Community day and Christmas show at Curve

Published: 28 October 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Leading a dance workshop at the community day: Arlene Phillips

Leicester's Curve has revealed the line-up for a community day which will welcome theatregoers back into the building as well as a Christmas show for families which will run as part of the theatre's reopening season.

The community day on Saturday 14 November will include a variety of socially distanced free events and activities. At 10AM, choreographer Arlene Phillips will lead a dance workshop which will take inspiration from David Bowie's “Life On Mars” and “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman to get people of all ages and abilities moving. Later in the day, Curve associates Mel Knott and Tasha Taylor Johnson will teach families to sing and dance the “Rhinos' Rock and Roll” number from the Made at Curve production of Giraffes Can't Dance.

The Showstoppers Kids Show will put children in charge of interactive adventures on the stage of Curve's specially adapted, socially distanced auditorium. The hour-long performances will run at 11:30AM and 2:30PM.

Curve's chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster said, "we couldn't be more overjoyed at the prospect of welcoming our communities back to Curve. Lockdown has taken its toll on everyone and the extension of Leicester's restrictions has been sharply felt in our brilliant city and across our communities.

“We're immensely grateful to the incredible practitioners leading these workshops and all those who’ll be part of creating what is sure to be an extraordinary and memorable day for all of us."

All workshops will be free. Tickets for The Showstoppers Kids Show cost £10 each. Tickets for all activities and performances must be booked in advance.

The family Christmas show will be an adaptation of Rod Campbell’s book Dear Santa. It is aimed at children aged two and above and their families. It will run from Thursday 3 until Sunday 6 December.