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30th anniversary celebrations for the Camden People’s Theatre!

The market! The lock! The People’s Theatre! Amy Winehouse, Madness and Blur. The British Library! Hampstead Heath! Withnail & I! It’s London’s most iconic borough, and many of its people and stories are well known. But not all of them. And so, to celebrate 30 years resident in Camden, CPT presents ‘The Camden Roar’, a three-week festival of theatre by, for and about the Camden neighbourhood and its people.

The Camden Roar will be a platform of unheard stories of the borough’s past, present and future, and cutting-edge new work by theatre-makers celebrating the lives and works of Camden residents from June 4th   - 22nd June 2024. 

The festival will be headlined by exciting new play GRILLS. GRILLS is co-produced by Mirrorball and CPT and was commissioned by CPT and Old Diorama in 2022, when a work-in-progress was performed to sell-out audiences. Now developed and revived for a three-week run, GRILLS (an oft-used substitute for “girls” in the lesbian community of 1980s London) is a theatre production that explores the groundbreaking work of the 1980’s Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group. This was the UK's only dedicated lesbian centre and it closed in 1995. Through GRILLS, audiences will discover   imagined relationships, real protests, and the palpable queer joy unearthed from found artefacts.  GRILLS is a euphoric reimagining of Camden's Queer history. It asks: What happens when our cultural memory is shelved over 300 miles away? How do we truly progress when we struggle to connect with our elders? And what really happened at ‘Camden Dykes Get Your Claws Out’?

Bring your piece to the festival....

CPT is also now pleased to announce its call-out for artists; looking for performances, shows and stories about Camden, that may be especially appreciated by Camden audiences. CPT particularly welcomes projects created by artists with meaningful Camden connections. Proposals can be for work that is finished and performance-ready by June 2024 alongside works-in-progress and ‘scratch’ performances. 

CPT welcomes and encourages applications from artists who identify as: D/deaf and/or disabled, Neurodiverse, Working-class, benefit class, criminal class and/or underclass, Global majority (including people of Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian, East Asian, South East Asian, Middle Eastern, Arab, Latinx, Jewish, Romany and Irish Traveller heritage), Migrant and LGBTQ+. 

THE CAMDEN ROAR FESTIVAL:  June 4th  - 22nd 2024

Further information:  The Camden Roar: Artist Call-Out | Camden People's Theatre (cptheatre.co.uk)