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Leicester’s Curve theatre has announced details of its upcoming Inside Out Festival 2018, which celebrates the astonishing diversity of new and emerging artists in the East Midlands.
From Wed 17 to Sat 27 Oct, Curve’s theatres and public spaces will be home to an eclectic programme of the region’s hottest artistic talents, including music sessions, panel events and performances.
Leading Inside Out this year will be a production of award-winning playwright Ché Walker’s The Frontline (17 – 20 Oct). The drama will be performed by graduates of Curve’s new actor training programme New Theatre Talent, which has been supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. Set in London, The Frontline tells 12 emotional and thought-provoking stories of people living on the margins of society and will be directed by Curve’s Associate Director Suba Das (Pink Sari Revolution, Sukanya).
As the theatre celebrates its 10th birthday this year, audiences can enjoy a range of new productions at the festival including Curve Breakthrough artist Rachael Young’s Grace Jones inspired Nightclubbing (18 – 19 Oct), a one-woman piece focused on bringing the voices of women, LGBTQ and people of colour to the fore. Drama comes in the form of I Dare You (27 – 27 Oct), a new play about love, family and trauma, written by Tom Powell and directed by Curve Breakthrough artist Beth Shouler.
The festival will conclude with a Diwali-themed Family Day (27 Oct), including free foyer activities around the theatre for all ages, performances of the interactive Hanuman Moves a Mountain and classical Indian dance from Nupur Arts’ Yuva Nartan, including internationally-acclaimed and award winning dancers.
Speaking about the festival, Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:
“We are in the middle of our 10th birthday celebrations and it is exciting to announce this year’s explosive Inside Out Festival line-up. Theatre is all about looking to the future and this festival does this brilliantly, embracing the turbulence and political uncertainties of our times.
“Our fearless artists and theatre-makers are tackling some of the world’s major current issues – men’s mental health in Jack Britton’s Mighty; feminism and equality in a post- #MeToo world with Rachael Young’s performance of Nightclubbing and the return of Elaine Pantling’s Alice in Her Shoes. All this in the centenary year of women’s right to vote and with talks and panels throughout, it’s a jam-packed festival where audiences will be entertained, challenged and inspired to consider the world in a different light.
“Thank you to all of the talented artists who make all of this happen. Without them, there wouldn’t be a festival and we are thrilled they have chosen Curve to showcase their work.”
The full festival line-up is available online at www.curveonline.co.uk/get-involved/inside-out-festival-2018/
Tickets, which can be purchased in packages for those eager to get the most out of the festival, will go on sale to Curve Friends and Supporters Tue 14 Aug, to Curve Members Wed 15 Aug and on general sale Fri 17 Aug, all at 12noon. Tickets and packages can be purchased online, over the phone on 0116 242 3595 or in person at the theatre’s Ticket Office.