Following the success of last year's sell-out Curve Young Productions show 3AM; this year's group are devising a daring production called Game Face, which runs from Thursday 7th July 2012 until Saturday 9th July 2012.
Inspired by the Olympic values of respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination and equality, and carrying the official Inspire mark of London 2012, Game Face explores the luck element of life, the quest of the underdog and the fate of the fallen star. The story follows a group of reporters trying to get an Olympic scoop but who don't anticipate exactly how hard it will be to attain. Eventually they're drawn into the real life stores that emerge along their quest.
This bold and original piece has been devised by a group of 26 young people in Leicester, under the guidance of the professional and highly talented creative team at Curve. The Curve Young Productions members have explored what the Games mean to the country, to Leicester and to individuals, taking real life stories and framing their ideas to create a fresh piece of drama for Curve's Studio. In addition, Game Face will have an original soundtrack, provided by a live band made up of Curve Young Company members.
The production brings together all 50+ members of Curve Young Company on one project. The performers are working with Louise Singleton, an emerging playwright, to devise the script. The staging of the production will be realised by a young designer and a team of Curve Young Technicians. A group of young workshop leaders will lead learning activities and the show will be promoted by Curve Young Company's Young Marketing Forum.
Now that I've told you all about our exciting show, let me tell you a bit about the theatre itself. Curve is a state of the art theatre in Leicester, based in the Cultural Quarter on Rutland Street in Leicester's City Centre. Designed by world renowned architect Rafael Viñoly, Curve offers a new theatre experience for audiences and I can definitely say that it's really unlike any other theatre that I've ever been to - and I've been to quite a few!!
What I like about Curve is that it's a theatre that is really committed to the community in which it is situated. For example, there are numerous opportunities for young people in Leicester to get involved with things like Curve Young Company, drama workshops, after show discussions and 'In Conversation With' events where people can meet directors, choreographers and other experts to find out about their work and take part in discussions.
On a personal level, I'm currently volunteering with Curve Young Company's Young Marketing Forum because marketing communications is where my passion lies and I am having a ball. The work that we as a Forum are doing is that we're handling all the promotional activities for Game Face. So, we've recently split off into three groups - print, online and media/PR - and I am a part of the latter. I think a number of people expected me to be more involved with the online aspect of promoting the show but I think it's important to widen your skill set and experience new things, so choosing to be in the online group would be me staying inside my comfort zone and I kind of just wanted to challenge myself. Does that make sense?
So far the Forum are trying to ensure that we're communicating effectively about the production and utilising all of the appropriate platforms that are available to us. It's definitely challenging because there's a lot of pressure on us to ensure that the show sells well and obviously no one wants to fail, but it is manageable pressure now that I've finished university and all that's left for me to do is graduate, which is actually taking place at Curve.
So if you're in Leicester, check out the production and make sure to let me know what you think of it because I would LOVE to hear your feedback.
To find out more information about Curve, please visit the website. For information specifically about Game Face, including purchasing tickets, please click HERE. Finally, to keep up to date with Curve Young Company, please feel free to visit our blog.
Please Note: Game Face is running Thursday 6th July 2012 - Saturday 9th July 2012 and all tickets are £5.
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