"I can’t remember the last time I felt this grateful to a piece of theatre" - Andrew Haydon, Postcards from the Gods, on 'Don Quijote', 2014
Starting Blocks is CPT’s unique artist development / peer network scheme, tailored particularly (but not exclusively) towards solo artists.Each year, 5-6 artists or companies develop new work from scratch over an intensive and collaborative ten-week residency at CPT. In the last five years, Rachel Mars’ hit show The Way You Tell Them, Louise Orwin’s Pretty Ugly, Haley McGee’s The Ex Boyfriend Yard Sale and 2018 Underbelly Untapped Award-winner Queens of Sheba by Nouveau Riche have all started life on Starting Blocks and gone on to national and international tours, four- and five-star press reviews, with extended runs at CPT and beyond. Starting Blocks artists are selected by interview after an open call for submissions. Starting Blocks alumni since the scheme was launched in 2011 are:
2019: Alex Roberts; Charlotte Fraser; Claire Gaydon; Peyvand Sadeghian; Sara Dawood; and Tom Chamberlain and Jack Tricker.