Ah yes, it’s August, and that can only mean one thing: the madness is starting all over again. As we pack artistic director Brian Logan off to Edinburgh with his sturdiest shoes and his sharpie covered festival brochure, here’s the lowdown on some of the amazing artists doing their thang at this year’s fringe festival. In various ways CPT has supported each of these shows to be made. Here’s why we love them:
Sh!t Theatre are grand dames of the CPT family (and also our kickass associate artists). Letters to Windsor House first surfaced as part of our Whose London is it Anyway? festival (Jan 2016), exploring regeneration and the housing crisis. It’s a riotous account of the company’s life in a shared flat in Windsor House, and how the housing crisis has touched them personally, told in trademark Sh!t Theatre style – that means fast paced, musical, messy, and very funny indeed. Sh!t Theatre might just be the voice of Generation Rent.
On the Run developed Tell Me Anything as part of Starting Blocks, our ten week artist development programme that runs every spring, culminating in performances as part of Sprint festival. It’s a moving one man show about masculinity and devotion, exploring the complexities of teenage relationships and how you support someone with an eating disorder.
Rachael Clerke’s Cuncrete is basically our fantasy of an Edinburgh fringe show (and frankly our fantasy of a great night out, full stop). Performed by The Great White Males, it’s a critique of alpha masculinity and the built environment – the best drag king punk theatre show about brutalist architecture you could ever hope to see. Don’t miss it.
Blush is the latest from Snuffbox, the brilliant team behind the award winning Bitchboxer. It’s a new play exploring the culture of revenge porn and its devastating consequences. If you don’t get a chance to catch it in Edinburgh, don’t worry – it will be at CPT this autumn as part of Calm Down Dear.
Hannah Nicklin is a huge inspiration to us, and not just because it makes us knackered just thinking about how far she’s capable of running/swimming/cycling. Equations for a Moving Body is a show about her experiences competing in an ironman triathlon – but it’s also about the physiology of endurance and her relationships with the people that get her over the finish line. It’s a work composed with huge care and consideration. Describing one moment in her journey Hannah says ‘it just felt really honest’. That goes for her show too.
TANK by Breach Theatre examines what happened in 1960s when, as part of a NASA funded experiment, a researcher lived with a dolphin for ten weeks to try and teach him English. It’s about the politics of language, the power of culture – and what happens when you inject a cetacean with LSD. We’re full of love for this company, creators of last year’s mega hit, The Beanfield – their sophisticated work is often as much about what it means to present something on stage, as it is about the subject matter itself.
We’re still desperately trying to figure out how to be cool. Fortunately, Lewys Holt has the answers! Of, Or At, A Fairly Low Temperature mixes dance, storytelling and comedy to look at notions of ‘cool’. And Theatre Temoin’s The Marked is a haunting, mystical masked piece based on real stories of homelessness, developed with St Mungo’s Recovery College and Cardboard Citizens.
Edinburgh Fringe is also a great chance for us to connect with new artists – if you’ve looked at our website, if you make the kind of innovative work we’re here to support (no straight plays, please!), and if you think your show fits our programming priorities, please make contact! We’re particularly interested in shows exploring themes of sex and feminism, and any interesting theatre/music crossover projects – shows that might be considered a gig, or exploring music fan culture… You can tweet us at @CamdenPT, or email Anna on [email protected]
To all of the artists we’ve worked with and are yet to work with: YOU INSPIRE US with your absolute dedication to making the world a better place with your hard work, creativity and originality. Have an absolutely AMAZING Edinburgh Fringe – we’ll see you on the other side!