We are please to announced we have been awarded £49,921 from ACE towards an Autumn 2018 tour of ‘Come As You Are’ – a festival of gender positive theatre exploring trans, non-binary and queer gender identities.
The festival programme will be headlined by Milk Presents’ Bullish and feature work by local queer artists, as well as other artists who have presented work at CPT. The tour will be supported by workshops and activities designed to bring about permanent step-change in how venues include artists and audiences of all gender identities at the heart of what they do, planned in partnership with local LGBTQI+ organisations.
The tour will prioritise venues outside of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio Organisations, with little past experiences of making work for LGBTQI+ audiences, in areas with high LGBTQI+ populations, with plans to tour in the North, Midlands, South East and South West areas.
Artistic Director, Brian Logan said: “We are delighted our strategic touring grant application has been successful. The grant will contribute significantly to enabling CPT to tour work outside of London for the first time. Our ‘Come As You Are’ festival, thanks to our exceptional artists like Milk Presents who will headline the tour with ‘Bullish’, attained much critical acclaim at CPT in Autumn 2017, was successful in connecting with queer communities and brought about a significant change for our venue in terms of how we are able to welcome those of all gender identities. Being able to take the ‘Come As You Are’ festival on the road, we hope to celebrate gender positivity and bring some of our learning from the festival to our venue partners”
Joyce Wilson, London Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “We are thrilled to be supporting this inspiring project from Camden People’s Theatre through the Strategic Touring fund. After witnessing the great success of the ‘Come As You Are’ festival last year, it is great to see work of this calibre and ambition toured to places where there has been little opportunity to date to engage directly with LGBTQI+ audiences. I am particularly pleased to see that this tour intends to encourage and support permanent changes in venues and I hope to see many more venues putting artists and audiences of all gender identities at the top of their agenda, further contributing to our mission of great arts and culture for everyone.”
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