Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:29:37 +0100 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:29:37 +0100 Pride - Sat 28 Jun http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/pride-sat-28-jun/ London’s annual Pride event is taking place on Saturday 28th June. We are expecting Soho, and particularly the area around Dean Street and the theatre to be very busy during the day and into the evening. Our bar will also be very busy. It may be easier to approach us from the south of Soho, via Shaftesbury Avenue, rather the from the north, via Oxford Street. Please allow extra time to reach us and collect your tickets. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/pride-sat-28-jun/ London’s annual Pride event is taking place on Saturday 28th June. We are expecting Soho, and particularly the area around Dean Street and the theatre to be very busy during the day and into the evening. Our bar will also be very busy. It may be easier to approach us from the south of Soho, via Shaftesbury Avenue, rather the from the north, via Oxford Street. Please allow extra time to reach us and collect your tickets.

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The 2014 Soho Literary Festival http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/the-2014-soho-literary-festival/ The 2014 Soho Literary Festival, sponsored by Waitrose Cellar and supported by Arts Council England, marks its fourth anniversary on the London literary calendar this September (24th – 28th) With 36 unique events all taking place within Soho Theatre, the festival is set to take the capital by storm! Visitors are invited to spend the weekend getting up-close and personal with their literary heroes, in Soho’s three spaces or mingling in the bar, where regular signings will take place. High... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/the-2014-soho-literary-festival/ The 2014 Soho Literary Festival, sponsored by Waitrose Cellar and supported by Arts Council England, marks its fourth anniversary on the London literary calendar this September (24th – 28th) With 36 unique events all taking place within Soho Theatre, the festival is set to take the capital by storm!

Visitors are invited to spend the weekend getting up-close and personal with their literary heroes, in Soho’s three spaces or mingling in the bar, where regular signings will take place. Highlights include watching headline act Stephen Fry discuss the profound effects Wodehouse had on his life, hearing panorama journalist Tom Bower delve behind the public facade of Richard Branson or Michel Roux and Russell Norman revealing the commonly unseen aspects of restaurant life.

Returning favourites include Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and cartoonist Nick Newman on some of the magazine’s funniest cartoons, an informative and humorous lesson on how to spot a psychopath led by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, and the sell-out one-stop literary smorgasbord hosted by Craig Brown & Friends.

To see the full line-up of events and book tickets, click here!

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Getting To Know Matilda Ibini http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/getting-to-know-matilda-ibini/ Soho Writers' Lab member and BBC Writersroom participant Matilda Ibini chats to Jess Mordsley about her recent work and her relationship with Soho. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/getting-to-know-matilda-ibini/ Soho Writers’ Lab member, BBC Writersroom participant and all-round excellent person Matilda Ibini chats to Jess Mordsley about her recent work and her relationship with Soho.

Jessica Mordsley: I know you’ve been working with Soho Theatre for about three years now, could you tell me a bit about how you got involved?
Matilda Ibini: It was about 2011 and at the time Soho were doing a course (Writers’ Lab) – once a month you’d meet with other writers, learn the ins and outs of playwriting and hopefully have a play at the end of it. So I was really impressed, I thought, “I’d love to do that,” so I applied and got a place. I turned up to the first session and it was really great. I submitted a play I’d written during that course to the Soho Young Writer’s Award, and it got shortlisted. That was a really pleasant surprise, I was like, “oh cool, that means I can write plays and if I can write one, I could write another.”
So I stayed on for the next year and at the end of that I had another play on my hands. I submitted that to the Verity Bargate, and that got longlisted, so it was like, “oh wow, I think I’m on a roll.”

JM: What impact do you think it’s had on you as a writer?
MI: It’s given me a variety of ways to approach subject matters I’m interested in, there are millions of ways to write, but it’s about finding one which suits you. It’s equipped me with lots of tools in my toolbox, something I can whip out if I’m struggling, either at the beginning or in the middle or nearing the end of a play.
It’s given me confidence as well, definitely – writing can make you feel quite insecure because you don’t know if what you’re writing is good enough, or if it makes sense, if you’re writing for an audience.
Also it’s given me the chance to network – I’m quite a shy person so networking’s quite hard, having to approach people and start conversations. It pushed you where you needed to be pushed but you didn’t feel like you were overwhelmed or in the spotlight or anything, it was the right kind of push.

JM: What do you plan to do as part of the BBC Writersroom scheme?
MI: I guess the idea is to develop as a writer for a year but more intensely, so attending workshops and masterclasses. They want to support you in becoming a commission-able writer, I think that’s the biggest thing about it. Because you’re partnered with a theatre, the hope is that also you could possibly write something they could put on their stage, because, I guess, they believe in you, which is very exciting and nerve-racking at the same time.

JM: Is there anything else you’d like to add about the journey so far or your plans for the future?
MI: It’s been – not daunting – but challenging, but Soho’s been supportive every step of the way. The first two years I attended their workshops using a crutch and they always provided a stool, they always checked accessibility, they’d phone you up if the lift was out of order and that might disrupt a performance you were coming to see, or being able to sit on a stool in the theatre during a performance, that’s really helpful. Now that I’ve transitioned to using a wheelchair they’re very accommodating and it doesn’t feel like a big deal, so I like the idea that they’re open to being as accessible as possible, because that’s a big part of me being a writer. Wherever the world is limiting, in writing you can be unlimited, and Soho’s very much in the forefront of that – wanting to make sure anyone and everyone can come to their shows.

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Soho at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-at-the-edinburgh-fringe/ London’s most vibrant venue for new theatre, comedy and cabaret, Soho Theatre, develops and seeks out some of the most exciting work around the world. Alongside UK tours and shows in India, New York and more, this year we’re again taking a plethora of shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and programming a night at Latitude Festival for the second year. Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre, says: “The acts we nurture here at Soho are not just for our stages. We take work a... Tue, 13 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-at-the-edinburgh-fringe/ London’s most vibrant venue for new theatre, comedy and cabaret, Soho Theatre, develops and seeks out some of the most exciting work around the world. Alongside UK tours and shows in India, New York and more, this year we’re again taking a plethora of shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and programming a night at Latitude Festival for the second year.

Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre, says: “The acts we nurture here at Soho are not just for our stages. We take work all over the world, and I am delighted to announce we are returning to two great festivals this Summer – Edinburgh and Latitude. We are bringing 11 shows to Scotland to share with the festival goers, and many more than that will be coming back to perform with us in London over the next year. And with our production of Blink starting its tour in India, is opening in New York in June, we really are sharing our work with new audiences wider than ever.”

Kim Noble’s You’re Not Alone at the Traverse Theatre (19 – 24 Aug) is a provocative moving and comic production that blends performance, comedy and film and chronicles one man’s attempts at connection, friendship and employment at B&Q in this intimate glimpse into the mind of an eccentric genius. Presented by Soho Theatre and David Johnson & John Mackay in association with IBT.

Soho Theatre and nabokov collaborate again with Symphony, written by three of the UK’s hottest and most successful young writers, Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells at Assembly Bosco Tent (31 Jul – 25 Aug). This uplifting and innovative new show combines live music and eclectic spoken word storytelling. Soho Theatre and nabokov previously had a critical hit with Blink, which has just transferred to New York.

Clara Brennan is currently on attachment to Soho Theatre as part of the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme – she was also shortlisted for the 2013 Verity Bargate Award for her play The Vendor. Here FoolsCap in association with Soho Theatre present Spine, a hilarious and heartbreaking call to arms across the generations in which a ferocious teenager is saved from the Tory scrapheap by an elderly widow determined to leave a political legacy. Playing at Underbelly, Cowgate (31 Jul – 24 Aug).

Completing the theatre offer is Sophie Wu with her show Sophie Wu is minging, she looks like she’s dead. This free show at The Wee Red Bar (2 – 24 Aug) sees Sophie rise magnanimously above taking petty revenge for her teenage humiliations in a well-balanced, light and sane debut show.

At Underbelly Cowgate is The Christeene Machine (31 Jul – 23 Aug) a gender-bending booty-pounding queer perversion of punk dragged through a musical theatre gutter, commanded by Christeene: a human pissoir of foul hilarity and raw unabashed sexuality. Calling the world to bring their anger, their tawdry secrets and their stained hope to the front in a show of ferocious live music, strained intimacy and fiery stank. Presented by Soho Theatre, Johnson/Mackay & ArKtype.

At Underbelly, Bristo Square is Death of a Sails-Man (30 Jul – 24 Aug) the new show from the master of suburban, absurdist comedy Sam Simmons. Sam has had several runs at Soho Theatre and has carved out a unique place in the world of comedy. A windsurfing legend, suffer an existential mid-life crisis after being blown out to sea. No epiphanies, no lessons learnt, just a dickhead and his wind-sail. Presented by Soho Theatre, Token Events and the Mason Sisters @ PBJ.

Soho Theatre’s Comedy Associate Lee Griffiths (one fifth of Late Night Gimp Fight), has a family that is more messed up than yours. Fact. Watch him work through his Post Traumatic Sketch Disorder with a show that is going to be messy, dark, and maybe even funny. Lee is at the Pleasance (1 – 24 Aug) where, for three nights only he will be joined by the rest of the Gimps for The Worst of Late Night Gimp Fight (21 – 23 Aug).

Meanwhile Australian rising star Luke McGregor brings his new show I Worry That I Worry Too Much to the Assembly (1 – 25 Aug). Luke won Best Newcomer at the 2013 Melbourne Comedy Festival and is an very exciting new talent. After a successful run at Soho Theatre last year he makes his Edinburgh debut.

Back at Underbelly, Cowgate, Neil Hamburger, the long suffering cult icon, finally returns to the UK after a few years away (13 – 24 Aug). His subversive, brilliant one-of-a-kind comedy has delighted, confused and repulsed audiences worldwide.

Finally at the Gilded Balloon, David Johnson, John Mackay and Soho Theatre present the Rubberbandits’ Continental Fistfight (30 Jul – 25 Aug) which had its premiere at Soho Theatre earlier this year. The critically-acclaimed show left a raucous crowd at Soho Theatre begging for more.

If Suffolk is more your style than Scotland, Soho Theatre is taking over Latitude Festival’s cabaret tent on Friday night, with a stellar line-up of artists from our programme past and present. Performing are: Sam Simmons, Christeene and Late Night Gimp Fight (who are also heading to Edinburgh), dark and edgy, American rising star Kyle Kinane, the ever-absurd Tony Law and La Clique showgirl Meow Meow. Click here for more information!

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Soho Theatre Hits Latitude! http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-hits-latitude/ Soho's back at Latitude Festival this summer... Tue, 13 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-hits-latitude/ Heading to Latitude this summer? So are we! This July, we’re once again packing up our tents and boots in preparation for the UK’s best cultural festival. What’s more, we’re bringing a hand-picked selection of some of Soho’s finest acts along for the ride.

This year, dazzling showgirl Meow Meow promises to wow festival goers with her sexy and unique cabaret, whilst Christeene – fresh from her Soho run – combines electro-R&B and fiery performance in a dazzling and booty-pounding show like no other.

Completing the line up is master of surrealist comedy Sam Simmons, the dark, self-deprecating and grizzled Kyle Kinane, the gloriously absurd Tony Law and a load of men prancing around in gimp masks (Edinburgh Fringe favourites Late Night Gimp Fight).

All in, it’s going to be a pretty unforgettable night in the Cabaret tent. If you haven’t already got your Latitude tickets, you can get hold of them via the Latitude website.

(Photo: Jenna Foxton)

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Sad News http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/sad-news/ We are sad to hear the news of the passing of two very good friends of Soho Theate from its early origins at the Soho Poly. Bob Hoskins was our honorary president, a close friend of co-founder Verity Bargate and a huge supporter of Soho Theatre over the years. Bill Ash was a former literary manager of the Soho Poly Theatre in the 1980s and remained a passionate supporter ever since. We extend our wishes of condolence to the family and friends of both. You can read Bill Ash’s Guardian obit... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/sad-news/ We are sad to hear the news of the passing of two very good friends of Soho Theate from its early origins at the Soho Poly. Bob Hoskins was our honorary president, a close friend of co-founder Verity Bargate and a huge supporter of Soho Theatre over the years. Bill Ash was a former literary manager of the Soho Poly Theatre in the 1980s and remained a passionate supporter ever since. We extend our wishes of condolence to the family and friends of both. You can read Bill Ash’s Guardian obituary here.

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