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The Impact of Creative Engagement on Young People

Updated: Mar 27

Curve Theatre

The Curve Theatre, Leicester, has published a report on the impact of creative engagement on young people.


Based on a year-long project, the theatre engaged with over 15,000 young people of all ages and abilities, including projects with 350 schools, and with around 500 young people taking part in activities at the Curve and in their communities each week.


The programme culminated in an event for #SeizeTheDay24, attended by members of the DTEA, and which has been reviewed in The Stage.


The report covers the impact of creativity and the Curve's work on young people's health and wellbeing, a broader social impact, and the impact on young people's education.

We believe every young person had a right to access great art and cultural experiences. We asked young people who took part in these activities what impact this had in their lives, read the document to find out more.

The report has been published in support of the Drama & Theatre Educational Alliance's #SeizeTheDay24 campaign and can be read in full here: https://issuu.com/curvetheatre/docs/seizetheday_a5_v11_digitalversion.



About The Curve

Curve is a spectacular state-of-the-art theatre based in the heart of Leicester’s vibrant Cultural Quarter.


Over 750,000 people a year engage with Curve through performances and projects at its home in Leicester, across the UK and internationally. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, Curve has developed a reputation for producing, programming and touring a bold and diverse programme of musicals, plays, new work, dance and opera. All of this is presented alongside a dynamic mix of community engagement, artist development and learning programmes, which firmly places audiences, artists and communities at the heart of everything they do.


Curve is a registered charity (number 230708) and this supports their work with people of all ages and backgrounds, enabling them to access, participate in and learn from the arts, nurturing new and emerging talent and creating outstanding, award-winning theatrical experiences.


Opened in 2008 by Her Majesty The Queen, Curve's award-winning building, designed by acclaimed architect Rafael Viñoly, offers a completely unique visitor experience.


Unlike any other theatre in the UK, Curve has no traditional backstage area. Audiences can enjoy the full theatre making process, peek behind the scenes and maybe even spot an actor or two dashing from the stage to their dressing room or enjoying a coffee in its Cafe. Curve's curved façade is made from 1,192 tonnes of steel and 46000m² of glass. https://www.curveonline.co.uk/

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