Starting Blocks Showcase

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Sat 19 March at 7.15pm

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Starting Blocks offers the opportunity to create new theatre work with the support of Camden People’s Theatre, as part of a peer network that encourages collaboration and engagement between participating artists.

Over ten weeks, the selected artists meet weekly to share practice, ideas and their developing works. They are also given space to develop their project and practice. The scheme runs from January to March 2016, allowing time for the participants to develop works-in-progress to be shown at CPT’s prestigious Sprint festival.

In the last four years, Rachel Mars’ hit show The Way You Tell Them, Louise Orwin’s Pretty Ugly, Tom Frankland and Keir Cooper’s Don Quijote and Foxy & Husk’s Fox Symphony have started life on Starting Blocks and gone on to national and international tours, four- and five-star press reviews and extended runs at CPT and beyond.

This years artists and projects include:

Marion Burge
Inspired by personal experiences of otherness and isolation, Nebula is a piece that examines the ‘in-between-space’ of self identification and belonging through the lens of absurd space exploration and sci-fi fantasy. Read Marion’s blog here.

Susan Kempster and Adam Foster
Framed by the pomp and ceremony of bullfighting and inspired by a catalogue of entertainers who have died during performance, Matador(a) is a darkly funny meditation on empathy, death and snails. Read Susan and Adam’s blog here.

Philippa Hambly
Kinkens – Old Scots for the evasive answers to the questions of overly curious children. This is a show about not answering the question ‘what is the meaning of life.’ Read Philippa’s blog here.

Hush now, my darling
Elisabeth Carlile
A show about how to pass breast feeding down a generation. From mother to daughter: human to animal. Read Elisabeth’s blog here.

I feel most […] when I am thrown
Tanya Singh
Performed for live and recorded eyes: an autofictional anti-monologue on fugitivity, moving frames, and the sounds aa, rd and kh.

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