By Jayden Whitworth
Leicester’s Curve Theatre hosted the first Midlands showing of Sticky Door, a play which has been branded as ‘genius’ by A Young Theatre.
Katie Arnstein brought her new play to Leicester on Saturday(MAR12) as part of the City’s New Work Festival.
Katie, writer of the It’s a girl! trilogy, including her two other shows Sexy Lamp and Bicycles and Fish, said: “I was so excited.
“There were over 30 artists/art groups sharing work in one of the most brilliant venues in the country.
“It’s incredible and to have Sticky Door’s Midland premier at Curve is an absolute dream.”
Sticky Door is a storytelling show about sex, cystitis, and stigma, told by Katie herself.
She said: “The show is primarily about my journey to taking up space and telling my story.
“The message I hope audiences leave with is about how valuable stories are and how they can shape who we are.
“It’s a comedy with sweets and songs but I hope audience members leave feeling empowered and also more supported than when they arrived.
“Ideally sweets in their mouth, tears in their eyes and a fire in their belly.”
Covid-19 battered the theatre industry with all in-person events cancelled and some events being shown across online platforms.
Katie said: “I am so thrilled to be able to perform in front of a live audience again, and as a Midlands artist, performing at Curve is really special.
“The arts industry was really affected by Covid, and I think we will feel the results of it for a really long time.
“What it does mean, however, is that I remember that what I do is a real privilege.
“I’ll never take it for granted that I get to do this for a job.
“Sharing my stories and hearing those of the audiences after the show is such a joy.
“I feel really lucky.”
Katie Arnstein’s Sticky Door has already won multiple awards and has been heavily lauded, with five-ratings from Upper Circle, Broadway World and The Reviewers Hub among others.