Curve Live!! 10th Birthday Celebration Concert Stellar Artists -A Mega Success & Brilliant Debut of New Poem by Carol Leeming Inspired this Ground Breaking Theatre

On Sunday August 26th 2018, Curve theatre, led by Chris Stafford and Nikolai Foster with their fantastic Curve Team, celebrated its 10th Birthday with an epic Concert of Music,  Dance and Drama, for a live audience of 1,500 (live stream internet audience also courtesy of PRS/PPL) in the round. This featured a stunning array of stars from Stage & TV, e.g. Sam Bailey, Jodie Prenger(Host), Lucie Jones(Host), Anton Stephans, Melanie La Barrie, Mark Peachey, Amara Okereke, Dex Lee, Stewart Clarke, Djalenga Scott,Dan Burton, Alyshia Dhakk, Alex Parker,Nathaniel Landskroner, Jessica Paul,  Sheep Soup, Molly Lynch.  Most of  whom featured in the many successful shows over the years at Curve. In addition there were other associated marvelous local artists onstage e.g. Akash Odedra, Curve Young Company, Over 55’s Dance Company and Carol Leeming Dare to Diva company. All in all the event was a total  triumph, a magical memorable, wondrous evening was enjoyed by all.

Carol’s contribution, to this celebratory party,  was to read a poem titled Curve Leicester- An Undulating Though , which she had written specially to celebrate Curve’s 10th Birthday.  This poem and her reading of it was very well received by the audience, who were so very quiet,  as Carol spoke in the poem passionately of Curve: the building, its people and their work, and what she felt about all of that. Carol received many compliments on the poem, her reading of it and her eye catching afrocentric attire. From Curve Staff members, both artistic and technical, alongside young people from CYC (Curve Young Company) and audience members, With many of them commenting the poem had really captured something about Curve in a very unique and special way. Much to Carol’s delight, she said of the “I felt so honoured,  humbled to take part in this incredible concert, alongside so many hugely talented artists, with the biggest audience I have ever had for my poetry such a pleasure.”

The show ended with some words of thanks from Chris Stafford and Nikolai Foster, for the continued support of funders Arts Council England, Leicester City Council and importantly Hastings Direct, who sponsored the entire evenings event, which enabled FREE Tickets for the audience. Followed by Happy birthday song pyrotechnics and rendition of This Is Me. (The Greatest Showman Film) sung by Lucie Jones being joined by the entire team of artists that took part in the show.  The feel good feelings were felt throughout the building, spilling over into an animated, euphoric atmosphere of the After Party in the Foyer Bar. An unforgettable night that paves the way for even bigger success and bright future for Curve.








Carol Leeming FRSA Commissioned To Read Her New Poem for Curve Live! -Curves’ 10th Birthday Celebration Event 2018

Multi-Award winning Leicester born Carol Leeming FRSA Poet Playwright and Artistic Director of Dare to Diva, is delighted and very honoured, to have been commissioned by Nikolai Foster Curve Artistic Director to write, and read a poem specially for the Curve Live! -Curve 10th Birthday Celebrations event for the people of Leicester,on  Sunday August 26th 7pm at the theatre in Leicester.

Carol says,  “I was humbled, and inspired to write a poem about a unique visionary building, the people who work there,  the audiences and what I think is some of its impact, as well as importantly, how I felt about all those things. I am so very excited, and really grateful as I would have my biggest live and online audience ever ” Carol says she will also feature in a BBC Midlands Today TV broadcast 6.30pm Tuesday Sept 28th 2018 focusing on Curve 10th Birthday and its impact and legacy.

Carol Leeming, debuts her poem at the event, the title to be revealed exclusively, at the event, with Curve transformed into an epic in -the- round arena, for a huge seated audience of 1,500.  Tickets were available free, as a lottery, on a first come serve basis, which resulted in 4,000 people applying- with all tickets being allocated very quickly. It is planned for the event to be live streamed also. The free tickets for the event was made possible by generous sponsorship of Hasting Direct.

This stellar one off free event , features hosts and performances from Lucie Jones (Ellie Woods Curves 2001 hit musical Legally Blonde)  Jodie Prenger (who appeared at the theatre in Calamity Jane)  along with Sam Bailey (X Factor) and a host of other stars and celebrities from TV & Stage, theatrical stars and friends of Curve performances, from many of the successful musical shows Curve has presented over the years.



An Evening with Carol Leeming Theatrical Triumph At Curve!


Carol Leeming FRSA  – All smiles and applause for uber Diva Vocal Performance




Emile Clarke Actor/Dancer As character ‘Maz’ garnered lots applause  for a truly brilliant performance



Q & A Audience Members well engaged!



Emile Clarke Actor/Dancer  Carol Leeming Writer Director & Composer Kwesi Johnson Choreographer & Facilitator for Audience Q&A 

Photos Credit: Dave Morris

Monday 29th of January Curve Studio, was an emphatic theatrical triumph for Dare to Diva company, with Arts Council England funding support and Artist Development support from Curve and partners Centre for New Writing, Writing East Midlands and Phoenix Digital Arts Centre.  Whereby Dare to Diva company presented to a practically full house, An Evening with Carol Leeming, which consisted of a first half performance of scintillating  original Diva songs co-written and sung by Carol Leeming. Some audience members comments included: never knew Carol could sing like that! what a beautiful voice, such moving songs, looked so beautiful that red dress!

The second half offered  an compelling presentation of a work in progress, of the choreopoem monologue play Love the live you live Live the life you love by writer director Carol Leeming. Other Creative team members for the production included sublime choreography by Kwesi Johnson, a truly stunning performance by Emile Clarke, with Neil Hunter as an assured music arranger, keyboards/piano and onstage music lead, with arresting digital visuals by Gopi Degala, along with highly competent Producer Michaela Waldram -Jones.

The specially composed music, by Carol was for a four piece music ensemble, of  professional musicians, piano/keyboards  Neil Hunter, electric violin, Helen Butterfield,  trumpet Julie Maxwell and bass guitar Wayne Matthews. Along with a community ensemble  – 12 piece mixed vocal chorus. All of which signifies a successful new musical development, for Carol’s ambition to further stretch her musical composition abilities in new directions.

The evenings presentation ended with almost 2/3rds of the audience remaining, for a 20 min facilitated lively Q&A using the Liz Wernher Method (USA) led by Kwesi Johnson. This yielded, much useful and very positive feedback and comments for the company on all aspects of the choreopoem production. Some audience comments include: witty, sexy  engrossing, couldn’t take my eyes off, poignant, lifted off the page, profound. 

Dare to Diva company is currently preparing an Evaluation for Arts Council England  and  also a Dare Company Information package, for funding to make a full production, and for potential partners/venues for touring in 2019.  It is hoped in due course, to share some photographic and video material via social media, of this historic momentous achievement for the Dare to Diva company, and its lead multi-disciplinary artist Carol Leeming.




Dare to Diva New Show Rehearsals at Curve Kick Off 2018


Dare to Diva company and its artistic director Carol Leeming are dighted they have been awarded an Arts council England Grant for the Arts. To produce a staged preview production for further development to a full production at a later stage at Curve theatre January 29th 7.30pm ,of Carol’s (Siobhan Logan) Award winning choreopoem Love the life you live Live the life you love, with live text, movement, live music and digital visuals. the event will feature a first half of a performative introduction by Carol of  her original Diva songs, poetry and introduction to the character of Maz aka Martin in the Love the life you live Live the life you love which will follow afterwards.

This Dare to Diva project is part of a supported development of Carol’s as an artist and Dare to Diva company by Curve Artist Development.  As part of this support to date, Carol has also shadowed Nikolai  Foster Artistic Director Curve and Julia Thomas Resident Director and attended rehearsals for the Curve productions of  Scrooge and George’s Marvelous Medicine. All of which has proved in valuable to Carol’s further development as a Director. In addition as a result Carol has been able to speak with and observe other theatre professionals at work at Curve e.g. Tasha Taylor Johnson Composer and Jack Weir Lighting Designer for George’s Marvellous Medicine and watch first hand Music Supervisor & Orchestrator Sarah Travis and Music Director Neil Mc Donald at work on Scrooge a large scale work.  This unique opportunity has proved to be invaluable to Carol at this sage in her development at as theatre maker.

A project team has been  recruited  lead by Carol (see photo Creative Team members above) as follows: Michaela Waldram-Jones is producer, with Emile Clark performer, Kwesi Johnson choreographer, Neil Hunter Music Arranger and Gopi Degala Digital Visuals. Carol is Writer/Director and Composer of the music for the work. In addition a local ensemble of musicians have also been recruited to play live onstage alongside a  local community chorus. These two latter elements of live musicians and live chorus on stage, is an exciting and more ambitious addition to this monologue drama.  Sydnee Thompson, a De Montfort University Performing Arts Mgt. undergraduate is on board to assist the Director and Producer and get first hand experience working in on a production to be performed at Curve.




Carol Leeming awarded the Ena Young Award for Poetry by Leicester Writers Club November 2017


Carol once again was celebrating, this time for receiving another award for the excellence of her work. On this  time Carol received the Ena Young Poetry Award 2017 from the Leicester Writers Club. This award  follows a previous award last year for her film poem Enchanter and the Ena young Award specifically was for the  Dare to Diva self publication of Carol’s debut poetry chapbook The Declamations of Cool Eye which sold out its first edition.

The award  would normally be made at the prestigious and eagerly anticipated Leicester Writers’ Club Annual award Dinner. Due to another engagement Carol was unable to attend the dinner. as is usual. However the award was made by the President Emma Lee to Carol to her delight and surprise, at a Literary Leicester Event, at Leicester University the occasion being the visit and talk of the esteemed British Historian David Olusoga.


Carol Leeming Wins Prestigious East Midlands Women’s Award for Outstanding Woman In Arts Media & Music 2017 sponsored by DLuxe Magazine


Carol Leeming has won the  East Midlands Women’s award 2017 for Outstanding Woman in Arts Media & Music. This is such a great achievement, given the high calibre of the women nominated in this category from across the region. The Award was sponsored by Dluxe Magazine regional. The event took place a a luxurious setting of a hotel in Uppingham Leicestershire/Rutland. It was also a huge networking event with women and men in attendance from all sectors of business and the community.

The East Midlands Women’s Awards is in its first year, as founded by leading light and successful Life Coaching business woman Sandra Pollock, who attends similar events in the West Midlands and realized the need for an organization, to celebrate the wonderful women from various fields from business to community in the East Midlands region.



2Funky Arts Project Live 2017


Working as the 2Funky Arts Project Live Music Director, Carol Leeming worked with 8 young Urban music artists, along with 6 x  professional session band musicians., Tara Munroe as Coordinator and Vijay Mistry as Project Manager.  The Project also included Master Class Session for the young artists on Generating Income & Intellectual Copyright, Songwriting and Stagecraft with music industry professionals. Carol’s role also involved mentoring with all the artists, following up on the above mentioned topics, but also re: performance e.g. vocal skills. The main role  however was overseeing the music arrangements of the young artists’ material, with the session band musicians, to prepare for both a promotion only CD Record and also for a Music Industry Showcase performance held at 2Funky Music Cafe in December 2017. Carol was based  doing sessions at HQ Music Recording Studios, overseeing the recording of individual artist songs, in addition to a collective group  track. Both the CD Rise Up is now available and the Artist Showcase proved to be a an exciting evening of first rate Urban performances.