Sprint Festival 2020

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

Sprint is CPT’s annual festival of new and unusual theatre. Even more than elsewhere in our calendar, wethrow open our doors – and our stages – to artists at the dawn of their careers, making brand new cutting-edge work.

Check-in here for shows and talents you’ve never dreamt of before, doing striking new things with theatre and performance. Plus one or two old CPT friends, twisting their practise into new shapes. And lookout for this year’s Starting Blocks 2020 showcase, at which hot-from-the-rehearsal-room work created on our prestigious development scheme takes its first precocious steps onto a stage…

Sprint 2020 ticket offers:

Early Bird: book before midnight on Tuesday 24 December 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 or 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! (Only one offer can be redeemed at a time.)

Shows in this Festival

Thu 5 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Emma Gannon & Bryony Harris

Aqua were wrong, “life in plastic” it ain’t fantastic. Plastica Galactica explores plastic pollution, the effects on marine wildlife and the importance of YOU!

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Thu 5 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Avital Raz

A solo performance derived from a song. A politically charged tale of a drunken one night stand, infused with stories of growing up in 80s Israel exploring politics of division.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Fri 6 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Liv Ello

We over-populate. We spread disease. We eat a load of shit. We are flies. Swarm explores the connections between toxic expressions of white privilege and the behaviour of flies.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Fri 6 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Shepard Tone

‘Mr Brightside’ hasn’t left the UK charts in 16 years. How did it end up like this? An interactive investigation with karaoke, lip syncing and absolute bangers.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Sat 7 Mar, 2020 to Sun 8 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Nina Bowers and Dirty Rascals Collective

This is the story of The Mantis from Atlantis. It’s a myth from the future, it’s a blast from the past, it’s about what comes last and it’s going to be fast….

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Sat 7 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Jasmine Kahlia and Juju Guyver, in collaboration with Michael Knight Theatre

An interdisciplinary performance piece about being girls growing up around road culture from the 2000s. Jasmine & Juju take you through their Camden – and around a lot of crazy times

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Sun 8 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Emilia Stawicki / BOX. Theatre Company

“So, why do you think you’re single?” From a Catholic girls school, to Mormon country, to looking for love abroad, anything that can go wrong, will.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Mon 9 Mar, 2020

Presented by: ‘Sarah’ Company

Real women pretend to be fake women, so that real men continue to pay a monthly subscription. Inspired by the work of David Lynch, Frances Stark and Fritz Lang, Sarah deploys the bare tools of the theatre in an attempt to make those fake women real.

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Mon 9 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Isabelle Farah

An autobiobiographical show about performing, standup comedy, and life, that explores how to deal with grief, be authentic, and still be funny.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Tue 10 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Luke Rollason and Frankie Thompson

A wordless show about the nation's favourite talking point, in the form of a live weather report performed by two clowns who wish they were green screens

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Tue 10 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Channie B with sounds by Curtis Arnold Harmer

Surge is a spoken word piece about race, identity and police brutality which follows the story of a purple rose that wants to rebuild communities free from stereotypes.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Wed 11 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Nathan Ellis

This is a show about work. But the worker isn’t here, so it’s down to you. A new play about getting stuff done, performed entirely by the audience.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Wed 11 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Dip the Nib

Weaving together handwriting analysis, fanfiction and conspiracy theories, this audio-described, semi-auto-biographical, one (and a bit) woman show sifts through the facts and fictions of adolescence to interrogate where guilt ends, and innocence begins.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Thu 12 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Tina Hofman

Ever wondered how palpable is the space we come to inhabit between normality and chaos, when sudden, shocking loss occurs?

Tickets £7

Thu 12 Mar, 2020

Presented by: anorak

A show about imagining the future, reimagining the present, and what we really want.

Tickets £5

Thu 12 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Frankie Thompson, directed by Luke Howarth

In an ethereal multimedia circus, tiny worlds, each intricately hand-crafted from human rubbish, appear and vanish live on stage in a mesmerising journey through space, scale and perspective.

Tickets £7

Fri 13 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Dapertutto

A darkly comic story about a struggling writer told with "compelling, fascinating and unique" style, imagery and physicality. (Number 9 Reviews).

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Fri 13 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Cheeky Chin

It is a personal sharing, a collective experience, a silent protest. Part slideshow presentation, part visual installation, Money Funny Sunny explores the financial struggles of international artists working in theatre.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Sat 14 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Curious Furious

From preppy popular girl to raging rebellion, this is a playful and punk autobiographical account of being branded a teen slut, growing up closeted and unlearning sexual shame.

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Sat 14 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Genevieve Carver & The Unsung

Innovative gig theatre using verbatim interviews with women in the music industry. A tale of growing up, finding a voice and listening to Joni Mitchell, fusing poetry, music and teenage diaries.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Sun 15 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Pound of Flesh

An explosive piece of original gig theatre which follows siblings Jay and Saskia as they travel through a city like London with nothing but dreams and a stolen blade.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Sun 15 Mar, 2020

Presented by: That Matt Rogers Project

This is about being wrong, more specifically it's about me being wrong... All the time. You are invited to be part of an experiment, as I outsource some decisions about my life, that I'm not equipped to make.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Mon 16 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Various artists

The first of two explosive nights of performance from which new universes of theatre may one day emerge.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Tue 17 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Carys Wright

Based on writer/performer Carys Wright’s own experiences, How To Catch A Bear is a redemptive, funny and mythical journey through trauma to healing.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Tue 17 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Luis Amália

Luis is sick of living in a world that tells him he's a loser. Tonight - in a show embroiling female gymnastics, Ingrid Bergman and body hair - he's going to smash it.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Wed 18 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Lydia Hirst

Arrested and kicked out of France, this is a show about the misadventures of a comedian in the Calais Jungle. Like Orwell with Jokes Techno and Vodka. 'One to watch' (Chortle.co.uk).

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Wed 18 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Callum Berridge

Welcome to The Socialist Republic of Desmond, the greatest imaginary micro-nation in the world. Help performer Callum Berridge make a pot of stew to share in the darkness as he tells you the story of Storm Desmond.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Thu 19 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Charlotte McShane

From the big to the little, why do we lie, where’s the limit and will the truth really set us free? A one-woman show about the intentional false statements we make.

Tickets £7

Thu 19 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Sebastian H-W

An interactive, multimedia, documentary theatre project that maps out intersectional struggles of different generations of residents from Stratford & Coventry as they attempt to resist regeneration, social cleansing, and displacement.

Tickets £7

Thu 19 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Sophie Bentinck

Ever read your grandmother’s suicide note? Sophie has. Join her hilariously honest adventure unpacking 50 years of family silence to ask ‘Mum, can we talk about this?’

Tickets £7

Fri 20 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Melody Sproates

This one-person non-binary cabaret performance explores gender identity, self-discovery and acceptance, using the personal experiences of writer and performer Melody Sproates.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Fri 20 Mar, 2020 to Sat 21 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Josephine Starte x Live Beasts

The Actress is auditioning. The Actress is acting. The Actress is attending the Prestigious Film Festival. 
A Feminist Film by a Very Nice Guy! The audience is filming.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Sat 21 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Smith & Sveen

A meeting of two people from different countries in search of some common ground. It’s a performed conversation that asks questions about nationality, internationality, theatre and politics.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Sun 22 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Edith Alibec

A candid, funny and bittersweet story of growing up on the road, without knowing what home is.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Sun 22 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Ellandar Productions & 45North

Melania Trump, an architect of new America or “Donny’s” prisoner? The people’s revolution has ended with Trump blood in the streets. In hiding, the FLOTUS speaks for the first time.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Mon 23 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Various artists

The second of two explosive nights of performance from which new universes of theatre may one day emerge.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Tue 24 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Elinor Rowlands

A hymn to womanhood, childbirth and old age, this poetic story tells of survival and courage weaved alongside film and soundscape, to disseminate timely truths from an autistic body and feminine gaze

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Tue 24 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Stewart Taylor

You have a presentation to deliver. Time is running out. And then you spill your coffee. All over your clean white shirt. What would you do? SPILLAGE! is about control, and what happens when we lose it.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Wed 25 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Simon Panayi

A new show weaving storytelling, urgent research and music to explore our individual humanity, alongside that of our species.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Wed 25 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Notes from Underground

An exploration of the dangers of perfectionism, the alienating effects of depression and the restorative powers of... the inexplicable? Expressed through music, movement and storytelling.

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Thu 26 Mar, 2020

Presented by: by James Nash and Nikhil Vyas

Transfer Protocol is a durational performance about the history of our relationship with the internet, how we experience it, how it's changed our lives, and warped our memories.

Tickets Pay What You Can

Thu 26 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Performance Anxiety

Part anthology horror, part live reconstruction: Performance Anxiety dissect ‘video nasties’, moral panics and censorship.

Tickets £7

Thu 26 Mar, 2020

Presented by: The Strange Names Collective

The Strange Names Collective offer you an invitation to imagine something murderous, and how to get away with it.

Tickets £7

Fri 27 Mar, 2020

Presented by: The Queer Historian

Three disabled people without performance backgrounds read a script infront of you for the first time. What happens when they’re stripped of their voices and confronted with aggression and violence?

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)

Fri 27 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Guttersnipe Theatre

One girl band against the satanic inner circle. A satirical black comedy featuring original pop bangers, uber-femme-trash costume and ancient lizards.

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Sat 28 Mar, 2020

Presented by: Various artists

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

Tickets £12/£10 (concession)