Sprint Festival 2021

“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, we throw open our doors – and our stages – to artists at the dawn of their careers, making brand new cutting-edge work.

Ali Wright

Launched in 1997 – and therefore older than many artists in this year’s lineup – Sprint is the capital’s best-established festival of adventurous performance. 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.

Also in this year’s lineup, a handful of artists whose gigs were pulled when Sprint 2020 was cut off in its prime by Covid. Having waited patiently since, they now unleash their still-unperformed shows into the post-pandemic (we hope!) world…

Shows in this Festival

Thu 16 Sep, 2021

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)

Thu 16 Sep, 2021

Presented by: CB4 Theatre

What do we do when our heroes let us down, and the people who make our favourite art turn out to be Very Bad Boys?

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Fri 17 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Zoo Indigo

Zoo Indigo search for their European identity: citizenship catwalks to live music in a provocative and humorous exploration of cultural heritage to grieve loss of home and the Eurovision song contest.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Sat 18 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Process Theatre

‘Things We Do Not Know’ explores the lives of women street sex working in Bristol - combining documentary-theatre, music, movement, and verbatim performance to tell true stories of crisis to community.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Sat 18 Sep, 2021

Presented by: YESYESNONO

A show about the future. A show about despair and hope and everything in between. A show performed the gathered audience. A work-in-progress of a new show by YESYESNONO.

Tickets £8

Mon 20 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Various Artists

An explosive night of performance from which new universes of theatre may one day emerge.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Close up of woman looking surprised with an elongated nose
Tue 21 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Charlotte McShane

Is honesty really the best policy? A one-woman show about the intentional false statements we make and whether they're doing us any good.

Tickets £8

A person in a white boiler-suit lays on plastic sheeting with their face covered by a white cloth.
Tue 21 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Philip Stanier

Have you ever wanted to murder someone? Hypothetically of course. No one specific, just to see if you could?... Here’s your chance.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Wed 22 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Aaron Kilercioglu and Bilal Hasna

For a Palestinian is a play about Eurovision, Jaffa cakes, diaspora and belonging.

Tickets £8

Wed 22 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Tommaso Giacomin & Hannah Moss

Self(ish) Love navigates the foundations and values of the self-love movement to determine what it really means to love yourself in the age of Instagram, carbon-offsetting and turmeric lattes.

Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)

Thu 23 Sep, 2021

Presented by: The Vandens Karta Ensemble

Movement, clowning, song and the spoken word collide in this haunting ode to womanhood. A devised exploration of the struggle for acceptance in both religious and non-religious institutions.

Tickets £8

A pink slug sitting in a pile of duvet, "THE SLUG SHOW" in pink brushstroke on the left.
Thu 23 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Goo

The Slug Show is a solo tragicomedy that presents a sluggish life at the intersection of autism, queerness and migration while examining the performativity of being normal.

Tickets £8

A woman with red nail varnish and long brown hair grimaces in a posh blue gown against a decaying wall which has green paint peeling.
Fri 24 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Ellandar Productions & Denise Stephenson

Hey Melania, where are you? Once a tabloid dream now no one cares. A darkly comic fairy - tale about the fascination and lure of masculine power and the women who submit all.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Demonic versions of the girlband SHUGA FIXX standing in front of a large glowing blue symbol of an eye inside a pyramid.
Fri 24 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Guttersnipe Theatre & Poppy Pedder

Shuga Fixx vs. The Illuminati. One Girlband vs. The Satanic Inner Circle. A satirical black comedy with original pop bangers, uber-femme-trash costume and ancient lizards.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Sat 25 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Ant Lightfoot

A work-in-progress exploring queerness, the lesser-known "fawning" trauma response, neurodivergence, a Zoom call with God and a desperate need to be held, cradled and cared for by a mother.

Tickets £8

Sat 25 Sep, 2021

Presented by: PLAYTEST

Welcome to RightCare Intelligence. You are about to take part in a series of tests with our human research department. Your generous participation will help us build the artificial carers of all of our futures.

Tickets £8

Sat 25 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Jack Boal

Thatcher-Rite is a work-in-progress where the audience are invited to have Tea with Margaret Thatcher to help her navigate the world of the afterlife.

Tickets £8

Sun 26 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Speaks of Rivers

Adventure through a city transformed by young Taaliyah’s vibrant imagination, featuring puppetry, poetry and physical theatre, The Fourteenth Stop is an uplifting interactive experience for all the family.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Mon 27 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Various Artists

An explosive night of performance from which new universes of theatre may one day emerge.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Tue 28 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Maz Hedgehog

Let Me Count the Ways is a solo show about intimacy, boundaries and healing. It’s a poetic meditation on learning to love yourself in loving and being loved by others.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

Tue 28 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Artistic Rebellion

A devised one-woman musical investigating capitalism, climate change and happiness, while seeking to do the impossible: talk about economics whilst keeping you entertained!

Tickets £8

Wed 29 Sep, 2021 to Thu 30 Sep, 2021

Presented by: whatsitsface

Jeremy doesn’t know he has an addiction. The search for the perfect guy backfires and sends his world into a downwards spiral. Is sexual liberation a double edged sword?

Tickets £12/10 (conc.)

A mixed race woman in a football shirt cheering
Wed 29 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Hannah Kumari and WoLab

A mix of text, dance and a healthy dose of 90s nostalgia, ENG-ER-LAND explores what it means to grow up feeling different and asks what makes a typical football supporter in Britain today.

Tickets £12 (£10 concession)

teenager stares into camera with attitude, sat in noughties bedroom. Right: young woman poses through hatch in mid-1900s.
Thu 30 Sep, 2021

Presented by: Sophie Bentinck and Noa Wagner

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 £8

Fri 1 Oct, 2021

Presented by: Hamish Macdougall

In 2019 Hamish lost his Father. In 2020 Boris Johnson said we were all in an Alpine Tunnel. In lockdown Hamish wondered what this tunnel looked like and he made his own. You are invited to enter the tunnel.

Tickets £8

Fri 1 Oct, 2021

Presented by: G&T Theatre

Follow social media influencer and trendsetter Slag of the Dump as she uncovers the truth about the fast fashion industry’s exploitation of our planet and the people living on it

Tickets £8

Sat 2 Oct, 2021

Presented by: Emer Morris and Fish Workers in Collaboration with Hannah Stephens and Polly Letitia Joy Rowley-Sams Milla Harding and Bidi Iredale and Carly Jane Hutchison.

“Get Up and Tie your Fingers!” Who guts your fish?

Tickets £8 (wip)

Sat 2 Oct, 2021

Presented by: Second Circle Theatre

Sisters Flora and Megan are making a show. About their family. They’re scared of what you might think but they’re doing it anyway. A semi-autobiographical show about divorce, self-expression and loss.

Tickets £8

Sat 2 Oct, 2021

Presented by: Forest Sounds

A show for everyone endlessly copying and pasting their CV into haunted Microsoft Word job application documents at 23:59 on your bedroom floor eating a bag of popcorn the size of a child for dinner.

Tickets £8