Inside Out festival highlights young East-Mids talent in diverse programme

Leicester’s Curve theatre is promising a line-up of “talented theatre, musical, spoken word and dance acts from across the East Midlands”, as it gears-up for its Inside Out Festival this October. 

Taking place between October 18th and the 28th, the festival will showcase  theatre productions, art installations, music sessions and events – all supported by the theatre’s Artist Development programme – with many staged in unusual spaces in and around the theatre.

Theatre offerings include The Leftovers, an original musical described as a “blackly comic, high-energy production [that] looks at how music helps us interpret and come to terms with grief”. Created by the Curve’s Breakthrough Company, Sheep Soup Productions, it explores how a group of young people deal with the sudden death of a loved one. Here’s a look at what’s in store from the show.

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.”

Another stand-out listings in the 10-day programme includes Debris Stevenson’s Poet in da Corner. Created with the Royal Court Theatre and The Roundhouse, it promises a fusion of movement, grime and poetry inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s album Boy in da Corner. Also, there will be the world premiere of, Ink by dance group Wayward Thread, which seeks to use the “movement and aesthetic of Chinese calligraphy” to follow the story of a writer who “walks a fine line between art and dissidence”, drawing further inspiration from cinematographer Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) and contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei along the way.

On an altogether lighter note, if you cain’t say no to a classic musical, young local actors will take on Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! for three performances over two days, on October 18th and 19th.

There’s plenty of other stuff – all at very reasonable ticket prices – to check out during the festival, so if a bit of cutting edge entertainment is your thing – or you fancy a good old sing along to a Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’ check out the full guide on the Curve website.

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