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  • Elevate Festival

    Wed 3rd - Sat 13th July at 7pm
    Tickets Pay What You Can
    Experience the next generation of creative change-makers at this festival of new works written, developed, directed and performed by final-year Postgraduate Performing Arts students at the University of East London. Each evening, Camden People’s Theatre hosts a double bill (and one triple bill!) of brand-new performances by the next generation of theatre makers.

    Video introduction here

    For more info on each piece, including trigger and content warnings, please visit this link.


    Wed 3rd July – 7:00pm Double Bill

    Split: AT HOME

    Written by Michael Weller. Directed by Lexie Woodroof.

    Paul and Carol - a perfect couple - squabble over dinner as they struggle for connection in an increasingly fragmented world.


    Violetta’s Diary

    Written and directed by Chaea Seo.

    Combining cinema and dance, this re-invention of the opera La Traviata is told through the eyes of the protagonist Violetta.


    Thurs 4th July – 7:00pm Double Bill

    The Women of the House of Atreus

    Written and directed by Zazi the Artist.

    A visceral retelling of the ancient Greek myth of the Curse of the House of Atreus through the perspectives of Klytemnestra, Kassandra, and Elektra.


    Gazing through the window

    Written and directed by Kalli Fouseki.

    Blending silent cinema and the stage, this intermedial performance examines the fascinating relationship between Charlie Chaplin and his mother Hannah.


    Fri 5th July – 7:00pm Double Bill

    Caught In Her Canvas

    Written by Kathryn Brayson and directed by Bell Gellis.

    After Dani mistakenly shows up to Renata's home to 'clean' she becomes trapped inside due to a sudden hurricane...



    Written and directed by Ariane Fernebok.

    A couple is in a theatre, or is it their flat? Are they actors or characters? And who are we? As we become more embroiled in their arguments, the lines between reality and the stage become increasingly unclear.


    Sat 6th July – 7:00pm Triple Bill

    Babylon Cya Stop We Music

    Written and directed by Sion Symonds.

    An exploration of ethnic identity, anti-colonialism and cultural resistance, this verbatim piece features three friends, an island beach in Bermuda and their own experiences of oppressive systems under the umbrella of Babylon. 


    Bandida: Entre Dos Aguas

    Developed and performed by Priscilla Gomez.

    Exploring themes of identity, empowerment, and community, this fusion of Flamenco and Krump dance is a celebration of cultures and the autobiographical transformative journey of a woman finding her voice.


    A (20-something’s) Guide to Having a Vagina

    Written and performed by Rebekah Wotton.

    For vagina owners (past, present and future) and anyone else even the smallest bit interested.
    ‘I think there is something wrong and I’d like to return this item. I don’t remember buying it, it didn’t come with instructions, and I don’t have a receipt.’


    Weds 10th July – 7:00pm Double Bill

    Family Portrait

    Written and directed by Daisy Isabel Kingston-Lynch.

    A physical exploration of familial relationships, the fallibility of memory and the importance of photographs. 


    As He Said: Stories of Rust and Stardust

    Developed by KD.

    An intimate, multidisciplinary installation experience exploring the personal narratives of individuals who experienced sexual assault as children.


    Thurs 11th July – 7:00pm Double Bill


    Written and directed by Codi Jaques.

    In an age of AI deep fakes, social media misinformation, and fake news, Extra! Extra! tackles the use of AI and post-truth within the theatre head on – to hilarious effect. 


    A Tale of Two: A New Musical

    Music by Luke Simnett. Book and Lyrics by Joel Trinidad. Directed by Bailey Cummings

    The premiere of musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. With a cast of only two actors, this spellbinding French revolution story comes to life through an edgy, pop-punk soundtrack. It truly is the best of times and the worst of times! 


    Fri 12th July – 7:00pm Double Bill

    Echoes of Nekyia

    Written and directed by Cleopatra Lsk. 

    Drawing inspiration from Odysseus’ trip to Nekyia (the underworld) in Homer’s “Odyssey”, this new play unfolds the true story of a Syrian man in his attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea in order to come to Europe.


    Vénülő harc 

    Written and directed by Bence Blaskó.

    A surrealist, one person show about the person inside the head of a neurodivergent, trans person who, really, is just trying to get through everyday life.


    Sat 13th July – 7:00pm Double Bill

    The Lesson by Eugène Ionesco, performed by Alannah Thorndyke and Aymen Hassine

    The Scary Question by Wayne S. Rawley  performed by Shakhnoza Agzamkhodjaeva and Dany Mutamba 

    And a newly scripted performance written and performed by Luciana Nedelcu Marina


    The Entrapped Martyr

    Written and directed by Gabriel Adomaitis

    In this one-act psychological thriller, a toxic relationship unfolds within the claustrophobic confines of a house. At its heart lies a mysterious couple whose bizarre and twisted relationship gradually exposes a dark and sinister reality…

    Content Notice
    Running Time 120 mins
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Assistance dogs welcome
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    Content NoticeAvailable via the website link
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    "Hats off to the CPT for this fine show, well researched and coming from a place of great passion... Comm­unity theatre at its most effective."

    Camden New Journal (Human Jam)