Post Covid 19 Lockdown – 2022 Recovery & Round Up of Selected Highlights for Carol Leeming MBE FRSA Director & Lead Artist Dare to Diva Company

Photo: Carol Leeming & Others In Rehearsal with Director Ruth Mariner at The Royal Albert Hall for the 2022 Prom 60 The Dream Prom

Carol Leeming MBE FRSA, Director Lead Artist of Dare to Diva company, often gets asked what is it exactly that she actually does?  As she is described by academics as a polymath…NB Phased project activities are done as freelancer i.e. not all at the same time lol!!  Carol remains hopeful to continue to work her own lane…as well as champion Leicester and East Midlands Black, and other excluded and /marginalised artists/creatives. See below a selection of Carol’s 2022 key highlights/successful achievements she is proud of. With thanks for all those who have commissioned, booked and/ or collaborated with Carol she is looking forward to further exciting projects in 2023!!!

  • Director/Performer: The Dreadful Dance of Ms. Iniquity play by Carol Leeming Dare to Diva Theatre Co. & Chair Audience Q&A Curve Theatre Leicester
  • Director: Sankofa play Aquah Theatre Co. Omnibus & Bread & Roses Theatre London, Curve Theatre Leicester
  • Speaker East Midlands Awards Shine Network Event Leicestershire
  • Panel Speaker: Common Threads Conference Black British Women’s Writing Brighton Subject East Midlands Black Women Writers 
  • Performer: Role of Gospel Singer: Art Film Congregation by Artist Alberta Whittle, Screened part of Birmingham Commonwealth Games programme & Stephen Lawrence Centre Screening at the Venue De Montfort University Leicester
  • Workshop Leader: Apples & Snakes Video Comission Health & Well-Being for Poets Nottingham Poetry Festival Online 
  • Co-Host: Mi Duck Event Tributes to Leicester Writers Sue Townsend Graham Hancock & Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze Literary Leicester Festival Leicester University & Renaissance One 
  • Writer: Article African American Rhythm & Blues – How Black Music Changed the World for Souvenir Programme Beautiful – The Carol King Musical Curve Theatre Leicester
  • Curator & Musician: Festival 2 Funky Headliners Carol Leeming & The Random Acts of Senseless Beauty (Afrofuturism Nu Soul/Jazzl) Festival 2Funky Music Cafe Leicester
  • Panel Speaker: Taking the Mic Conference Royal School Speech & Drama London Subject East Midlands Black Poets
  • Writer: Article On Leicester Journeys Festival Newspaper The Gazette & Poetry Performance Jubilee Square Writing East Midlands ArtReach 10,000+ copies printed
  • Speaker/Lecture BHS History of African & African Caribbean Games New Walk Museum Leicester City Council 
  • Host/Chair Audience Q&A Discussion for play Leave Taking by Winsome Pinnock Black Plays of Excellence Curve Theatre
  • Poet: BHS Rhymes & Vibes Poetry Event Curator Farhana Shaikh De Montfort University Curve Theatre 
  • Literary Mentor: Writer Emma Matthews Northampton Online Sessions
  • Host T’yrone Haughton Hoods Poetry Book Launch Leicester Central Library
  • Performer: Carol Leeming & Guinep Tree Band Caribbean Folk Leicester City Council Windrush Elders Gala Dinner EventAfrican Caribbean Centre Leicester
  • Guest Speaker: Confucius Inst. Launch Chinese Film Festival Electric Shadows Showcase Deluxe Leicester