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…’

 

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.

Snow White

Everyone says Snow White is the most beautiful girl in the land, but when her father, the Kind, remarries, she must escape the clutches of the wicked new Queen! Thank goodness for her beloved nanny, Nurse Nellie, and her best friend Muddles!

“Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” When the Queen doesn’t get the answer she wants, Snow White finds herself in BIG trouble. Lost in the forest, she is rescued by the Seven Dwarfs who promise to keep her safe in their cottage.

Will Snow White escape the Queen’s evil magic? Will the Seven Dwarfs ever get back home from work with all that singing? And will Nellie and Muddles EVER behave?

Starring panto favourites Dale Superville and Antony Stuart-Hicks, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs promises to be a treat for the whole family – a memory to last all year!

The Weir

Winner of the 1997 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Conor McPherson’s chilling modern classic opens at the Mercury Theatre this Autumn prior to embarking on its first ever UK tour in this, its 20th Anniversary year.

In a small Irish town, the locals gather round the crackling fire of Brendan’s bar to pass the hours together, safe from the clutches of a dark night. Huddled away from the howling wind on the Knock, stories of local folklore start toi unfold as quickly as the beer and whiskey flow. As the night thickens, so too the storytellers tunnel ever deeper into their own lives, and perhaps even the life beyond. But as the friends mine their memories of the past, darkly buried secrects being to re-emerge.

A shadowy tale delving into the corners of human experience, The Weir is a co-production with English Touring Theatre, winners of the 2016 UK Theatre Awards’ Best Touring Production accolade for their production of The Herbal Bed.

Directed by Adele Thomas (Knight of the Burning Pestle and The Oresteia – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre).

Aladdin

Aladdin

Aladdin

Our 2016/17 Christmas pantomime will be a sparkling production of Aladdin.

From the writer and director of last year’s smash hit Cinderella, the show will be packed with song, dance, comedy and spectacular sets – everything you’d wish for from a family pantomime.