A Fun Palace for Grown Ups – Saturday 4th October 2015

On Sunday 4 October from 2.30pm, the Centre for Contemporary Theatre is hosting events in the School of Arts as part of Camden People’s Theatre’s contribution to this year’s national Fun Palaces festival: A Fun Palace for Grown Ups http://www.bbk.ac.uk/english/our-research/bcct/events

CPT’s Fun Palace for Grown Ups is distinctive as the focus of Fun Palace events tends to be on children and young people.

As part of A Fun Palace for Grown Ups, we are really pleased to be presenting a talk from Philip Hedley (former artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East), rehearsed readings from The Writers’ Group (consisting of MA Text and Performance students) and a new performance from a young theatre company, BARK.

A Fun Palace for Grown Ups comes at the end of what is induction week for many programmes, and can act as an additional welcome to new students.  Information on the line-up of events hosted in the School of Arts is below, and links to the events at CPT and other venues in the Euston area.

A Fun Palace for Grown Ups: A FREE celebration of being a grown up from Camden People’s Theatre, New Diorama, Birkbeck, Wellcome Collection, the Fitzrovia Centre & others.

All events are FREE but booking is essential: http://www.cptheatre.co.uk/show/fun_palaces.php

Birkbeck events take place in the School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD
Sunday 4 October, 2.30-5.30pm

2.30-4.30pm: The Writers’ Group: Rehearsed Readings, Peltz Gallery

– Neka Da Costa, Whoopey’s the Musical: A dark comedy that satirizes the nitty gritty of the fast food industry, set in a fictional but recognizable restaurant.
– Wafik Doss, Staged Impeachment: A play about a play that never gets played.
– Lucinda Everett, Liked: A drama exploring the darker side of the world’s obsession with youtube.
– Yuki Sakamoto, The Macaroni War: A story about imagination and its loss and a warning to all ages.
– Virginia Smith, My Shrimp and I: An exploration of cultural stereotyping through a one-woman show that intertwines music and words.
– Kate Tiernan, Freight: Adventure in a tiny tin tank. A freight carriage holds hostage the hopes of freedom. With lyrical and fiercely poetic language, two characters fight to conceal their judgment and desires in the pursuit of anonymity.
– Rebecca Williams, Hikikomori in London: Mental health labels when cultures collide: the story of a unique friendship when one man tries to help someone he can’t hope to understand.

3-4pm: Answer A) BARK School by BARK, G10

Re-realise your potential as a school child in these ridiculous one-on-one mini classes.

2.30-5.30pm: Joan Littlewood: Her Life and Work

Philip Hedley was Joan Littlewood’s assistant director for two years and her successor as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Philip will give a detailed and rich account of one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable and influential UK theatre directors. With lively personal anecdotes, Philip will discuss the context for Joan’s work, her fundamental beliefs about theatre, and her legacy, including her ideas for a Fun Palace.

To book, and to see all events taking place as part of A Fun Palace for Grown Ups, visit http://www.cptheatre.co.uk/show/fun_palaces.php


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