facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11

Camden People’s Theatre announces new commissions to support artists and local community

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 13 August 2020, Last Updated 13 August 2020

Thanks to funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Camden People’s Theatre (CPT) has announced its biggest round of commissions to offer much-needed support to nineteen artists, with a particular focus on marginalised voices.

Founded over twenty-six years ago, CPT is one of Britain’s most influential studio theatres. It aims to champion different ways of thinking about the world by supporting emerging artists making adventurous theatre – particularly about issues that matter to people now.

Since the venue’s closure in March, CPT has pivoted its efforts towards providing urgent financial support for artists and its local community; the two groups that are disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

The commissions include: four Outside the Box commissions, bespoke to the Covid era, to develop larger-scale projects, nine Seed Commissions specifically for marginalised artists to develop new ideas, and six Starting Blocks artist development places for early-career freelance artists.

The four Outside the Box commissions are open for submissions from across the UK and welcome work which is either live, virtual, or both and which explores what live performance can be at a time of closed theatres. They also welcome projects that communicate meaningfully – and promise exciting cultural encounters – with their local communities, themselves isolated in many cases by the Covid-19 pandemic.

CPT will be offering a minimum of two of the four commissions to artists or companies from marginalised backgrounds, many of whom have been particularly adversely affected by Covid-19 and the lockdown. These include artists of colour, d/Deaf and disabled artists and artists from working-class backgrounds. The judging panel will comprise members of CPT’s local community and artists from marginalised backgrounds alongside members of the CPT team.

Additionally, nine Seed Commissions will be offered exclusively for digitally presented projects or working towards live performance when the sector starts to reopen.

Applications will launch in August with projects delivered within 12 months. In addition to the above, CPT will also be offering 6 places on their 10-week residency and peer network for early-career artists, Starting Blocks, which has been funded for the first time. At least 3 of the places will be offered to voices from marginalised groups.

Executive Director Kaya Stanley-Money said: “We are beyond grateful to our funders and supporters who have made it possible for us to announce such an extraordinary series of commissions and community projects to support those most affected by the Covid-19 crisis. After months of crisis management we cannot wait to get creative again. Whilst we continue to fight for the survival of our organisation and the sector, these initiatives offer much-needed work and professional development for a raft of independent artists and freelancers.”

To apply, artists can find out more here.

In addition to their new commissions, CPT is working closely with its community in various ways. From acting as a distributing hub with Food For All food relief charity and their Summer Camden Youth Theatre Programme to hosting a Best Before Party on 29 August which offers a unique night with cut-priced drinks, they are highly active in throughout Camden and London.

CPT is also continuing to support artists at this difficult time, and is engaged in an ongoing delicate balancing act between its responsibilities to its artists and community, and its need to ensure its own long-term survival. If you are able to support their work with a one-off or regular donation please visit the support us pages on the venues website.


Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.