Handle with Care

Trigger warnings. No platforming. Cultural appropriation.

In years gone by, the old criticised the young for being reckless and rude. Nowadays, the young – so-called ‘Generation Snowflake – stand accused of being over-sensitive and lacking resilience. Too quick to take – and too scared to give – offence. CPT’s new three-week festival Handle with Care takes this idea to task. Are we more sensitive to ‘micro-aggressions’ – or just less willing to tolerate them? Where does healthy self-assertion end – and entitlement begin?

Over three weeks, and headlined by Natasha Nixon and Marcelo dos Santos’s extraordinary new show Trigger Warning, the UK’s most exciting theatremakers strike out beyond their safe spaces to explore this brave (or should that be timid?) new world.

Autumn 2019 ticket offers:

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

Season pass: book 3 or more shows as part of the festival and receive a 10% discount, book 5 or more to receive 20% off.

Double bill: book two different shows on the same night for just £16 (£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 22 Oct, 2019 to Sat 9 Nov, 2019

Presented by: EUROTRASH

Absurd, comic and dangerous, Trigger Warning fuses movement, text and lipsync to push 'content warnings' to their breaking point (and beyond). Created by Marcelo Dos Santos and Natasha Nixon.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Tue 22 Oct, 2019 to Sat 26 Oct, 2019

Presented by: TomYumSim

A fantastical self-help seminar for extra-ordinary special people. Prepare to be transformed and rebirthed as the best possible version of yourself. Because you are special. And you know it.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Mon 28 Oct, 2019

Presented by: Various artists

An explosive night of performance from which new universes of theatre may one day emerge, based on the themes of Handle with Care

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Tue 29 Oct, 2019

Presented by: Free School Lunch

Three white girls run a summer camp - but wait, we aren't just - um, a butch queer, a dirt-femme lesbian, and a straight girl - but that's not quite right either : where did we put the fucking equality forms?

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Wed 30 Oct, 2019

Presented by: Fatiha El-Ghorri & Toby Clarke

Fatiha, a funny Muslim and Toby, a fundamental atheist, will meet for the second time at CPT, in front of a live audience hoping they don’t offend one another...

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Thu 31 Oct, 2019

Presented by: Jack AG Britton

a TED-talk-meets-theatre show that combines comedy, live music and spoken word to ask the big (or little) question: should we be taking heightism more seriously?

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Fri 1 Nov, 2019 to Sat 2 Nov, 2019

Presented by: Attila Theatre

A character led investigation into Incel phenomenon and the manosphere. Chris explores online misogyny and how the internet can hold safe spaces for young, lonely and angry men.

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Sun 3 Nov, 2019

Presented by: Venice as a Dolphin

To avoid fainting, keep repeating, it's only theatre. Only theatre .Only theatre .Only theatre. Only theatre. Exploitation is a play about going too far and not finding your way back.

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Sun 3 Nov, 2019

Presented by: Unshaded Arts

A new performance piece that addresses the fine line between tolerance and bigotry, scrutinising the negative repercussions of freedom of speech in line with our reactive social media culture.

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Mon 4 Nov, 2019

Presented by: Various artists

An explosive night of performance from which new universes of theatre may one day emerge, based on the themes of Handle with Care

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Tue 5 Nov, 2019 to Wed 6 Nov, 2019

Presented by: Pablo Pakula

A sonata for the 'Snowflake Generation' and a Rorschach test for your personal offense-taking mechanisms. A cognitive, moral, and sensory attack on your psyche!

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

Thu 7 Nov, 2019

Presented by: Adam Foster

A Punch & Judy puppet show. A seagull caws. A sea breeze blows. BUT THEN – OUTRAGE!!

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Fri 8 Nov, 2019

Presented by: Len, Jo & Freyja

Len Gwyn (your friendly neighbourhood genderqueer drag king) and Jo Nastari (your number one go-to right-on theatre-making Latinx) bellow a rallying cry to galvanise our generation.

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Sat 9 Nov, 2019

Presented by: Haylin Cai

Sometimes the hardest people to reconcile with are your family. Shuyan fled from her home, but can she escape from herself?

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)