Come As You Are 2017

When did you come out as male? Or female? For 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.


Call for applications

From 12 September to 1 October 2017, Camden People’s Theatre presents Come As You Are: three weeks of adventurous performance addressing attitudes towards and understanding of gender.

Come As You Are will feature work by the UK’s most exciting theatre artists. The headliner will be Milk Presents’ major new show Bullish, recipient of CPT’s inaugural Home Run commission (supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation). Recent CPT themed festivals (e.g. Calm Down, Dear festival of feminism; Whose London Is It Anyway? festival exploring the housing crisis) featured work by Louise Orwin, Sh!t Theatre, Chris Goode, Fuel Theatre, Coney, Annie Siddons and others.

We are seeking

  • Full productions exploring themes directly relevant to our festival
  • In-development or short (max 25min) performances for mixed-bill ‘scratch’ or cabaret nights
  • Other unusual performance events that may work in the context of this festival

Please note, the festival is primarily concerned with gender, not sexuality. Please also bear in mind, CPT champions and supports innovative, unconventional theatre. We will consider devised, self-made and solo work, interactive work, virtual work, live art and cross-disciplinary work, multimedia work, etc. We are unlikely to consider ‘new writing’, formally conventional work, straight monologues, or any work made according to the usual writer-director-actor hierarchies.

  • Download the information document here
  • Download the application form here

Come As You Are takes place from 12 September – 1 October. If you would like to submit a project proposal, please complete the application form and send to Anna O’Dell at [email protected] (subject field ‘Come As You Are submission’). Please note, late applications will not be admitted, and we’re unable to accept scripts.

Deadline : 10am, Mon 10 April.


Shows in this Festival