The Americans call it fall – but this year’s autumn season at CPT feels like phoenix rising from the Covid ashes. Actual shows! On our actual (refurbished) stage! By the UK’s most exciting new artists, released from eighteen-month seclusion!

If You Love Me, This Might Hurt
(c) Corinne Cumming

After our pilot re-opening in the summer, here it now is: a three-month programme of extraordinary new adventures in theatre, many of which we’ve been impatiently waiting to share with you. We’ve got Matty May’s heart-rending and funny If You Love Me, This Might Hurt, which you must not miss. We’ve got Tom Ryalls’ part-party, part-performance experiment Education, Education, Karaokeaddressing New Labour’s broken promises on class. We’ve got out-there new work from indie theatre icons Sue Maclaine and Hannah Ringham and returning CPT favourites including Frankie Thompson, Sh!t Theatre and Tom Cassani.

Two pandemic years have taught us what we value about a night at the theatre. This is what we value: extravagant new talent bursting with things to say, and an audience assembled to share in that, and respond. Join us! Our new sliding doors are wide open, our new bar is well stocked – and we’ve got a legion of artists here to entertain you…

Shows in this Festival

Thu 7 Oct, 2021 to Sat 9 Oct, 2021

Presented by: Guido Garcia Lueches in association with Mariana Malena Theatre Co

An actor from Latin America tries to find his place in the UK theatre scene, all funny accents and salsa rhythms. At what point does the stereotype start playing him?

Tickets £12/10 (conc.), special £8 conc. for Latin Americans

Tue 12 Oct, 2021 to Wed 13 Oct, 2021

Presented by: Aliki Chapple in association with LittleMighty

One internet thread. Two actors. 666 Comments. In October 2010 cartoonist Gabby Schulz posted a comic strip on his website. It was about online sexism. What could possibly go wrong?

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Tue 12 Oct, 2021 to Wed 13 Oct, 2021

Presented by: Gobscure

A 'support worker' said "what dya need books for yr homeless?". Here's our revenge. Thirteen years of reading, graduating from the open university. A highly visual performance 'rewriting the future'.

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Thu 14 Oct, 2021 to Sat 16 Oct, 2021

Presented by: Sarah Richardson in association with SJ Woods

Lucy is unassuming, average and awkward. And when it comes to sex, what she lacks in experience, she makes up for in curiosity. GirlPlay is an exploration of love and sex spun out in slam.

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Sun 17 Oct, 2021

Presented by: Ambriel Productions in association with Purple Moon Drama

Set against the backdrop of the Rhodes Must Fall movement at Oxford University, Essentially Black looks at what happens when race and elite universities collide

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Tue 19 Oct, 2021 to Sat 30 Oct, 2021

Presented by: Daisy Hale and Matty May

Matty May was conceived during a drunken one-night stand on his Nan’s settee in July 1988, he has since tried to kill himself three times, if you love him, this show might hurt.

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Wed 27 Oct, 2021 to Thu 28 Oct, 2021

Presented by: Serena Ramsey

Oi oi! Serena Ramsey is back navigating her way through the explosive world of abandonment, cults, and Mammy issues. Expect witchcraft, iconic dance numbers, Greggs, and lots of Newcastle Brown Ale.

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Fri 29 Oct, 2021 to Sat 30 Oct, 2021

Presented by: Sh!t Theatre

A work-in-progress for a brand new future-cult musical that is not called ‘Don’t Look Over Here, Andrew Lloyd Webber’ but for legal reasons is currently called ‘Don’t Look Over Here, Andrew Lloyd Webber’

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Tue 9 Nov, 2021 to Wed 10 Nov, 2021

Presented by: Rowan Rheingans

A bold heartfelt fusion of courageous storytelling and original songs. The joy, pain and complexity of a true family story from 1940’s Germany are unravelled in this intimate, gig - theatre immersion.

Tickets £15/12 (conc.)

Thu 11 Nov, 2021 to Sat 13 Nov, 2021

Presented by: Tom Cassani and Peader Kirk

I Promise You That Tonight ...we will walk on broken glass as if it were sand beneath our feet and we will put our hands into fire but not leave a mark.

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Thu 11 Nov, 2021 to Sat 13 Nov, 2021

Presented by: Russeni Fisher

A story of two friends on a night out in London, with spoken word poetry at the forefront of the dialogue.

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Tue 16 Nov, 2021 to Thu 18 Nov, 2021

Presented by: Hannah Ringham and Sue MacLaine

A work-in-progress whose ideas are nascent, combustible, reckless, funny, violent, and the product of a new collaboration between Hannah Ringham & Sue MacLaine who will be onstage together and apart.

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Tue 16 Nov, 2021 to Wed 17 Nov, 2021

Presented by: Liv Ello

An anti-drag solo show from Liv Ello bringing together a subversion of preconceived ideas of gender, a touch of surrealism, and a strong distaste for all that is binary and bourgeois!

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

A man's head floating in centra of galaxy
Thu 18 Nov, 2021 to Sat 20 Nov, 2021

Presented by: Richard Popple

Richard’s Uncle Tony is an eccentric, introvert. An ‘ideas’ man. Whilst adapting one of these ideas, Richard inadvertently delves into their relationship and the roots of their shared loneliness.

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Tue 23 Nov, 2021 to Sat 27 Nov, 2021

Presented by: BAP!

Armed with a state education, a karaoke machine and a dance mat, an unrehearsed guest performer takes a nostalgic romp through the last 20 years of education and pop music.

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Tue 23 Nov, 2021 to Thu 25 Nov, 2021

Presented by: Frankie Thompson

'Acclaimed clown’ Frankie Thompson presents a brand-new electric, satirical comedy. Part performative essay, part clown show, part animal documentary and part drag manifesto investigating of the scandalous sex lives of politicians past and present!

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Mon 29 Nov, 2021

Presented by: Barrel Organ

LIVE is back. At its old stomping ground. Expect a night of daring work, giving emerging, under-represented artists a chance to test new material before a live audience.

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Tue 30 Nov, 2021 to Wed 1 Dec, 2021

Presented by: Tania Camara

A semi-autobiographical solo about being a successfully educated black woman within western society, Oreo interrogates racial micro-aggressions and their effect on mental health within private and public personas.

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Thu 2 Dec, 2021 to Fri 3 Dec, 2021

Presented by: TomYumSim

A subversive interrogation of truth, inspired by Instagram wellness influencer and cancer “survivor” Belle Gibson. Mixing social media experiments with live performance, Simone explores influencer culture and our obsession with crafting “authentic” versions of ourselves online.

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Thu 2 Dec, 2021 to Fri 3 Dec, 2021

Presented by: Nat Norland

Dreamsick aims to answer timeless questions: what did the angel say? Could a Californian draughtsman read the future? Did our dreams go wrong? Can a person become a building live onstage?

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)