London theatre news: Wednesday 25 January 2017
Emerging talent - Festivals - New performance - New writing
Flagship annual festival of adventurous new performance from Camden People's Theatre runs from 7 to 26 March 2017.
Image: Camden People's Theatre
For twenty years, Sprint has been hosting the most eye-opening new talents in theatre - many of whom are now fixtures on major stages worldwide.
CPT’s trademark festival of bold new theatre firsts for adventurous audiences returns, featuring a line-up of brand new artists making their first professional show; fast-rising artists performing new shows for the first time; and big-hitting artists trying out hot-off-the-press work.
Performance art legend and born and bred West Euston-ite Scottee presents the UK premiere of Bravado, a memoir of working class masculinity from 1991 to 1999, as seen by a sheep in wolf’s clothing.
It follows smash hit Putting Words in Your Mouth at the Roundhouse, November 2016.
Jamie Wood, creator of O No! and Beating John McEnroe, presents his brand new show I Am A Tree, recounting the story of a pilgrimage to the place where his Grandfather was born, combining his very own blend of fine art, theatre, clowning and dance.
Alongside these stalwarts of the alt.theatre scene is a cavalcade of first time and early career theatre makers.
Highlights include Nathan Birkinshaw’s How I lost the will to live (& why you should too), a story about coming to age in a post-truth world; LaPelle’s Factory’s Cloudcuckoolanders follow up, The Black Cat, an Edgar Allen Poe adaptation that’s as much about the process of adaptation as Poe’s story; and Vijay Patel’s live art/cabaret autobiographical deconstruction of Indian corner shop culture, Pull the Trigger.
Elsewhere Roxanne Carney’s I’m The Hero of This Story is an autobiographical poetry piece about gender politics, break ups, family, dating, (sexual) health, democracy and generation rent.
Jess Brodie and Victoria Bianchi explore the pressures for women reaching 30 in I’ll Have What She’s Having, and Ding & Sich, the company of Simon Bowes (Kings of England) and Annie Lord, present a meditative piece on the language of flowers.
And look out for the Starting Blocks Showcase of brand new work developed through CPT’s unique artist support scheme. Artists participating this year are Christina Hardinge, Embolon Theatre, Haley McGee, Hannah Maxwell, Double Trouble and Ryan Calais Cameron.
Camden People's Theatre
58-60 Hampstead Road
Tuesday 7 to Sunday 26 March 2017
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