Sprint 2017

“A vital, nourishing seedbed for bold, new and emerging artists” – The Stage, March 2016

Sprint is CPT’s flagship annual festival of adventurous new performance. For twenty years, it’s been hosting the most eye-opening new talents in theatre – many of whom are now fixtures on major stages worldwide. In 2017, we can promise you another intense hit of creativity: three weeks of shows like you’ve never seen shows before, by the most exciting theatre-makers you’ve yet to meet.

In Sprint 2017, you’ll find

  • brand new artists making their first professional work
  • fast-rising artists performing new shows for the first time
  • big-hitting artists trying out hot-off-the-press new work

In the latter category, we’re delighted to welcome back to CPT the award-winning artist Scottee, whose extraordinary new production addresses bravado, banter, male aggression and domestic abuse. Bravado will headline the first week of Sprint 2017.

Always a highlight of the CPT year, Sprint is when we play fastest and loosest, where we open our doors widest to the most extraordinary array of new and diverse indie theatre talent. Join us in March for this cavalcade of invention, entertainment and new ideas.

Shows in this Festival

Tue 7 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: Using live music and video projection, Houston presents a DIY Sci-FI that explores what’s important about our planet and what we’d miss if it were gone.

Presented by: Houston

Tue 7 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: Inspired by video games and theories and the rise of artificial intelligence, this immersive performance explores the point at which humans and computers might overlap.

Presented by: Laura Kurlansky & Victoria Watson

Wed 8 Mar, 2017 to Sat 11 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: BRAVADO explores the graphic nature of maleness and the extent it will go to succeed.

Presented by: Scottee

Wed 8 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: LATENT DREAMS is about the Apocalypse. About the rising sea waters, and the invisible plagues.

Presented by: Katrine Turner

Thu 9 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: How much is spent each year on a cancer patient? How much on a prisoner?
 How much on your child’s clothes?

Presented by: Gameshow

Thu 9 Mar, 2017 to Fri 10 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: An interactive clown show that looks at how we can confront anxiety, overcome fear and find freedom.

Presented by: Lauren Silver

Sat 11 Mar, 2017 to Sun 12 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: A psycho-geographic performance-slash-installation about sex and loneliness in digital hookup culture

Presented by: Susanna Fournier & Ted Witzel

Sun 12 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: The Oppression Games examines both the company’s and others personal struggles with sexuality in a world obsessed with labelling.

Presented by: Smallest Majority

Tue 14 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: Casket Case is a show about our fear of death, dying and being dead.

Presented by: Flickbook Theatre

Tue 14 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: Love’s blind, beautiful and broken; but this isn’t a love story.

Presented by: Shambles Theatre

Wed 15 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: In a realm of touch screens and social robots are we deprived of real, human contact?

Presented by: Manic Chord Theatre

Wed 15 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: An adaptation of an adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Black Cat'.

Presented by: LaPelle's Factory

Thu 16 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: An orgasmic celebration of the functions, beautiful variety and overdue ownership of the female body.

Presented by: Sisters of Eden

Thu 16 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: A discovery of what gender means to us, where these perceptions come from and how they shape us.

Presented by: Louisa Claughton

Fri 17 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: A techno-paranoid tale about the absurd lengths we go to in order to justify our online selves

Presented by: Weltschmerz Company

Fri 17 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: A mini historic romp through the female form grotesquely squeezed into cabinets and jars displayed for all who wish to see.

Presented by: Edythe Woolley

Sat 18 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: A riotous, comic and self-aware theatre where the audience decides which route the performance takes.

Presented by: Theatre, JK

Sat 18 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: a witty exploration of the language of sanism, finding beauty beneath wounding words.

Presented by: Gobscure

Sat 18 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: A live art/cabaret deconstruction and reconstruction of Indian corner shop culture.

Presented by: Vijay Patel

Sun 19 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: A showcase of the work created and developed by artists on our trailblazing Starting Blocks scheme

Presented by: Various artists

Tue 21 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: A show about fatherhood, social expectations, traditions and masculinity in UK, created by two Croatian females. Funny, poignant and provoking.

Presented by: notnow Collective

Tue 21 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: A fiery spoken word performance that’s honest and unapologetically feminist.

Presented by: Roxanne Carney

Wed 22 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: Using a blend of storytelling, poetry and scientific dissemination the show examines how pornography impacts on mental health, relationships, and sexual experiences.

Presented by: Wonder Fools

Wed 22 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: An autobiographical work inspired by the widely diverging lives of two women of a similar age.

Presented by: Jess Brodie & Victoria Bianchi

Thu 23 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: A mix of cringe worthy confessions, live games and surreal self-help mantras.

Presented by: Performance Anxiety

Thu 23 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: A homemade pilgrimage, a return to roots, slow motion time travel.

Presented by: Jamie Wood

Fri 24 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: A funny look at how we struggle with death in the internet age and connection with real world.

Presented by: Nathan Birkinshaw

Fri 24 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: A Sprint special edition of our signature nights of brand new works in progress.

Presented by: Various artists

Sat 25 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: An informally-led walk from CPT to Hampstead Heath, ​seeing the city from the pigeons’ point of view.

Presented by: Gameshow

Sat 25 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 207: With a tabletop for a stage, for a limited audience, we will perform - and in performing attempt to reclaim - the language of flowers.

Presented by: Ding & Sich

Sat 25 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: Vanessa Kisuule playfully confronts our contradictory relationship with our bodies and sexiness.

Presented by: Vanessa Kisuule

Sat 25 Mar, 2017 to Sun 26 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: Blasting the past, prepare to rocket into a quest of questions, sing along banter and mystical meetings

Presented by: Deanna Rodger and Gemma Rogers

Sun 26 Mar, 2017

Part of Sprint 2017: A physical-video-poetry-comedy show about labour, loyalty cards and the radical potential of caelidhs.

Presented by: Madi Maxwell-Libby