Calm Down Dear 2018

“Brilliant people doing brilliant things. Space to talk about feminism. A world to be proud of living in” – Guardian writer Maddy Costa on Calm Down, Dear 2014

IT’S BACK! CPT’s legendary celebration of all things  feminist and theatrical Calm Down Dear is here to kick off the new year in glorious, politically awakened style. Blow out the January blues with a festival line-up of brilliant new theatre from the front line of the battle for gender equality. Headlined by Racheal Ofori and Heather Agyeapong’s So Many Reasons, (recipient of a Jerwood Charitable Foundation funded Home Run commission) with work from Vanessa Kisuule, Caroline Horton and many more, expect some of the boldest, brightest voices in performance, presenting work guaranteed to make 2018 a better place.

Image credit (c) Vanessa Kisuule

 

Calm Down, Dear 2018 Offers:

Early Bird: book before midnight on Fri 1 December for tickets at just £7.50 (hurry, this offer is limited!)

Season pass: book 5 of more shows as part of the festival and recieve a 20% discount

Double bill: book two different shows on the same night for just £16 (that’s just £8 each!)

For all of the above offers simply add your tickets to the basket and we’ll do the rest!

Mo 15 JanTue 16 JanWed 17 JanThu 18 JanFri 19 JanSat 20 JanSun 21 Jan
7:30pm7:15pm7:15pm7:15pm7:15pm7:15pm7pm
Calm Down, Dear Big Bang #1 by various artistsSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongThe Doctor Is In by Hannah Ballou
9pm9pm9pm9pm9pm8:30pm
Enter the Dragons by A&E ComedyEnter the Dragons by A&E ComedyThe Gentle Art of Punishment by Daughter ProductThe Gentle Art of Punishment by Daughter ProductThe Gentle Art of Punishment by Daughter ProductQUEEN C*NT – Sacred or Profane? By China Fish
Mon 22 JanTue 23 JanWed 24 JanThu 25 JanFri 26 JanSat 27 JanSun 28 Jan
7:30pm7:15pm7:15pm7:15pm7:15pm7:15pm7pm
Calm Down, Dear Big Bang #2 by various artistsSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongTEMPORARY by Libby Liburd
9pm9pm9pm9pm9pm8:30pm
Enticement Machine by Vanessa MacaulayPSYCHOPOMP by FenSyd & Sylvia

By Claudia Jefferies

 

All of Me by Caroline HortonAll of Me by Caroline HortonQUEEN C*NT – Sacred or Profane? By China Fish
Mon 29 JanTue 30 JanWed 31 JanThu 1 FebFri 2 FebSat 3 FebSun 4 Feb
7:30pm7:15pm7:15pm7:15pm7:15pm7:15pm7pm
Calm Down, Dear Big Bang #3 by various artistsSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongSo Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori & Heather AgyepongThunder Road by RedCape Theatre
9pm9pm9pm9pm9pm
Bodies (broken 4 u) by MEGANDALEXSexy

By Vanessa Kisuule

Sexy

By Vanessa Kisuule

Sexy

By Vanessa Kisuule

Sexy

By Vanessa Kisuule

Shows in this Festival

Mon 15 Jan, 2018

The first of three explosive nights of work-in-progress exploring the themes of Calm Down Dear 2018

Presented by: Various Artists

Tue 16 Jan, 2018 to Sat 3 Feb, 2018

Exploring cultural and generational shifts in how women see themselves and each other, this sassy and soulful new show asks what happens when we realise mums don't always know best.

Presented by: Racheal Ofori

Tue 16 Jan, 2018 to Wed 17 Jan, 2018

Enter The Dragons is a funny, frank and fearless show about the pressures facing women as they age.

Presented by: A&E Comedy

Thu 18 Jan, 2018 to Sat 20 Jan, 2018

Acclaimed Canadian performance in which three women unravel their girlhoods, idols and ideals

Presented by: Daughter Product

Sun 21 Jan, 2018

Dr. Hannah Ballou will diagnose and treat your feminist complaints via her mashup of stand up and live art.

Presented by: Hannah Ballou

Sun 21 Jan, 2018 to Sun 28 Jan, 2018

China Blue Fish & Deborah Antoinette blend music, comedy, drag, dance, buffon and the grotesque - Queen C*nt sees all power to the feminine, the wrathful, the sensual!

Presented by: China Fish

Mon 22 Jan, 2018

The second of three explosive nights of work-in-progress exploring the themes of Calm Down Dear 2018

Presented by: Various Artists

Tue 23 Jan, 2018

Taking twerking, music videos & make-up tutorials to the point of the absurd. Enticement Machine pulls apart the image of the black female body in pop culture.

Presented by: Vanessa Macaulay

Wed 24 Jan, 2018

Combining found text, art animation, dance and an original vapourware soundtrack, PSYCHOPOMP is the typical heroic sci-fi quest, cut up and redistributed with a female protagonist.

Presented by: Fen

Thu 25 Jan, 2018

A one-woman show about misogyny set in a 1980s Working Men’s Club with bastardised karaoke numbers and bad jokes.

Presented by: Claudia Jefferies

Fri 26 Jan, 2018 to Sat 27 Jan, 2018

With comedy, live music, dancing and desperation, All of Me is a one-woman show that considers what it means to be alive, whilst the Showgirl contemplates wanting to end it all.

Presented by: Caroline Horton & China Plate

Sun 28 Jan, 2018

A show about women in temporary accommodation - their experiences and the effect it’s had on them - the human cost of the housing crisis.

Presented by: Libby Liburd

Mon 29 Jan, 2018

The third of three explosive nights of work-in-progress exploring the themes of Calm Down Dear 2018

Presented by: various artists

Tue 30 Jan, 2018

This cabaret performance-come-intimate theatre piece explores youth, class, family, sexuality, and the importance of friendship amongst the shit-storm that is all those things. 

Presented by: MEGANDALEX

Wed 31 Jan, 2018 to Sat 3 Feb, 2018

A playful look at our conflicted relationship with our bodies and sexiness, exploring our obsession with what is sexy through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress.

Presented by: Vanessa Kisuule

Sun 4 Feb, 2018

Thunder Road is about the power of the Heimlich manoeuvre, adventure and escape, the call of the open road, and the kind of friendship you'd take a bullet for

Presented by: RedCape Theatre