Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:42:55 +0000 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:42:55 +0000 You Are Not Alone: Competition - Win Free Tickets to Kim Noble http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/you-are-not-alone-competition-win-free-tickets-to/ Enter our video competition and win two free tickets to Kim Noble’s show! Blending performance, comedy and film, Kim Noble: You Are Not Alone tries to get close to other people on this planet. Keith, for instance. You, maybe. Inspired by Kim’s new video trailer, we’re asking YOU to send us a homemade video (no longer than 30 seconds) based on the phrase “you are not alone”. We’ll pick the best video on Friday 13 February, and the winner will get two free tickets to the show here... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/you-are-not-alone-competition-win-free-tickets-to/ Enter our video competition and win two free tickets to Kim Noble’s show!

Blending performance, comedy and film, Kim Noble: You Are Not Alone tries to get close to other people on this planet. Keith, for instance. You, maybe.

Inspired by Kim’s new video trailer, we’re asking YOU to send us a homemade video (no longer than 30 seconds) based on the phrase “you are not alone”.

We’ll pick the best video on Friday 13 February, and the winner will get two free tickets to the show here at Soho Theatre.*

Grab your phones, get filming, and tweet the link to your video using the hashtag #kimnoblealone @sohotheatre and we’ll share all your videos together in one place somewhere. So no one feels left out.

Read more about the show.

*subject to availability, terms and conditions apply

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Fleabag Tour: Meet the Venues - Bristol http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/fleabag-tour-meet-the-venues-bristol/ After a stint in Korea, a roaring success at Edinburgh fringe and a run at Soho in 2013, we couldn’t be more thrilled to be on tour with critically-acclaimed, award-winning show Fleabag. We will be visiting 10 different UK cities and towns over the next few months, so come visit us at a city near you! And to give you a flavour of the fantastic venues we’re off to, we want to tell you about why we love them, as well as chatting to members of staff in each theatre to give you an insight ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/fleabag-tour-meet-the-venues-bristol/ After a stint in Korea, a roaring success at Edinburgh fringe and a run at Soho in 2013, we couldn’t be more thrilled to be on tour with critically-acclaimed, award-winning show Fleabag. We will be visiting 10 different UK cities and towns over the next few months, so come visit us at a city near you! And to give you a flavour of the fantastic venues we’re off to, we want to tell you about why we love them, as well as chatting to members of staff in each theatre to give you an insight into their day-to-day.

After kicking off in Birmingham our Fleabag team have embarked on the next step of their tour in Bristol, at cultural hub and arts venue Brewery Theatre. Brewery is one of many venues within the umbrella of Tobacco Factory Theatres, a company that produces and presents excellent art in unique, intimate and visceral spaces, including the Factory Theatre and Brewery Theatre in Bristol, as well as off site in Bristol and in spaces across the country.

Tobacco Factory Theatres present a jam-packed programme of diverse and exciting shows, workshops and events, from classic and contemporary theatre, to theatre for families, comedy, dance, music, opera and puppetry. They also programme an extensive season of TF+ events and activities for audiences, artists and young people. Their mission statement is to produce and present excellent art in unique, intimate and visceral spaces, and hope to be a cultural flagship for the local community, an innovative social and artistic hub and an inspirational model of urban renewal.

Recent accolades include the 2013 Olivier Award-Nomination and the 2014 Off West End award for their co-pro of Cinderella: A Fairytale and the 2014 winner of Sky Arts Award For Dance for their production of Dracula.

We managed to snatch one of the Tobacco Factory’s busy members of staff Nik Partridge, to ask him a few questions about his role at the theatre.

NAME: Nik Partridge
VENUE: Tobacco Factory Theatres
ROLE: Director in Residence

What’s a typical day like at Tobacco Factory Theatres?
A typical day can vary- anything from meeting artists in Bristol, to going out to see shows for the theatre, to developing material for my own work.

What do you LOVE most about Tobacco Factory Theatres?
The people and its independent, forward thinking spirit.

Describe Bristol in three words.
Vibrant. Cultural. Welcoming.

What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?
Misterman by Enda Walsh. It encapsulated everything I think theatre should be.

Find out more about the tour online and if you’re based in Bristol, be sure to catch us until 7 Feb

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Soho Theatre meets... Tiff Stevenson http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-tiff-stevenson/ Hi nice to meet you, what’s your name?Labels! Labels! Everyone is obsessed with labels. My name is Tiff Stevenson and I am a stand-up comedian of some repute . I also like to refer to myself as a slashie – comedian/actor/writer/so called feminist/philanthropist/hero/amazing person to be around/user of hyperbole Where are you from?The London Town of old. I’m working class so if Soho Theatre didn’t book me I’d just be outside selling matches. ‘Please sir, just one box so I can fee... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-tiff-stevenson/ Hi nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Labels! Labels! Everyone is obsessed with labels. My name is Tiff Stevenson and I am a stand-up comedian of some repute . I also like to refer to myself as a slashie – comedian/actor/writer/so called feminist/philanthropist/hero/amazing person to be around/user of hyperbole

Where are you from?
The London Town of old. I’m working class so if Soho Theatre didn’t book me I’d just be outside selling matches. ‘Please sir, just one box so I can feed my pet mouse’

What brings you here?
I’ve been doing all the things mentioned above for a few years until eventually people gave up trying to fight it. I’M JOKING my phenomenal talent brings me here. I wrote a show about trying to find my inner optimist after it felt buried for a while

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Margarita please, with a salt rim. I like my drinks like I like my penis – in a cocktail glass JOKES

Some crisps or nuts?
Crisps, nuts are hazardous during my show, don’t want you choking on them with LAUGHTER. Also ‘nuts’ are another word for ‘balls’ and they don’t come out well during the show

So, what’s so special about your show?
Well it’s only the best thing I’ve written so….
If you’ve experienced life, depression and absolute disgust when looking at yourself in the mirror/ the existence of the Kardashian’s then this show is for you. It also contains messages about the NHS, gun control, everyday vodka, what news thinks it is and the rise of the machines.

How did the idea of the show come about?
My horrible anus of a 2013 and discovery of some hopeful teenage diaries

Do you come here often?
I do, I like the late night bar vibe and seeing my friend’s shows here. I have recently watched Bridget Christie, Celia Pacquola and Dr Brown. I also performed my 2012 show ‘Uncomfortably Numb’ here which is being made into a documentary so well done Soho Theatre on your great taste in picking shows. You are welcome

Where are you going after here…
I’m off on the second half of my first ever tour. There are about 7 more dates including – Cambridge, Wolverhampton, Dartmouth, Chorley. All the greats basically

Make Tiff Stevenson’s 2015 less anus-y than her 2013! Come and spend some time with her from 25 – 18 Feb.

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Fleabag Tour: Meet the Venues - Norwich http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/fleabag-tour-meet-the-venues-norwich/ We couldn’t be more excited to be on tour with critically-acclaimed, award-winning show Fleabag where we will be visiting 10 different UK cities and towns over the next few months. To give you a flavour of the fantastic venues we’re off to, we want to tell you about why we love them, as well as chatting to members of staff in each theatre to give you an insight into their day-to-day. After a lively start of tour in Birmingham and Bristol, then through Exeter and Glasgow, our Fleabag tea... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/fleabag-tour-meet-the-venues-norwich/ We couldn’t be more excited to be on tour with critically-acclaimed, award-winning show Fleabag where we will be visiting 10 different UK cities and towns over the next few months. To give you a flavour of the fantastic venues we’re off to, we want to tell you about why we love them, as well as chatting to members of staff in each theatre to give you an insight into their day-to-day.

After a lively start of tour in Birmingham and Bristol, then through Exeter and Glasgow, our Fleabag team will tread new ground for one night only at The Garage, in the heart of Norwich. We were at The Garage with our production of Blink recently, and looking forward to being back there.

A hub for performing arts, The Garage is a lively arts centre home to The Garage Trust, a charity providing support and development opportunities for children, young people and families from all backgrounds. One of Norwich’s leading performing arts venues, The Garage offers a range of activities for people of all ages but with a particular focus on young people, particularly those that are disadvantaged, vulnerable or with the fewest opportunities. Facilities are for general public use, offering a range of rooms, studios and a theatre space that can deliver a friendly, quality venue for any event, project or class.

The Garage mission is to ENGAGE, INSPIRE, MOTIVATE and CREATE. Since opening in 2004, a wide range of trusts, foundations, grant giving bodies, statutory organisations, businesses and other supporters have helped this venue to raise the funds to develop a varied and lively programme, with hundreds of projects and activities on offer. The Garage is also a destination for Fringe shows, bringing some of the hottest Fringe productions back to Norwich late last year.

We managed to snatch one of the Garage’s busy members of staff Asa Cannell, to ask him a few questions about her role at the theatre.

NAME: Asa Cannell
VENUE: The Garage Theatre
ROLE: Acting Techniques Tutor, Venue services Coordinator, Front of House.

What’s a typical day like at the Garage?
There is nothing typical about a day at the Garage which it what makes it so unique. We never know what will come through the doors! We have an expanding and innovative theatre programme which brings us the most current and very best of the smaller scale touring theatre productions – like Fleabag! We also have an ever growing class programme of our own which spreads across many of the more popular arts disciplines (Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Acting, etc.) and a few of the less well known ones (Breakdancing, MC’ing, Beatboxing).

What do you LOVE most about working there?
The environment. It really is one of a kind. From the boundless energy of our toddler dance group to the reserved grace of our over 50s the building is always buzzing. I love it when new people find us too! They’re always surprised at how many facilities we have…we’re a bit like the Tardis!

Describe Norwich in three words.
Creative, beautiful and historic.

What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?
Wow…that’s a tough one! It changes so often…last year I loved The Drowned Man and John from the National but I also really enjoyed The Curing Room at the Pleasance and Eye of the Needle at the Southwark Playhouse… I’m really looking forward to Fleabag this year though!!

Find out more about the tour online and if you’re based in Norwich, be sure to catch us on Friday 20 February!

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Fleabag Tour: Meet the Venues - Exeter http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/fleabag-tour-meet-the-venues-exeter/ We’re beyond excited to be on tour with critically-acclaimed, award-winning show Fleabag where we will be visiting 10 different UK cities and towns over the next few months. To give you a flavour of the fantastic venues we’re off to, we want to tell you about why we love them, as well as chatting to members of staff in each theatre to give you an insight into their day-to-day. After opening the tour in Birmingham and stopping by Bristol, our Fleabag team will then make their way to Exete... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/fleabag-tour-meet-the-venues-exeter/ We’re beyond excited to be on tour with critically-acclaimed, award-winning show Fleabag where we will be visiting 10 different UK cities and towns over the next few months.

To give you a flavour of the fantastic venues we’re off to, we want to tell you about why we love them, as well as chatting to members of staff in each theatre to give you an insight into their day-to-day.

After opening the tour in Birmingham and stopping by Bristol, our Fleabag team will then make their way to Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre.

Discreetly nestled at the end of an alley in the heart of Exeter, with a 60 seat subterranean auditorium and adjacent vintage cocktail tavern, the venue has performances from some of the country’s most exciting emerging companies. Championing new work and innovation, the theatre has gained national acclaim for its shows, winning a Peter Brook Empty Space award in 2011 and the UK Theatre’s Most Welcoming Theatre award in 2013.

Recent productions and projects include the fifth Ignite Festival, Write by Numbers’ Blueprint and The Molino Group’s Roland: A Collage. This Autumn they also hosted two creative co-productions – Tortoise and Hare with new Exeter company AMINAL and Edgar and the Land of Lost with old favourites The Wardrobe Ensemble.

With a bar boasting a reputation for exquisite cocktails, local ale, cider and tasty wines, and a cafe with home cooked stews and frittatas, we were excited to sink our teeth into 2013’s “most welcoming” venue… And who better than with Sian Keen, the Bike Shed’s Cafe Supervisor.

NAME: Sian Keen
VENUE: The Bike Shed Theatre
ROLE: Cafe Supervisor

What is a typical day like for you?
Mostly it’s preparing food and drink for the afternoon/evening, preparing for any upcoming events and making cocktails and coffee. It’s lovely to show new visitors around the theatre as a lot of people come across The Bike Shed Theatre by chance. It’s a bit of a hidden gem.

What do you love about working for The Bike Shed Theatre?
I am a theatre maker as well, and my company (Scratchworks Theatre Company) has been supported by The Bike Shed Theatre from pretty much day one. The team are incredibly supportive to local emerging artists in the South West. It also has a beautiful, cosy atmosphere that you find yourself getting lost in. You can hide away here for hours and have one too many cocktails. Even though I work here, its my favourite place to escape in Exeter.

Describe Exeter in three words?
Brimming with ideas!

What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?
Ever? Ahh I’ll have to be greedy and have two. Translunar Paradise – Theatre Ad Infinitum and The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer – Weeping Spoon Productions (and can I be cheeky and have a third, The Race – Gecko).

Find out more about the tour online and if you’re Exeter-based, come say hello in February! We’ll be there Tue 10 & Wed 11 Feb.

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Fleabag Tour: Meet the Venues - Glasgow http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/fleabag-tour-meet-the-venues-glasgow/ We’re so excited to be on tour with critically-acclaimed, award-winning show Fleabag where we will be visiting 10 different UK cities and towns over the next few months. To give you a flavour of the fantastic venues we’re off to, we want to tell you about why we love them, as well as chatting to members of staff in each theatre to give you an insight into their day-to-day. The Tron is one of Scotland’s leading mid-scale producing and presenting theatres, set in the heart of Glasgow’s... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/fleabag-tour-meet-the-venues-glasgow/ We’re so excited to be on tour with critically-acclaimed, award-winning show Fleabag where we will be visiting 10 different UK cities and towns over the next few months.

To give you a flavour of the fantastic venues we’re off to, we want to tell you about why we love them, as well as chatting to members of staff in each theatre to give you an insight into their day-to-day.

The Tron is one of Scotland’s leading mid-scale producing and presenting theatres, set in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City. Currently under the artistic leadership of Andy Arnold, the Tron aims to present the people of Glasgow and the West of Scotland with outstanding professional productions of the finest new writing of the last ten years, with an emphasis on world, UK and Scottish premieres.

Housing three performance spaces, rehearsal space, offices, a dedicated Tron Participation workshop space and Tron Bar + Kitchen, the building is a vibrant creative hub, that bustles with activity year-round. The building is also home to Tron Theatre Company, which stages its own productions as well as presenting co-productions and collaborations with other leading theatre companies, alongside a busy programme of high calibre visiting company work.

Productions in the past have included John Byrne’s adaptation of Three Sisters, Colquhoun & MacBryde, Ulysses, Stones in His Pockets, Sea and Land and Sky, Valhalla, Six Acts of Love (world premiere), Defender of the Faith (UK premiere), Like the Rain (Scottish premiere), Bliss (Scottish premiere), Mud, The Drawer Boy, Suddenly Last Summer and Cooking With Elvis.

This is in addition to celebrated pantomimes, most recently Miracle on 34 Parnie Street and Aganeza Scrooge, which have acquired something of a cult following. The Tron is also an established receiving theatre on the small-middle scale, as well as a major venue for many of Glasgow’s festivals including Celtic Connections, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, the Merchant City Festival and Glasgay!

We managed to catch up with one of the Tron’s busy members of staff Khaliq Ahmed, to ask him a quick few questions about his role at the theatre

NAME: Khaliq Ahmed
VENUE: Tron Theatre
ROLE: Box Office and Front of House Manager

What’s a typical day like for you at the Tron?
Mad busy! There is an immense amount of work for me and my team to get through to ensure everyone gets what they need – whether it’s sorting companies comp requests/invite nights, internal/external reporting or analysis, organising customer access requests, taking bookings, data cleansing, running events, directing calls internally and generally being the face of the Tron for everyone who calls or comes into the building…including hammer-wielding robbers (who incidentally were caught and prosecuted)! No two days are ever the same.

What do you LOVE most about working there?
It’s randomness! Let’s be honest, working in theatre is a drama itself but that’s what makes it so much fun to be a part of. The other aspect I love is the people I get to work with. Our core team are amazing and the freelancers that we work with throughout the year are a pure joy to have about, even the mischievous ones! Also, having such a wide range of visiting work allows you to meet so many different types of people in addition to your actors, directors and crew like writers, musicians, comedians and dancers (rhythmical & physical)… just a shame there isn’t enough brain space to remember all their names.

Describe Glasgow in three words.
People Make Glasgow. Pure cheese ain’t it! :-) I was part of the Opening Ceremony for Glasgow 2014 so that does sum it up for me, with maybe a side order of drink and a whole lot of party!

What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?
There’s been a fair few in my time… I can’t just pick one but I’ll name what springs to mind, our own panto this year Miracle On 34 Parnie Street, Smalltown, The Angel And The Woodcutter, The Unconquered, Bandwagon, Over the Wire, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and Valhalla.

Find out more about the tour online and if you’re Glasgow-based, come say hello in February! We’ll be there from the 17th – 18th and would love to see you there.

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