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.