The show must go onLINE and we have a host of digital content to keep you entertained, inspired and creative during these difficult times.

Scroll down to find archive recordings, in-depth conversations with leading theatre-makers, activities and educational resources for children and much more!

All of this content is available for free but as a registered charity, any support you are able to give to ensure Curve is able to thrive in the future is gratefully received.

To find out more about the ways you can support Curve, click here.

 

 

MADE AT CURVE ARCHIVE SCREENINGS

Archive recordings are made by theatres so we have a full record of the productions we work on. They’re filmed on a single camera at the back of the auditorium. Although never intended for public broadcast, we’re making a selection of our recordings available with captions for everyone to enjoy.

If you’ve enjoyed watching our archive footage, please consider making a donation to Curve by clicking here.

At this time when we aren’t able to present shows at our home, any money you can spare is gratefully received. Thank you.

As a registered charity (no.230708), your support will help us ensure that our theatre remains open and can continue to serve all of our communities, both on and off our stages and online.To find out more about how you can support Curve, please click here.

MEMOIRS OF AN ASIAN FOOTBALL CASUAL

Adapted for the stage by Dougal Irvine from the book by Riaz Khan

Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual¬†tells Riaz Khan‚Äôs colourful account of growing up as the son of strict Pakistani parents in the multi-cultural city of Leicester. Riaz finds refuge from the pressures at home to stay true to his cultural roots, when he becomes involved in the football ‚Äėcasual‚Äô culture, and joins Leicester‚Äôs infamous ‚Äėfirm‚Äô of football hooligans, the ‚ÄėBaby Squad‚Äô.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

By Oscar Wilde

Bachelor Jack Worthing and his best mate Algernon Moncrieff hope to marry society‚Äôs most eligible ladies, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. But the lads‚Äô courtship of the women is far from straight forward! With double identities, plenty of ‚ÄėBunburying‚Äô and a number of hostile encounters with the formidable Lady Bracknell, the pair become embroiled in a web of mistaken identities with hilarious consequences.

What the Butler Saw

By Joe Orton

Dr Prentice, a psychiatric doctor in a private clinic, is attempting to interview ‚Äď and seduce ‚Äď would-be secretary Geraldine. Unwittingly surprised by his wife, he hides the girl. The affairs multiply as Mrs Prentice is seduced and blackmailed by young bellhop Nicholas Beckett, and promises him the secretarial post. When a government inspector arrives, closely followed by Sergeant Match who is in search of missing parts of Winston Churchill, chaos, cross-dressing and mistaken identity lead the charge.

My Beautiful Laundrette

By Hanif Kureishi

Set in London during the Thatcher years, My Beautiful Laundrette tells the story of young British Pakistani, Omar, who transforms his Uncle’s run-down laundrette into a thriving business. After being confronted by a fascist gang, Omar recognises school friend Johnny and uses their history to diffuse the situation. As they renovate the laundrette together, love blossoms between them.

CURVE IN CONVERSATION

Curve in Conversation is our series of in-depth interviews with leading creatives and performers, hosted by our Artistic Director, Nikolai Foster!

In this episode, Nikolai¬†speaks to¬†Shane Richie, who joined us in 2019 for our¬†Made at Curve¬†production of¬†John Osborne‚Äės¬†The Entertainer.¬†With a career spanning television, theatre, stand-up, presenting and more, watch as Shane talks¬†about his career beginning in his dad‚Äôs clubs, how he has been able to move between genres, and why Curve is not just about theatre.

Made at Curve digital projects

Although we’re unable to create new work on our stages, our teams are working together with freelancers from our industry to produce exciting new digital work to share with you all.

Watch our brand new video projects below.

Not Something That Other People Do

Watch our video created in collaboration with award-winning Leicester poet and Curve Breakthrough Artist, Jess Green.

Not Something That Other People Do, originally written by Jess for the launch of Leicester City Council’s Cultural Prospectus, celebrates the creativity and resilience of the city and its communities. The video was released as stricter lockdown measures remained in Leicester due to an increase in cases in the city.

Rob Green, Ben Welch as Mrs Green and Nic Harvey perform Curtain Up in a rehearsal room.

Mrs Green & Sheep Soup - Curtain Up

To bring some cheer whilst our doors remain closed, we commissioned our wonderful friends and Curve Associate Artists Sheep Soup to create a song inspired by Curve and the shows we’ve presented on our stages over the years.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Over the summer, we‚Äôve worked with over 60 singers, signers and musicians to create a digital community choir performance of¬†Somewhere Over the¬†Rainbow, with musical direction from¬†Alex Parker¬†and video editing by¬†Ben Hewis. As well as members of our¬†Curve Young Company, Friends and Supporters, you‚Äôll also see signers from¬†Leicester Deaf Action Group, singers from our Associate company¬†Kaine Choir,¬†National Youth Music Theatre¬†and more, as well as¬†Rainbows Hospice‚Äės¬†Bow the Bear¬†and¬†Oscar¬†our theatre dog (and possible Toto contender!).

#RAINBOWSOFCURVE

Our campaign is inspired by the recent #RainbowsOfHope social media trend, which has seen children across the country offering a message of hope, unity and happiness to the nation, by sticking pictures of rainbows to their windows.

Your colourful designs could now be featured in the set of our Made at Curve Christmas production, the regional premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s The Wizard of Oz!

Click here to find out more, and take a look at the inspiring and vibrant submissions we’ve already received in the gallery below.

CURVE COMMUNITY - GET CREATIVE!

Time to get creative!

There’s so much we’re unable to do while our theatre doors and stages are closed but the show must go onLINE – and we’d love to share the ways you’re staying creative right now!

However you’re keeping in touch with culture, send your videos to us and we’ll share them with our audiences online and on social media.

As If We Never Said Goodbye - Sunset Boulevard cast reunion performance

We‚Äôre so incredibly grateful to cast members of our 2017 Made At Curve production of Sunset Boulevard for reuniting virtually to record this beautiful performance of ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’ for us all to enjoy.

Our heartfelt thanks to cast members Ria Jones, Danny Mac, Adam Pearce, Molly Lynch (who also edited this video), Carl Sanderson, Dougie Carter, James Meunier, Ben Chambers, Jessica Paul, Barney Wilkinson and Dave Oxley on French Horn.

Female cast members of our 2016 Made At Curve Community production of Bugsy Malone reunited virtually during lockdown to record the show’s title song for us!

Thank you to singers Jennifer Brown, Charlotte Burnett, Daniela Fabbricatore, Sofia Fabbricatore, Sian Hughes, Demi Hylands, Meg Marston, Evie Robinson, Hannah Willars and Maeve Wood. They are accompanied and orchestrated by George Dyer, with the video edited by Meg Marston and production photography by Tom Wren.

CREATIVES COMMENTARY

We’ve asked our leading Curve Creatives to chose a favourite photograph from a Curve show they’ve worked on and add some commentary to accompany the image Рperhaps their vision for a particular moment in the show, a backstage story or bit of DVD directors-style commentary!

We hope you enjoy sharing their insight and passion for the Made at Curve shows they’ve helped create.

KEEP FIT WITH THEATRE

Looking for ways to stay active and get your theatre fix?

We’ve pulled together a host of virtual workout sessions from our affiliate groups for you to keep fit at home, learn something new and have fun!

Try Bollywood for beginners with Nupur Arts Dance Academy, enjoy movement with Sidekick Dance, live dance classes for Over 55s from Moving Together and learn routines from hit musical theatre shows throughout the week with Magnetic Movement.

Nupur Arts: Nartan Online Series 2020

Our Curve Affiliate Company Nupur Arts presents the Nartan Online Series 2020, a celebration of Indian classical, folk-dance and music. Supported by Curve and Arts Council England, this is the sixth edition of the Nartan Series which usually takes place at our theatre each year.

From Sat 11 Jul you can experience the grace, fluidity, beautiful technique and rhythm of vibrant Indian classical and folk dance from the comfort of your own home with videos premiering live on Nupur Arts’ YouTube channel.

Watch all of the performances so far here!

Weekly Newsletters

Production image from An Officer and a Gentleman. Keisha Atwell as Casey Seegar sits atop the wall with her hands pointing upwards in a state of victory. She is wearing a navy tracksuit with orange logo.

Keep up to date with latest news, content and opportunities from Curve with our weekly e-newsletters.

Sent by e-mail every Saturday, each update includes an introduction from our Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, plus a selection of highlights from our week.

To join our mailing list, please send your details by e-mail to [email protected]. You can also catch up on our previous newsletters below:

  • Curve Weekly Newsletter | Sat 12 Sep – READ
  • Curve Weekly Newsletter | Sat 5 Sep – READ
  • Curve Weekly Newsletter | Sat 29 Aug – READ
  • Curve Weekly Newsletter | Sat 22 Aug – READ
  • Curve Weekly Newsletter | Sat 15 Aug – READ
  • Curve Weekly Newsletter | Sat 8 Aug – READ
  • Curve Weekly Newsletter | Sat 1 Aug – READ
  • Curve Weekly Newsletter | Sat 25 Jul – READ

BEHIND THE SCENES

Behind the Scenes brings together rehearsal trailers, behind-the-scenes clips from photoshoots and other exclusive content from the creative processes of our Made at Curve shows.

BEHIND THE SCENES HIGHLIGHT

Behind the Photoshoot: West Side Story

See how we created the show marketing for our 2019 Christmas musical West Side Story in this behind-the-scenes video of our photoshoot on the streets of Leicester!

SIMPLY LISTEN

Looking for some music to whistle to as you work? Then simply click and listen with our selection of performances, recordings and Spotify playlists.

SIMPLY LISTEN HIGHLIGHT

T'shan Williams sings 'I'm Here' from The Color Purple

The wonderful T’shan Williams played Celie in our 2019 production of The Color Purple.¬†In this clip she sings the uplifting and iconic track, I’m Here.

Education & Learning

Keep your knowledge and creativity ticking with learning and education packs based on our Made at Curve productions.

EDUCATION HIGHLIGHT

West Side Story Learning Pack

This learning pack supports our Made at Curve production of West Side Story. It includes details on the history around the production, how the show can be linked to the curriculum and prompts for classroom discussion, among other helpful resources.

Giraffes Can't Dance: The Making Of The Soundtrack

Did you join Gerald the Giraffe and friends at the great Jungle Dance in our Made at Curve, Rose Theatre Kingston and Simon Friend co-production of Giraffes Can’t Dance last Christmas?

The family show featured songs and music from our Curve Associate Artist Tasha Taylor Johnson. In this video, created by Tasha, you can see how the show’s vibrant and fun soundtrack was created.

Fun for Kids!

From #RainbowsOfCurve to our¬†George’s Marvellous Medicine,¬†The Cat in the Hat and Giraffes Can’t Dance-inspired activity pack, there’s plenty for young theatre-goers to enjoy!

FUN FOR KIDS HIGHLIGHT

Children's Activity Pack

Invent your own marvellous medicine with George, learn how to draw your very own character with Cat and help Gerald the Giraffe find his way to the Jungle Dance with this fab Jungle Maze with this fun activity pack!

Bedtime Stories

To help keep children entertained and inspired, we’ve asked leading actors to read a selection of stories.

For your first tales, read along with Leicester actor Mark Peachey¬†as he narrates¬†David Walliams‚Äė¬†Ratburger¬†and enjoy Golden Globe nominee¬†Cathy Tyson‘s reading of¬†David Walliams’¬†The Ice Monster.

BAMBOOZLE THEATRE'S MOON SONG

Our Associate Company Bamboozle Theatre has created a host of engaging videos based around its recent production of Moon Song. The videos include songs for you to learn and join in with at home, as well as creative and crafty projects.

Our friends at Bamboozle Theatre specialise in creating amazing experiences for children with learning disabilities and those on the autistic spectrum, so this inclusive programme is perfect for all little ones, parents and carers to enjoy.