An evening of comedy, theatre, performance and spoken word from established and emerging Queer Northern talent.

Curious Arts

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Join Curious Arts and Northern Stage for a preview of what to expect from award-winning Curious Festival 2019! An evening of comedy, theatre and performance from established and emerging Queer Northern talent, you're sure to leave Curious for more...

2019 Line-up:

Host: Stevie Wonderful.

The first ever winner of National Drag competition "King of the Castle",  Stevie Wonderful a.k.a Fiona King will be hosting and performing hits by the legendary Stevie Wonder.

Find out more about Stevie Wonderful here

*gender not included, a scratch performance by Melody Sproates

*gender not included is a one-person non binary cabaret performance by Melody Sproates. An exploration into identities and how they can dictate our lives, told through dance hits, 80s cartoons theme songs and Madonna.

L'uomo by Lo-Giudice Dance 

L'uomo (translating in Italian as 'The Man') is a short dance theatre duet centered around two men. It is an enveloping of two people, entwining themselves through intimate gestures that interact and reciprocate the invitation to touch and connect to another.

Caught between a place where delicate exchanges of affection and moments driven by the heart-felt become entangled with the discomforts of prejudice, L'uomo examines and highlights the concerns same-sex couples can still face when holding hands or showing affection in public. 

Ashleigh Owen 

Ashleigh Owen is a Liverpool based Artist and Performer whose work challenges preconceptions and stereotypes of people from marginalised identites. Her work focuses on stories from those who are defined as "other", sending audiences on a roller-coaster of a ride through lightness and darkness using music, cabaret, comedy and parody.

Join her as she takes you on a hilarious musical journey; serenading you with her treasure trove of stupidly brilliant comic songs. Performing her take on songs that you'll know and love, but in a way you've never heard before.

“incredible acts involving laughter, tears, social issues & lots of glitter! Raw comedy & passion for change. Sides were hurting from laughing so much!”

Audience member, Northern Stage is Curious 2018

Image credit: Stevie Wonderful (Michael McGuire, Curious Festival 2018) 

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Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available within Stage 3. To discuss any access needs, please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.