Autumn season press release

Press Release

Autumn 2016 at CPT

  • Two brand new co-productions: Grown Up and Merryville
  • The return of CPT’s iconic feminist theatre festival Calm Down Dear
  • All the Right Notes, a brand new festival exploring what happens when gigs and theatre collide
  • and much, much more…

CPT heralds the arrival of a new season with a jam-packed line up designed to satiate all your innovative theatrical desires. With theatre/gig mash ups, MP rap battles, valiant attempts to smash the patriarchy, solve the housing crisis & sort out Europe, plus kids taking over the stage to lay down how it really is, this Autumn you won’t want to be anywhere else.

Highlights include two brand new co-productions: Grown Up (27 – 29 Oct) by Gameshow (This is the Moon, That is the Earth; The HS2 Project) and Emily Lim (Brainstorm) in collaboration with Netley Primary School, recipient of CPT’s People’s Theatre Award, is a show performed by children, speaking the words of adult interviewees asked questions about being a grown up. Set in the near future, HighRise’s grime concept concert Merryville (1-5 Nov) tells the story of two local rappers living in London’s last remaining ‘affordable’ housing block, weighing up the impact of the post-Brexit era on their lives. The show is the recipient of a CPT BAME Seed commission and Cardboard Citizens Home Truths commission.

Three months on from the historic EU referendum, CPT takes stock. Being European: After the Referendum (17 Sep) is a day-long event exploring European identity, including specially commissioned new work from Pablo Pakula, Jesse Fox and Ben Hadley, plus talks discussions and provocations. Created with the European Theatre Research Network (University of Kent), the Inside/Outside Europe Research Network (University of Winchester) and Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, the event follows June’s Being European: Before the Referendum event.

CPT continues its steadfast work on smashing the patriarchy with the return of Calm Down Dear (18 Sep – 9 Oct), back for the fourth time, the UK’s first and only festival of innovative feminist theatre. Expect theatre, comedy and talks with a lineup of gender righteous rabble rousers including Snuffbox Theatre, creators of Bitchboxer, with their investigation of revenge porn, Blush.

All the Right Notes (14 Nov – 4 Dec) is a brand new festival exploring what happens when gigs and theatre collide: featuring not only theatre-makers whose work is driven by live music, but music acts whose form is audaciously theatrical. With shows including Mingbeast’s Awful Things Can Happen At Any Time, Rachel Mars’ Our Carnal Hearts and Will Dickie’s The Rave Space, plus a strand of work exploring music fandom and a live music programme curated by journalist and DJ Joe Muggs.

CPT continues to engage with questions around the housing crisis and the changing face of London with a strand of work developed from January’s Whose London Is It Anyway? festival. Alongside HighRise’s Merryville, CPT Associates Sh!t Theatre present Letters to Windsor House (14 – 16 Oct), a show about dodgy landlords and what it’s like to be part of Generation Rent; Hobo Theatre’s The City Limits (11 & 18 Sep) is a Live Action Roleplay in which the audience takes part in a 15 mile walk as part of a symbolic exodus from the city; and Land of the Three Towers (18-22 Oct) is a verbatim musical based on the Focus E15 Mothers’ occupation, created with and performed by some of the women at the heart of the story.

Elsewhere in the programme, CPT’s successful NSDF partnership, responsible for past hits by Barrel Organ and Walrus Theatre, brings Footprint Theatre’s Daniel (25 – 29 Oct) to London, as well as Modupe Salu’s I Can’t Breathe as part of Big Bang (11 & 12 Nov). And Humanish invite you to spend Christmas day in the company of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, in their festive puppetry party, Holy Presents (6 – 17 Dec) – further developed from last year’s smash hit sellout show.

Press Contact & To Book Tickets: Amber at CPT 020 7419 4841 | [email protected]

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