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Local company, Jumped Up Theatre, is as busy as ever, including presenting the first local professional live theatre in the city in 2021 with Rent Party at The Key Theatre on 1st and 2nd July.

Inspired by Rent Parties in Harlem New York in the 1920’s, where Black American entertainers would stage lively, ticketed parties to help pay their rent, the show has previously been created in Sheffield and Manchester. In Peterborough’s Rent Party five local professional performers have been cast in this cabaret-style show to tell their stories and show their talents, competing for Party Pounds to pay their ‘rent’.

The Peterborough cast includes three professional singers, Alexa Vox, Mark McCredie and Teddi the Drag Queen, hip-hop dancer Summer, and spoken word artist Charley Genever.

“It’s very exciting to find such talent in the Peterborough area for the remaking of this show,” says director Darren Pritchard. “They are each quite exceptional in their performances and their personal stories. I could tell that we had found a very special cast even through their auditions on Zoom.”

The pause in the government road map hasn’t caused a problem as the company had already decided to use a cabaret style seating set-up in the Key Theatre studio, which allows for social distancing in social bubbles.

“We have been planning this show since January 2020, and there couldn’t be a better time to put it on. It’s a proud and loud great night out, which is also providing employment for local performers, and a career-changing opportunity to work with the acclaimed choreographer and director Darren Pritchard,” explains Kate Hall, Jumped Up’s Creative Producer.

Tickets for Rent Party, £10 or £5 concessions, are available via The Key Theatre or the Jumped Up Theatre website,, where you can also find news about Jumped Up’s other projects, including the release of the Fierce Talent Film, made with over 30 creative young people in the city, and a radio play about Northern Soul, Keeping The Faith.

You can see the trailer for the show here:

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