Before the Referendum: Evening ticket

Dates and Times

Sat 18 June at 5.30pm-10pm

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Being European: Before the Referendum
Evening ticket (5.30pm-10pm)

In June, the UK votes on whether or not to remain in the European Union. It’s a fork-in-the-road moment for the country – politically, and in terms of who we are. Do we consider ourselves European – and is that synonymous with being in the EU? What is European identity, anyway? What would it mean to stay together, or separate?

In partnership with the European Theatre Research Network (University of Kent), the Inside/Outside Europe Research Network (University of Winchester) and Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre (Birkbeck College), CPT brings you a unique one-day festival exploring European identity. Featuring five terrific new performances from some of the UK’s most exciting artists, plus talks, discussions and provocations, ‘Before the Referendum’ is the event you can’t do without in the run-up to the most signficant vote for a generation…

Programme of events for evening ticket:

5.30pm – Eurohouse by Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca (work in progress, 45mins – full info below)
6.30pm – Talk: Europe: Guardian of Democracy? (60mins)
7.45pm – Homesick by Babakas (work in progress, 35mins – full info below)
8.30pm – Being European provocation
9pm – DOUZE by X&Co (60mins – full info below)

160411 Greece 017Eurohouse  by Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca

Inspired by the ongoing crisis in Athens and all over Europe, your hosts for the evening – one Greek and one French – summon up the spirits and ideas of their favourite revolutionary leaders.

Among a mess of food, wine and traditional tzatziki, two performers sing and dance against austerity.

Developed between Bristol, London and Athens, Eurohouse will premiere at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Nasi Voutsas is a founder member of Antler Theatre; Bertrand Lesca is co-Artistic Director of FellSwoop Theatre.

@fellswooptheatr | @nasi_v


Talk – Europe: Guardian of Democracy?

Panel : Nadine El-Enany (Lecturer in Law, Birkbeck), Dermot Hodson (Reader in Political Economy, Birkbeck) & Mario Mendez (Senior Lecturer in Law, QMUL)

Is the European Union a guardian of democracy? What more can we do to secure democracy in Europe? Is leaving the EU a step towards a better Europe or a Europe in disarray?

The upcoming referendum offers us an opportunity to consider how the voices of Europe’s peoples are being heard. In this panel, we will debate whether democracy will be better saved by reforming the EU, or by abolishing it. And for those of us who will be voting, the panel will consider whether how the UK might contribute to a more democratic Europe through the referendum.

babakasHomesick by Babakas

Homesick tells the story of a place in flux: Café Europa. The regulars hail from Belgium, Greece, Spain and the UK. As the evening draws on they fight and reunite in a constant quest to belong. Fusing drama, contemporary dance and architecture, and making playful use of multilingualism, Homesick threatens to be surprising, funny, immersive and surreal.  | @bab_kas


In 2015 Pop Star wannabe XNTHONY set out for Eurovision glory. Armed with as many fizzy pop songs as he could muster, he and his backing singers The Penny Slots took Tiger Dublin Fringe by storm and believed that they were on the cusp of representing Ireland in 2016.

Except, they weren’t.

But they’re not about to give up now. XNTHONY’s making (another) comeback equipped with glitter, capes, and a whole host of potential songs to try and convince you to support them… when they get there… eventually.

“Boris Johnson’s worst nightmare” Prague Fringe 


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