Sh!t Theatre , Barrel Organ and Jamal Harewood were announced in April 2015 as CPT Associate Artists.
As part of this scheme, each artist receives free rehearsal space, mentoring, fundraising support, access to CPT facilities and a £1,350 bursary. Rather than focus on the production of a specific show, the scheme will give the artists involved the opportunity to develop their own practice with the support of CPT and to embed themselves in the life of the venue. In return, the associates will engage with the work of CPT and its artists, and act as an advocate for the organisation.
Sh!t Theatre is Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole (pictured left). With backgrounds in long-form improv, performance art and music, Becca and Louise (Booise) have joined forces as Sh!t Theatre to explore the political, the personal and the down-right perverted. Sh!t Theatre headlined CPT’s second festival of feminism Calm Down, Dear in autumn 2014 with their smash-hit Women’s Hour, which examined what happens when women are given just one hour a day to think about what it is to be a woman. Their 2016 show Letters to Windsor House won rave reviews on the Edinburgh Fringe and comes to CPT in October. www.shittheatre.co.uk/
Barrel Organ is a UK-based touring company formed in the West Midlands. The eleven-strong company have all directed, produced and performed in various pieces of work, but never enjoyed working within the traditional hierarchies of theatre. So they formed a small company which would work collaboratively and collectively to create politically engaged theatre. After great success at the Edinburgh Fringe, their first show Nothing (pictured right) had its London premiere at CPT in autumn 2014 (in partnership with the National Student Drama Festival) to sold-out audiences. Their follow-up Some People Talk About Violence was developed with CPT’s support and made its London premiere here in autumn 2015. barrelorgantheatre.co.uk
Jamal Harewood is a live artist who creates temporary communities through participatory events, and believes that these events should be a playful experience that allows everyone to get involved. The performances created focus on ideas of identity and race within the community. He has a keen interest in equality and abolishing the performer/ audience hierarchy that frequently occurs within theatre. In 2014 Jamal completed a Masters in Performance (Theatre) at the University of Chichester, and performed at SPILL Festival as a National Platform artist. His first show The Privileged has enjoyed two successful runs at CPT, and its follow-up, Word, was developed as part of the 2016 Spring Festivals Co-Commission. harewooo.com