Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:48:39 +0100 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:48:39 +0100 Soho Young Writers' Award 2014 http://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://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://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://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://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://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://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://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://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://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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Soho at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe http://sohotheatre.com/news/soho-at-the-edinburgh-fringe/ London’s most vibrant venue for new theatre, comedy and cabaret, Soho Theatre, develops and seeks out some of the most exciting work around the world. Alongside UK tours and shows in India, New York and more, this year we’re again taking a plethora of shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and programming a night at Latitude Festival for the second year. Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre, says: “The acts we nurture here at Soho are not just for our stages. We take work a... Tue, 13 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://sohotheatre.com/news/soho-at-the-edinburgh-fringe/ London’s most vibrant venue for new theatre, comedy and cabaret, Soho Theatre, develops and seeks out some of the most exciting work around the world. Alongside UK tours and shows in India, New York and more, this year we’re again taking a plethora of shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and programming a night at Latitude Festival for the second year.

Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre, says: “The acts we nurture here at Soho are not just for our stages. We take work all over the world, and I am delighted to announce we are returning to two great festivals this Summer – Edinburgh and Latitude. We are bringing 11 shows to Scotland to share with the festival goers, and many more than that will be coming back to perform with us in London over the next year. And with our production of Blink starting its tour in India, is opening in New York in June, we really are sharing our work with new audiences wider than ever.”

Kim Noble’s You’re Not Alone at the Traverse Theatre (19 – 24 Aug) is a provocative moving and comic production that blends performance, comedy and film and chronicles one man’s attempts at connection, friendship and employment at B&Q in this intimate glimpse into the mind of an eccentric genius. Presented by Soho Theatre and David Johnson & John Mackay in association with IBT.

Soho Theatre and nabokov collaborate again with Symphony, written by three of the UK’s hottest and most successful young writers, Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells at Assembly Bosco Tent (31 Jul – 25 Aug). This uplifting and innovative new show combines live music and eclectic spoken word storytelling. Soho Theatre and nabokov previously had a critical hit with Blink, which has just transferred to New York.

Clara Brennan is currently on attachment to Soho Theatre as part of the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme – she was also shortlisted for the 2013 Verity Bargate Award for her play The Vendor. Here FoolsCap in association with Soho Theatre present Spine, a hilarious and heartbreaking call to arms across the generations in which a ferocious teenager is saved from the Tory scrapheap by an elderly widow determined to leave a political legacy. Playing at Underbelly, Cowgate (31 Jul – 24 Aug).

Completing the theatre offer is Sophie Wu with her show Sophie Wu is minging, she looks like she’s dead. This free show at The Wee Red Bar (2 – 24 Aug) sees Sophie rise magnanimously above taking petty revenge for her teenage humiliations in a well-balanced, light and sane debut show.

At Underbelly Cowgate is The Christeene Machine (31 Jul – 23 Aug) a gender-bending booty-pounding queer perversion of punk dragged through a musical theatre gutter, commanded by Christeene: a human pissoir of foul hilarity and raw unabashed sexuality. Calling the world to bring their anger, their tawdry secrets and their stained hope to the front in a show of ferocious live music, strained intimacy and fiery stank. Presented by Soho Theatre, Johnson/Mackay & ArKtype.

At Underbelly, Bristo Square is Death of a Sails-Man (30 Jul – 24 Aug) the new show from the master of suburban, absurdist comedy Sam Simmons. Sam has had several runs at Soho Theatre and has carved out a unique place in the world of comedy. A windsurfing legend, suffer an existential mid-life crisis after being blown out to sea. No epiphanies, no lessons learnt, just a dickhead and his wind-sail. Presented by Soho Theatre, Token Events and the Mason Sisters @ PBJ.

Soho Theatre’s Comedy Associate Lee Griffiths (one fifth of Late Night Gimp Fight), has a family that is more messed up than yours. Fact. Watch him work through his Post Traumatic Sketch Disorder with a show that is going to be messy, dark, and maybe even funny. Lee is at the Pleasance (1 – 24 Aug) where, for three nights only he will be joined by the rest of the Gimps for The Worst of Late Night Gimp Fight (21 – 23 Aug).

Meanwhile Australian rising star Luke McGregor brings his new show I Worry That I Worry Too Much to the Assembly (1 – 25 Aug). Luke won Best Newcomer at the 2013 Melbourne Comedy Festival and is an very exciting new talent. After a successful run at Soho Theatre last year he makes his Edinburgh debut.

Back at Underbelly, Cowgate, Neil Hamburger, the long suffering cult icon, finally returns to the UK after a few years away (13 – 24 Aug). His subversive, brilliant one-of-a-kind comedy has delighted, confused and repulsed audiences worldwide.

Finally at the Gilded Balloon, David Johnson, John Mackay and Soho Theatre present the Rubberbandits’ Continental Fistfight (30 Jul – 25 Aug) which had its premiere at Soho Theatre earlier this year. The critically-acclaimed show left a raucous crowd at Soho Theatre begging for more.

If Suffolk is more your style than Scotland, Soho Theatre is taking over Latitude Festival’s cabaret tent on Friday night, with a stellar line-up of artists from our programme past and present. Performing are: Sam Simmons, Christeene and Late Night Gimp Fight (who are also heading to Edinburgh), dark and edgy, American rising star Kyle Kinane, the ever-absurd Tony Law and La Clique showgirl Meow Meow. Click here for more information!

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