Dates and Times
Sun 9 Oct at 7pm
Part of Calm Down Dear, CPT’s unique festival of innovative feminist performance.
The second of two scratch nights as part of Calm Down Dear, exploring the themes of the festival. Expect brand new works in progress, never-before-seen ideas and artists dipping their toes in the water. Schedule to be announced, but artists performing include:
BODIY (working title) by Milk Presents
Recipients of CPT’s brand new HomeRun commission, Milk Presents present an interactive installation exploring gender identity, part of their work on new project BODIY. www.milkpresents.com
The Coping Chapter by Kittensh*t
When a character is revealed as having been sexually abused on a TV show or film, it’s used to justify why they are ‘broken.’ Why they turn to drugs, prostitution, an eating disorder, self-harm; why they commit suicide, can’t have a successful relationship; why they murder people or go onto abuse others. And its bollocks! The majority of cases of sexual abuse go unreported, so where are all the victims? Are they curled up in a ball, whispering to themselves about how life is a misery? No. They’re cracking on with life.
When you’re on the route to recovery, you don’t know that this is the case. I started to believe I was going to be ‘damaged’ forever, but then I realised everyone is damaged and me feeling sorry for myself wasn’t going to help. In this show I invite you into my Bridget Jones-esque life to show you it’s not all doom and gloom, and not all the gloom in my life stems from what happened to me when I was younger. I mean, it does. But not THAT.
Womb by Myah Jeffers
A teenage girl is on the quest to find herself through male attention. She navigates her journey to womanhood by becoming a woman as quickly as she can. Or at least she tries to. Womb follows the ramblings, thoughts and decisions of a young black girl coming to terms with her sexual desires. But ‘he’ doesn’t want her to become too self-‐assured and tries to mould her into his idea of a woman. Will she be able to maintain her true sense of self? Or will she become consumed by him?
Suck It Up by Janine Fletcher
Suck It Up explores how the shape of a body can also shape a life and draws on relationships to food as a means of emotional control. It is an attempt to seek comfort in the uncomfortable.
This evening’s performance is a very early work-in-progress showing to test ideas with an audience. These early stages have been supported by South East Dance in partnership with Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and an informal residency at Ovalhouse. Suck It Up is being developed in 2016/2017. Choreographed and performed by Janine Fletcher. Dramturgy by Sue MacLaine. www.janinefletcher.co.uk