Curve in Conversation: Su Pollard, Tall Stories' Toby Mitchell and Nupur Arts' Smita Vadnerkar

Thu 28 Oct 2021

“Curve is our second home”
Smita Vadnerkar – Artistic Director of Nupur Arts Dance Academy



Featuring interviews with Su Pollard, Tall Stories’ Toby Mitchell and Nupur Arts’ Smita Vadnerkar

The latest episode of Curve in Conversation, the podcast, featuring interviews with national treasure Su Pollard, The Smeds and the Smoos Director Toby Mitchell and Nupur Arts’ Artistic Director Smita Vadnerkar, is now available.

Released on the final Thursday of every month and hosted by former BBC Radio Leicester Presenter Martin Ballard, the podcast from Leicester’s Curve gives listeners insights into the work both on and off the theatre’s stages.

On Thursday 11 and Friday 12 NovemberHi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard comes to Curve with Edinburgh Fringe hit Harpy. “It’s a tour-de-force really”, says Su about the one-woman show written by Fringe First award-winner Philip Meeks.

Explaining the show’s title, Su adds, “Harpy’ is a mythological bird from way back, that used to swoop down and land on people or things and embrace them and take them back to its nest and never got rid of it, so basically this bird, the word ‘Harpy’ is a word for hoarder”.

Curve Associates Nupur Arts return to the theatre on Saturday 13 November with Ānartam, an evening of classical and contemporary Indian dance performances from emerging and established dance artists.

Nupur Arts has worked in partnership with Curve since the theatre opened its doors in 2008. Speaking about the ongoing relationship, Smita tells Martin, “throughout the year we hold our workshops there, we perform for Diwali Day and other events, we do our rehearsals, we do a lot of choreography work there as well so Curve is our second home”.

This Christmas families will be whisked away on an intergalactic adventure with Tall Stories’ production of The Smeds and the Smoos, presented in association with Curve. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved tale of star-crossed aliens will run from 1 to 31 December and is directed by Tall Stories’ Artistic Director and Co-Founder Toby Mitchell.

 “It’s basically Romeo and Juliet with aliens and a happy ending”, Toby explains, “but there’s an awful lot of messages about tolerance versus prejudice, about getting on with people no matter what their habits are or what they may look like”. 

Tickets for Harpy, Ānartam and The Smeds and the Smoos are on sale now and can be booked online at, over the phone by calling 0116 242 3595 or in person at Curve’s Box Office (10am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday).

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