Our annual New Work Festival both supports and showcases the most dynamic and exciting talent from the Midlands.
The festival takes over spaces around across our theatre with productions and activities for all ages, including several performances direct from runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival,  informal gigs, musical comedy, dance, drama and more.

This year’s festival will take place throughout March – scroll down to see what’s on!

What's on at New Work Festival 2024

Kali Theatre Discovery Showcase

Friday 1 March

Kali Theatre in partnership with Leicester Curve presents DISCOVERY LEICESTER.

Join us for staged Readings of 4 striking short plays by newly discovered talents from Leicester and beyond.

Scenes from RENT - A Staged Performance

Thursday 7 - Saturday 9 March

Performed in British Sign Language and English, Lilac Yosiphon (Oh What A Lovely War) directs an ensemble cast of deaf and hearing actors in this exciting reimagining of one of musical theatre’s most beloved titles.

Audition Technique Workshop with Cara Nolan

Saturday 9 March

Join Cara Nolan, Artist Development and New Work Producer at Curve, for a workshop in Audition Techniques for Actors.

New Writers Showcase with Joe Gilmour

Friday 15 March
All the scripts shared in this evening by writers at all levels of experience and in any genre or form who are from, living in or connected to the Midlands.
10 minute sections of the work have been rehearsed with professional actors and directed by Joe Gilmour.

New Work Festival Dance Showcase featuring ROOTS

Saturday 16 March

Join us for an evening celebrating emerging Dance talent in the region.
Featuring performances from members of leading dance company Aakash Odedra’s ROOTS program.

How to have a Queer Career with Rikki Beadle Blair

Tuesday 19 March

Break through the glass ceiling in your mind and learn how to make the most of everything about you in this fun, inspiring and practical workshop, suitable for anyone who wants to represent the LGBTQI+ community and have fun doing it with Rikki Beadle Blair MBE.


Friday 22 - Saturday 23 March

Three young, regional actresses: Saoirse, Coco, and Sonia are struggling to survive in London. Their shared dream is dwindling away quicker than their bank balances. But who needs electricity? Or Netflix? Every night, through their grotty living room window, the antiheroes have a front-row seat to observe the life of Instagram ‘celebrity’ Iris Montague-Willis.

Rotten Rapid Write Response Sharing

Saturday 23 March

As part of our New Work Festival we set four writers a challenge; one week to write one short piece in response to the script of Josie White‘s brand-new comedy thriller ROTTEN.

Soho Theatre Writing Workshop

Tuesday 26 March

As part of the NEW WORK FESTIVAL 2024Soho Theatre will be hosting a playwriting workshop at Curve.

First Fridays - New Work Festival Specials

Friday 1 - Friday 22 March

As part of NEW WORK FESTIVAL 2024, which runs throughout March, we are offering a special selection of FIRST FRIDAYS with the wider Curve team so you can benefit from the broad range of skills we have in-house.