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Man of the Moment appears on the surface to be nothing more than a comfortable middle-of-the-road comedy but like much of Alan Ayckbourne’s work, the play has hidden depths, exploring our fascination, however misplaced, with celebrity and focuses...
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Image courtesy: Pamela RaithAs a single line of slamming t-bar tap shoes is revealed by the rising stage curtain, Curve plops you straight into mid-town Manhattan where for the next two hours you’re a backstage voyeur sneaking a peek at the...
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Image courtesy: Johan Persson Sam Shepard’s Buried Child is equal parts dark-humoured and despondent. Set in Illinois 1978 and inspired by the collapse of the ‘American Dream’, it tells a story of a broken family and their struggle to deal...
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In the late 1500’s when William Shakespeare was writing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, I don’t think he would have ever imaged anything as fun and outlandish as the Filter Theatre companies unique take on his greatest work over 500 years...
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Photo by: Jonathan Keenan Lights out at the Curve, for the production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, offers brief respite from a spectacular set that tips your mind with an optical illusion that on a bad day could turn Salvador Dali’s...
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If the mark of a successful musical is heading home with a spring in your step and a mantra running around your head, Britain’s Got Bhangra at The Curve picks up top marks. “I know who I am,” is the takeaway sentiment of this show, repeated...
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It is exhilarating to see the best of anything. For many Leicester schoolchildren the National Theatre's award-winning production of J B Priestley's An Inspector Calls will be their first experience of live theatre. (The play is a prescribed GCSE...
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The Curve’s West Side Story is billed as an amateur production but it showcases a gangful of professional performances from its young cast. They bring an edgy contemporary touch to the story of lovers from different cultural backgrounds, doomed by...
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“Mr Stink stank. He also stunk.”   The opening sentence from David Walliams' book 'Mr Stink' encapsulates what Matthew White has tried to achieve in the stage performance.   The theatre was packed with children of all ages...
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Nothing is certain but death and taxes. We may enjoy complaining about taxes but very few of us like to talk about death. In Discovering Through Death - Beliefs and Practices Suleman Nagdi suggests we change our ways, taking time to consider how...
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Absurd Person Singular is a dark comedy in three acts, featuring drinks parties held by three couples on consecutive Christmas Eves. Ayckbourn's daring genius is to move the action away from the living room where the party is going on and into the...
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The Birmingham Stage Company transformed the Curve Theatre stage into a tropical Indian Jungle scene for their adaption of Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book'.   It was not just the stage that was transformed. But also the actors...
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Being Prime Minister, muses scheming Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, is 'the only top job that requires no previous experience.'   Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, writers of television's iconic Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime...
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Alan Bennett’s The History Boys is a tour de force set in a classroom, a supercharged school debate about the nature of education and of history: ‘This house believes both have been subverted by the government and the media.’   The...
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