Dates and Times
Sat 12 March at 6pm
Presented by Gameshow and Emily Lim
Work in Progress Performance
This performance is suitable for grown ups and kids.
This is a show about growing up – what it’s like growing up, how it feels being a grown up, and what people who aren’t grown up yet want to know about being grown up.
A child actor will perform the first draft of a script drawn from workshops with both children and adults, and interviews with people who live and work in CPT’s neighbourhood. Why do adults drink coffee? Is it hard to hold on to past memories? Where did you get your suit and your powers and your shield?
The starting point that children speak for the grown ups who usually speak for them reveals the gaps between what adults think children need to know about growing up and what children feel they need to know. What are the missing pieces of information from schooling, parenting, curriculums and government advice? What are the big secrets children want to know? What are their greatest fears? And where do they think adults have gone wrong?
The format plays with the age-old idea that by looking at and listening to children we can learn most about ourselves. We witness the next generation inhabiting the world being built for them – and ask who is taking responsibility for it.
‘Grown Up’ by Gameshow and Emily Lim is the recipient of CPT’s inaugural People’s Theatre Award.
Part of Sprint Festival 2016: London’s biggest and best festival of the newest, most adventurous theatre from across the UK and beyond.
Catch Grown Up in a double bill with Big Bang on the same evening. Two shows for just £16!
About the Artists
Gameshow is run by Matt Ryan and Matthew Evans. They have produced plays and other performance projects together since 2008, including the 2012 CPT commission The HS2 Project. They want to make audiences think and feel in new ways.
Emily Lim is a director who specialises in creating work with non-professional performers. Directing credits include Brainstorm at the National Theatre’s Temporary Theatre and The Kilburn Passion at the Tricycle Theatre.