London’s longest established festival of new theatre, Sprint, returns to Camden People’s Theatre (CPT) for its 20thincarnation in March.
Featuring over 40 shows and running from 2 – 26 March 2016, the festival offers a chance to take in the current state of innovative theatre, and gain an insight into where the genre is headed.
As ever, the festival embraces a range of shows that reflect and challenge or views on UK society. Conrad Murray looks at social class in DenMarked, Libby Liburd offers a verbatim piece on single mums, Muvvahood, while Susan Kempster and Adam Foster look at our increasing desensitisation to violence in Matador(a).
Spirituality also features heavily for many shows. Festival closerThe Rave Space sees Will Dickie exploring the overlaps between DJ and guru, while Thom Jordan’s award nominated Thorn, draws on his devout Christian upbringing to tell a tale of faith and hypocrisy.
Sprint has always championed the next generation of artists and this year the festival introduces The Freshers strand, showcasing the best new theatre from current undergrads and those who have graduated in the last year. from universities and colleges including Goldsmiths, East 15 and Chichester.
The festival also includes the first work-in-progress sharings from Camden Youth Theatre, a new group of 13-19-year-old, Camden-based theatre-makers, established by Camden People’s Theatre in partnership with Fitzrovia Centre and New Diorama Theatre.
For Brian Logan, Artistic Director of CPT, Sprint is an event he always looks forward to. “Sprint remains a highlight of any year at CPT. It’s the event that refreshes our gene pool, that casts its net widest in search of unheard voices, unseen talents, unimagined spectacles.”
The sheer range of events on offer is one of the key appeals to Logan. “It’s the month of the year when we pile the mad new stuff highest – cram our building, indeed, with shows no one’s seen before, from London, the UK, Europe and beyond. From artists making their first professional work, from old friends with bright new ideas to try out, and from the occasional veteran having a crack at something they’ve never cracked at before.”
Sprint runs at Camden People’s Theatre 2 – 26 March 2016
For full line up and more information visit www.cptheatre.co.uk