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…’

 

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

“As long as you’re alive that’s all that matters”

Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling that each of them think they control.

Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play, written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between a brutal childhood and an unpromising future, both hungry for adult adventure.

Told with startling insight, a great ear for dialogue and wicked humour, Rita, Sue And Bob Too was adapted into a cult ’80s film, and the classic play’s original director, Max Stafford-Clark, directs this major new production.

Age guidance: 14+

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”

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.

Dementia-friendly Gilbert & Sullivan concert

The orchestra and soloists with a selection of well-known G & S songs, plus popular music hall ditties to sing along to, especially for people with dementia and their carers. Price includes tea and cake after the concert. Stalls-only seating. Not available to book online.

Norfolk Schools Project

A performance by the children of three local schools of their own operas based on Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance from the Box Office.

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)