Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:29:08 +0100 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:29:08 +0100 Soho Theatre Meets... Camisado Club http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-camisado-club/ Theatre company Camisado Club tell us about the inspiration behind their show You, Me and Everything Else. You can catch it here as part of A Nation’s Theatre Festival. What’s your name and what brings you to Soho Theatre?We are Hannah, Jessica and Jamie of Camisado Club. We’re bringing our show You, Me & Everything Else to Soho as part of the A Nation’s Theatre Festival. Where are you from?The company is based in Newcastle, but there are seven members of the club and we live across... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-camisado-club/ Theatre company Camisado Club tell us about the inspiration behind their show You, Me and Everything Else. You can catch it here as part of A Nation’s Theatre Festival.

What’s your name and what brings you to Soho Theatre?
We are Hannah, Jessica and Jamie of Camisado Club. We’re bringing our show You, Me & Everything Else to Soho as part of the A Nation’s Theatre Festival.

Where are you from?
The company is based in Newcastle, but there are seven members of the club and we live across the North East. So for example Hannah lives in Durham, but Jamie lives in Newcastle and Jess lives in a little village called Pegswood.

What are the best and worst things about London?
Jess: There is always something to do, you feel like you are part of a big buzzy thing. But also its massiveness can leave you feeling tiny and I quite often get lost.

Jamie: See, that’s weirdly my favourite thing. I like a place I can get properly lost in and discover the forgotten corners and secret places. For me the worst thing is the cost of a pint – which is totally cliché but – man. The struggle is real.

So, what’s so special about your show?
It’s an extraordinary true story that makes you think about your place as a human in the universe. It wrestles with what WE are, our insignificance, looking out from Earth to look back in and the unlikely love story behind it.

How did the idea of the show come about?
We happened across a picture of Earth that was taken from 3.7 billion miles away – the Earth is just a tiny dot from that distance (it’s called The Pale Blue Dot) and it blew our tiny minds a little bit. After a bit more digging we discovered the extraordinary true story surrounding that picture, the beautiful love story that was behind it and the incredible journey of the Voyager spacecraft that took it. We fell in love a little bit with the story and the feeling of insignificance but absolute significance that came from looking at that picture…

What 3 words do you think audiences will use to describe your show?
Slick. Spacey. Gripping.

You, Me and Everything Else is here between Tue 3 – Sat 7 May.

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Soho Theatre meets... Lizi Patch http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-lizi-patch/ Writer Lizi Patch talks to us about the internet, porn, and her new show Punching The Sky which is here as part of A Nation’s Theatre Festival. What’s your name and what brings you to Soho Theatre?My name is Lizi Patch and my show Punching The Sky brings me to Soho Theatre (as part of A Nation’s Theatre Festival) along with other cast members, Emily ‘don’t say hello to strangers in London’ Dowson, Rob ‘is there an Itsu near the theatre?’ Ward and Technical Wizard Tom ‘my me... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-lizi-patch/ Writer Lizi Patch talks to us about the internet, porn, and her new show Punching The Sky which is here as part of A Nation’s Theatre Festival.

What’s your name and what brings you to Soho Theatre?
My name is Lizi Patch and my show Punching The Sky brings me to Soho Theatre (as part of A Nation’s Theatre Festival) along with other cast members, Emily ‘don’t say hello to strangers in London’ Dowson, Rob ‘is there an Itsu near the theatre?’ Ward and Technical Wizard Tom ‘my memory stick may be small but it has enormous capacity’ Blackband.

Punching The Sky shows you the build up and fallout of my 11 year old son being pressured into watching brutal online porn. 22 years ago I experienced a sexual assault at the hands of 4 men living out a pornographic fantasy – and this frames the piece.

Where are you from?
Originally the Isle of Wight, now a wee market town in North Yorkshire, via 14 years in London. We rehearse in Leeds where I’m Artistic Director of a bloody lovely Youth Theatre with 65 young people based at the Leeds Grand Theatre.

What are the best and worst things about London?
The coffee is freshly ground. But not cheap.

So, what’s so special about your show?
It happened to me and my son and here I am, telling you all myself, with lights, a beautiful score by Aron Kyne, animations by Arcus Studios and actual live actors. Like an actual play. Oh and the internet is there, on stage, in human form.

Alongside 29 years as a theatre maker, I am actually a trained actor from the past… not just (as some have assumed) a ranty middle class mum (who ‘just needs a good shag’) who somehow managed to write and produce a national touring show. So I can articulate, enuciate, intonate and stand in good places on the stage because I’m trained luv.

How did the idea of the show come about?
It took my son 2 weeks to sum up the courage to come to me and tell me what he’d seen. Outwardly calm and reassuring I quietly, completely imploded. Then my blogpost was published and the media went crackers. I was sat talking to Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight and he was nonplussed as I wasn’t fitting the expected victim mould of BAN PORN. My considered response to the complexities of the situation lent itself to where I felt most at home – creating a piece of theatre. So that’s what I’ve done.

What 3 words do you think audiences will use to describe your show?
Wasn’t Expecting That.

Catch Punching The Sky here from Tue 26 – Sat 30 Apr.

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Soho Theatre meets... Gabriel Bisset-Smith http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-gabriel-bisset-smith/ We caught Gabriel Bisset-Smith in the bar on his way to the upstairs toilet and thought we’d have a quick chat with about telling The Most Original and Funny Joke in the Universe Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name? Gabriel Bisset-Smith. Where are you from?Lundaaaan. Everyone think’s I’m posh cause of my second name but I grew up on a council estate behind Kings Cross station. My mum’s Jamaican & my dad’s from Manchester. They gave me a double-barrelled named because they tho... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-gabriel-bisset-smith/ We caught Gabriel Bisset-Smith in the bar on his way to the upstairs toilet and thought we’d have a quick chat with about telling The Most Original and Funny Joke in the Universe

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Gabriel Bisset-Smith.

Where are you from?
Lundaaaan. Everyone think’s I’m posh cause of my second name but I grew up on a council estate behind Kings Cross station. My mum’s Jamaican & my dad’s from Manchester. They gave me a double-barrelled named because they thought it would get me ahead in life. They didn’t realise it’s the connections posh people have that get them ahead in life. So now I have no connections and no one will lend me money. Thanks mum and dad.

What brings you here?
I needed the toilet.

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Depends if I’m going for a number one or a number two. Shot of sambuca for a number one. Espresso Martini for a number two.

Some crisps or nuts?
Olives. Always Olives.

So, what’s so special about your show?
Well I tell the most original and funny joke in the universe. And there’s some cat video’s in it to so there’s something for everyone.

How did the idea of the show come about?
After years of doing Edinburgh with my comedy act Guilt & Shame and constantly having to come up with something new and original. The show is really about what we go through to create a new piece of work and who we’re willing to kill to get there. I suppose you could say it’s a smart deconstruction of the comedy world but I wouldn’t want to put words into your mouth.

Do you come here often?
I previewed my first ever comedy show at the Soho about six years ago so I guess you could say I’m a fixture. Or a squatter.

Where are you going after here?
The only way is up. The downstairs toilets are busy.

Catch Gabirel Bisset-Smith telling The Most Original and Funny Joke in the Universe on April 29th and 30th

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Soho Theatre Mates... Johnny McKnight http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-mates-johnny-mcknight/ Ayrshire, Scotland. Last seen 3 hours ago Full name John William McKnight (though nobody has ever called me John – Johnny or (if its my mum or dad) Wee Johnny) Age Old enough to know better, young enough not to care, which is 38 Height I want to say I’m 5 foot 9 but I suspect I might be a bit shorter than that Profession Writer (of Wendy Hoose at Soho Theatre), Director, Performer, full-time Ditherer Cheesiest chat up line Can I buy you a drink is pretty cheesy, isnt it? I once had ... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-mates-johnny-mcknight/ Ayrshire, Scotland. Last seen 3 hours ago

Full name
John William McKnight (though nobody has ever called me John – Johnny or (if its my mum or dad) Wee Johnny)

Age
Old enough to know better, young enough not to care, which is 38

Height
I want to say I’m 5 foot 9 but I suspect I might be a bit shorter than that

Profession
Writer (of Wendy Hoose at Soho Theatre), Director, Performer, full-time Ditherer

Cheesiest chat up line
Can I buy you a drink is pretty cheesy, isnt it? I once had ‘what winks and fucks like a tiger? Then they winked at me. That made me laugh

What song would you play to get in the mood and why?
In the mood for a night out – I’m all over that Zara Lawson Lush Life if its for a wee seduction tune in the background then I’m all for a bit of Ariana Grande Love Me Harder. If we’re getting right down to it then get a bit of Texas Summer Son. Its got the perfect beat for it ha.

Worst and best date
Worst date is easy. It was an online meet. We met outside the pub. Both our faces dropped when we seen each other but I’m a gentleman (or so I like to think) so I offered to buy the first round – two bottles of Corona. I came back from the bar and he had fucked off. Don’t worry though I drank the two drinks myself. Best date – I’m an optimist, I think that’s still to come.

About me
Oh god I hate these bits in profile sections! How would I describe myself. I’m all contradictions – I’m terribly shy but still an attention-seeking extrovert. I like to be the loudest person at the party but I like nothing better than a quiet night in. I never know what I want but I want it all.

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Soho Theatre Mates... Amy Conachan http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-mates-amy-conochan/ Glasgow, Scotland, last seen 2 hours ago Full name Amy Conachan Age 25 Height 2’8” Profession Actress – currently in Wendy Hoose at Soho Theatre Cheesiest chat up line they have ever used If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together… What song would you play to get in the mood and why? ‘Earned It’ by the Weeknd. It was used in the ‘50 Shades of Grey’ movie. If it can inspire the sexual exploits of Mr Grey, I’m sure it’ll work on me… Plus it’s a p... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-mates-amy-conochan/ Glasgow, Scotland, last seen 2 hours ago

Full name
Amy Conachan

Age
25

Height
2’8”

Profession
Actress – currently in Wendy Hoose at Soho Theatre

Cheesiest chat up line they have ever used
If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together…

What song would you play to get in the mood and why?
‘Earned It’ by the Weeknd. It was used in the ‘50 Shades of Grey’ movie. If it can inspire the sexual exploits of Mr Grey, I’m sure it’ll work on me… Plus it’s a positive message to the person I’m ‘in the mood’ with – ‘You earned this!’

Worst and best dates
Any date that involves food is good for me. Only if it’s good! I once had a date where the guy got food poisoning and ended up throwing up a couple of hours into the date… We of course had to cut it short since he was so sick. That relationship didn’t last very long. We were doomed from the beginning…

About me
I recently graduated from drama school and love anything to do with drama so go to the theatre a lot. I love travelling around and love going to new places. I went to Las Vegas when I was 19 – as part of a tour of the West Coast – and couldn’t get into any of the clubs because I wasn’t old enough to legally drink… Cringe! I plan to go back for round 2 (or technically round 1…). I love watching trash TV; my personal fave being ‘Say Yes to the Dress’. Not so much about planning my own wedding but more passing judgement on to others when they pick ugly dresses.

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Soho Gets Around http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-gets-around/ True to our Artistic Vision, we’ve found ways to make Soho Theatre reach even further over the past 12 months. We’ve been to The Abbey in Dublin, Lyric Belfast, Oxford Playhouse, all over Edinburgh during the biggest arts festival in the world, and across London – directing new shows and projects for the company, as well as our brilliant fundraising Gala in March. This Easter we’ll be popping up in Ipswich, Ireland, Australia and Munich. So we’re getting around a fair bit. Last ye... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-gets-around/ True to our Artistic Vision, we’ve found ways to make Soho Theatre reach even further over the past 12 months. We’ve been to The Abbey in Dublin, Lyric Belfast, Oxford Playhouse, all over Edinburgh during the biggest arts festival in the world, and across London – directing new shows and projects for the company, as well as our brilliant fundraising Gala in March. This Easter we’ll be popping up in Ipswich, Ireland, Australia and Munich. So we’re getting around a fair bit.

Last year, over 60,000 people saw our work outside of our base on Dean Street where some 167,000 of you came through our doors (that’s a whopping 227,000 in total), but we’re keen to grow that. In March Artistic Director Steve Marmion has been in Cardiff where he directed one of the biggest projects Soho Theatre has ever been involved in – Only The Brave, an epic new World War II musical about love, friendship and, above all, hope. A co-production with Wales Millennium Centre, it’s on the biggest and most beautiful stage in the UK.

Only The Brave is an important, relevant and thrilling piece of theatre – check out the trailer. But if you can’t get to see it whilst it’s in Cardiff, there’s plenty for you to see back here in London.

Or you can catch Kite in Ipswich, Bath and Wales; put the world to rights with Penny Arcade in Melbourne; join Kim Noble in Munich and get up close and personal with Bryony and Tim in Ireland. Hopefully we’ll see you somewhere in the near future

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