Mon 4 Aug 2014

On Monday 11 August, Leicester’s Curve theatre will be taken over by its highly talented Young Arts Entrepreneurs (YAEs) for a day of completely free innovative and inspiring workshops and performances.

The Showcase Day will include complimentary taster sessions run by Curve’s YAEs in drama, digital performance, speed playwriting and rap. For musician’s there is also a session on audio production – hosted in the theatre’s own recording studio.

There is also the opportunity for local musicians to take part in a unique Hip-Hopera project – which fuses the two worlds of classical music and hip hop together for a one-off performance.

In the Studio, new plays will be shared for the first time written by the YAEs including It’s Not Yellow which explores what it means to be happy and Inner Scream telling the stories of young people in the local community who have realised their potential. Casting rules will also be thrown out of the window as YAE theatre company Rule63 explores what happens if genders were reversed in Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter.

The Showcase Day sees the culmination of the third and final successful year of Curve’s ground-breaking YAE scheme. Undertaken by 12 young people aged 16-25 each year, the project enables aspiring artists to launch their own social enterprise in Leicestershire and provide opportunities and benefits for their communities.

Tim Ford, Curve’s Associate Director for Participation and Learning, said:

‘Our Showcase Day is an opportunity for young people from Leicester and Leicestershire to get involved and enjoy a day of free arts workshop led by these talented rising stars. There is a phenomenal amount of creative talent in Leicester and the surrounding region and we have once again been privileged to work with a group of gifted and committed young people on the final year of this ground-breaking programme.”