Curious Doings was the company formed from the pilot of a brand new postgraduate performer training programme.
The course aimed to produce rounded reflective practitioners who, in addition to developing traditional performance skills, have the ability to create performance, event, entertainment in a broader sense. Much of the course focused on devised work and had an ensemble ethos.
The course was led by the Centre's Artistic Director Anna Newell, in conjunction with various visiting artists including:
Richard Lowdon & Claire Marshall of Forced Entertainment
Ros Steen of RSAMD's Centre for Voice in Performance
Diana Ennis, Ciaran Bagnall, Stevie Prickett, Ross Anderson of Nor Nothin' Productions, Peter Ballance, Flora Herberich, Orla McKeagney, Imogene Newland, Caitriona McLaughlin, Alyson Campbell, Paul Kleiman of Palatine, and Justin Yang.
Curious Doings' first show HOW TOM BEAT CAPTAIN NAJORK AND HIS HIRED SPORTSMEN was the final result of the module of this course called CHILDSPLAY: MAKING PERFORMANCE FOR A YOUNGER AUDIENCE. The show played to sell-out audiences as part of the Belfast International Children's Festival - which gave the student company the opportunity to make work on an international platform and to see some of the best children's performance companies in the world.
Curious Doing's second show WE ARE NOT AFRAID was the final production coming out of a module called SPECIAL PROJECT: AN EXPEDITION INTO UNKNOWN TERRITORIES. This module was designed to introduce students to ways of creating performance and thinking about creating performance that are different from those that they may have previously experienced.