Come As You Are 2017

For our brand new festival Come As You Are, CPT welcomes a host of gender-anarchists with more questions than answers, as we confront (and solve?) all the world’s issues regarding female, male, between and beyond. It’s not going to be pretty – but it might just be beautiful.

In the last few years, progressive thinking about gender has gone mainstream, and understanding has developed of gender as infinite variety. More and more individuals are reclaiming the right to define their genders, their bodies, their selves.  Some have called this “the ultimate forum for self-expression”, some “the next civil rights frontier”. Either way, it’s a destabilising and liberating cultural change.

Come join us at CPT as we interrogate and celebrate gender from cis to trans, from binary to beyond.

Come As You Are will be headlined by Bullish by Milk Presents commissioned by CPT and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Festival pass: grab tickets to 5 or more shows and get 20% off.

Come As You Are interactive schedule

Mon 11

No performances

Tue 12

7.15pm Bullish by Milk Presents

 

9pm Salvation: Shamanic Striptease by Daniel P Cunningham & Mark J Hamilton

Wed 13

7.15pm Bullish by Milk Presents

 

9pm Raising Our Voices by LGBTQ Arts Review

Thu 14

7.15pm Bullish by Milk Presents

Fri 15

7.15pm Bullish by Milk Presents

 

9pm Pecs: The Gender Agenda by Pecs: The Drag King Collective

Sat 16

7.15pm Bullish by Milk Presents

 

9pm The Fems by House of Idiot

Sun 17

No performance

Mon 18

7.30pm Big Bang #1

Tue 19

7.15pm Drag Me To Love by Bonnie and the Bonettes

 

9pm Man Up! by Camilla Harding & Alexandra Sinclair

Wed 20

7.15pm Bullish by Milk Presents

 

9pm Raising Our Voices by LGBTQ Arts Review

Thu 21

10am-1pm Gender Positivity and Inclusion Workshop

 

7.15pm Bullish by Milk Presents

 

9pm Non-Binary Electro Hour by Ray Filar

Fri 22

7.15pm Bullish by Milk Presentss

 

9pm Shorty by Hester Chillingworth

Sat 23

6pm Talk: Towards a gender-free future?

 

7.15pm Bullish by Milk Presents

 

9pm Journey from Man to Woman by Mamoru Iriguchi

Sun 24

No performances

Mon 25

7.30pm Big Bang #2

Tue 26

7.15pm Masculine Expressions of my Creative Prowess by Pablo Pakulo

 

9pm If Britney Could Get Through 2007 We Can Get Through This by Jo Hauge

Wed 27

7.15pm Bullish by Milk Presents

 

9pm Raising Our Voices by LGBTQ Arts Review

Thu 28

7.15pm Bullish by Milk Presents

 

9pm Currently Untitled by Ellie Stamp

Fri 29

7.15pm Bullish by Milk Presents

 

9pm Oi, Cissy by Whatsthat Performance

Sat 30

7.15pm Bullish by Milk Presents

 

9pm As We Like It by Orley Quick and the Hairy Heroines

Sun 1

No performances

 

 

 

Shows in this Festival

Tue 12 Sep, 2017 to Sat 30 Sep, 2017

Commissioned by CPT. A lyrical new play exploring trans and non-binary identity through the lens of greek mythology. Cheeky, raucous and irreverent.

Presented by: Milk Presents

Tue 12 Sep, 2017

Imagine a club where the dancer is a hot priest. Come and enjoy the possibility of liberation through sweat, song and fake money

Presented by: Daniel P Cunningham & Mark J Hamilton

Wed 13 Sep, 2017 to Wed 27 Sep, 2017

A platform for the lesser heard LGBTQ+ voices on stage from the LGBTQ Arts Review. Fun, immersive and interactive

Presented by: LGBTQ Arts Review

Fri 15 Sep, 2017

Following the sold-out 'Pecs: Let’s Talk about Sex', the Drag King Collective bring you the second instalment of their workshop performance series

Presented by: Pecs: The Drag King Collective

Sat 16 Sep, 2017

Dark and funny cabaret melodrama performed by a chorus of glamorous monsters. Silliness, dancing, laughter - and maybe a few thoughts thrown in too

Presented by: House of Idiot

Mon 18 Sep, 2017

The first of two explosive nights of work-in-progress performance exploring the themes of Come As You Are

Presented by: Various artists

Tue 19 Sep, 2017

A three person, autobiographical show that combines drag performance with theatrical storytelling to mark the birth of a drag queen from Doncaster. It’s full of pop anthems, neon bobs, and glitter!

Presented by: Bonnie and the Bonnettes

Tue 19 Sep, 2017

A Feminist drag theatre show exploring gender and identity that asks you to question just how and why guys and gals are put, painted and paired together.

Presented by: Camilla Harding & Alexandra Sinclair

Thu 21 Sep, 2017

A workshop run by Milk Presents: an introduction to positive gender inclusivity within arts organisations

Presented by: Milk Presents

Thu 21 Sep, 2017

A show about trans life, queer sex and radical left politics told through the medium of electro-punk songs and spoken word and dancing, and other kinds of storytelling.

Presented by: Ray Filar

Fri 22 Sep, 2017

Shorty is a deconstructed drag child. The show is about inbetweenness in gender and the queerness of childhood. It’s light, dark, stupid and serious.

Presented by: Hester Chillingworth

Sat 23 Sep, 2017

Our understanding of gender is evolving at sometimes dizzying pace. Join CPT and our panel of experts to discuss where it’s all leading.

Presented by: Panel discussion

Sat 23 Sep, 2017

An interactive cabaret lecture that explores fluidity of sexual and gender identities in nature, including human society.

Presented by: Mamoru Iriguchi

Mon 25 Sep, 2017

The second of two explosive nights of work-in-progress exploring the themes of Come As You Are

Presented by: various artists

Tue 26 Sep, 2017

What hides beneath the monolithic notion of ‘masculinity’? What is it (or should it feel like) to be a man? Pablo is still trying to figure it out

Presented by: Pablo Pakula

Tue 26 Sep, 2017

Britney.... is a riot grrl tribute show about being aggressively sad and queer, and the journey from "I'm not like other girls, girls are stupid" to "I'm not actually a girl, but girl stuff is the bomb dot com”

Presented by: Jo Hauge

Thu 28 Sep, 2017

Currently Untitled is an early scratch exploration into the gendered codes of emotional and physical strength and vulnerability

Presented by: Ellie Stamp

Fri 29 Sep, 2017

A collage of performed self-portraits, devised and presented by a cast of trans and non-binary performers. Sometimes humorous, deeply touching and always personal

Presented by: Whatsthat Performance

Sat 30 Sep, 2017

Welcome to the world of the Hairy Heroines. Subtle, conflicted, playful and provocative games, both familiar and reinvented, underpin and undermine expressions of gender through dance and theatre.

Presented by: Orley Quick and the Hairy Heroines