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Curve is searching for the people of Leicester to take part in an exciting project to celebrate the city’s heritage and cultural history.
Named Fashioning a City, this ambitious programme is supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and will engage communities across Leicester during Curve’s 10th year.
The theatre is looking for people aged 14 – 25 who live in the Belgrave, Braunstone, Castle, Highfields, Saffron and Spinney Hills areas of Leicester to create performances pieces based on the stories around them. Free to take part, the pieces will be created with heritage experts and professional artists from Curve. Each group will present their work at the theatre this Summer and no previous experience of theatre, drama or performing arts is needed to be involved.
Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:
“We’re enormously grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting this project and helping us engage with folk across our city, who perhaps wouldn’t normally think of Curve as a place for them.
“Work has already begun on the Fashioning a City project, with talented individuals and groups creating theatre inspired by the stories around them. We would like more people from across Leicester to join in and tell their stories.
“If you’re a young person living in one of the selected areas in the city, we want to hear from you. Whatever your experience of theatre, as long as you have a passion for sharing stories, we want you to get involved.”
Thanks to National Lottery players, Fashioning a City will see work created by groups across 10 current and former electoral wards of Leicester including school groups at Rushey Mead Academy, English Martyrs and Moat Community College. A special art project will also take place in the Coleman area.
Now in its 10th year, Curve is a state-of-the art theatre based in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter which has recently produced shows including the world premiere of An Officer and a Gentleman – the Musical, Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine and its award-winning production of Sunset Boulevard. A registered charity (number 230708), donations from supporters and foundations help the theatre to work with people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in and learn from the arts.
Sessions are taking place at community centres around Leicester, for more details and to take part, visit www.fashioningacity.co.uk
To find out more about Curve, visit www.curveonline.co.uk