CPT’s annual festival of feminist theatre is brought to us this year by the delicious Figs in Wigs who are curating a programme which kicks off this week with @theDisco, Clunk’s theatrical middle finger to the patriarchy, the Family Jewels’ Mandemonium, a drag cabaret exploring gendered power, and Heather Bandenburg’s Mummy Vs., a tale of guilt and parenting. There is much much more coming up over the next few weeks, some of it funny, some of it sad and all of it urgent. With most shows only on once the danger is that if you blink you might miss a gem: previous festivals have hosted work and shows from the likes of Bridget Christie, Charlie Josephine and Rosana Cade that have gone on to be hits.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor, DIY sperm banks, pole dancing comedians and personal experiences of vaginisimus will all feature in this year’s feminist festival at Camden People’s Theatre. The festival is being curated for the first time by genre-bending female-led performance company Figs In Wigs, who performed at the festival’s first outing back in 2013. This year’s programme spans intimate bathroom-based theatre to the vastness of space, from the past of 500 years of violence against women to a future where all men have become extinct. Now in its ninth year, Calm Down, Dear is one of Camden People Theatre’s flagship festivals, showcasing some of the most exciting and innovative work exploring all forms of feminism. Highlights include Curfew, commissioned by CPT, which explores the sad, frightening, funny, and hopeful verbatim experiences of women and non binary people in public spaces at night. Meanwhile, Mummy Vs uncovers the guilt & parenting tropes in modern Britain told through the personal experiences of one unlikely parent. Returning to Calm Down, Dear in film form after being shared at the 2019 festival, Your Pink mixes classical references from Greek mythology and fairytales with the modern world of Instagram, pop music & #MeToo. CPT’s acclaimed feminism festival first launched in 2013 with shows including Bridget Christie’s award-winning standup set A Bic for Her and Louise Orwin’s electrifying solo show Pretty Ugly. Revived each year by popular demand, it has since featured electrifying work by Racheal Ofori, Hanna Silva, Charlie Josephine, Ira Brand, Rosana Cade, Milk Presents and more, alongside much-discussed performances including Fuel Theatre’s Phenomenal People and Vanessa Kisuule’s SEXY.