28 October 2020

Curve Announces Community Day Line up and Family Christmas Show

After the fantastic news  a couple of weeks ago from Curve that they'd secured government funding and that the theatre is to re-open with 3 fantastic productions (The Color Purple in Concert, Sunset Boulevard in Concert, and Memoirs of An Asian Football Casual), there's more good news today from the venue.


Running between 10am and 4.30pm on November 14th the Curve will re-open its doors for a Curve Community Day, a day of socially distanced free events and activities to welcome members of the community back to the Curve building.


Legendary theatre choreographer Arlene Phillips will lead a dance workshop at 10am, she's taking 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 and feeling together again after months apart in lockdown.


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 2019 Made at Curve production of Giraffes Can't Dance. 


Local artists Rebecca Harvey-Hobbs and Kate Unwin will host design workshops for participants to create and craft their own pieces. The sessions will focus on mental health and environmental sustainability in the wake of lockdown, designing worry boxes to help manage stress, and creating an installation from unused 2020 posters.


The award-winning Showstoppers team return to the Curve stage with The Showstoppers Kids Show, putting the kids in charge of the interactive improvised musical. Taking place in the Curve's specially adapted socially distanced auditorium, the hour-long performances will take place at 11:30am and 2:30pm.


Curve. Photo by Ellie Kurttz

Ahead of the day 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 for this very special, socially distanced day of activities and performances.


“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 proud to be able to welcome people back to our building for a safe, fun and creative day out for all of the family, focusing on positivity and mental well-being.


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


All of the workshops will be free to attend, with tickets for The Showstoppers Kids Show priced at £10 each. Tickets for all activities and performances must be booked in advance and can be booked now from www.curveonline.co.uk/


Curve has also announced that from 3rd to 6th December, families can enjoy live, socially distanced performances of Dear Santa, adapted from author Rod Campbell's beloved book. The show follows Santa as he tries to find the perfect Christmas present and to help spread cheer, every child in the audience will receive a free gift as part of the show.


Perfect for families and children aged 2+, tickets for Dear Santa will be on sale to Curve Friends and Supporters Wed 28 Oct, Members and Access Register customers Thu 28 Oct and on general sale Fri 30 Oct, all from 12pm.


Curve’s Community Day will officially welcome audiences back to the theatre, ahead of a trio of Made at Curve favourites performed in Curve’s transformed 533-seat auditorium. The theatre’s reopening plans are only possible thanks to grant funding received from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund and the ongoing support of Arts Council England and Leicester City Council. Tickets for performances of The Color Purple in concert (23 Nov – 5 Dec), Sunset Boulevard in concert (14 Dec – 3 Jan) and Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual (25 Jan – 6 Feb) are on sale now.


For more information visit www.curveonline.co.uk or call Curve’s Box Office team on 0116 242 3595.

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