The Absolute Truth About Absolutely Everything

Dates and Times

Thu 22 Sep and Thu 6 - Sat 8 Oct at 9pm (22 Sep) and 7pm (6-8 Oct)

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Ticket information

£12 / 10 (conc)

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Part of Calm Down Dear, CPT’s unique festival of innovative feminist performance. Catch two shows in one night for just £16 with our double bill offer. Browse the rest of the programme here.

Presented by Olly Hawes

Please note: this show contains graphic descriptions of extreme pornography that some audience members may find offensive.

A show about a crisis of masculinity
performed by a different female performer each night

“This feels like a very dangerous game. Exciting, and very brave, and dangerous.” David Harradine, Artistic Director, Fevered Sleep

A piece that offers a challenging but radically humane portrait of what it is to live in a society that is privileged like no other, but has a chronic poverty of empathy and what that means for the relationship between men and women.

Presented by the writer but performed by a new performer each night, the show charts the story of a crisis in the writer’s life. As the performer and audience discover new details, two people struggling for control are revealed the writer desperately trying to take control of his past, and the performer, at each turn unsure of what she’s complying with. A richly textured work that blurs fiction and reality to create a piece that is lightly humorous and darkly unsettling, The Absolute Truth About Absolutely Everything is a show combining beautifully crafted and experimental storytelling that utilises the unpredictable nature of live performance.

“Fantastically unsettling and searching work. All the more so because it feels warmly, intricately and methodically done – whilst always living on the edge of anarchy. If Kim Noble and Tim Crouch raised a child together, it might make shows like this.” Tim Cowbury, Made In China

“Olly Hawes is a young performer who is sure to find greatness” A Younger Theatre

Made with Matthew Evans, Sara Sassanelli and Eleanor Porter

The development of this show has been supported by Arts Council England, Camden People’s Theatre and Goldsmiths

About the arist

About the artist

Olly makes performance that combines storytelling, theatre and live art. His work explores how we connect with each other and looks to create a conversation between people. His first show, You, Me and The World, went on a mini tour (CPT, Pleasance, Derby), culminating at the Edinburgh Festival (Zoo). He has worked at The National, The Young Vic, and was a Creative Associate at the Bush. He is co-artistic director of community storytelling company take stock exchange. He was selected as a Clore Emerging Cultural Leader in 2016.

Reviews of You, Me and The World

‘A shining gem of a show… Unique, builds a connection with the audience which is enthralling… an intimacy which is closer than any other fringe show’ Andy Smith, A Younger Theatre

‘To call it a simply a show does not do it credit, it is an exploration of love, intimacy and connection. Genius.’ Laura Darrall, Postscript Journal

‘An emotional rollercoaster that provides a fascinating insight into the lives of others.’ Alison Kerr, The Scotsman

‘How, in a universe 14 trillion light-years wide, does anyone ever find love? And yet, as you and your neighbour ponder dancing and shagging, there’s some small chance you’ll do just that. Loveable. Entertaining.’ Matt Trueman, Fest










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