Following a significant renovation, Camden People’s Theatre will be welcoming the return of in-person audiences this summer.
An eclectic programme of work to be performed to socially distanced audiences, including the annual Calm Down Dear festival.
This summer, Camden People’s Theatre will reopen their doors to welcome back audiences and performers alike to a fresh new space.
Executive director Kaya Stanley-Money said: “After a rollercoaster year, it feels quite momentous that we’re finally able, not only to re-open our theatre for public performances, but to reopen a theatre that has been totally transformed both inside and out. We’ll be unveiling the finishing touches in the autumn but with the vast majority of the work completed we didn’t want to delay getting the people who make CPT what it is, back in our building. Our capital development project has been fundamental to CPT’s survival during this crisis and now provides the space for us to support ours and our community’s recovery. We’ve been reliant on digital tools and our brilliant local partners to deliver extensive artist support and community projects over the last few months, and now we cannot wait to wait to return to our home and welcome everyone into our beautiful theatre.”
Artistic director Brian Logan said, “We’ve not been dormant for the last year: with digital theatre, engagement projects, outdoor performance and ‘Outside the Box’ thinking, it’s been one of the most active and creative periods in CPT’s history. But something very special has been missing – and we’re delighted that, from mid-June, it’s coming back, with a (Covid-secure!) bang. This two-month season of in-person theatre takes us back to our first love: everyone in a room together (distanced or otherwise…), sharing the experience of adventurous, hot-button performance. We can’t wait to welcome audiences from Camden, London and beyond back to CPT. We promise them a warm welcome and all the thrills that come when a season’s worth of stellar artists, reined in for fifteen months, are finally unleashed.”
The newly reimagined venue will offer improved facilities for performers and audiences alike, as well as a more comfortable bar and foyer space. Celebrating the return of in-person performances, a cutting-edge programme of work will launch the space whilst an exciting digital programme will continue online. Firmly rooted in its local community, Camden People’s Theatre has included local residents throughout the co-design process, improving access, sustainability and paving the way for many more years as one of Camden’s best-loved venues.
Reopening Camden People’s Theatre on Tuesday 15th June is Will Dickie’s White Sun (15th – 17th June), which unpicks white privilege, colonialism and legacies of trauma in the search to understand identity. Meanwhile In Bed With My Brother’s Retrained (17th-19th June) is a satirical take on the government’s unpopular approach to artists during the pandemic. Adam Lenson, director of smash-hit live-stream Public Domain at Southwark Playhouse, will perform But What If You Die? (25th – 26th June), a solo musical about a cancer diagnosis, mortality and the lives un-lived. Highlights also include Hannah Greenstreet’s reimagining of the classic Andromeda (27th – 31st July), interweaving ancient fragments of a lost tale with a contemporary queer love story.
This June also marks the return of the much-loved feminist theatre festival Calm Down Dear, now in its eighth year. Performances include Georgie Jones’ acclaimed solo Ish, celebrating the grotesque and glorious experience of growing up female, alongside new performances by artists from south-east Asia, Bulgaria and beyond. Online, Sprint Digital will showcase a host of new work ranging from Australian theatre company Pony Cam’s award winning experimental PowerPoint experience, A Red Square to Sophie Warren’s interactive exploration of chronic and invisible illness in younger people, Sugar Rush.
All performances are being put on-sale to socially distanced capacity. More tickets will be released in early June if social distancing is – as per the government’s current roadmap – on course to end.
The building has been co-designed with CPT artists, staff, audiences and community members to create a more accessible, more sustainable space, made to better serve the people using it. The vastly improved on-street presence will celebrate the original pub architecture and provide a vibrant gateway for Drummond Street.
Alongside the newly refurbished foyer/bar space, Camden People’s Theatre will begin to realise a long-term ambition to open its doors to the public in the daytime, paving the way for CPT to operate as a community hub. The space will provide regular and one-off free cultural activities that bring together both the local community and the community of artists in the foyer and cafe space throughout the week.
In tandem with the public programme of works, this year will see CPT take significant steps towards democratising their decision-making process, working towards the creation of a community steering group and the introduction of an artist-in-residence within the community. First trialled as part of the commissioning process for Outside the Box, the steering group will be made up of local residents and community leaders who will work with the artist-in-residence and directors on the development of CPT’s creative programme.
Founded 27 years ago, Camden People’s Theatre is one of Britain’s most influential studio theatres. Its mission is to champion different ways of thinking about the world by supporting emerging artists making adventurous theatre – particularly about issues that matter to people now. Its work is rooted in the communities of Camden and London. Through it, they celebrate the bold, the spirited and the unconventional.
The redevelopment has been made possible by generous funding and donations from Arts Council England Small Capital Grants. Foyle Foundation, Theatre Trust, Euston Town BID, Section 106 Funds (Camden Council), Viridor Credits, cockayne Foundation, Backstage Trust, Culture Recovery Fund Capital Kickstart and individual donations.
For information on social-distancing measures in place, please visit Camden People Theatre’s website .
Camden People’s Theatre
58-60 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2PY
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Camden People’s Theatre is supported by Arts Council England, DCMS, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, London Borough of Camden, Camden Giving, the Backstage Trust, the Christina Smith Foundation and the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Listings information, June – July 2021
Please note, all in-person shows will be performed socially distanced unless otherwise stated. Check Camden People’s Theatre website for changes.
White Sun, Will Dickie Tue 15 – Thu 17 June, 7.15pm
No lights. No music. No props. Moving. And speaking. And moving and speaking. And skanking and moving and speaking. Also bopping. And shaking. And speaking. And pointing: Pointing at the space when others see my face. Pointing at addiction and how that makes us who we are. Pointing at divorce and how that makes us who we are. Will is white, British, straight, and privately educated. He grew up in a wealthy suburb inside the M25 and now lives in a Victorian house in Liverpool. Divorced parents; addictions to food, exercise, and attention. Is there a way of coming to terms with this identity, this past, and his privilege? Any hope? Any space for a voice and moving body beyond a maelstrom of inequality? Supported by CPT. £12/10 (conc.)
Retrained, In Bed with My Brother Thu 17 – Sat 19 June, 9pm
As per government advice, we’ve retrained. We’ve spent the last year developing some skills. We’ve shaken hands with Rishi Sunak and promised him we’d show all you thespians how much more employable we are now. For three nights only, IN BED WITH MY BROTHER will present something so meaningless and completely chaotic that everyone will leave in agreement that theatre is dead. There will be prologues and narrative threads and several intervals. And they’ll all be boring. But we’ll still charge you 50 quid for an ice cream. [Exeunt] pursued by a career in cyber bay-beeeee. In Bed with My Brother created the hit shows We Are Ian (2017) and Tricky Second Album (2019), and recently won the 2020 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award. Supported by CPT. £12/10 (conc.)
Ladybird Boy, Rhys Hollis Fri 18 – Sat 19 June, 7.15pm
What makes up the Pieces of Rhys? Demons and monsters; sexuality and fierceness; terrified of his blackness, grappling with masculinity; and re-moulding of what it is to be a drag artist. Rhys’s Pieces delves into this autobiographical performance looking at connection, community and the fragility of his body. Experimenting with lip-sync, movement and film, Rhys’s Pieces tell a tale of fetishisation, expectation and breaking the pattern. Seed commissioned by CPT. £8 (work-in-progress)
Immigration Crisis: The Musical, Prickly Pear Tue 22 – Wed 23 June, 7.15pm
Why is pasta from a can a thing? Immigration Crisis: The Musical is a performance that explores the lives of five women who have just moved into a new house together: immigrants, third-generation immigrants and British tenants joined by their move to Sheffield. As food unites these women, their cultures and differences begin to meet at the dinner table. Exploring different heritages, political beliefs and lifestyles, together they confront the realities of navigating through life in the UK as an immigrant. These women make light of the struggles they face, the assumptions made about them and the stereotypes they have to fight every day. £12/10 (conc.)
Stigma, Luis Amalia Thu 24 – Fri 25 June, 7.15pm
When I was 10, I wanted to be a female gymnast, but I was a boy. At 15, I wanted to be desired, but I was too hairy. Tonight, as a performer, I want to be Ingrid Bergman. But I am a loser. Stigma is a cross-genre performance about scrutiny, failure and never being the right fit. Exploring society’s narratives of success and binaries through sports, queer identity soul and humour. It’s a show about being yourself, even if you are a freak. This time, history will be written by losers, not winners. £12/10 (conc.)
But What if you Die? Adam Lenson Fri 25 – Sat 26 June, 9pm
In March 2019 you are diagnosed with cancer. It starts from one tiny mole on your back. Merging gig, memoir and lecture, But What If You Die? is a solo show about what you learn when you’re faced with your mortality just when it feels like you’re getting started. The first solo show by Adam Lenson (Public Domain, Southwark Playhouse), developed as part of CPT’s Starting Blocks, moves from Fleetwood Mac to Tetris, from lecture halls to CT scanners, through parallel universes and back and forward in time, all while asking: why are we here and how can we live more meaningfully? Following an acclaimed digital sharing from his flat in January this next work-in-progress brings the piece into a theatre for the first time. £8 (work-in-progress). Developed through CPT’s Starting Blocks
Catch 22 Years, Katie O’Brien Sat 26 – Sun 27 June, 7.15pm
Award-winning actress and comedian Katie O’Brien presents a fresh, funny, and taboo-smashing take on addiction and recovery. We’re familiar with stories of addicted pop stars to born-again pimps. But what does being 21 years clean really mean? She has been in a love-hate relationship with the 12 Steps fellowship and modern-day psychology for over two decades and has a few things to say about why it works and why it doesn’t. Hilarious, brutally honest, heart-warming and provocative, this one-woman show challenges perceptions of recovering from addiction, pathologising humanity and the quest of self-discovery. £12/10 (conc.)
Calm Down Dear festival (28th June – 16th July)
Big Bang Various artists Mon 28 June, 7.15pm
An explosive night of performance from which new universes of theatre may one day emerge. £12/10 (conc.)
The Snake Bites the Hardest When it Knows it is Dying Lora Krasteva Tue 29 June, 7.15pm
On 17th April 2018, Desislava Ivancheva, the elected mayor of a major borough in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, was dragged out of a car in broad daylight. Accompanied by her deputy, Bilyana Petrova, the two women were handcuffed by police and made to remain on the street, with no access to a lawyer or drinking water. Based on true events, The Snake Bites the Hardest When It Knows It Is Dying is a transnational, bilingual attempt to tell a story of corruption, media manipulation and political oppression. Join us for this devised documentary theatre piece, a tangle of disorientating events and an essay on the inability to talk about the deep forces of oppression at play in our country. £8 (work-in-progress)
Appetite Everywhere Hot Lemon Wed 30 June, 7.15pm
For women, says Susan Bordo, hunger is the most insistent craving and the pre-eminent source of their anger and frustration. The hunger I experienced in my life was persistent and clever. It hid in the shadows of shame. It was the literal hunger for food, sex, pleasure, power and respect. Now I want to eat the world. Will you join me at the table? £8 (work-in-progress)
28 Days Greater launch event Carolyn Defrin Thurs 1 July, 7.15pm
To kick off the 28-day release of this new series of artworks inspired by the menstrual cycle, creator Carolyn Defrin hosts an evening of sneak-peak previews and conversation, with collaborating filmmaker Rosie Powell and special guests. Defrin and Powell will share aspects of their process for creating the collection – including a look at how the menstrual cycle informed an intentional exploration of feminist storytelling through filming in nature, with light and dark. £12/£10 (conc.)
28 Days Greater, Carolyn Defrin Thurs 1 July – Wed 28 July, on demand
A new series of short films inspired by strengths identified in the artist’s menstrual cycle and related conversations conducted with 28 people across age, gender and life experience. Revering vulnerability as much as confidence, care as much as ambition, rage and anxiety as much as peace and calm, these 28 meditations also form a narrative whole, exploring how the menstrual cycle offers clues for living harmoniously with oneself, nature and other people. Made in collaboration with filmmaker Rosie Powell, the films will be released daily through July. By booking a ticket, you can experience all 28 films + additional bonus commentary by the artists and participants. Otherwise, films can be experienced one day at a time for free through social media under #28DaysGreater. £12/£10 (conc.)
Pretend Singing, Esther Shanson Fri 2 July, 7.15pm
You are invited to a Mad Hatter-esque party: to celebrate surviving three years of un-birthday secrets, to carve out space and time where it’s ok to say the unsayable… On the night I was supposed to play an irreverent Virgin Mary, I had a miscarriage… I was completely ignorant about what was happening. Why did no one tell me? Being open is incompatible with reality… but so is hiding my derailment by my womb. This get-together is a brief antidote to feeling alone and self-silencing. A work-in-progress performance and discussion on the crossovers between performing/pretending, miscarriage and fertility. £8 (work-in-progress)
All in Your Head, Lucy Dear Fri 2 July, 9pm
“She’s made a decision. She turns and heads to the door. She opens it and goes to leave. Black.” All in Your Head is one-woman show based on real women’s accounts of coercive control and domestic abuse. Following the success of its online premiere on Valentine’s day, All in Your Head by Safaa Benson-Effiom has been developed for a stage preview as part of Calm Down Dear. With calls to domestic abuse helplines doubling since lockdown, this important performance responds to the shadow pandemic, shares stories unspoken and shines a light on the unseen. £12/£10 (conc.)
Ish, Georgie Jones Sat 3, 10, 17 July, 7.15pm
Georgie Jones has finally cracked what it means to be a grown up. Just kidding. She’s still haphazardly stumbling through adulthood trying to figure it out, padded bras and waxing disasters in tow. Ish is part party, part epic poem. It’s a celebration of the mistakes as well as the victories. It’s dance routines made up in bedrooms and midnight best friends made in the ladies loo. Set to a nostalgic soundtrack of 90’s/00’s bangers, Ish is a charming and touching show, as brave as it beautiful, laced with warmth and hilarity at every turn. ‘Fun, warm, witty and engaging’ – Reviews Hub. £12/10 (conc.)
Nasty: ‘big’ girls being gross, mean and sexy, Succulent Theatre Sat 3 July, 9pm
Nasty is an autobiographical, confessional piece about body image, eating disorders and a rebellion against the established concepts of femininity by which society strives to define us. This comedic, truthful work-in-progress is a mashup of tears, bodily fluids and all the things we were too afraid to admit. We hope to open up a conversation about the shame society targets at women, as this piece is for ALL women and femmes who don’t fit into the feminine mould this world has created for us. £8 (work-in-progress)
Big Bang, Various artists Mon 5 July, 7.30pm
An explosive night of performance from which new universes of theatre may one day emerge. £12/10 (conc.)
Dry Season, Kat Lyons Tue 6 July, 7.15pm
Kat thought they were too young to worry about menopause. Biology thought differently… Dry Season is a spoken word theatre show that interweaves music, movement and medical texts with original poetry and animation. Honest, intimate, and threaded through with dark humour, the show uses Kat’s autobiographical experience of premature ovarian failure to question societal expectations of age and gender, and explore wider issues around mental health, identity, and how we cope with loss. £12/10 (conc.)
Spilt Milk, Starr Ballard and Roberta Johnson Wed 7 July, 7.15pm
Who says it can’t be a reality… ? Spilt Milk is a hilarious, poignant insight into the lives of two women who despite their misfortunes and backgrounds manage to keep alive their childhood visions. Written and performed by Starr Ballard and Roberta Johnson, Spilt Milk tells the story of two women exploring their childhood memories. £8 (work-in-progress)
GirlPlay Sarah Richardson Thu 8 July, 7.15pm
Meet Lucy. She’s average, awkward and when it comes to sex, what she lacks in experience she makes up for in curiosity. But that’s all set to change. On a night of firsts, she opens the door to a world of relationships and sex that she had only ever dreamt about. But is the reality all she that had hoped it would be? And can love really sustain the test of time?
An exploration of love and sex spun out in slam. Winner of Best Digital Experience, Stockholm Fringe, 2020
Nominated for Spirit of the Fringe Award, [email protected], 2021
“Littered with firsts – and thirst” – ★★★★The Stage. £12/10 (conc.)
Adventures of Pi Pi: Pi Pi Goes to the Theatre, Natalie Wong Fri 9 July, 7.15pm
Join in Pi Pi’s journey from immigrant to integrated resident of Laandan Town! Pi Pi investigates cultural identity and female-ness in a post-colonial context, based on personal encounters as an immigrant in London. Pi Pi is Natalie’s baby queen persona and first solo performance. Pi Pi was born in 2017 and celebrates cultural and gender diversity. Discovering what quantifies femininity, cultural identity, and how growing up in an ex-British colony has influenced a desire for the West. Finally, exploring how not to be a model minority. Ticket prices TBC
NO ENTRY!, Lorna Meehan Fri 9 July, 9pm
One woman’s candid, hilarious and heart-wrenching journey to fix her dysfunctional vagina, and ditch shame. Incorporating verbatim stories, poetry, and a little Vagi-oke. Unpacking the big deal with virginity and how the myths about sex that we take as truth can seriously hinder our wellbeing, NO ENTRY! explores that place we all came from and don’t like to talk about and why it may mysteriously close for business. Lorna and her collaborators have a condition called Vaginismus (it’s weird that it rhymes with Christmas, right?) and despite it being very common, it’s rarely talked about. This show is all about breaking silence and opening up. So buckle up, we’re going in deep. £12/10 (conc.)
FISH DON’T BLEED, ELOINA Sat 10 July, 9pm
FISH DON’T BLEED combines fairy tales and real-life stories to dismantle the taboo around menstruation. It unearths the unhealthy ways that menstruation is taught to young people in the UK. Education is where the taboo is first created. And I want to f*ck that up. Join me in an underwater realm to throw a massive middle finger to the patriarchal structures that teach shame to young people. In the realms of gritty, grotesque performance art, comedy clowning and square dancing, FISH DON’T BLEED details the absurd lengths that menstruators go to in order to hide the fact that their body is working exactly as it should. £12/10 (conc.)
Big Bang, Various artists Mon 12 July, 7.30pm
An explosive night of performance from which new universes of theatre may one day emerge. Featuring Princess Scissors, Dirty Laundry and more to be announced. £12/10 (conc.)
Until He Cums, Ella Dorman-Gajic Tue 13 July, 7.15pm
After her boyfriend breaks up with her, Nell is determined to find one thing: a man who will make her reach her ‘peak’ (… as Beyoncé puts it). Her bestie, Lottie, seems to have conquered the bedroom – so with her wing-woman powers, Nell is sure to find someone… right? But as she navigates her way through a series of cringe-worthy dates and dodgy positions, this sex stuff might not be exactly like it is in all those 00s music videos, after all…This comedy bravely delves into a sequence of bonkers scenarios, under which lie issues of female pleasure, intimacy, male validation, porn culture and the commodification of female bodies. Featuring monologues like “The Tory Who Came on My Face’, alongside other bonkers tales. “Dorman-Gajic’s energy and confidence is powerful and the recipe for a brilliant storyteller, she has us in the palm of her hand” – A Younger Theatre. £8 (work-in-progress)
Dosage, Maya Shimmin Wed 14 July, 7.15pm
Can one pill really change everything? How does it feel to slowly lose your mind? Dosage aims to challenge the silence surrounding the side effects of the contraceptive pill by presenting a platform to showcase and discuss experiences. Using live sound design, live film, spoken word, games with the audience and Marmite toast, the performance explores what living in an alternate reality with mental health feels like, how to keep calm and carry on and what ‘survival’, ‘recovery’ and ‘hope’ really look like for someone once they’ve been through trauma. £8 (work-in-progress)
Hasbian, Beth Watson Thu 15 July, 7.15pm
An autobiographical comedy about coming out as a lesbian, only to discover that boys are also appealing. Hasbian uses real teenage diaries, music, and teen-movie actors from the early 00’s to tell a story of growing up in Brighton (the UK’s gay capital) under Section 28 (a 1988 – 2003 law prohibiting the “teaching of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”). Hasbian will fill Millennials with buzzy nostalgia, while exposing queerphobia in the most liberal of cities. £12/10 (conc.)
stark bollock naked, Larisa Faber Fri 16 July, 7.15pm
Once the tick tick tock of the biological clock kicked into gear, it would. not. stop. A pregnancy, a choice and then starting all over again. stark bollock naked is a gently comic performance about a 30-something woman grappling with society’s expectations, breaking eggs and a musically-inclined brain. Through video mapping, the show playfully explores what it is to have other images of women literally projected onto you, and then being your own body again, naked. Live-scored using a mini-orchestra of gynecological instruments, stark bollock naked is a tragi-comedy about reclaiming the body and what to do with it all. £12/10 (conc.)
Notes on a Love Affair, Notes from Underground Fri 16 July, 9pm
Why is it so hard to fall in love? There really should be a manual for a topic of such supposed importance… right? Can an Asian woman who dates white men navigate the intersectional power play between her and her romantic interests whilst avoiding traditional roles and the standard cliches? Expressed through a blend of gig-theatre and storytelling with elements of movement, Notes from Underground journey into the realms of private wonder, systemic racism, institutional sexism, love and limerence, attempting to find answers to a timeless and impossible mystery. £12/10 (conc.)
End of Calm Down Dear Festival.
Two Super Hot Men, Alice Boyd and Rosa Garland (Alan & Ron) Tue 20 – Wed 21 July, 7.15pm
Alan and Ron are sweaty. Really sweaty. The heat is rising in their studio and the milk has gone off. But life goes on, right? As they continue to soundtrack climate documentaries, it becomes harder and harder to describe what’s going on. Alan is growing leaves and there’s sand in the kettle. Can they escape to a new future? Can they create it? A show about (dis)connection with nature, and the power of imagination in a time of climate crisis. “An award-worthy piece that is pointedly political while being warmly hilarious and wonderfully entertaining” – Spy in the Stalls. £12/10 (conc.)
Rising of the Black Sheep, MisSa Blue Thu 22 – Sat 24 July, 7.15pm
MisSa Blue talks about her experiences growing up as the only black girl on the block in Germany. Born to be the unpopular black sheep, slowly morphing into a resentful underdog just to rise like a phoenix while changing the world around her. Internationally recognised variety star MisSa unpacks stereotypes like Christmas presents under the tree and taps into the collective long-lasting trauma brought upon black people during colonialism lasting on till today. This is a show about displacement, chosen families and the QTIBPOC narrative. £8 (work-in-progress)
Bigot, Unshaded Arts Fri 23 – Sat 24 July, 9pm
Once a statement is made online, it can seldom be taken back. What happens when people don’t like what you have to say? What if you had the opportunity to confront your trolls in the flesh? And who’s to say you’re not the troll? Bigot sees two disagree-ers under fire after expressing their conflicting viewpoints online. A physical, timely and explosive exploration of the negative repercussions of freedom of speech, using absurdism to take aim at the nature of disagreements, the reactivity of social media, and the horrors of internet trolling and cancel culture. Both performances to also be live-streamed and captioned for digital audiences. £12/10 (conc.)
Big Bang, Various artists Mon 26 July, 7.15pm
An explosive night of performance from which new universes of theatre may one day emerge. £12/10 (conc.)
Andromeda, Hannah Greenstreet and Charlotte Vickers Tue 27 – Sat 31 July, 7.15pm
I look over at you. You’re like a statue. But not a statue. Not rock, nor chained to a rock. Flesh. Blood. Bone. In modern London, two girls meet under a starry sky. In ancient Ethiopia, a hero saves a princess, chained to a rock. Somewhere not quite either, first love meets its match. Andromeda by Hannah Greenstreet reimagines a lost play, constellating ancient fragments with a contemporary queer love story. This exploration of the stories we tell each other asks what happens when a young woman falls for someone unexpected, and how to feel proud when the world tells us not to be. What do you do when you’re stuck between a myth and a hard place? Supported by CPT. £12/10 (conc.)
Make Your Own and Hope for the Best, Paul Cree Fri 30 – Sat 31 July, 9pm
Make Your Own Bed and Hope For the Best is a humorous and introspective journey through one man’s slow-wage employment history, searching for meaning in it all. A mix of storytelling, rap, live-looping and beatbox, by one half of acclaimed hiphop theatre-makers Beats & Elements, Make Your own Bed invites audiences inside the mind of a person affected by his experiences and his drive to find out how he could be of use to this world and what would it be like, if we all felt useful? Supported by CPT. £8 (work-in-progress)
Camden People’s Theatre Listings Sprint Digital 2021
If I Have to Repeat Myself One More Time I’m Going To, Clara Potter-Sweet and Eve Allin Mon 31 May, 12pm, on demand until 7 June
This is for everyone who couldn’t make it to the end of their sentence. A digital experiment, a 6-hour livestream which bears witness to Joan of Arc’s story as it is spoken and spoken over, written and rewritten. Sit with us. Have patience. Listen as we speak our way through her life and (cultural) afterlife. This work is a digital ghost of Saint Somebody, a theatre piece in development exploring similar themes. Pay what you can
A Red Square, Pony Cam Tue 1 June, 7.30pm and then on demand until Tue 8 June
After a sold-out season around Australia, experimental theatre company Pony Cam are bringing their award-winning new work to the UK. A Red Square is a South Park meets Greek tragedy-style animation made and experienced on Microsoft PowerPoint. A square that, under your command, will move, want, fail, dream, breathe and most importantly, die. For when this square realises it is part of a twisted, long-form PowerPoint presentation, it might just fight back. Designed during the world’s deepest lockdown, A Red Square is an electrifying solo experience made for the present moment. “A vivid, action-filled and bizarre universe…” – Witness Performance. Audiences must have Microsoft PowerPoint to experience this show. Upon booking, audiences will be sent a Google Form that must be completed. £10
Sugar Rush Sophie Warren Wed 2 June, 7.30pm and then on-demand until Wed 9 June
Actor and writer Sophie Warren, fresh from a sold-out run of her children’s online book series, is back with a new online event exploring the impact of chronic and invisible illnesses in younger people. This 45-minute interactive online comedy through the eyes of eccentric 90’s creation Sandy Sand, diagnosed at 24 with Type 1 diabetes, explores common myths, frustrations and real-life experiences of what life can be like suffering invisibly. There’ll be prizeless quizzes, special guests and Q&A’s as we stretch out our bodies, minds and souls to groovy synths of the 90’s. Coming to a VHS store near you soon… Pay what you can
Chamber 404, Vroom Theatre Thurs 3 June, 7.30pm, and then on demand until Thurs 10 June
A first-person experience using voice acting and a radical visual explosion of 360o video, Chamber 404 follows young people navigating through an obscure cyberworld with changing online identities. It is a story about an online user finding and switching their identities in a nightmare with no exit. Telling the story from the rare perspective of East Asian female, artists Chamber404 explore disorientation and confusion in the process of self-identity construction through pressure to perform, social obligations, the dissolving of work and life privacy online, and the display of sexuality. Pay what you can from £5
We Missed You Julia Masli & Viggo Venn Fri 4 June, 7.30pm, and then on demand until Fri 11 June
What happens to clowns when a world pandemic hits? Commedia del Arte’s Harlequin and Pierrot take to the streets of London to entertain the nation (rare by-passers). This part street-show, part film, part documentary captures a true story of clowns trying to do their job when no one is out to play. “Laughter and joy transcend the screen” – The Stage, “An absolute blast” ★★★★ – A Younger Theatre, From the winners of Best Comedy at the Brighton Fringe Festival, Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality and Off West End Award Nominee. Pay what you can
The Anatomy Show, Matt Powell Sat 5 June, 7.30pm and then on demand until Sat 12 June
Meet Anatomy: a work-in-progress drag artist & icon. Join them in a colourful array of lip-syncs as they explore who they are and what their being means in a variety show like no other. A short film, with a soundtrack spanning musical classics to contemporary pop, Anatomy tries to understand what their shifting identity means, and how they’re longing for an understanding around who they are. It’s Cher’s 1978 TV special meets The Judy Garland Show with a dash of WandaVision and a heavy dose of glitter. The Anatomy Show will be captioned. Pay what you can (work-in-progress)
Stunner, Palomar Theatre Sun 6 June 7.30pm and then on demand until Sun 13 June
Do you hate being looked at? Or do you long to be seen? A perfect mother hides a dirty secret. A daughter’s drawing aches to be viewed. A jealous sister yearns for freedom. Enter a labyrinth of surreal stories that tell of one family’s legacy of longing.
The modern world’s fascination with watching women takes a fantastical turn… Combining video, animation and music, lose yourself in an online experience that takes up to an hour to unravel. (You can stop looking now.) Pay what you can
I Want to Make Grown Men Weep, Theodora Van Der Beek Mon 31 May to Sun 6 June, on demand
If boys don’t cry, do they dry up? Or do they become clammy beings, their insides soggy, festering in the rancid juices of their own unshed tears? Aimed at those identifying as male but open to anyone who owns or can get hold of an onion, an invitation to journey down the rabbit hole within and explore your personal relationship to crying. A poetic audio wandering around science, psychology, gender politics and art that hopes to contribute to the eventual tearing down of the patriarchy, drip by drip. Best experienced alone, this show asks you to recover the dark art or self-healing through exuding salty liquid from your eyes and revel in the curious power and joy of being vulnerable. Pay what you can