Curve Theatre hosts backstage tour for students

Front row - DMU arts ane entertainment journalism students at Curve

Front row – DMU arts and entertainment journalism students at Curve

Third year Arts and Entertainment Journalism students spent the morning at Curve Theatre in Leicester as part of their studies into cultural forms such as drama, music and film.

Staff at Curve hosted a tour of the main space as well as the studio theatre and took part in a Q&A with DMU students who heard how programmes are selected and planned more than two years in advance and how specific shows are sold to the public.

Curve associate director Suba Das led the tour and discussions along with communications officers Jonathan Fraser and Nicola Allen, who herself was a student from the very first Arts & Ents cohort from two years ago.

Mr Das answered questions while sat on the set of Curve’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire, while the media team described how they pitched and secured a special Leicester Mercury supplement to promote the theatre’s world premiere last spring of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.

Module leader Andy Plaice said he believed that journalists interested in writing about the arts have to know their subjects inside out. “Part of that means learning what goes on behind the scenes at a big regional theatre like Curve – who funds it, who is the audience, what they produce and why.

“Feedback after the visit was terrific with several of the group saying they had no idea such a lot of work went into planning a production, from the smaller ones with a limited run to large-scale shows in partnership with people like Cameron Mackintosh.”

The visit coincided with DMU’s theme of employability. Recent cases of other journalism students sampling the world of work include Rachel Fernie’s stint at Fabulous magazine, Mollie Mansfield at NME, Mark Farmer who went to the Hinckley Times and Itunu Para-Mallam who, with her business partner, launched DK Online, which “aims to redefine beauty and empower generations through lifestyle, fashion and features”.




Free De Montfort IT sessions support Leicester community



IT4Free began again this month with Square Mile volunteers providing basic IT training to communities around Leicester.

The sessions, which take place at Woodgate Resources Centre and Fosse Neighbourhood Centre on Wednesdays (1.45-3.45pm) and Tuesdays (9am-noon) respectively, aim teach a variety of core computer skills.

Thomas Bannister, 20, a supervisor of the scheme and second year Computer Science student, said:  “So far everyone has said the sessions really helped them so it has been very successful.

“The volunteers have been extremely helpful and it is brilliant to have students from a variety of courses.

“Anyone can come in and ask any query that they can think of and we will do our best to help.”

The project began in 2011 and has so far helped dozens of people of different ages and technical ability with tasks such as email, using Facebook and buying online.

Janet Docherty, 67, a retiree, said:  “I think this was a really good idea where you got one-to-one time with a nice person who explains a lot of different things.

“I did not really want to go into a class because it would be like going back to school so it is lovely that people are prepared to give up their time.

“I have so much technology sitting there waiting to be used and my grandchildren said ‘come on, get smart’, so this is a new start for me.”

The first session was held last week and this week saw many people return to Woodgate Resources Centre with further questions for Square Mile Volunteers.

Sabina Patel, 19, a second year Accounting and Finance student, said:  “I love helping people so IT4Free was perfect to get involved in.

“I heard about DMU Square Mile though some friends who did it last year and loved it so I thought I would try it to.”

Students who get involved will receive free IT training along with a Higher Education Achievement Report and a Square Mile certificate.

For more information or to get involved with IT4Free visit