Welcome

Welcome to the curious home page. We call our company "curious" because what drives us as artists is an intense curiosity about the world in which we live.

As curious we have produced over 40 projects in a range of disciplines including performance, installation, publication and film. Each of the projects starts with a question such as; "what smell reminds you of home?" (On the Scent); "what is lost and what is found in places undergoing rapid regeneration and change?" (Lost & Found); "why is the American gun lobby promoting feminine protection?" (Three Semi Automatics Just for Fun), "what do you long for and where do you belong?" (be)longing) and "what are gut feelings?" (Autobiology).  Our investigations involve intimate, personal journeys alongside public research and enquiry. This leads us into collaborations and conversations with a huge range of people - truckstop waitresses, biological scientists, political refugees, occularists, nuclear weapons experts, sex workers, old folks' social groups and lost property workers to name a few.

Curious was formed in 1996 by Leslie Hill and Helen Paris. Since then, the company has developed a reputation for its edgy, humorous interrogations of contemporary culture and politics, work that has been called as smart as it is seductive.  In 2011 Curious were delighted to invite Claudia Barton to join the company as an Associate Artist.

Curious books and DVDs can be purchased through the Artsadmin shop and the company runs a variety of workshops, mentoring and training sessions for artists nationally and internationally.

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Upcoming Events


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Best Before End 26-28 Mar, 2014 Chelsea Theatre ticket link Curious have been thinking about language and love. Now, in this darkly comic solo performance, Helen Paris navigates a minefield of the unspoken with only some cryptic crossword clues, ...


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The Out of Water soundtrack has been made with Jocelyn Pook, Laura Wright and Oo La Lume and it is amazing. Looking forward to a watery Summer. Tickets are on sale through Theatre Royal Norwich 01603 63 0000 and online through Live Art Collective E...


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We're thrilled to be working with Claudia Barton and Hugo Glendinning once again on the reincarnation of our RSC projects Slipstreaming and 14 Lines for World's End in Chelsea as part of the In Transit festival. We're working with Chelsea Theatre to ...


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Our Live Art Collective East projects, Vanishing Point and Out of Water are just about to be annnounced and go on sale. We hope you can come along! Check out www.liveartcollectiveeast.com for full details....


The new Curious short film Landfill made as part of the What On Earth film series commissioned by Artsadmin and Xenoki Films can now be viewed online and will be shown on the big screen as part of the London Short Film Festival in January - details c...


Curious will be performing as part of the British Council Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival 22-27 August as part of the BAC programme at Summerhall the moment I saw you I knew I could love you is the current touring performance by Leslie Hill and H...


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Gut Feelings Trilogy DVD includes: full length documentation of the performance the moment I saw you I knew I could love you; the film Sea Swallow'd by Curious and Andrew Kotting; interviews on 'Autobiology' workshops - in which Curi...


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FOUR STARS Lyn Gardner The Guardian, Sunday 21 March 2010 Until I saw this exquisitely delicate show, created by Curious, staged here as part of Scotland's National Review of Live Art, I had never considered that when you are cast adrift on a lilo, ...