Common People

A festival exploring working-class experiences

Is working-class “cool” again? Or is that a smokescreen for never-ending austerity: the most sustained attack on people with low incomes in living memory?

Is there “a class-shaped hole” in the diversity debate – and what can we do to plug it?

Who gets to tell working-class stories, and who gets to watch them?

Join CPT and a cracking lineup of working-class theatre-makers on a two-week exploration of the truth, the prole truth and nothing but the truth.

Image credit Opal Fruits by Holly Beasley-Garrigan (c) Samuel Donnelly

Common People Offers:

Early Bird: book before midnight on Fri 16 Feb for tickets at just £7.50 (hurry, this offer is limited!)

Season pass: book 5 or 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!

Shows in this Festival

Tue 17 Apr, 2018 to Sat 21 Apr, 2018

A new show featuring the real voices of proper skint disabled people about the complicated weirdness of being human. Expect puppetry, poetic comedy and one underclass amputee steering the show.

Presented by: Jackie Hagan

Tue 17 Apr, 2018

PLEASE HOLD are a theatre collective who use spoken word, songs and movement to explore experiences of violence at the hands of the British state and how, together, we can survive them.

Presented by: Please Hold Project

Wed 18 Apr, 2018 to Thu 19 Apr, 2018

TEMPORARY explores the social and political reasons for the surge in households in temporary accommodation and the emotional effects for women and children in temporary accommodation.

Presented by: Libby Liburd

Fri 20 Apr, 2018 to Sat 21 Apr, 2018

This is a show about belonging. About tribes and families. About the places you change yourself to try and belong in.

Presented by: Rebecca Atkinson-Lord

Sat 21 Apr, 2018

An open discussion for theatre-makers and artists who identify as working-class.

Presented by: COMMON

Sat 21 Apr, 2018

A workshop to create songs of class and identity. Open to all, regardless of ability.

Presented by: Rebecca W Morris, of the Rebel Choir

Tue 24 Apr, 2018

An explosive nights of work-in-progress exploring the themes of Common People.

Presented by: Various Artists

Wed 25 Apr, 2018

Join a panel of experts as they discuss the persistence – or resurgence – of class inequality in the arts, asks what can be done about it, and proposes some radical solutions.

Presented by: Various speakers

Wed 25 Apr, 2018

An unreliable solo show about the fetishisation of the feral female - about working class women and the trouble with 90’s nostalgia

Presented by: Holly Beasley-Garrigan

Thu 26 Apr, 2018 to Fri 27 Apr, 2018

A new show that explores why we need safe clean homes for all, told through beats and songs, using living looping and beatboxing

Presented by: Beats & Elements

Thu 26 Apr, 2018 to Fri 27 Apr, 2018

Hoffmann's acclaimed rallying cry for times of brutal cuts and disparity - a solo account of shame and poverty from a personal perspective - returns to CPT

Presented by: Catherine Hoffmann

Sat 28 Apr, 2018

Joined by working class artists, thinkers and fakers Scottee & guests explore what it means to grow up on a council estate and who creates the definitions of working class identity

Presented by: Scottee

Sat 28 Apr, 2018

Part lecture, come Hen Party, with a sprinkling of a conference and the grittiness of a squat rave, CHAV is a timely comment on working class female identity.

Presented by: Kelly Green