Projects in development

At any given moment at CPT, several artists or companies will be developing work in the building with our support. Many of these will play a (hopefully prominent) part in our upcoming public programme of work. Many will go on to light up the theatre landscape elsewhere. In all cases, we’re proud and excited to be working with these artists and helping bring these projects into being.

Currently – by which we mean summer 2017 – these artists & projects include:

The Cult of K*nzo
Paula Varjack
Paula fell in love with high fashion imagery at an early age; growing up, her mum had subscriptions to multiple fashion magazines. High fashion is an art-form built on exclusivity. People who love but can’t afford high art can view it in a gallery. People who love but can’t afford high fashion may feel uncomfortable even walking into a high fashion store.
While social inequality is rising, the luxury industry thrives. We sense the difference between high street and high-end, but just how great is that divide? What is it about high-end boutiques that many find intimidating? How steep are the prices? Who are the people shopping in these stores and how do they shop?  What is the psychology behind the desire to buy and own labels and how do brands manufacture that desire?
The Cult of K*nzo has been seed commissioned by CPT and developed via our partnership with Barbican Open Labs.

Nikah
Tribe Arts
Nikah is the intimate story of a boy from Bradford – Siddique Akbar Ali. His name may sound foreign, but he’s very, very British. A cup of Yorkshire Tea fills him with comfort and he enjoys all the things a typical 15-year old lad would. But he has a dark story to tell. His world is about to contort and twist into a nightmare that even he can’t understand, where the people who should love and protect him take advantage of his naivety and abuse his freedoms. He is being forced to marry, but he doesn’t know who she is, or what this will mean for him. Nikah has been seed commissioned by CPT and appears as a work-in-progress in our ‘Shape of Things to Come’ fortnight in November 2017.

PLEASE HOLD
You Should See The Other Guy
PLEASE HOLD is a research project using theatre, spoken word, songs and movement to explore everyday violence at the hands of the state and how, together, we can find ways to undermine it. Whether through the housing, immigration, disability, unemployment or criminal justice systems; services which claim to be in the public interest use quiet tactics of bureaucracy, uniforms and gatekeeping to disempower, humiliate and subordinate us.
PLEASE HOLD is created by the company behind 2016 CPT hit Land of the Three Towers.

Incoming/Exodus
Lab Collective
A new society is coming; plagued by the suspicion of strangers, a system has evolved to meet the demands of an angry and fearful population. Incoming/Exodus is an interactive, immersive experience which challenges attitudes towards immigration, with your voice centre stage. In a world where humans have been turned into numbers, and the numbers are warped by those in power – will you break the system? Incoming/Exodus is created by The Lab Collective who specialise in creating interactive and immersive theatre, creating live performance which transcends traditional forms to produce visceral experiences for the audience.  Treading the line between theatre, installation and live art, we empower the audience to collaborate in our work. Incoming/Exodus has been supported as part of CPT’s partnership with Barbican/Open Labs, and will premiere as part of our autumn 2017 season.

Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here 
Barrel Organ
Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here, is a show about debt, indebtedness and childhood, bound up in a haunted-house story, meets 80s fantasy film, meets road movie, that stretches and snaps-back what is “real”. It is a show about how debt is felt in people’s lives, and how it can shape our subjective experience of ourselves and the world. The story is told through the experience of debt and the horror and surreal within that. How debt can continue to rule a person’s life, even after they’ve paid it off. How debt narrows possibilities, and narrows future potential + agency. How debt means more debt. A story about returning to a place and an event to find what was left behind. A show about warped memory, childhood, and friendships/relationships/solidarity.
Anyone’s Guess premieres at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 then has a three-week run at CPT in October 2017.

Bullish
Milk Presents
“I am a minotaur and I am dangerous to those I love. I don’t mean to make anyone feel uncomfortable, that’s not my intention, but facts are what they are.” Written from testimony and personal experience, this is the story of one person’s quest for a way out of the Labyrinth. Bullish is the recipient of CPT’s first Home Run commission. The award will see the company supported with a cash commission and free rehearsal space, as well as artistic, fundraising, marketing and business planning support, to develop the work-in-progress to a three week run of a fully realised production in Autumn 2017. This scheme is funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Bullish will headline CPT’s Come As You Are festival in September 2017.

Snowballing
Rebecca Atkinson-Lord and Greg Wohead
Rebecca and Greg both like sex. They like doing it. They like thinking about it. They like watching it. Sometimes, it’s the only thing they talk about. And now they’re making a show. A sex show. In Snowballing, they’ll pass their own experiences, fantasies, mistakes and hopes about sex and relationships back and forth in a sloppy mess, groping for a new understanding. They don’t know quite what it will be yet, but they do know that it will be dripping in bodily fluids and light on shame. They hope it will be like a wildly misinterpreted sext, that porn scene you can’t believe gets you off or the dirty talk that takes an unexpected turn. Snowballing appeared as a work-in-development at CPT’s festival ‘Hotbed’, in May 2017.

There But for the Grace of God (Go I)
Adam Welsh
“I was not alive when he was born. He was not alive when I was born.”
In 1983, a child went missing from a Hollywood shopping mall.
Adam Walsh became the most famous missing child in American history.
In 2017, a man called Adam Welsh Googled himself and found Adam Walsh…
And then he wrote this show.
There but for the grace of God (go I) is a comparison between an unknown living man and a famous missing child. It engages in weighing up the value of a life: what constitutes real success. The show premieres at CPT in December 2017.

None Of The Above
Luca Rutherford with Alex Swift
Luca knows how to bullshit her way into making you think she knows about politics. Luca doesn’t actually know very much about politics. Luca knows she is confused and overwhelmed. Part of Luca thinks that smiling at people in the street changes the world. The rest of Luca thinks that’s a shit excuse to do nothing of any significance. Luca thinks democracy is messy and there is too much nastiness. Luca thinks she is part of the problem. None Of The Above is a show about how we do politics, instead of talking about it or being a politician. It previews as part of our ‘Shape of Things to Come’ fortnight in November 2017.

Crimson Wave
Louise Wilcox and Louisa Sanfrey
Now I will perform ‘woman’... We all recognise the signifiers of ‘female’ – but what do they actually mean, and why do so many people seem to equate ‘woman’ with ‘less’? If we deconstruct the idea or performance of female, what’s left? Crimson Wave explores ownership of the female body taking inspiration from drag and clown techniques to push female signifiers to their limits in a grotesque display of gender.  Louise Wilcox and Louisa Sanfey are members of the international theatre collective Bez Kinte.

Play For A White Male
Kieran Lucas
Play For A White Male is an attempt to ask how and why we tell stories and who these stories belong to. It is an attempt to disrupt the hegemony of the white male narrative perspective, performed by a white male, accompanied by an unprepared audience member. This show is about narrative, about signifiers, and how the stage is a place to ask questions about who is saying something and why they’re saying it. First scratched as part of CPT’s Barrel Organ takeover weekend in December 2015.

This Is Just Who I Am
Miranda Prag
Do you find me likable?
Would you happily spend an hour with me?
How about two?
This is a show about identity, authenticity and the murky area between the two. It’s about being yourself, and not having a fucking clue what that even means. It’s about me, and you, and other people too, but mainly me. And bees. Don’t forget the bees.

[Working Title]
The Fun Club
Three performers sit in a theatre waiting to start their show.
But something is different somehow… they have an audience.
Can they make the connection that others have made before them?
They are attempting to stage [WORKING TITLE], a part-autobiographical, part-improv, part-new show… expect dancing/squabbling/comedy/games… and failure. Mostly failure. [WORKING TITLE] is The Fun Club’s debut production, and it premieres at CPT in December 2017.

Also in Spring 2017, we supported the development of six extraordinary new projects as part of our annual Starting Blocks scheme. Details on those can be found here.