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Camden People's Theatre - Winter 2012/13

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BUILDING on the success of their first year as co-directors of Camden People’s Theatre, Jenny Paton and Brian Logan have announced their Winter 2012/13 season.

The season sees the launch of two exciting new festivals alongside a host of adventurous shows by the theatre stars of tomorrow. As Logan and Paton explained:

“We want CPT to be a hub of extraordinary performance and pioneering artist development on the gates of the West End. With this new season, we feel well on the way to achieving that.”

Following Cooking Ghosts (until November 17) comes I Like the Way You Wear Your Hair.

Written and performed by Greg Wohead, it runs from November 13 to November 14 (9.15pm). Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions).

Welcome to Greg’s bedroom in Mesquite, Texas, 1998. The Savage Garden CD is on repeat and he can’t stop thinking about Sara.

I Like The Way You Wear Your Hair is a true story told with a pico projector, throwing hand-drawn memories around the room. Wohead has shown work at BAC, The Basement, Stoke Newington International Airport and The Yard, where he is an Artistic Associate. His show My Feet are Killing Me was developed as part of CPT’s Starting Blocks programme in 2012; while another of his shows, The Many Apologies of Pecos Bill, is at BAC from December 6 to December 8, 2012.

The season continues with:

Josh’s Monsters, presented by Multistory, an independent small-scale internationally touring company – November 19 to November 22 (7.30pm). Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions).

Josh and Ben fought imaginary monsters as kids growing up. Now Ben climbs mountains and Josh is about to leave for a second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Their mum is in the kitchen baking cakes for Josh, and dad Doug is in the cellar with his computers.

This immersive event incorporating webcam and Skype technologies was developed as part of Beaford Arts’ Breathing Space project and is supported by North Devon Theatres.

The Still, presented by Improbable Theatre – November 23 and 24 (7.30pm). Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions).

Improbable collaborate with a series of unique and diverse practitioners, each an expert in their chosen field, be it science or therapy, astrology or economics. After a week with Improbable’s theatrical still, the fermented brew will be offered up in the form of a couple of improvised performances.

FUTURESHOCK Festival – November 28 to December 16.

What will become of us? Where are we going? Should we be excited, or terrified? CPT’s Futureshock festival invites Britain’s most exciting new theatre artists to stage their visions of the worlds to come. Will human beings escape their own minds and bodies, and fuse with machines? Is the end of the world nigh – and if so, how will it feel? Futureshock features theatre, poetry, cabaret and ‘scratch’ nights, and includes the following shows:

DEFRAG_ by Tom Lyall – November 28 to December 15. Read more.

Angel Cake by Amy Draper – November 28 to December 15 (9pm).

The world is ending in sixty minutes. Join Sophie for a final evening of remembering, party games and biscuits. Performance art meets storytelling in this collaboration between director Amy Draper, cult cabaret performer Rhyannon Styles and designer Ele Slade.

Amy Draper is a finalist in the 2012 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award, and creative associate at the Gate Theatre.

This Is A Reconstruction by MayDay Theatre – December 1 (7.30pm) and December 2 (6pm).

In a darkened room, five women show audiences something they shouldn’t: how it all ended in 2012.

Every Rendition on a Broken Machine by Ross Sutherland – December 5 (9pm).

A documentary with live commentary exploring the linguistic capabilities of automatons.

Scatter Like Ash by Ben Mills – December 13 (7.30pm) and December 14 (9.15pm).

A unique theatrical experience blending stories from the local community with a stark vision of the future.

The Winter 2012/13 programme then continues with:

The HS2 Project, presented by CPT – exhibition (December 10 to December 16, 10am – 6pm), performance (December 16 only). See www.cptheatre.com for details.

The government’s plans for a new high-speed rail link from Euston to Birmingham will dramatically impact on CPT’s community. For one week only, CPT stages an exhibition/installation and a one-off theatre event exploring and expressing local feeling about HS2. Embrace the pace? Or restrain the train?

Elan Vital from Chris Dugrenier – December 19 (7.30pm). Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions).

Part performance, part gym session, Chris Dugrenier’s playful solo show looks not at Olympic athletes, but at the rest of us – who will never run the 100 meters or race around the velodrome. How do we accept the loss of our athletic abilities, the end of our sporting dreams? Through her attempt to perform the “back walkover” gymnastic move, Dugrenier tests the capacity of her own mind and body, and explores the cliché “you’re never too old…”

Dugrenier is a French artist and performer who works on the periphery of performance and dance. She has collaborated extensively with Stan’s Cafe and 30Bird Productions. Elan Vital was developed as part of CPT’s Starting Blocks programme 2012.

Hunger, a work-in-progress written and directed by Hannah Silva – January 11 (9pm). Tickets: £3.

Sadie Jones wants to disappear. She walks a tightrope between reality and her imagination; a chaos of words, and silence. Sadie leads her lover and her sister into the landscape of her unconscious, where speech is like music, buying apples is a lesson in absurdism, she has sex with her sister and sees words etched into her own skeleton.

Hannah Silva is currently touring her solo show Opposition, a political play on words. As a poet she has toured with Apples and Snakes, performed at Latitude and the London Word Festival and on Radio 3’s The Verb. She is currently developing an opera Thanatophobia with the composer Joanna Lee through an Aldeburgh Music Jerwood Fellowship.

The season concludes – from January 8 to January 27, 2013 – with Beyond The Joke, a festival of standup theatre.

For more information or to book call the box office on 08444 77 1000 or visit www.cptheatre.co.uk/.