Come as You Are — Camden Peoples Theatre, Poole Lighthouse initiative supported by the Network

The Network is proud to support and be working with the Camden Peoples Theatre (CPT) on its Come As You Are Festival. More about the festival:

Come As You Are, CPT and Lighthouse Poole welcomes a host of gender-anarchists with more questions than answers, as we confront (and solve?) all the world’s issues regarding male, female, between and beyond. It’s not going to be pretty – but it might just be beautiful.

In the last few years, progressive thinking about gender has gone mainstream, and understanding has developed of gender as infinite variety. More and more individuals are reclaiming the right to define their genders, their bodies, themselves. Some have called this “the ultimate forum for self-expression”, some “the next civil rights frontier”. Either way, it’s a destabilising and liberating cultural change.

Come As You Are will feature work by the UK’s most exciting theatre artists. The festival is headlined by Milk Presents’ critically acclaimed show BULLISH, and features performances by Ray Filar, Tom Marshman and Liz Clarke alongside a panel discussions and our scratch night.

From 29 November – 1 December, Lighthouse Poole and Camden People’s Theatre are programming COME AS YOU ARE, a festival of adventurous performance addressing attitudes towards and understanding of gender. We’re on the look out for local artists to feature in our scratch event where you can show 20 minute extracts of new work-in-progress performances. Your performance should fit with the themes of the festival – interrogating and celebrating gender from cis to trans, from binary to beyond.

The Network supported Camden Peoples Theatre ‘Come as You Are’ project particularly encourage applications from Poole, Dorset and Bournemouth Trans, non-binary and gender-queer artists, Camden Peoples Theatre is interested in hearing from anyone whose work explores gender. You can make contact at 07811 269 454 and