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What is Home Run?
Home Run is CPT’s largest-scale commissioning scheme. It supports artists with a £5,000 cash commission and free rehearsal space – as well as artistic, fundraising, marketing and business planning support – to develop a project from work-in-progress to three-week run of a fully realised production, programmed as part of our artistic programme. Previous recipients of CPT’s Home Run commission (then also supported by Jerwood Arts) include Milk Presents’ BULLISH (2017) and Lanre Malaolu’s smash-hit The Elephant in the Room (2019).
We're delighted to announce that the recipients of our Home Run 2023 commission are Nina Bowers and Philip Arditti.
CPT will work closely with Nina and Philip over the next twelve months on all aspects of their English Kings Killing Foreigners project, beginning with further R&D this year and working towards an autumn 2023 premiere.
Who are Philip and Nina?
Philip Arditti is an actor, writer and theatre maker. He has worked extensively on TV and on stage playing lead and supporting roles including at the Royal Court, Globe, National, Almeida, Unicorn, on tour and in the West End. His first full length play EXTINCT was selected to be part of Global Jewish Voices at the Bush Theatre, he is currently on the Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab
Nina Bowers is an actor and theatre maker. She was co-director of LETTERS (Gate). She has performed original solo work at Camden People’s Theatre (Camden Fringe) and Sprint Festival. Nina was nominated by the Globe for the Evening Standard Future theatre Fund Award and has been awarded The Yard Theatre Live Draft Fund to develop a piece on the Climate Emergency
What's the project?
English Kings Killing Foreigners (A Showbiz Comedy)
An infamous production of Shakespeare's Henry V
The death of a national sweetheart.
A friendship tested by a bloody act.
This tell-all dark Comedy peels back the skin of English cultural identity revealing the steaming battlefield that lies beneath….
Would you die for your country?
Veterans of the Shakespeare’s Globe Ensemble, Nina Bowers and Philip Arditti, take us from rehearsal room microaggressions, to the battlefields of France, into the bureaucracy of applying for citizenship, weaving in their own histories with England’s as unwilling actors in a national story.
Home Run is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and is designed to support early-career artists making the difficult transition from work-in-progress to a substantial run of a full production.