Curve Pride Festival line-up revealed

Published: 10 January 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Rob Ward’s The MP, Aunty Mandy and Me

Leicester’s Curve theatre has announced the line-up of its third Pride Festival, created with De Montfort University students to celebrate LGBT History Month.

Curve has commissioned a new play by Rob Ward, The MP, Aunty Mandy and Me—a “provocative story of coercion, politics, power and manipulation”. It will be staged at the theatre on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 March.

The festival will begin with First Time. Fresh from his Edinburgh Fringe debut, HIV+ theatre maker Nathaniel Hall takes his autobiographical solo show about “growing up positive in a negative world” to Curve on Monday 24 February.

The festival continues with B from former De Montfort University student Gerrard Martin. A dance duet explores what it means to be both black and gay, fusing original club-influenced music and dance with audio clips of personal testimonials. It will be presented on Tuesday 25 February.

The following day, Soho Theatre will perform Hotter. The show which ran at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 involves two best friends and former girlfriends talking about what gets us hot and sweaty.

There will also be exhibitions, talks and workshops at the festival which runs from Monday 24 February until Wednesday 4 March. Further details are available at the Curve web site.