Sprint 2018

“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 21 years, it’s been hosting the most eye-opening new talents in theatre – many of whom are now fixtures on major stages worldwide.  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.

In 2018, we can promise you another intense hit of creativity: three weeks of shows like you’ve never seen shows before, by the most surprising theatre-makers you’ve yet to meet. This year’s lineup, as ever, features brand new artists making their first professional work, and fast-rising talent performing new shows for the first time. Highlights include a three-night run of Camden Youth Theatre’s electrifying NOISE, Jo Hauge’s unmissable If Britney Could Get Through 2007 We Can Get Through This and a preview of the new offering TYPICAL from the creators of 2017’s smash-hit Queens of Sheba, Nouveau Riche.

19 nights. 46 different shows. So much to get excited about. Join us.

Sprint 2018 Offers:

Early Bird: book before midnight on Fri 2 February for tickets at just £7.50 (hurry, this offer is limited!)

Season pass: book 5 of 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

Mon 5 Mar, 2018

Our first of TWO explosive nights of work-in-progress exploring the themes of Sprint 2018

Presented by: Various Artists

Tue 6 Mar, 2018

A solo performance inflected with historical violence exploring Kit Finnie's obsession with movie star Mabel Normand, and asking: what’s at stake when we try to inhabit a voice that can never be ours?

Presented by: Kit Finnie

Tue 6 Mar, 2018

A one-woman show about comic conventions and Cosplay, consent and growing up on the internet

Presented by: Holly Gallagher

Wed 7 Mar, 2018

Imagine a world where inviting strangers for cups of tea is no longer a radical act. One woman goes on a mission to make this a reality. This show is about hot drinks, kindness being cool and how to start a revolution. Come and join us?

Presented by: Feat.Theatre

Wed 7 Mar, 2018

An attempt to uncover the real story of the death in police custody of ex-paratrooper Christopher Alder, 20 years ago

Presented by: Nouveau Riche

Thu 8 Mar, 2018 to Fri 9 Mar, 2018

In 2007 Jo experienced an episode of mental illness and shaved their head. A week later, Britney followed suit, ruining Jo’s queer punk cred.

Presented by: Jo Hauge

Thu 8 Mar, 2018

Three contestants battle it out for the title of “Most Admirable Person”. Their friends and families certainly think they’re admirable. The real question is, DO YOU?

Presented by: Dirty Rascals

Fri 9 Mar, 2018

Extremely personal and utterly universal physical theatre and verbatim tour of the land called 'coupledom'

Presented by: Yoli Seker & Zlil-hen Saks

Sat 10 Mar, 2018

When was the last time you hugged someone? How did it make you feel? Did they give you their full attention? Most people don’t give good hugs. I am here to show you how. This will change your life. Trust me, I’m a hugger

Presented by: Camilla Borges

Sat 10 Mar, 2018

Spoken word and music weave together in this genre-defying collaboration, telling the stories of several residents of a troubled and divided urban neighbourhood

Presented by: Novasound and Belle Jones

Sat 10 Mar, 2018

Theatre and virtual reality merge in an exploration of loneliness, longing and humankind’s ever more intimate relationship with the digital realm

Presented by: Emma Stirling & Nick Finegan

Sun 11 Mar, 2018

Zoo Indigo and musician Matt Marks re-create and deconstruct your cinema memories in a flurry of foley, wigs, and camera trickery

Presented by: Zoo Indigo

Sun 11 Mar, 2018

In Treherbert rugby club, amongst the fag smoke and the singing, Rhys’s parents fell in love. This heartfelt re-enactment of 1970s South Wales is a show about dancing to Donna Summer and what you can learn from reading your Mam’s diary

Presented by: Rhys Slade-Jones

Mon 12 Mar, 2018

The second Sprint special edition of CPT's regular night of brand new works-in-progress

Presented by: Various Artists

Tue 13 Mar, 2018

When Charlie finds her father’s old birdwatching book, she sets out to find one last bird to complete it for him, and for their relationship.... A story full of music, shadows and a feathered giant

Presented by: The Backpack Ensemble

Tue 13 Mar, 2018

Like money? You'll love this show. Self-professed business guru Manyi visits from China to share top insights for a prosperous and powerful life

Presented by: Angela Yeoh

Wed 14 Mar, 2018

Exactly what the title promises, this piece follows the bizarre journey of a woman who in five months will be having a kid

Presented by: Hugo Aguirre and Lizzie Manwaring

Wed 14 Mar, 2018

Two brothers embark on a camping trip into the heart of Dartmoor, in a story about brotherhood, humanity and journey into the unknown

Presented by: The Davis Brothers

Thu 15 Mar, 2018

A sometimes moving, sometimes funny, always honest exploration of the complicated business of being in a body

Presented by: Katherine McMahon

Thu 15 Mar, 2018

Part autobiographical, part verbatim, For a Black Girl explores female sexuality, violence and the staggering effect of everyday racism

Presented by: This Is It Theatre

Fri 16 Mar, 2018

TOGETHER is an interactive performance exploring the loneliness behind our mediated reality, by bringing the audience in a semi-fictional ‘live broadcast room’ and engaging them with interactive devices.

Presented by: Factory Irregular

Fri 16 Mar, 2018

In the dusty aftermath of Brexit, Grenfell and the refugee crisis, three derelict clowns unpick their futile attempts to make an impact on the world

Presented by: We Are KILTER

Sat 17 Mar, 2018

A showcase of the brand new work created and developed by artists on our trailblazing Starting Blocks scheme

Presented by: Various Artists

Mon 19 Mar, 2018 to Wed 21 Mar, 2018

Camden Youth Theatre take you on a sonic journey through the world inside their head phones.

Presented by: Camden Youth Theatre

Mon 19 Mar, 2018

Are you a top or a bottom? Funny, awkward and with a big heart, Willy navigates the technicalities of finding love in 2017 and yanks open the queer experience

Presented by: Willy Hudson

Tue 20 Mar, 2018

With only tin-foil props, existential dread and their sweet-ish dance moves, Me Me Me create an anarchic space adventure, drifting in the expanse between theatre and comedy

Presented by: Me Me Me

Wed 21 Mar, 2018

With sound, speech and sharks, The Seawolves chomps at questions of identity & belonging, diving deep to explore the wonders of the world’s most misunderstood family

Presented by: Big Mammal

Thu 22 Mar, 2018

Playful new dance-theatre piece exploring non-linearity and what happens when two side of the same coin collide

Presented by: Lewys Holt

Thu 22 Mar, 2018

A non-verbal, absurd physical comedy and lo-fi DIY puppetry show, summoning the spirits of David Attenborough and Edward Lear, and made by two idiots with too much cardboard

Presented by: Paper Whale Theatre

Thu 22 Mar, 2018

Rosa deals with apologetic addresses, revved-up entrepreneurial spiel and whether or not you’re asking for it. Through subversive humour she explores our expectations and what happens when the composition cracks. 

Presented by: Rosa Postlethwaite

Fri 23 Mar, 2018

It’s time to make the most controversial show ever - can Uncanny Theatre tweet to their way to fame by the end of the show?

Presented by: Uncanny Theatre

Fri 23 Mar, 2018

Definitely categorically 100% based on true events, through music, absurd soulful metaphors and chain smoking puppets, Eden tells the emotional and tragic tale of an exponentially unfortunate fox…

Presented by: Eden Harbud

Fri 23 Mar, 2018 to Sat 24 Mar, 2018

A promenade performance using the city ‘as it is’ to overlay a narrative onto the incidental events. Passers-by and their actions serve as oblivious players and the landscape provides the backdrop to a new ‘fictional’ town. The show is funny, disconcerting and strangely beautiful.

Presented by: Juan Ayala / Decollage

Sat 24 Mar, 2018

Armed with wigs and wit 'Only Speak When Spoken To' is Meraki Collective’s bright and playful dance theatre show that takes on the rules around social étiquette.

Presented by: Meraki Collective

Sat 24 Mar, 2018

Combining comedy, poetry and songs, Sunked is a spoken-word show about salvage, salvation and Celine Dion

Presented by: Chris White