Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:21:57 +0000 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:21:57 +0000 Spring Summer 2017 Theatre Season: YOUNG HEARTS, OLD SOULS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/spring-summer-2017-theatre-season-young-hearts-old/ “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art… ” *Eleanor Roosevelt * “…and middle aged people are work in progress… but it seems like a good moment to quote a First Lady. This season’s common thread relates to the growing communication gap between generations. Both politically and spiritually. There are lots of young people looking at the world through their version of older eyes. There are older artists looking back at their yout... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/spring-summer-2017-theatre-season-young-hearts-old/ “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art… ” *Eleanor Roosevelt *

“…and middle aged people are work in progress… but it seems like a good moment to quote a First Lady. This season’s common thread relates to the growing communication gap between generations. Both politically and spiritually. There are lots of young people looking at the world through their version of older eyes. There are older artists looking back at their youth and the world it created for them and the rest of us.” Steve Marmion, Artistic Director, Soho Theatre

As the world tries to adjust to its new order and the new reality of post-fake-truth-news politics, Soho Theatre’s spring and summer programme offers some hope for young hearts and old souls. The seasons include the premiere of the 2015 Verity Bargate Award winning Roller Diner – a savage-sweet rock’n’roll tragicomedy by first time playwright Stephen Jackson, and Touch – the fourth exciting new collaboration between Soho Theatre and DryWrite. Inspector Sands bring us a day in the life of an old people’s home through the eyes of three fantastic young performers in The Lounge. Mortality and lust for life collide joyfully in front of us as issues of social care and economic survival loom above the stage.

From over 900 submissions, one of our oldest* ever first time playwrights – Stephen Jackson’s Roller Diner (26 May – 24 June) was the winning play of the 2015 Verity Bargate Award, supported by The Peggy Ramsay Foundation and Stephen Garrett. Slashing open the heart of middle England, super duper waitress Marika Malinsky bursts into Eddie Costello’s fading 1950’s style Birmingham diner. Looking for a taste of a better life, her arrival sets hearts (and sausages) alight in a fiery recipe of jealousy, discontent, suspicion, love and murder in the search for a place to call home. (*‘I was in my 50’s when I entered – though you should never ask a lady his age! Especially as I want to be young and sexy like everyone else at Soho!’ Stephen Jackson, Roller Diner)

Following the success of last summer’s smash hit Fleabag, Soho Theatre and DryWrite (Vicky Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge) present their much anticipated new play Touch (6 July – 26 August). Written and directed by Vicky Jones, Touch explores the in-between years of Generation X. Dee’s sexual escapades are messy and temporary – just like her shoebox London flat. New to the city and in a stop-gap job, Dee has the chance to reinvent herself. But how can you grow old happily when you don’t know what you want? Welcome to the secret life of a 33 year old woman.

April sees the London premiere of Edinburgh 2016’s Fringe-First and Amnesty Award winner Expensive Shit (4 – 22 April) written and directed by Adura Onashile. A nightclub toilet attendant in Glasgow who once dreamt of becoming a dancer in the revolutionary band of Fela Kuti, is an unseen, underground heroine struggling to have power and control over her life, as generational values collide. Fringe First Award winner Katie Bonna returns to Soho Theatre with All The Things I Lied About (18 April – 6 May) to give her TED talk on the science of lying, unpicking her own deception and that of her father to understand humanity’s obsession with lying and how everyday lies can lead to a world of Trump and Brexit. Hosted by washed up architect/proto-god figure Archibald Tactful and accompanied by anti-virtuoso punk band The Great White Males, CUNCRETE (18 – 22 April) is a drag king punk gig with a gratuitously sleazy and joyfully noisy critique of alpha-masculinity, idealism and architecture.

Following the success of her award-winning Bitch Boxer, writer and performer Charlotte Josephine presents her third play BLUSH (16 May – 3 June), a ‘ruthless and faultlessly slick’ (A Younger Theatre) young woman’s exploration of revenge porn and online shaming. Inspector Sands and China Plate’s The Lounge (26 April –20 May) is a ‘mischievous and pleasing’ (The Stage) play about growing old. Set in a care home lounge somewhere in the South of England, 97-year old Marsha Hewitt begins the last day of her life. But she cannot go quietly. Returning to his roots as a performer, Patrick Sanford is looking back on a life shaped by a childhood with his powerful new play Groomed (13 June –1 July) – a ‘heart breaking but still somehow hopeful’ (Broadway Baby) show recounting his experience of abuse.

And breaking out from its West End echo chamber Soho Theatre is also off on tour as part of its commitment to take the best work from its stages to new audiences. Jack Rooke’s Good Grief, Panti Bliss’s High Heels in Low Places and Ursula Martinez’s Free Admission are heading to 17 venues across the UK; including Hull, Manchester, Oxford and Glasgow between March and June 2017.

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Soho Theatre meets... Larry Dean http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-larry-dean/ We had a chat with Larry Dean ahead of his run here. Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name? Larry Dean Where are you from?Glasgee, Scotland What brings you here? I’m playing one of the characters in my Edinburgh Solo show Farcissist at the lovely Soho Theatre Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like? Tennants lager, Irn Bru or just a pint of oil from a deep fat fryer Some crisps or nuts?Ew, no thanks…never understood why people eat snacks while having alcohol. Slows down ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-larry-dean/ We had a chat with Larry Dean ahead of his run here.

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Larry Dean

Where are you from?
Glasgee, Scotland

What brings you here?
I’m playing one of the characters in my Edinburgh Solo show Farcissist at the lovely Soho Theatre

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Tennants lager, Irn Bru or just a pint of oil from a deep fat fryer

Some crisps or nuts?
Ew, no thanks…never understood why people eat snacks while having alcohol. Slows down getting drunk and makes your breath minging.

So, what’s so special about your show?
It’s about breaking up with my boyfriend last year and not being able to take this, or any other emotional situation seriously. Not the best for life, good for a comedy show though I guess.

Who’s your biggest comedy influence?
Billy Connolly and Richard Pryor. I love sillyness.

Do you come here often?
I did a run of my 2015 solo show here which was great fun. Though on the last night an old man wouldn’t stop talking and wandered on stage, eventually he was taken outside and booed by the audience as he went. At the end of the show we all found out he had dementia, so everyone left feeling very guilty. Coincidentally my show was about being a gay catholic so there was a lot about feeling guilty as it was.

Where are you going after here?
Next tour date is in Southend. The glamour of show business.

You can catch Larry Dean in Farcissist from Thu 2 – Sat 4 Mar

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Soho Theatre Meets... Tony Law http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-tony-law/ We grabbed 5 minutes with Tony Law aka dinner time. Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?My name is Anthony Lucius Cornelius Sulla, my friends call me dinner time. Where are you from?Where are any of us from? There. Here. I’m from the world. That ok? My home is my heart. What brings you here? My will. Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?Diet Coke. Please. Some crisps or nuts?Crisps AND nuts. I like all the snacks. And need them. So, what’s so special about your... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-tony-law/ We grabbed 5 minutes with Tony Law aka dinner time.

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
My name is Anthony Lucius Cornelius Sulla, my friends call me dinner time.

Where are you from?
Where are any of us from? There. Here. I’m from the world. That ok? My home is my heart.

What brings you here?
My will.

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Diet Coke. Please.

Some crisps or nuts?
Crisps AND nuts. I like all the snacks. And need them.

So, what’s so special about your show?
It is funny and you need all at once. Funny. I’m funny person. Then doing show. Double good. The best at it.

How did the idea of the show come about?
I can’t know. I don’t know. It presents itself to me. I don’t question it.

Do you come here often?
Once for 32 days in a row apart from Mondays. Not lately. I’m on a comeback. Great story really…..

Where are you going after here…
Onwards and upwards. Go!!! There!!!!! And taking my comedy-art on tour around the UK.

You can catch Tony here in A Law Undo His-Elf What Welcome this Fri 24 and Sat 25 Feb only before he’s off on tour.

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Soho Theatre meets... Stuart Goldsmith http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-stuart-goldsmith/ We had a chat with Stuart Goldsmith in our bar about pork pies and podcasts. Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?Hi, I’m Stuart Goldsmith, I like your hat. Thanks. Where are you from?Grew up in Leamington Spa, became a comic in London. From those tattoos it looks like you’re not unfamiliar with Leam… Hardcore. What brings you here? What brings you here? I’m interviewing brilliant comedian Paul Chowdhry on Monday night as part of a series of live ‘Comedian’s Comedian’ pod... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-stuart-goldsmith/ We had a chat with Stuart Goldsmith in our bar about pork pies and podcasts.

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Hi, I’m Stuart Goldsmith, I like your hat.

Thanks. Where are you from?
Grew up in Leamington Spa, became a comic in London. From those tattoos it looks like you’re not unfamiliar with Leam… Hardcore.

What brings you here?
What brings you here? I’m interviewing brilliant comedian Paul Chowdhry on Monday night as part of a series of live ‘Comedian’s Comedian’ podcasts.

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Ooh, Anchor Steam if you’ve got it, but I’ll settle for a Brooklyn.

Some crisps or nuts?
Pork pie, ta.

So, what’s so special about your comedy?
Well at standup I’m ‘a master of the form’ (i newspaper) (what form though? Unclear), but my podcast is ‘Endlessly riveting’ (Guardian) (fair).

Who’s your biggest comic influence?
Well in a roundabout way the podcast wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Simon Evans, and he’s one of the best comedians out there, so let’s plug that master craftsman.

Do you come here often?
All the time; got Jeremy Hardy and Jo Brand coming up on the live podcasts (tickets available) and my own show Compared To What here in May/June (plenty tickets available).

Where are you going after here?
Dublin, Harrogate, Melbourne. The so-called ‘holy trinity’.

You can catch Stuart here in The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast Mon 20 Feb

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Soho Theatre Meets... Annie Siddons http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-annie-siddons/ We had a chat with Annie Siddons while she’s in the house (and outta of Suburbia) Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?My name’s Annie Siddons. Nice to meet you too. Oh and this is Nicki Hobday and this is Jen Smethurst. Where are you from?I’m a Londoner. Jen is from Marlowe. Nicki is from Stockport.  What brings you here? We’re doing our “hilarious and brutal” show about loneliness, mine specifically –  How Not to Live in Suburbia, upstairs from 13-18 Feb.  Sorry, didn... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-annie-siddons/ We had a chat with Annie Siddons while she’s in the house (and outta of Suburbia)

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
My name’s Annie Siddons. Nice to meet you too. Oh and this is Nicki Hobday and this is Jen Smethurst.

Where are you from?
I’m a Londoner. Jen is from Marlowe. Nicki is from Stockport. 

What brings you here?
We’re doing our “hilarious and brutal” show about loneliness, mine specifically –  How Not to Live in Suburbia, upstairs from 13-18 Feb. 

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
It’s 10am so we’ll have 3 double macchs please thank you. They come with those delicious small biscuits don’t they. Not if you’re gluten intolerant though, or nut allergic. Then they wouldn’t be delicious. Don’t eat them if you are, please.

Still living in Suburbia?
Yes. Literally I am, although less so metaphorically.

If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?  
Zone one. 

Do you come here often?
Literally all the time. We like to have meetings in the booths. And we see quite a lot of shows here. 

Where are you going after here?
In which time frame? Did you mean is there Life after Death? Or like right now? Ok:
1. No
2. I need to go back to zone 5 for some extreme parenting.

You can catch Annie Siddons, Nicki Hobday and Jen Smethurst here in How (Not) to Live in Suburbia* until Sat 18 Feb

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Soho Theatre Meets... Rhys James http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-rhys-james/ We had a chat with Rhys James ahead of his run here from Fe 28 Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name? You haven’t met anyone. I don’t know who’s taking to me. This feels like a trap. …My name is Ryan Whamond. Where are you from?I am a citizen of this country with a valid national insurance number. What brings you here? Business. Not pleasure. Just business. Simple, legal business. Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?Not poison please. Some crisps or nuts?No thanks... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-rhys-james/ We had a chat with Rhys James ahead of his run here from Fe 28

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
You haven’t met anyone. I don’t know who’s taking to me. This feels like a trap.
…My name is Ryan Whamond.

Where are you from?
I am a citizen of this country with a valid national insurance number.

What brings you here?
Business. Not pleasure. Just business. Simple, legal business.

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

Some crisps or nuts?
No thanks. Because of germs. Not because of fear.

So, what’s so special about your show?
Absolutely nothing. It’s all completely above board. I never claimed it was special. I am a model citizen.

How did the idea of the show come about?
It seemed like the only valid contribution to society available at that moment. I was just trying to help.

Do you come here often?
A normal amount.

Where are you going after here…
Prison?

You can catch Rhys James here in Forgives from Feb 28 ‘til March 4

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