Pink Sari Revolution

“When you grow up in this place the violence becomes a part of you”

In the ‘Badlands’ of Uttar Pradesh, where violence against women can be traced back to Indian mythology, one woman has raised an army to say “no more”. She is Sampat Pal, the formidable and fearless leader of the Gulabi Gang, a movement of over 400,000 women fighting for their rights in a uniform of blazing pink saris.

One winter’s day, Sampat learns of Sheelu Nishad, a young girl thrown into prison in the dead of night. As Sampat investigates, a chain of events is set in motion that reveals the real cost of making a stand.

This Made At Curve production will receive its world premiere at Curve and will be created by a unique collaboration of award-winning Indian and British Asian artists led by Curve Associate Director Suba Das (Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya, Wipers, Abigail’s Party). Fusing together drama, music and movement, Pink Sari Revolution is a true story based on the book by internationally renowned journalist Amana Fontanella-Khan and meetings with Sampat Pal.

Recommended for ages 13+. Some scenes contain references to sexual and domestic violence.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This summer, merrily wander the night with our Curve Young Company and Community actors in a vibrant new production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Directed by Curve Associate Artist Nick Winston (Director Bugsy Malone, Choreographer Grease and Legally Blonde) and featuring a cast of 70 people aged 12 to 63, this epic reimagining brings aspiring actors together under the Made at Curve banner to present one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies.

‘The course of true love never did run smooth…’

 

Great Expectations

Derby Theatre brings this classic story to life in Neil Bartlett’s brilliant adaptation, using the magnificent language of Dickens’ original.

Christmas Eve 1812, and a young orphan boy, Pip, stumbles upon a convict hiding out amongst the graves of the village churchyard. Terrified for his life, the boy agrees to help him.

Two years on and Pip is invited to visit Satis House, the home of the wealthy, reclusive spinster Miss Havisham and her beautiful yet manipulative adopted daughter Estella. Falling deeply in love with Estella’s beauty, Pip vows to better himself and become a gentleman. But it is the chance meeting with Magwitch in the churchyard which has already set in motion a journey of transformation and discovery, forever changing the fortunes and destiny of young Pip.

Don’t miss Sarah Brigham’s bold new production, featuring a talented ensemble of actors and evocative music from Ivan Stott, as it brings the Dickensian world of Estella, Miss Havisham and Pip to Derby Theatre’s stage.

Reasons to be Cheerful

Celebrating the infectious music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL is a punk rock musical and gritty coming of age tale, which always leaves audiences shouting for more. Featuring Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ greatest hits including Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, Sweet Gene Vincent, Spasticus Autisticus and Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick, this acclaimed show will fill Derby Theatre with raucous glee.

It’s 1979: Labour loses to the Tories, strikes rock the nation and Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3) climbs the charts. As the ultimate fans, Vinnie and his mates would do anything to see Dury at the Hammersmith Odeon, only the gig is sold out. But life has a habit of throwing strange things at you, and one night of frustration becomes something else entirely…

Lets ‘Ave it! Following nationwide tours, concert versions across the world and a performance at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL is back on the road one last time!

All performances include captioned dialogue, BSL-interpreted songs and audio description. 

Recommended age 14+ 

Graeae Theatre Company. "Reasons To Be Cheerful"

Graeae Theatre Company. “Reasons To Be Cheerful”

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Staged in the beautiful gardens of the University of Law, this joyous romantic comedy will have a glamorous 1950’s Italian setting, including live music, singing and a real dog!

Shakespeare’s first play combines rebellious children, banishment, betrayal, girls disguised as boys and the politest band of outlaws you could find.

The Bar and Box Office will be open 45 mins before the start time for you to collect tickets and to purchase refreshments.

Road

“I feel like England’s forcing the brain out me head.”

A Road, a wild night, a drunken tour guide, a journey to the gutter and the stars and back.

“Why’s the world so tough? It’s like walking through meat in high heels.”

Jim Cartwright’s seminal play gives expression to the inhabitants of an unnamed northern road in Eighties Britain.

Royal Court Associate Director John Tiffany directs this new production, thirty years after it was originally staged at the Royal Court.

Turn of the Screw

Turn of the Screw, Henry James’ famous ghost story is rendered fresh, thrilling and moving in Tim Luscombe’s  brand new adaptation.

It’s quite too horrible.
For sheer terror?
For dreadful – dreadfulness! For general uncanny ugliness and horror and pain.
Oh, how delicious!

A young governess agrees to look after two orphaned children in Bly, a seemingly idyllic country house. But shortly after her arrival, she realises that they are not alone. There are others – the ghosts of Bly’s troubled past. The Governess will risk everything to keep the children safe, even if it means giving herself up to The Others.

Decades later she is confronted by the past, compelled to revisit the terrifying events of 1840 and account for what actually happened to her and the innocents under her protection.

This adaptation is faithful to James’ much-loved classic, retaining its much celebrated ambiguity and letting the audience draw their own conclusions about the events in Bly.

Tickets are now available for the Turn of the Screw Backstage Tour and Touch Tour.

Co-produced by the Mercury Theatre Colchester, Dermot McLaughlin Producers and Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

Things I Know to be True

Following a hugely successful 2016 Australian and UK tour, Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia’s critically acclaimed Things I Know To Be True returns to delight audiences this Autumn.

As beautifully touching as it is funny and bold, Things I Know To Be True tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations.

Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But the changing seasons bring home some shattering truths.

Featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, and co-directed by Frantic Assembly’s Tony and Olivier Award nominated Artistic Director Scott Graham and State Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Geordie Brookman, Things I Know To Be True is a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank.

 

Originally produced in collaboration with Warwick Arts Centre in association with Chichester Festival Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith. A new play by Andrew Bovell.

How The Other Half Loves

Following its critically acclaimed West End revival at the Haymarket, London’s funniest comedy of 2016 embarks on a national tour.
Bob and Fiona clumsily try to cover up their affair but their spouses’ intervention only adds to the confusion. William and Mary Featherstone become stuck in the middle, falsely accused of adultery, with no idea as to how they’ve become involved. The plot culminates in two disastrous dinner parties on successive nights, shown at the same time, after which the future of all three couples seems in jeopardy…
The star cast includes stage and TV actor Robert Daws (The Royal, Outside Edge and Roger Roger) opposite Caroline Langrishe (Lovejoy, Holby City and Judge John Deed), Matthew Cottle (BAFTA-nominated Game On) who transfers direct from the West End production and Sara Crowe (West End credits include Absurd Person Singular and The Constant Wife and on the big screen Four Weddings and a Funeral)

Crazy For You

High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, the acclaimed Watermill Theatre production of Crazy for You is the ultimate feel-good musical starring Tom Chambers (Top Hat and Strictly Come Dancing) and Caroline Flack (Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor) featuring a fabulous score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook.
Mistaken identities, heartbreak and a wealth of memorable tunes, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You all feature in this exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals.