GREAT EXPECTATIONS: Inside Out Festival at Curve Leicester
Curve’s celebration of leading and emerging East Midlands artists, Inside Out Festival, returns for a fourth time and at a new time -18 to 28 October. The festival will showcase a whole host of exciting productions, art installations, music sessions and events, supported and developed through Curve’s Artist Development programmes and staged in unusual spaces in and around the theatre. One of this year’s highlights is the premiere of The Leftovers, an original musical commissioned by Curve and created by Nottingham’s Sheep Soup Productions. This blackly comic, high-energy production looks at how a group of young people deal with the sudden death of a loved one.
The festival will also host Curve Breakthrough artist Jess Green’s Burning Books, a searing look at the state of the education sector told from within a staff room .The production is Jess’s debut as
a playwright, adapted from her critically-acclaimed spoken word anthology of the same name.
Further stand-out performances in the 10-day programme include: Debris Stevenson’s Poet in da Corner, a fusion of movement, grime and poetry inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s album Boy in da Corner developed with the Royal Court Theatre and The Roundhouse; Ink, a dance world premiere by Wayward Thread about the clash between state and citizen and Curve Young Company’s staging of classic musical Oklahoma!, a tale of love and friendship set in 1906 cowboy country and performed by a 40 strong cast of talented local actors.
Festival Curator and Curve Associate Director Suba Das said this year’s festival is shaping up to be the biggest yet: “Inside Out Festival is always one of the highlights of our year here at Curve and we’re thrilled that this year’s line-up is our strongest yet. “What matters to us most with the festival and our year-round artist development initiatives is that 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. Inside Out is all about making everyone feel at home here, whether they are enjoying a performance or taking in an art installation over a drink with friends.”
Inside Out Festival 2017 also includes performances from:
2Magpies Theatre; BHM Live; House of Verse; Laurielorry Theatre Company; Major Labia; Metro-Boulot-Dodo; Morph Dance Company; Rachael Young and Shruti Chauhan.
Tickets for this year’s Inside OutFestival are now on-sale and the full programme of performances is available at curveonline.co.uk