Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:58:03 +0100 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:58:03 +0100 Season #12 The Other http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/autumn-season-announcement/ A Christmas from the outsider… With Ontroerent Goed, Newcastle Live, nabokov, Sam Simmons, Adam Riches, Funz and Gamez, Luisa Omielan, Tony Law, Shappi Khorsandi … and in 2015, Kim Noble Soho Theatre is back from its award winning summer of festivals. They have been around the UK at music festivals and had no less than 11 of our own shows in Edinburgh – winning six major awards (including a Fringe First, Herald Angel and Total Theatre Award).They return with a Christmas season like no... Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/autumn-season-announcement/ A Christmas from the outsider…

With Ontroerent Goed, Newcastle Live, nabokov, Sam Simmons, Adam Riches, Funz and Gamez, Luisa Omielan, Tony Law, Shappi Khorsandi … and in 2015, Kim Noble

Soho Theatre is back from its award winning summer of festivals. They have been around the UK at music festivals and had no less than 11 of our own shows in Edinburgh – winning six major awards (including a Fringe First, Herald Angel and Total Theatre Award).
They return with a Christmas season like no other. All London premieres of the best shows – controversial, hilarious, absurd – either made by or with the company, or found from around the world (including the ones you missed out on during Edinburgh Festival Fringe). There will be sleigh bells, tinsel and elves – just not in the manner you may expect.

On the Christmas season Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre, says:

“Soho Theatre new season comes joyfully from the outsiders. Gameshow freaks to women in men’s worlds, lonely London lovesongs to the North East’s forgotten, we are offering a view from the other. Funny, entertaining and thought provoking, there is something for everyone in our six show an evening programme.

And when it comes to a Christmas offering, this year we have a rousing feminist chorus, a melancholic Christmas lament or two and a kid’s show that is not totally suitable for kids…with a Happy New Year from Kim Noble – what more could you want?”

Building on the incredible insight from associates Live Theatre (Newcastle), nabokov and FoolsCap, Soho Theatre presents three startlingly original and compelling pieces of theatre. Later this month Soho Theatre reunites with Live Theatre, to present the London premiere of the award-winning Wet House (22 Oct – 16 Nov). The first full length play from Paddy Campbell, and voted one of the top 10 plays of 2013 by The Guardian, Wet House received three awards at the 2013 Journal Culture Awards – Performance of the Year, Writer of the Year, and Performer of the Year
(Joe Caffrey). Directed by Max Roberts the play is set in a wet house, a hostel for homeless people where residents can drink alcohol. Andy, an idealistic young graduate has just become the latest member of staff to be recruited at Crabtree House in this comedy tinged with sadness and tragedy which asks how do you keep your head when everyone else is off theirs?

Soho Theatre provides a warm homecoming for Symphony (8 Nov – 7 Dec) in association with nabokov, and Spine (21 Oct – 2 Nov) in association with Foolscap. Written by three of the UK’s hottest young writers – Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells – Symphony, is an award-winning and uplifting show that combines live music and eclectic spoken word storytelling with a whole lot of London love, while Spine – one of the biggest hits of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe – written by Clara Brennan, returns to Soho Theatre’s Upstairs space. The Fringe First, Herald Angel and Stage Award winning call to arms tells the story of a ferocious teenager saved from the Tory scrapheap by an elderly widow (both roles performed by the exceptional Rosie Wyatt) determined to leave a political legacy.

Then, as you know, Soho Theatre likes to give you something different at Christmas (previous Christmases have seen a new musical version of Anthony Neilson’s The Night Before Christmas, an all male version of A Clockwork Orange and the controversial show Audience), and this winter Ontroerend Goed returns for the first time in three years (Audience, 2011), with their critically acclaimed Edinburgh smash-hit Sirens (2 Dec – 4 Jan). From the alluring sirens of mythology to the ear-splitting siren of a rape alarm, Sirens is brutally honest, funny, heartbreaking, truthful, provocative, confronting, empowering. A symphonic chorus of six voices rising up against misogyny, sexual violence, everyday sexism and what it’s really like to be a woman in the 21st century. The production is by Ontroerend Goed, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth & Vooruit in association with Soho Theatre, Summerhall and Big in Belgium.

For something a bit more overtly festive, Soho Theatre Upstairs has acclaimed Welsh theatre company Dirty Protest with Last Christmas (9–21 Dec), Matthew Bulgo’s melancholic monologue. Tom is heading home for Christmas to avoid facing his current problems, only to realise he needs to face older demons from his past.

Taking your kids to see Santa and his elves is a Christmas tradition for many – at Funz and Gamez (13 Dec – 4 Jan) you’ll meet an elf who’s walked all the way from the North Pole – though you can guarantee when Soho Theatre does family shows it is as anarchic and as irreverent as their adult programming. The talk of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and winner of the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Panel Prize, features Phil Ellis (a broke and heartbroken stand up who has turned to children’s entertainment to make a quick buck) and his friends Bonzo the Dog and Jim Elf. With arm wrestling, sweet throwing, a water pistol stand-off, marshmallows, songs and life lessons that’ll leave every generation in stitches – but not for the same reasons – Funz and Gamez is one of the most alternative family shows this Christmas.

Australia’s favourite suburban absurdist Sam Simmons sails back to London (17 Nov – 6 Dec) for an early Christmas treat. Sam had an incredible Soho Theatre produced Edinburgh Festival Fringe run culminating in a nomination for Best Show in the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards for Death of a Sails-Man. A muesli-mogul and windsurfing legend is blown out to sea on a wind-sail where he suffers an existential mid-life crisis. Spoiler: he dies, it’s in the title.

After being knocked up like a 1950s teenager Shappi Khorsandi missed 2013, but she’s now back with Because I’m Shappi (17–29 Nov). This new show introduces us to friends, family and total strangers who have helped her on her personal Yellow Brick Road.

Playing the entire festive season is Adam Riches with Adam of the Riches (8 Dec – 3 Jan), a new hour of phenomenal bullshit. In 2014 Adam sold-out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with this show and won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2011 for his last show Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches. Anarchically high octane, this is definitely one to rally your mates or office troops and come along to see a character comedian do some of his finest, and funniest, work yet.

Meanwhile Nick Helm (8–20 Dec) will kick Christmas in the dick so hard that, who knows, in 2000 years maybe they’ll be remembering him alongside the guy we already remember at Christmas. Merry Christmas MotherF**ckers! features a very classy and well judged mix of festive songs, poems, gags, guests, guts and gifts virtually guaranteed to put you in the festive spirit.

Also returning after a sell-out run earlier this year is Richard Gadd (Cheese and Crack Whores), who has been rendered without memory of the first twenty-one years of his life in Breaking Gadd (3–20 Dec). His doctor prescribes him a course of hypnotherapy in the hope of unlocking his past, but as his memory is pieced back together, he is left to face the harsh reality that his life is probably not worth remembering in the first place.

If that isn’t enough there’s a peppering of comedy shows that really are the icing on the Christmas cake. In Sara Pascoe vs History (22–26 Nov), Sara shares her romantic history, existential theory and cultural insights in this 2014 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show. Romesh Ranganathan (2–6 Dec) is doing his best to improve himself through reading self-help books, watching documentaries and delivering witty repartee at parties but Rom Wasn’t Built in a Day. Alfie Brown talks about divorce (his), Bipolar Disorder (his) and reality (?) in Divorced from Reality (and my wife) (2–6 Dec). Acclaimed sketch comedy group Birthday Girls gets you in the celebratory mood with Party Vibes (9–13 Dec). Finally creating controversy wherever he goes and making his UK debut is Australian Joel Creasey (15–20 Dec). He is a Rock God with intelligent observations, acerbic style, pop-culture expertise and unrivalled storytelling abilities. Finally, beckoning in the New Year is Tony Law, inviting you to Enter the Tone Zone (29 Dec – 17 Jan), a life-affirming, life-changing stand-up art show from the multi award-winning nonsense-maker. The show features magical shapes, an original song, some truly heartbreaking nonsense and will briefly tackle world issues through the medium of dance. In the end realising it’s a bit about the fear of death.

KIM NOBLE’S YOU’RE NOT ALONE LONDON PREMIERE
To start to welcome the spring, and conclude the season of the “Other”, we are very proud to bring you the London premiere of the critically acclaimed, and 2014 Total Theatre Judges Award winner, Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone (3 Feb – 7 Mar), following its short Soho Theatre produced run at The Traverse in the final week of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Described as provocative, beautiful, devastating, funny, profound, essential and ‘the very definition of a must see’, this deeply personal show will stay with you long after you leave the theatre. It is not for everyone, but its view of the world, and the changes you can make, will stay with you forever.

Steve Marmion, concludes:
“From a ridiculous existential mid-life crisis to the most urgent political work, Soho Theatre runs the gamut from the serious to the silly, the Christmassy to secular, with a real outsiders view on what the world can be at this time of year. We hope you will join us to laugh, think, and be merry as the trees get naked and we get festive.”

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Soho Young Writers' Award 2014 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-young-writers-award-2014/ SOHO YOUNG WRITERS’ AWARD 2014 Soho Theatre continues its commitment to new and exciting writers, with Iskandar Sharazuddin. Soho Theatre are delighted to announce the winner of the Soho Young Writers’ Award 2014, Iskandar Sharazuddin. Chosen from a field of 44 scripts, The Life Of Cardboard was selected to represent this year’s crop of brilliant new writing. The runners up for this year were Lights by Healah Riazi, The Pain House by Natasha Sutton-Williams and The Plot by Amelia Suthe... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-young-writers-award-2014/ SOHO YOUNG WRITERS’ AWARD 2014

Soho Theatre continues its commitment to new and exciting writers, with Iskandar Sharazuddin.

Soho Theatre are delighted to announce the winner of the Soho Young Writers’ Award 2014, Iskandar Sharazuddin. Chosen from a field of 44 scripts, The Life Of Cardboard was selected to represent this year’s crop of brilliant new writing. The runners up for this year were Lights by Healah Riazi, The Pain House by Natasha Sutton-Williams and The Plot by Amelia Sutherland.

Iskandar Sharazuddin is a writer, director and actor originally hailing from Australia. He has been the Artistic Director of Ellandar Productions since 2010, and is currently on an artistic residency at White Hart Studios in North-East London focussing on community engagement within the arts. His short work Three Women was selected as part of a curated programme at the Women In The Arts Festival 2013.

‘Winning the Soho Young Writers award is a mostly humbling experience. As a writer it is validating to know that the story I want to tell has some currency. I’m excited to keep working on my craft and see this as a wonderful opportunity to create new work and keep learning.’ Iskandar Sharazuddin, Soho Young Writers’ Award winner 2014.

The award, created in 2012, celebrates the most promising play written by a member of Soho Young Company’s (SYC) Writers’ Lab, the monthly playwriting workshops for 16-26 year olds. The winner receives a full rehearsed reading of their script in Soho Theatre’s Upstairs space with an invited audience which was held on the 23 September 2014. Gemma Copping received last year’s award with In Your Image, and our inaugural prize in 2012 was awarded to Charlotte Josephine. Josephine’s Bitch Boxer has since completed two Soho runs, a national tour and two international performances including the Adelaide Fringe where it won the Holden Street Theatres Award.

The search for next year’s talent has already begun, with more interest in our courses for 14-26 year olds than ever before. Soho Theatre has received an unprecedented 280 applications for 9 courses covering a range of playwriting, theatre and comedy skills, making 2014 a record-breaking year for Soho Young Company. Outside of London, Edinburgh provided another record with a total of 13 shows taken up by SYC artists.

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Soho Theatre celebrates Dylan Thomas' centenary http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/i-kiss-your-heart-dylan-thomas-letters-to-pearl-ka/ Soho Theatre, known for its genre-crossing programme, is collaborating with artists from across the world to mark the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas and his time in Soho and New York. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/i-kiss-your-heart-dylan-thomas-letters-to-pearl-ka/ “And I’ll be there to meet it, small, red, fat, and in love.”

Soho Theatre, known for its genre-crossing programme, is collaborating with artists from across the world to mark the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas and his time in Soho and New York.

In 1950 Dylan embarked on an intense year-long love affair with American literary critic Pearl Kazin. Their love was documented in a collection of passionate letters sent to Pearl in America from around the world. The letters from Dylan to Pearl have recently discovered and were published earlier this year.

Only one half of this conversation is known to exist, so the other half of the conversation is created through his poetry, song, cabaret in a performance style which serves it best. Devised during rehearsals, it is somewhere between 84 Charing Cross Road, Ella Fitzgerald and Dylan himself.

Directed by Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre, I Kiss Your Heart features American cabaret star Amelia Zirin-Brown (Lady Rizo) as Pearl, and Welsh, RSC regular Tim Treloar as Dylan, joined by a jazz trio. The music is composed in a collaboration between Yair Evnine (Lady Rizo’s Musical Director) and Greg Harradine (Soho Theatre’s Composer in Residence), to take the world of New York and London jazz scenes and create the original score for the show.

Talking about the production, Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre, said:
“These letters really took me by surprise. They are a perfect capture of a very imperfect and dangerous emotion – love. The show will tell you a love story and offer you a new insight into a man you may think you know, but it will also go deeper and more universal as it explores the types of love we enjoy, and hate, and how (alongside death) love is one of the few known cures for loneliness.”

Amelia Zirin-Brown created Grammy Award-winning cabaret act Lady Rizo. She won the inaugural TO&ST Cabaret Award in her debut Edinburgh Fringe appearance in 2012, and was awarded Best Vocal Act from the London Cabaret Awards.

Tim Treloar is a regular member of the RSC and Chichester Theatre, most recently King Lear which also played in New York. His recent television credits include Holby City and Father Brown for the BBC and Norwegian thriller Mammon currently screening on Channel 4.

Steve Marmion, became Artistic Director of Soho Theatre in 2010, during which time he has directed the critically acclaimed and Verity Bargate Award-winning play The One, Address Unknown based on the epistolary book by Katherine Kressman Taylor and Anthony Nielson’s Realism.

Dylan’s daughter Aeronwy said in her book My Father’s Places that “for him to fall for someone his own intellectual level was not only stimulating but threatening to his marriage”. Having met on a literary tour of the US, Dylan and Pearl managed a few stolen days in Brighton before Pearl returned to America to take up a post at The New Yorker. His wife Caitlin accompanied him on his second US tour “to fend off the fawning fans and she-hyenas”. Kazin attended the final reading and met him afterwards.

Thomas’ letters to Kazin are published by Parthian with the title A Pearl of Great Price, edited by Jeff Towns.

I Kiss Your Heart is part of the Dylan Thomas 100 (#DT100), and is generously supported by the Welsh Government.

“I feel, sometimes, so close to you that the earth stops, the seas dry up, and across the deep dust I can kiss you… I kiss your heart, and all of you.”

Fri 26 – Sun 28 Sep; Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 9.30pm
Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel
Based on Dylan Thomas’ letters to Pearl Kazin
Directed by Steve Marmion
Performed by Amelia Zirin-Brown and Tim Treloar
Part of Dylan Thomas 100

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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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