Associate Artists scheme

CPT current Associate Artists are Sh!t Theatre , Barrel Organ and Jamal Harewood.

As part of our Associate Artist scheme, each artist receives free rehearsal space, mentoring, fundraising support, access to CPT facilities and – in the first year of their association with us – a £1,350 bursary. Rather than focus on the production of a specific show, the scheme gives the artists the opportunity to develop their own practice with the support of CPT and to embed themselves in the life of the venue. In return, associates engage with the work of CPT and its artists, and act as advocates for the organisation.

womens hour crop(1)Sh!t Theatre is Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole (pictured left). With backgrounds in long-form improv, performance art and music, Becca and Louise 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 before runs at CPT, Soho Theatre and UK-wide. Their 2017 show DollyWould previewed at CPT in spring, enjoyed huge success on the Edinburgh Fringe and had multiple sell-out runs at Soho.

barrel organ _ nothing(1)Barrel Organ is a UK-based touring company formed in the West Midlands. They 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. Their third show Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here, co-produced by CPT, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe and played CPT in Oct 2017. Barrel Organ also regularly host their mixed-bill ‘scratch’ night, LIVE, at and with CPT.

jhJamal 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, before a week-long CPT run in spring 2017.

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