Curve’s fourth annual Inside Out Festival will take place from 18 to 28 October celebrating leading and emerging artists from across the East Midlands. 

The 10 day festival will play host to exciting productions, art installations, live music sessions and events, all staged in unusual spaces not only within the theatre but around it too. All of the works in the festival have been supported and developed through Curve’s Artist Development programmes, drawing focus on approaches to performance which are new and innovative. The festival is as much about engaging in the families and having fun as it is about watching some work with powerful subject topics.

There is a lot to look ahead to in this year’s Inside Out Festival, one of the highlights is the premiere of The Leftovers, an original musical commissioned by Curve and devised by its Breakthrough Company Sheep Soup Productions. This piece explores how young people deal with the sudden death of a loved one, it combines black comedy and music to show how we interpret and manage grief in a high-energy production.

Curve Breakthrough artist Jess Green will also present her debut as a playwright with Burning Books, an intense look at the state of the education sector told from within the walls of a staff room. This play is as powerful as it is humorous, drawing on the system is buckling under the pressure of government cuts and targets. It’s a story of protest and the teachers who choose to fight back, adapted from Jess’s critically-acclaimed spoken word anthology of the same time.

Wayward Thread will present their dance premiere of Ink on the 20 October. Bodies will fly and ink will run in this dance production focused on when government approval is the difference between freedom, imprisonment, exile or worse. A portrayal of how a writer must be very careful with their words.

Tasted! Is an evening of young choreographer’s work to give you an insight into the future of Leicester’s dance scene. Presented on the 27 October five local choreographers between the ages of 14 and 21 who have been selected and mentored to develop a piece of work to showcase at the festival.

Derby’s Hubbub Theatre will presents their piece Village Green Antics  on 28 October. This piece was first performed at the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Celebration in Derby in 2012. The compare are offering the opportunity to take a ride in their Pedal Powered Vehicle, join in the egg and spoon race, or just enjoy the company of their colourful characters.

If you’re interested in work which has political foundations then Alice…in her shoes performed by Laurielorry Theatre Company on the 28 October is a piece worth booking tickets for. “I have a voice and I will use it!” is the mantra of mother of six, shoe machinist, equal rights activist and suffragette Alice Hawkins. Alice is one of many women who joined in the fight for their right to vote. She was arrested five times, serving time in Holloway and Leicester. She even rubbed shoulders with the Pankhursts and in 1907  she set up the Women’s Social and Political Union here in Leicester.

As an extension to all of the brilliant opportunities in seeing some great live performances, on Saturday 28 October Curve’s foyer spaces will come to life will a range of free, family-friendly street theatre performances all over the building. These include circus performances by The Gramophones and Hubbub, puppetry by Enter Edem, and pop-up performances by Maison Foo and Turned On Its Head.

Suspended above Curve’s Green Room cafe will be REVOLVE, a new large-scale visual art installation by Leicester-trained artist and sculptor Esther Rolinson, whose work has recently been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

This year’s Inside Out Festival is shaping to be one of the biggest yet  and Curve’s Associate Suba Das describes the festival as “always one of the highlights here at Curve and we’re thrilled that this year’s line-up is our strongest yet”. The importance of the festival is that the “artists are enabled to tell the stories that are important to them, however they want to tell them, to audiences from all walks of life”.

Tickets for this year’s Inside Out Festival are now on-sale and the full programme of performances are available on the Curve website or from the theatre itself

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