little help from a wise and kind cricket, Gerald discovers his rhythm – because sometimes when you’re different, you just need a different song!

Interview with Illustrator Guy Parker-Rees

MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (2019)

Set in London during the Thatcher years, My Beautiful Laundrette tells the story of young British Pakistani, Omar, who transforms his Uncle’s run-down laundrette into a thriving business. After being confronted by a fascist gang, Omar recognises school friend Johnny and uses their history to diffuse the situation. As they renovate the laundrette together, love blossoms between them.

MEET THE CAST: BALVINDER SOPAL & PADDY DALY

MEET THE CAST: HAREET DEOL

THE ENTERTAINER (2019)

1982: Archie Rice is a washed-up entertainer playing a summer season. As his soldier son sails with the Task Force to liberate the Falklands, his daughter Jean returns from campaigning against the war, and Archie’s professional and personal lives collide with devastating consequences.

Interview with Director Sean O'Connor

In Conversation with Shane Richie

MEMOIRS OF AN ASIAN FOOTBALL CASUAL (2018)

Away from the racial tensions of 1980s British society and the pressure to stay true to his cultural roots at home, Rushey Mead teenager Riaz Khan, finds his place with Leicester City‘s infamous football hooligans, the Baby Squad.

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER RIAZ KHAN AND ADAPTER DOUGAL IRVINE

INTERVIEW WITH DMU'S SARAH THOMSON

XENOS (2018)

The title XENOS means ‘stranger’ or ‘foreigner’. In this new solo work, Akram Khan and his stellar team of collaborators draw on the archives of the 20th century, unearthing the experience of colonial soldiers in the First World War. XENOS takes place where humanity stands in wonder and disarray, on the border between East and West, past and present, mythology and technology.

Interview with Akram Khan

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (2018)

Meet Tevye the milkman, his long-suffering wife and five strong-minded daughters living in the small village of Anatevka, Russia. In a rapidly changing world on the brink of revolution, this tight-knit, tradition-steeped Jewish community live in a delicately balanced society where time-honoured traditional values are challenged by the changing social views and growing anti-semitism of Czarist Russia.

When his daughters decide they want to marry for love instead of accepting possible suitors, Teyve must convince his wife, the elders and the whole village that to marry for love is the greatest tradition of them all.

INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR SARAH INGRAM

FANTASTIC MR FOX (2017)

Boggis, Bunce and Bean, three greedy, smelly, horrid farmers hate the cunning Mr Fox.

Mr Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic, but he doesn’t realise how determined the farmers are to get revenge. Can he hatch a plan to save his family and friends? Can they outrun the diggers and outsmart the farmers, and can Rabbit shut up long enough not to give the game away?

INTERVIEW WITH COMPOSER ARTHUR DARVILL

WIPERS (2016)

Inspired by the real life story of Khuddadad Khan, the first South Asian soldier to be awarded a Victoria Cross for his extraordinary bravery at the First Battle of Ypres, this explosive new play by acclaimed playwright Ishy Din honours the contribution of the million South Asian soldiers who fought alongside their British brothers during the First World War.

Interview with Playwright Ishy Din

Interview with the Cast of Wipers

Interview with Director Suba Das

Interview with Designer Isla Shaw

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (2016)

Bachelor Jack Worthing and his best mate Algernon Moncrieff hope to marry society’s most eligible ladies, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. But the lads’ courtship of the women is far from straight forward! With double identities, plenty of ‘Bunburying’ and a number of hostile encounters with the formidable Lady Bracknell, the pair become embroiled in a web of mistaken identities with hilarious consequences.

Interview with the Company

SUE TOWNSEND'S THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4 - THE MUSICAL (2015)

Set in 1980s Leicester, Sue Townsend‘s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾follows the daily dramas and misadventures of Adrian’s adolescent life. With dysfunctional parents, ungrateful elders, a growing debt to school bully Barry Kent and an unruly pimple on his chin, life is hard for a misunderstood intellectual who is only 13 ¾… To top it off, when new girl Pandora joins the class and captures his heart, his best friend Nigel steals hers. Can Adrian win her love and escape from his chaotic family life?

Interview with the Company