Curve gives artists more time to develop their work

Published: 29 October 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Listening to artists: Curve theatre, Leicester Credit: Ellie Kurttz

Artists are to take over Leicester’s Curve for a week and will receive free space and support from staff in all departments across the theatre.

The week was originally billed as Curve’s annual New Work Festival but has been changed as creatives asked for more time to develop their work rather than a platform to present performances.

Sasha Utami of Leicester-based Copa In Motion Dance Theatre, one of the artists who will be developing skills and new work at Curve, said, “I'm so happy that Curve actually sees that we need more than just a platform to perform but also to grow. This is such positive news for artists in and around Leicester."

Curve's chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster added, "our team will be available throughout these artist residencies to offer advice on budgets, funding applications, marketing and more.

"Now more than ever we need to do all we can to support the ongoing development of theatre-makers and we can't wait to welcome this extraordinary team of artists to take over Curve."

Throughout the week, creatives will be able to join free sessions including a talk by Stafford on theatre budgets and tax relief, an introduction to self-producing and a playwriting workshop with Ben Weatherill.

The sessions will be held from Monday 1 until Saturday 6 November. On the Saturday at 5:30PM, audiences will have the chance to experience a free, 20-minute, work-in-progress performance of Othello’s Sister, a co-production between Derby-based theatre companies 1623 and Anansi. It is a semi-autobiographical response to Shakespeare's tragedy. Lauren Nicole Whitter will perform this new solo show directed by Sam Beckett Jr, which tells the story of two young black women separated by time and place.

Curve will stage its New Work Festival in full in 2022.