Guest Blog: Josh Coates

Camden People’s Theatre are running the first ever ‘Fitter, Happier, More Productive’ festival this November. I hope it’s the last.   …WAIT! Not like that. I realise the first sentence could be completely taken out of context, but hear me out. ‘Calm Down Dear’, a festival of feminist work, has grown over the past few years into a juggernaut of … Read more

Guest Blog: Brian Logan

Who gets the hump at happiness? What kind of curmudgeon opposes health and fitness? Reader, CPT is the grouch in question, and we’ve got a festival to prove it: ‘Fitter, Happier, More Productive’ runs for a week here next month. We conceived it partly in response to there being loads of ace work on the subject, and partly as a … Read more

Guest Blog: Urban Foxes

Check out this interview with Urban Foxes Collective ahead of their Edinburgh hit Be Better, which comes to CPT in November as part of Fitter Happier More Productive What inspired this production: did you begin with an idea or a script or an object? This show was inspired by an idea. The idea was to explore a particular brand of contemporary … Read more

Guest Blog: TheatreState

Jeremy Corbyn is sabotaging our show. The left wing love a good hero. When we started making Tribute Acts Labour had lost the election. Cheryl and I wanted to make something about the absence of any one to believe in anymore. We started by interviewing our dads. Both are vocal socialists and once great figures of inspiration to us, but as we grew … Read more

Guest blog: Owl Young

Guest Blog: Starting Blocks 2015 graduate Owl Young is on the blog this week, talking about sharing stories ahead of his show Iron M.A.M  – which comes to CPT next month. My dad died earlier this year. We weren’t particularly close, but recently we had begun to talk more. To share stories. Poetically, or perhaps just coincidentally, he lived long enough … Read more

Guest Blog: Rachael Clerke

Guest blog: Rachael Clerke takes over the blog ahead of her show Beton Brute, which comes to CPT in October.  I am at a busy mid-point in making my show, Béton Brute and the options are multiple, and the time is ticking, and I have started writing this blog post four times now. I have tried different lines of enquiry, themes, explanations, … Read more

Guest Blog: Racheal Ofori

Guest blog: Racheal Ofori on what feminism means to her. Racheal will be performing her solo show Portrait as part of Calm Down, Dear festival of feminism between 22-26 September. Feminism is quite the topical issue at the moment and rightly so. However, I feel like there is still a way to go in terms of cracking gender inequality. Having it in mainstream and pop … Read more

The Art of Darkness

Executive Director Amber Massie-Blomfield offers some personal reflections on the experience of sitting in a dark auditorium. When it comes to audience participation, I’ve got form. I’ve had my face painted like a clown; I’ve told my secrets to an actor over whiskey in a private booth; I’ve been bathed, fed and held. I’ve even danced naked on stage at … Read more

Guest Blog: CRANK! Theatre

Guest blog: CRANK Theatre take over the blog this week, ahead of their show Filmland! coming to Calm Down, Dear festival of feminism About the show Filmland! by CRANK Theatre is a fictional biography of Harriet Hartley, who appeared in the first film ever made, Louis le Prince’s Roundhay Garden Scene (1888) then vanished from history. Our story follows Harriet as she journeys to … Read more

Guest Blog: CrossLine Theatre

Guest blog: Natalia from CrossLine Theatre on porn and the industry, ahead of their show Cream Pie coming to Calm Down, Dear festival of feminism Kara Chamberlain and I founded CrossLine Theatre (CLT) in our home town of Edmonton, Canada in 2013. As a company, we explore feminism and the female experience of sex, sexual education, relationships, and day-to-day life. Our first production, Impurities, which premiered … Read more