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When did you come out as male? Or female?

Scratch Night at Metal (Peterborough) – Thursday 8 November


From 8-10 November, Metal Peterborough, Vivacity Key Theatre, 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.

We particularly encourage applications from trans, non-binary and gender-queer artists, but we’re interested in hearing from anyone whose work explores gender.

Come As You Are, CPT, Metal Peterborough and Vivacity Key Theatre 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 and Lucy Hutson alongside a panel discussions and our scratch night.


We are seeking

  • In-development or short performances
  • Extract of longer shows still in development
  • Performances exploring themes directly relevant to our festival
  • Other unusual performance events that may work in the context of this festival




Please note, the festival is primarily concerned with gender, not sexuality. But we are open to receiving proposals exploring queer identity too.


Please also bear in mind, we are particularly interested in innovative, unconventional theatre. We will consider devised, self-made and solo work, interactive work, virtual work, live art and cross-disciplinary work, multimedia work, etc.


What we provide

  • £165 fee for the performance
  • Extensive PR and marketing support, inclusion in brochures, website, social media activity
  • Technical support


Come As You Are is a UK wide festival taking place throughout autumn 2018. The festival in Peterborough will take place at Metal and Vivacity Key between 8th – 10th November 2018

If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please complete the application form accessible via this link.


Deadline for submission is 12pm Thursday 27 September

Call for submissions – COME AS YOU ARE Festival