Calm Down, Dear 2013

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21 October 2014 to 10 November 2014 at 7.30pm and 9pm

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“Genuinely urgent and deeply necessary. It demands, and deserves, to be seen” – Exeunt theatre mag, Nov 2013

After CPT’s Futureshock (Nov 2012) and Beyond The Joke (Jan 2013) festivals, Calm Down, Dear was the venue’s latest themed mini-season, this time presenting a three-week season of innovative theatre, performance, comedy, cabaret and discussion on the subject of feminism.  What did it mean then? What does it mean now? Why is it resurgent?

At the launch of the event, CPT co-directors Jenny Paton and Brian Logan said: “We were struck earlier this year by the number of feminist-themed applications to our annual Sprint festival. That didn’t come out of nowhere: the boom in feminist thought and action – from No More Page 3 to Caitlin Moran, from Jane Austen on banknotes to Everyday Sexism on Twitter – has been one of the most heartening features of public life in the last couple of years. Our Calm Down, Dear festival celebrates and channels that. We’re really proud to be hosting some of the most exciting and urgent art to be found at the crest of this feminist new wave”

 Calm Down, Dear ran from late October to mid-November 2013. It was headlined by Louise Orwin‘s acclaimed documentary-theatre project Pretty Ugly, which was initially developed on CPT’s Starting Blocks programme, then went on to receive global media attention (NBC News, 7sur7 [France], El Confidencial [Spain], Radio 4 Woman’s Hour) for its innovative treatment of the issue of teenage girls’ activity on social media. Other artists/shows in the festival included:

The Fanny Hill Project, by Theatre State

Poke, by Amanda Monfrooe

A Bic for Her, by Bridget Christie

Asking for It: a One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else!, by Adrienne Truscott

The GB Project, by Kate Craddock

Portrait, by Racheal Ofori

Am I Right, Ladies?, by Luisa Omielan

My Big Sister Taught Me This Lapdance, by Rosana Cade

Nineties Woman by Rosie Wilby

Ban This Filth!, by Alan Bissett

We, Objectby Figs in Wigs

The Feminine Heavy, by Sara Pascoe

Weird Sisters, by Chris Goode

The festival also featured the Calm Down, Dear cabaret night feat. Lucy HutsonRachel MarsSh!t Theatre & more; Beta Public, which explored the crossover between feminism, videogames & performance; a short films night curated by the Underwire festival; a Devoted & Disgruntled event hosted by Alex Murdoch and Improbable Theatre, asking “how do we support the women making new theatre?“; and a scratch night with new feminist performance from Huntley Street, Victoria Bianchi and Julie Rose Bower


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