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. Others may go on to appear 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 spring 2017 – these artists & projects include:
OH YES OH NO
A research-driven performance project which asks how we understand female desire in a patriarchy, and the words ‘asking for it’ in a rape culture. Following the rise of increasingly violent erotica produced and read by women (Thanks 50 Shades…), and the mainstreaming of BDSM culture, the show will ask what we’re all really asking for, and how we can begin to untangle our desires from the narrative of sex and desire we are sold by the media and pop culture. Think bodice-rippers, stories of empowerment and disempowerment, and Harry Potter adult fanfic.
Oh Yes Oh No will premiere as part of CPT’s Hotbed festival from April 26 to May 11. Tickets here.
Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here
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.
“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 HomeRun 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.
Tickets to a work-in-progress of Bullish on Sun 7 June can be bought here.
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 will appear as a work-in-development at CPT’s upcoming festival ‘Hotbed’, in May 2017.
Seke Chimutengwende and Alexandrina Hemsley
A short afro-futurist history of the universe. Choreographers Seke Chimutengwende and Alexandrina Hemsley recount the history of the universe; from the Big Bang through to the future death of the sun and the final disappearance of all matter into black holes. Framing history as one long disaster movie, they race their way through everything that has ever happened.
In times where there is an increased awareness of how white privilege and racial biases have formed fixed reference points for history, education and identities, Black Holes dreams up alternatives, asking the big questions on a small/short scale: How did it all start? Where did it all go wrong? How will it all end? Could we save the universe from eating itself alive?
Black Holes is supported by CPT’s seed commissions for artists from a BAME background.
The Untitled Political Project
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. The Untitled Political Project is a show about how we do politics, instead of talking about it or being a politician.
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.
Three women, one voice. A solo performance inspired by real- life case studies of domestic violence, Divided merges three South Asian female perspectives of westernised integration and eastern traditions.
Divided is inspired by real-life case studies of domestic violence and segregation. As three different characters explore integration into an unknown territory, flat representations of femininity are challenged by understanding westernisation from a South Asian perspective. Divided uses different music styles and genres, to illustrate the perplexity of integration into the West.
Seed commissioned by CPT and Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre. Divided will premiere at CPT from 31 May to 2 June; tickets here.
Play For A White Male
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.
What Now, Jack?
Lucy Curtis and Izzie Milne Turner
Lucy Curtis and Izzie Milne Turner are in a theatre company called Changing Face. They are currently collaborating on a project called What Now Jack?, a verbatim piece inspired by stories of Londoners and London life. The piece aims to capture the eclecticism and pull together the fragments of what it’s like to be a Londoner in 2016.
From the material gathered Lucy and Izzie are create monologues, duologues and live compositions for actors and musicians to perform. They hope this piece will reflect the many faces and voices of our beloved but maddening capital city.
Also this spring, we are supporting the development of six extraordinary new projects as part of our annual Starting Blocks scheme. Details on those can be found here.