Being European: Before the Referendum

Five days before the EU Referendum: a day of talks and inspiring theatre to help you make your mind up.

This June, the UK votes on whether or not to remain in the European Union. It’s a fork-in-the-road moment for the country – politically, and in terms of who we are. Do we consider ourselves European – and is that synonymous with being in the EU? What is European identity, anyway? What would it mean to stay together, or separate?

In partnership with the European Theatre Research Network (University of Kent), the Inside/Outside Europe Research Network (University of Winchester) and Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre (Birkbeck College), CPT brings you a one-day festival exploring European identity. Featuring five terrific new performances from some of the UK’s most exciting artists, plus talks, discussions and provocations, ‘Before the Referendum’ is the event you can’t do without in the run-up to the most signficant vote for a generation…

In September 2016, CPT will bring you ‘After the Referendum’ a follow-up mini-festival featuring new commissioned work exploring European themes.


Join us for the whole day for just £20 (£16 conc) – simply add the ‘afternoon‘ and ‘evening‘ tickets into your basket, and we’ll do the rest!

Full programme

Afternoon ticket:

1.15pm – Welcome
1.30pm – Unmasked by Acheulian (work in progress, 45mins – full info below)
2.15pm – Being European provocation
2.45pm – Talk: How are arts & culture engaging with ideas of Europe? (60mins)
4pm-5pm – Post by Xavier de Sousa (work in progress, 60mins – full info below)

Evening ticket:

5.30pm – Eurohouse by Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca (work in progress, 45mins – full info below)
6.30pm – Talk: Europe: Guardian of Democracy? (60mins)
7.45pm – Homesick by Babakas (work in progress, 35mins – full info below)
8.30pm – Being European provocation
9pm – DOUZE by X&Co (60mins – full info below)


Shows in this Festival