Starting Blocks Showcase

Dates and Times

Sunday 4th July at 7pm

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Ticket information

£12 (£10 concession)

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Featured in our summer season: eight weeks of absolutely banging theatre and performance, in a new building and in a new post-pandemic (we hope…) world. Click here to view the full line-up. 

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A showcase of the work created and developed by artists on our trailblazing Starting Blocks scheme. Over ten weeks, these selected artists meet weekly to share practice, ideas and their developing works. This event is the showcase of that work.

Clumsy Bodies, ‘Clumsy Body Doubles’

“A critic told us that they enjoyed our personal stories about being trans, but didn’t like us as the performers of those stories. So (obviously) we hired cisgender doppelgängers to take over our lives – Scarlett Johansson style. But what happens when they take it too far? When they become better liked by our friends and family, and actually become successful in the arts?”

From Boys Don’t Cry to Danish Girl to Dallas Buyers Club, the majority of commercially successful stories about trans lives go to those with cis actors attached. Who legitimises trans stories, and do we ever get to author them ourselves?

Clumsy Bodies is Oli Isaac and Jess Rahman-González, a trans non-binary duo in a creative and romantic relationship. Most recently, we were commissioned by Raze Collective to develop Anatomy of a Panic, which then toured across the UK at Derby Theatre, Cambridge Junction, Oxford Old Fire Station, and Ovalhouse. We are currently working with the Live Art Development Agency and The Sick of the Fringe to create a workshop series for trans artists to challenge the representation of trans people in horror; re-imagining the genre as a potential site for liberation within trans storytelling.

Instagram: @clumsybodies | Twitter: @clumsybodies

Frankie Thompson, ‘The Sex Party’

“Just pat her on the bottom and send her on her way” – Boris Johnson.
In 2011, a German Insurance Company rewarded its ‘100 best salesmen’ with a riotous sex party in a Budapest spa. The event, costing €83,000, provided inflatable armbands which allowed the entirely white cis male guest-list to ‘float and fornicate’ at the same time.

Part manifesto, part clown show, part animal documentary, The Sex Party investigates how the sexual values of white cis men in positions of power affect our treatment of minorities, sex workers, gender identity, climate change, our own bodies and sex lives.

Frankie Thompson is a clown, artist and emerging idiot. Her one-woman advert break Forbruker had two sold-out runs at Camden People’s Theatre’s and Soho Theatre in 2019. Her live-streamed miniature circus SPACE had two sold-out work-in-progresses at The Place Theatre and Camden People’s Theatre. SPACE also undertook a live-streamed performance from her bedroom, transforming the space to hide tiny handmade miniature worlds on plugs, sockets and lamps in aid of BEAT: Eating Disorders, raising £777. *

Instagram: @Franklyfrankie98  | Twitter: FrankieThomp1

Nick Blakeley, ‘Dead Dads Club’

Ever felt like you’re just not smashing it? Nick has. So when he found out his Dad had a terminal illness he did everything he could to get grief ‘right’… and still messed it up. Dead Dads Club will be an autobiographical theatre show that gets people talking and laughing at grief in a time where kicking the taboo feels more important than ever.

Nick is originally from the North East and trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Credits include: The Claim (Shoreditch Town Hall), I Heart Catherine Pistachio (Encounter), Brideshead Revisited (ETT) and 13 (National Theatre). This will be his first show as a writer-performer and he can’t wait to go on this journey with CPT and the other Starting Blocks artists.

Instagram: @nickblakeley | Twitter: @nickblakeley

Tom Ryalls, ‘Education, Education, Karaoke’

Education, Education, Karaoke is the story of the last 20 years of the British education system and the pop bangers that came to define it. From Tony Blair to Cher Lloyd, we take a romp through how one speech in 1997 lead to the British education system becoming one of the most unequal in the world,  and how karaoke might be the answer to level the playing field. A combination of verbatim interviews and karaoke, we track the way working-class kids were told to aspire to something the establishment never wanted them to have.

Tom Ryalls is a theatre-maker and producer focusing on two strands of work. The Black Hole Project is a series of shows exploring the impact of childhood epilepsy and youth hospitalisations. Inbadtaste is an attempt to deconstruct the middle-class taste values which uphold capitalism. Basically, he’s dreaming up a tacky revolution and Education, Education, Karaoke is the first show in this project. His practice focuses on using documentary techniques to look at the world in childish and camp ways.

www.boyandpen.com |  Instagram: @BoyAndPen | Twitter: @BoyAndPen

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