Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:40:36 +0000 Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:40:36 +0000 Soho Theatre meets... Nath Valvo http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-nath-valvo/ We caught up with Nath Valvo ahead of his run here from Thu 12 Jan Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name? Nath. But if you’re my mum yelling at me it’s Nathan Lee Valvo. Where are you from?Melbourne, Australia. Hence the skinny jeans, the coffee snobbery and the immaculate fringe. What brings you here? I’ve travelled across the globe to yell jokes into a Microphone at the Soho Theatre! Worth the jet lag, right? Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?Do you know the te... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-nath-valvo/ We caught up with Nath Valvo ahead of his run here from Thu 12 Jan

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Nath. But if you’re my mum yelling at me it’s Nathan Lee Valvo.

Where are you from?
Melbourne, Australia. Hence the skinny jeans, the coffee snobbery and the immaculate fringe.

What brings you here?
I’ve travelled across the globe to yell jokes into a Microphone at the Soho Theatre! Worth the jet lag, right?

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Do you know the term “one pot screamer”? Honestly my body is incapable of processing alcohol – it makes me a VERY cheap date. It’s great fun. So yes I will have a Vodka Coke please (Vodka coke being the official drink of all gay men) but straight after I’ll be screaming Beyonce hits on a table. Also I’ll definitely put out in the car park.

Some crisps or nuts?
Is this question sexual?

So, what’s so special about your show?
I really love performing my Happy Idiot show! I think people enjoy it because I make people feel better about their own lives. Cheaper than therapy! I had an amazing time at Edinburgh Fringe and was super stoked people were on board. I mean who doesn’t love teasing fit, happy, successful people who don’t eat sugar?
I also bang on about growing up in the 90’s, annoying parents, humiliating sex stories – something for everyone! (except Nan, please don’t bring Nan).

How did the idea of the show come about?
Happy Idiot is combination of a bunch of solo shows I’ve toured around Australia. It’s sort of like my ‘best of album’ which is weird as no one knows who I am in London – but it’s just my way of saying there’s no shit bits (hopefully).

Do you come here often?
Last time I was in town I was performing my Grindr comedy show at Soho! It was a blast. Audiences were totally shocked but on board so I do hope I come here a lot more often. It could be true love.

Where are you going after here…
Straight after London I’m off touring around Australia which should be great fun. But in the more immediate future I’m going downstairs to eat some cereal for lunch because I am an awful adult.

You can catch Nath Valvo in Happy Idiot here from Thu 12 Jan until Sat 21 Jan

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Soho Theatre meets... Brennan Reece http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-brennan-reece/ We caught up with Brennan Reece of his run here from Mon 16 Jan Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name? How rude! You know you should never ask a man his exact name. Or is that age? It’s Brennan. Brennan Reece. Where are you from?I am from The North…Manchester…And like most Mancunians, dead proud of it. It is full of pound shops and bingo halls, but I just love it! What brings you here? You know. That’s why we are doing this interview. Ohhhhh, I am supposed to pretend. Well, my Edi... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-brennan-reece/ We caught up with Brennan Reece of his run here from Mon 16 Jan

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
How rude! You know you should never ask a man his exact name. Or is that age? It’s Brennan. Brennan Reece.

Where are you from?
I am from The North…Manchester…And like most Mancunians, dead proud of it. It is full of pound shops and bingo halls, but I just love it!

What brings you here?
You know. That’s why we are doing this interview. Ohhhhh, I am supposed to pretend. Well, my Edinburgh nominated show ‘Everglow’ brings me to London. That is the only way they let a northerner in the nations capital, you have to bring something you’ve created or something worth loads of money. I have brought none of the two.

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Horlicks please.

Some crisps or nuts?
Depends which ones are on offer. I don’t really fancy those ones that are daft flavours, like Ox and Shallot hand pressed potato chips… They are Beef and Onion, stop it!

So, what’s so special about your show?
It’s hard to answer this without sounding like an ‘Ox and Shallot’ wanker. I worked dead hard on it. Like properly hard. I put more work into this than I did into my GCSE’s…it is a show I am proud of, and there’s not many things that I am proud of. So that makes it special.

How did the idea of the show come about?
I was writing a completely different show, and then about a year ago, something happened, that has changed my life forever. Oh that sounds good doesn’t it. “Something happened…………that has changed my life forever”. That’ll sell tickets. Because they’ll want to know what it is. And the only way they’ll find out, is by getting a ticket. Or asking a friend who has been to see it.

Do you come here often?
You’ve not even got me that drink yet.

Where are you going after here…
Stringfellows…

You can catch Brennan Reece in Everglow, here from Mon 16 – Sat 21 Jan

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Soho Theatre meets... Scott Gibson http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-scott-gibson/ We had a chat with Scott Gibson ahead of his run here from Tue 20 Dec Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name? Scott Gibson Where are you from?The Peoples Republic of Glasgow What brings you here? I’m here to perform my Edinburgh Fringe Show “Life After Death” Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?Gin & Tonic please, thanks Some crisps or nuts?Salted nuts and prawn cocktail crisps if you have them. So, what’s so special about your show?Well not only is it a true stor... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-scott-gibson/ We had a chat with Scott Gibson ahead of his run here from Tue 20 Dec

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Scott Gibson

Where are you from?
The Peoples Republic of Glasgow

What brings you here?
I’m here to perform my Edinburgh Fringe Show “Life After Death”

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Gin & Tonic please, thanks

Some crisps or nuts?
Salted nuts and prawn cocktail crisps if you have them.

So, what’s so special about your show?
Well not only is it a true story, which people love. I only went and Won the Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards with it, so its a true, award winning show. This is also my debut show. I’ve been doing stand up for 6 years now and finally felt confident enough to take a show to Edinburgh. I’m proud of the show, I was over the moon at how well the Fringe run went and was blown away by the response the show received. I never in a million years thought i would ever be nominated for an award, let alone actually win one. So for things to turn out the way they did was just incredible, you couldn’t write a better script for a fringe debut. Sometimes, Scottish acts, and to a lesser extent “Circuit” comedians, think that the Fringe isn’t for them. or that we don’t have a place there. Hopefully what I did this year will show that if you respect your audience by taking the time to make your show the best it can be, then everyone has a place at the Fringe. Regardless of your background or style.

How did the idea of the show come about?
When I first started comedy the idea of doing 5 minutes is over whelming, never mind your first hour. But from the very first gig I always knew that if I got to the stage where I was able to do a solo show, this would be the story I would tell.

Most comedians all have similar back stories, reasons why they started comedy. When I told people the reason why I got in to comedy they thought it was a cool story, or a little different at least. I knew from a young age, possibly 16 or 17 that I wanted to at least try stand up. I carried this all the way through my teens and never did anything about it. Mainly because I was too afraid to try, or I was afraid I would do it and I would be rubbish or it wouldn’t be what I thought it was. So best to never try, never fail and live with an idea of a dream.

Then out of the blue something happened to me when I was 24, just a few weeks before my 25 birthday that would change my life. I had returned from a friends Stag weekend and when I woke up the next morning I had the most intense pain in my head I’d ever felt. I put this down to a hangover and a bad headache, later I would discover it was indeed a brain haemorrhage. So a little worse than a headache. I went to hospital where an aneurism was also discovered. The show looks at the time I spent in hospital, focusing around the lead up to my operation and the recovery.

When I got better life, or comedy in particular didn’t seem as scary any more and so it went from there. 8 years on from the surgery and 6 years from starting stand up I finally did my debut fringe show and won Best Newcomer for it. It all worked out fine in the end.

Do you come here often?
Never been to Soho Theatre before, as a punter or a comic. So the chance to finally play here is really a dream come true. I know some people may think thats an exaggeration, but trust me this is the place you want to play as a comedian. This is the place you want to bring your show. I only had two goals going in to this years Edinburgh Fringe. 1 was to try and not lose a lot of money and the other was to get someone from Soho Theatre to come and see my show. The hope was that they would like the show and maybe keep an eye on me over the next year or two and get me down for something. So when they got in touch to offer me a run of 18 shows I couldn’t believe it. Christmas has certainly come early for me. I just can’t wait to get started and to bring my show to Soho Theatre, to the home of comedy in London.

Where are you going after here…
After Soho I think a wee holiday may be on the cards as I haven’t really stopped since August. Sit back and take everything in. Then I have my debut tour starting in 2017 with dates across the UK, as well as working on the new show for next years Fringe. All of the dates and tour information will be available on my website www.scottgibsoncomedy.co.uk or people can follow me on twitter @BigScottGibson. Hope to see you at a show soon.

You can catch Scott Gibson in Life After Death here from Tue 20 Dec until Sat 14 Jan

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Tony Craze http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/a-celebration-of-the-life-and-work-of-tony-craze/ A celebration of the life and work of Tony CrazeArtistic Director Soho Theatre (1988-1991) Soho Theatre Downstairs, Sunday 11 December 2016 Following the passing of our former Artistic Director in September, Soho Theatre shall be hosting an event to celebrate the life and work of Tony Craze. Tony won the first Verity Bargate Award before going on to work with the company, firstly as Resident Writer and then from 1988-1991, as Artistic Director. After leaving Soho Theatre, Tony became theatre... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/a-celebration-of-the-life-and-work-of-tony-craze/ A celebration of the life and work of
Tony Craze
Artistic Director Soho Theatre (1988-1991)
Soho Theatre Downstairs, Sunday 11 December 2016

Following the passing of our former Artistic Director in September, Soho Theatre shall be hosting an event to celebrate the life and work of Tony Craze. Tony won the first Verity Bargate Award before going on to work with the company, firstly as Resident Writer and then from 1988-1991, as Artistic Director. After leaving Soho Theatre, Tony became theatre writing associate at the London Arts Board (now Arts Council London). Over nearly a decade there he encouraged and promoted new writing across London, opening up the theatre world to diverse voices. Tony had a real and lasting impact on the culture of new writing in British theatre.

The celebration will be hosted by Sarah Le Brocq, Peter Craze and Sue Dunderdale, from 6.30pm Sunday 11 December.

Please contact Laura laura@sohotheatre.com / 02074 780 118 for further details or if you would like to attend.

Guardian obituary
The Stage obituary

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Soho Theatre meets... Anna Mann http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-anna-mann/ We had a chat with Anna Mann ahead of her run here Where are you from originally?Well that’s the question isn’t it darling? Many are the stories of from where Anna Mann hails. Some say from some exotic Eastern European country, fleeing persecution, others from the wilds of a strange and isolated island off Scotland but most, correctly, say Leicester. Where do you live now?Generally depends on the husband – currently between hubbies so I’m technically living in my dressing room ... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-anna-mann/ We had a chat with Anna Mann ahead of her run here

Where are you from originally?
Well that’s the question isn’t it darling? Many are the stories of from where Anna Mann hails. Some say from some exotic Eastern European country, fleeing persecution, others from the wilds of a strange and isolated island off Scotland but most, correctly, say Leicester.

Where do you live now?
Generally depends on the husband – currently between hubbies so I’m technically living in my dressing room

McDonald’s or Burger King?
Of course I’m viscerally opposed to both , however post show after a few drinks I’ll eat whatever’s left from either

Coke or Pepsi?
These are horribly dull questions. Probably Coke, you can’t drink vodka and Pepsi (I’ve tried)

Marmite?
But Da won’t

Sauces – fridge or cupboard?
Ideally on chips

What would you put in a Soho Theatre cocktail?
experience. and loads of rum

What song do you sing in the shower?
‘He took me to the Phillipines and then I lost my passport’ it’s from a musical I was miscast in years ago. Probably my swan song

What were the last three theatre shows that you saw?
Sue Clinch in Conversation with herself (awful), pandas don’t change their spots (about China – very provocative) and Godzilla (panto – just bad)

What drink do you start your nights out with?
Vodka smoothie

What should people drink before they come into your show?
Nothing laxative – it’s a hearty show

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I leave a spot on my body unwashed just to keep it real

Tell us a knock knock joke
Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Freddie
Freddie who
Freddie Basket. Brilliant actor. Sadly dead now. Such a shame.
Argh!

You can catch Colin Hoult/Anna Mann: A Sketch Show for Depressives here from Thu 17 – Sat 19 Nov

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Soho Theatre meets... Fin Taylor http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-fin-taylor/ We had a chat with Fin Taylor before his run here Where are you from originally? A small village called Eynsham in Oxfordshire Where do you live now?Finsbury Park baby McDonald’s or Burger King?Donnies Coke or Pepsi?Come on now. Marmite?I put it in beans! Sauces – fridge or cupboard?On the table. We have a hot sauce caddy. What song do you sing in the shower?‘What a Fool Belieeeeeeeeeeeves’ by The Doobie Brothers What were the last three theatre shows that you saw?The Rock, Co... Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-fin-taylor/ We had a chat with Fin Taylor before his run here

Where are you from originally?
A small village called Eynsham in Oxfordshire

Where do you live now?
Finsbury Park baby

McDonald’s or Burger King?
Donnies

Coke or Pepsi?
Come on now.

Marmite?
I put it in beans!

Sauces – fridge or cupboard?
On the table. We have a hot sauce caddy.

What song do you sing in the shower?
‘What a Fool Belieeeeeeeeeeeves’ by The Doobie Brothers

What were the last three theatre shows that you saw?
The Rock, Con Air, Face Off.

What drink do you start your nights out with?
A lovely manly pint of beer

What should people drink before the come into your show?
Whatever they want! This ain’t North Korea

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I undo my shoelaces and then do them up really super tight. I have no idea why but it’s a compulsion and I CANNOT perform without super jacked shoes. I ain’t never going to sprain an ankle whilst gigging that’s for sure

Catch Whitey McWhiteface here from Wed 9 Nov til Sat 12 Nov

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