Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for News http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ News en-gb Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:37:36 +0100 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:37:36 +0100 Tube strike - Wed 8 & Thu 9 Jul http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/tube-strike-wed-8-and-thu-9-jul/ Important Information for Bookers on Wed 8th & Thursday 9th July: Transport unions are currently planning to hold strike action affecting the Underground on the 8th & 9th July, resulting in no tube service across London from Wednesday evening and all day Thursday. If you are planning to come to Soho Theatre during that time, please allow plenty of extra time for your journey, as other methods of transport will be much busier than usual; most of our performances have either a latecomers cut... Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/tube-strike-wed-8-and-thu-9-jul/ Important Information for Bookers on Wed 8th & Thursday 9th July:

Transport unions are currently planning to hold strike action affecting the Underground on the 8th & 9th July, resulting in no tube service across London from Wednesday evening and all day Thursday.

If you are planning to come to Soho Theatre during that time, please allow plenty of extra time for your journey, as other methods of transport will be much busier than usual; most of our performances have either a latecomers cut-off point, or a no-latecomers policy, and we regret we are not able to issue any compensation or refunds for patrons that cannot gain access to their performances due to arriving late.

Further updates on strike action can be found here

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Soho Theatre's Green Team face their latest challenge http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatres-green-team-face-their-latest-challen/ THE HARVEST: THE APPLES Soho Theatre’s recent co-production with Theatre Royal Bath brought an intriguing challenge to the Green Team . The play – The Harvest, written by Pavel Pryazhko and directed by Sir Michael Boyd – is set in an orchard, and the stage is an extraordinary rig of green apples, strung up on individual threads for the actors to pick throughout the performance. The production got through 50 – 70 Bramley apples a day, and here’s how the Green Team made sure they wer... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatres-green-team-face-their-latest-challen/ THE HARVEST: THE APPLES

Soho Theatre’s recent co-production with Theatre Royal Bath brought an intriguing challenge to the Green Team . The play – The Harvest, written by Pavel Pryazhko and directed by Sir Michael Boyd – is set in an orchard, and the stage is an extraordinary rig of green apples, strung up on individual threads for the actors to pick throughout the performance.

The production got through 50 – 70 Bramley apples a day, and here’s how the Green Team made sure they weren’t wasted:

Composting
Two Green Team members lugged suitcases home to compost the apples in their gardens. However, due to the acidic quality of the apples, this could not provide the only solution.

Police Horses
Members of the Soho Theatre Office team took a number of apples down to Great Scotland Yard stables, just a 15 minute walk from the theatre. The Mounted Police introduced us to the horses, including Grace, who let the procession at the Royal Wedding. Again, the horses were unable to take the majority of the apples as the acid in them was somewhat disagreeable in large quantities.

Vauxhall City Farm
Lots of apples went to Vauxhall City Farm for the goats, pigs and horses there. Staff gave up their own time to stop off with wheelie suitcases on their way home from work.

FanShen Theatre Company
After posting about the apples on twitter, and linking to our posting on Set Exchange, FanShen Theatre Company got in touch about their production of The Apple Cart. They came along and took a huge rucksack of apples to use in their show, which toured sustainably around fetes and festivals in the south.

Soho Theatre are committed to providing green and sustainable solutions to the many challenges that face them as an busy, central London arts venue. To find out more about Soho Theatre’s work in this area and to view the latest Sustainability Policy Action Plan, please visit our webpage

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Kelly Fogarty PR & Events Director 020 7478 0132 / 0744 605 1466 / kelly@sohotheatre.com
Judi Ellard Press & PR Manager 020 7478 0128 / judi@sohotheatre.com

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SOHO YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS 2015 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-young-playwrights-2015/ Waltham Forest’s Mayor meets the borough’s youngest playwrights as their plays are performed at Soho Theatre Witches, Tutunkhamun’s tomb, a candy forest and a robbery at Buckingham Palace Celebrating the thrilling imagination of some of the capital’s Year 6 students, the Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Saima Mahmud, presented four young Walthamstow playwrights – from Greenleaf, Henry Maynard, Our Lady and Saint George’s Catholic, and Mission Grove Primary schools – with certific... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-young-playwrights-2015/ Waltham Forest’s Mayor meets the borough’s youngest playwrights as their plays are performed at Soho Theatre

Witches, Tutunkhamun’s tomb, a candy forest and a robbery at Buckingham Palace

Celebrating the thrilling imagination of some of the capital’s Year 6 students, the Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Saima Mahmud, presented four young Walthamstow playwrights – from Greenleaf, Henry Maynard, Our Lady and Saint George’s Catholic, and Mission Grove Primary schools – with certificates following staged performances of their plays at Soho Theatre on Thu 25 June, as part of Soho Young Playwrights 2015.

From 130 submissions across Westminster and Walthamstow, eight short plays were chosen and performed by six professional actors, a full score and live band. Four plays came from the Westminster borough and four from Waltham Forest borough: including Ramah Joseph’s tale of robbery Johnnyphant (Greenleaf Primary School), Kaynat Kamran’s light hearted story about a good deed rewarded in Soho Theatre Story (Mission Grove Primary School), Becantie Kouame’s savior and sisterhood, complete with #funkyowl in Curses Kill (Our Lady and Saint George’s Catholic Primary School) and Linhdan Tran’s Egyptian quest in The Legend of the Golden Cicada (Henry Maynard Primary School and Nursery).

These performances are the culmination of workshops with professional directors, playwrights and a composer across the last academic term. They introduce Year 6 students to the challenges and possibilities of playwriting, and give them the chance to see their own work come to life on a central London stage.

Among other generous trusts and individuals, Soho Young Playwrights is supported by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and has given Soho Theatre yet another opportunity to bring its education work to the residents of E17, some of whom are already involved with our current programmes in the area.

On hand to present the young playwrights with certificates following the staging of their plays, the Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Saima Mahmud, said: “It was inspiring to see the work of these talented young people performed in a professional environment and I hope the experience will spur them on to achieve further success in the years ahead.”

After participating in Soho Young Playwrights, these young people have the chance to grow their writing or performances skills through Soho Theatre’s existing courses. Soho Young Company’s Writer’s Lab and Comedy Lab (Sketch, Stand-Up and Skills) are open to ages 16 – 26 with many participants now into their fourth year, and the Walthamstow Theatremaker’s course for ages 11 – 16 year olds.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Kelly Fogarty PR & Events Director 020 7478 0132 / 0744 605 1466 / kelly@sohotheatre.com
Judi Ellard Press & PR Manager 020 7478 0128 / judi@sohotheatre.com

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The schools involved in Soho Young Playwrights were: Walthamstow Greenleaf Primary School, Henry Maynard Primary School and Nursery, Mission Grove Primary School, Our Lady and Saint George’s Catholic Primary School. Westminster St Barnabas’ CE Primary School, Christ Church Bentinck C of E Primary School, St George’s Hanover Square School and Soho Parish.

Soho Young Playwrights is supported by: The Andor Charitable Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The 8th Earl of Sandwich Memorial Trust, Hyde Park Place Estate Charity, St Giles-in-the-Fields and William Shelton Educational Charity, St James’s Piccadilly Charity, Teale Charitable Trust, The London Borough of Waltham Forest and the West End Ward Budget.

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Pride - Saturday 27 June http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/pride-saturday-27-june/ London’s annual Pride event is taking place on Saturday 27th June, and if you’re coming to see a show with us, please be aware that Soho will be very busy during the day! Travel services are likely to be delayed or disrupted. Tube stations in the West End may close due to overcrowding, and buses serving the Soho area will be on diversion until at least 9pm. Several roads in Soho will be closed to traffic including the south entrance to Dean St from Shaftesbury Avenue. Our bar will also... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/pride-saturday-27-june/ London’s annual Pride event is taking place on Saturday 27th June, and if you’re coming to see a show with us, please be aware that Soho will be very busy during the day!

Travel services are likely to be delayed or disrupted. Tube stations in the West End may close due to overcrowding, and buses serving the Soho area will be on diversion until at least 9pm. Several roads in Soho will be closed to traffic including the south entrance to Dean St from Shaftesbury Avenue.

Our bar will also be very busy and we recommend allowing plenty of extra time to reach us, collect your tickets and visit the bar before the start time of your show. Most of our shows have either a latecomers cut-off point, or a no latecomers policy, and we regret we cannot offer any exchanges or refunds to patrons arriving late to shows.

Check the official Pride in London website for more info.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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LAMPEDUSA RETURNS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/lampedusa-returns/ Press Release: Thursday 25 June 2015 ANDERS LUSTGARTEN’S ESSENTIAL NEW PLAY – ABOUT THE HUMAN STORIES BEHIND THE HEADLINES – RETURNS NEXT WEEK Tue 30 Jun – Sat 25 Jul, 7.15pm (Sat mat, 3pm). 70mins. The paradisal island of Lampedusa. Where North Africa meets Rome. Home of postcard vistas, white sand beaches, and the site of the most devastating debris washing up on the shore. When Anders Lustgarten’s Lampedusa opened at Soho Theatre in early April, few knew it referred to the near... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/lampedusa-returns/ Press Release: Thursday 25 June 2015

ANDERS LUSTGARTEN’S ESSENTIAL NEW PLAYABOUT THE HUMAN STORIES BEHIND THE HEADLINESRETURNS NEXT WEEK

Tue 30 Jun – Sat 25 Jul, 7.15pm (Sat mat, 3pm). 70mins.

The paradisal island of Lampedusa. Where North Africa meets Rome. Home of postcard vistas, white sand beaches, and the site of the most devastating debris washing up on the shore.

When Anders Lustgarten’s Lampedusa opened at Soho Theatre in early April, few knew it referred to the nearest EU territory to the African coast, let alone an Italian island of great beauty. The EU continue to wrangle with policy decisions that will save or condemn refugees and settlement quotas for the survivors, meeting today in Brussels to try to grapple with the Mediterranean immigration crisis – as Europe closes its borders and builds fences – highlighting that this is an issue that will not go away.

Next week this important and horrendously current play about the human stories behind the headlines returns, this time to the Theatre for a four week run, from Tuesday 30 June to Saturday 25 July. Stefano (Ferdy Roberts) is an Italian coastguard whose main job is to pull the bodies of drowned migrants out of the Mediterranean. Denise (Louise Mai Newberry) is a payday loan collector in Leeds, who tramps from door to door hearing complaints about immigration and the jobs crisis. In a story of divide and rule, two strangers strive to find human connection in a world of separation.

‘Essential…heartening’ ★★★★ Financial Times ‘Brave, bold and moving’ ★★★★ Guardian
‘Shattering’ ★★★★Times ‘Powerfully affective’ ★★★★ Independent

On Lampedusa, writer Anders Lustgarten, said: “In the midst of all this toxic crap about immigrants and spongers, this play gives a human voice to the victims of demonisation. But it also tries to understand the pressures on the people who have to enforce the rules.”

In 2014, 4,000 people drowned taking huge risks to cross the Mediterranean. The government responded by eliminating support for the only rescue programme remaining. Already in 2015 over 1,800 have suffered the same fate and many more people are destined to drown as a result of EU foreign policy.

Lampedusa is by award-winning playwright Anders Lustgarten (If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep, A Day at the Racists, Black Jesus) and directed by Steven Atkinson, Artistic Director of HighTide Festival Theatre (peddling, Bottleneck, Lidless).

The play produced with dramaturgical support from Soho Theatre’s Associate Director Nina Steiger is a co-production with HighTide Festival Theatre where it will play 10 – 20 September followed by a run at the Unity Theatre 24 September – 3 October. In their association with the return season, the Guardian has produced their first ever audio play adaptation in recording Lampedusa, the full length play available on their website.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Kelly Fogarty PR & Events Director 020 7478 0132 / 0744 605 1466 / kelly@sohotheatre.com
Judi Ellard Press & PR Manager 020 7478 0128 / judi@sohotheatre.com

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Access to Soho Theatre by car http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/access-to-soho-theatre-by-car/ Until Monday 22nd June, Dean Street is blocked half way up for gas works taking place. The theatre is north of this road block, and the following traffic redirection has been put in place: - If you are approaching from the south (Old Compton St) drive up as far as the block, drop off, then turn around and drive back down Dean Street – If you need to get to our front door, you can drive north on Frith Street to Soho Square, turn left into Carlisle Street and then left down Dean Street, drop... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/access-to-soho-theatre-by-car/ Until Monday 22nd June, Dean Street is blocked half way up for gas works taking place. The theatre is north of this road block, and the following traffic redirection has been put in place:

- If you are approaching from the south (Old Compton St) drive up as far as the block, drop off, then turn around and drive back down Dean Street – If you need to get to our front door, you can drive north on Frith Street to Soho Square, turn left into Carlisle Street and then left down Dean Street, drop off outside the theatre, then turn around and drive back up Dean Street

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