Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:10:50 +0100 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:10:50 +0100 Soho Theatre meets... Chris McCausland http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-chris-mccausland/ We had a chat with Chris McCausland ahead of his run here at Soho Theatre Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?Chris McCausland. Unfortunately it’s one of those surnames that if you get just one letter wrong, not even Google can help. Where are you from?I’m Liverpool born and bred, but I’ve lived in London now for exactly twenty years this month – just doing my little bit to help bring down the property prices. What brings you here?I moved down to attend Kingston University in t... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-chris-mccausland/ We had a chat with Chris McCausland ahead of his run here at Soho Theatre

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Chris McCausland. Unfortunately it’s one of those surnames that if you get just one letter wrong, not even Google can help.

Where are you from?
I’m Liverpool born and bred, but I’ve lived in London now for exactly twenty years this month – just doing my little bit to help bring down the property prices.

What brings you here?
I moved down to attend Kingston University in the mid 90s, and was basically just to lazy to pack my stuff up and leave.

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
I’ve always been a beer or Guinness man, but due to my expanding waist size I changed that for red wine or gin about a year ago and the weight just fell off me. I now end my nights out sat on the stairs crying.

Some crisps or nuts?
I used to enjoy polishing a tube of Pringles off in one go and have never liked nuts, but that same change in diet has seen me retrain myself to enjoy eating almonds – Getting old sucks big hairy balls!

So, what’s so special about your show?
It’s a really funny hour of stand-up. No big themes, just a lot of laughs, shared experiences, and ideas about the world we live in. Oh, and I also have the definitive proof as to why there is almost certainly definitely probably no God.

How did the idea of the show come about?
I have a lot of funny ideas and stories to share about my new responsible life as a husband and Dad. I told my wife that the show was about Brexit to put her off coming. It’s not about Brexit, but I’m not sure what I’d talk about if she was sat in the audience.

Do you come here often?
Not for a while. It’s nice to be back though!

Where are you going after here…
I’d like to say – I’m in Soho, so who knows! – But probably back home to my wife and daughter, to be responsible and eat almonds.

Catch Chris McCausland’s Jesus was Married and Look How It Turned Out For Him Thu 29 Sept – Sat 1 Oct

]]>
Penny's Pals 2016 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/pennys-pals-2016/ PENNY’S PALSTHE TRUTH TO POWER CAFE We’re delighted that during the run of Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer we’ll be hosting a programme of The Truth to Power Cafe Events featuring the people below, Penny’s Pals. Wed 21 Sep: Ash Kotak is a poet and playwright. His rom-com play Hijra was first performed at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Bush Theatre, London and explores the hypocrisy of the Hindu acceptance of transgender persons yet not LGB people. Alex Craddock is an activist and... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/pennys-pals-2016/ PENNY’S PALS
THE TRUTH TO POWER CAFE

We’re delighted that during the run of Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer we’ll be hosting a programme of The Truth to Power Cafe Events featuring the people below, Penny’s Pals.

Wed 21 Sep:

Ash Kotak is a poet and playwright. His rom-com play Hijra was first performed at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Bush Theatre, London and explores the hypocrisy of the Hindu acceptance of transgender persons yet not LGB people.

Alex Craddock is an activist and leading advocate for PrEP availability and a member of Act Up London. He makes regular trips to the Jungle, supporting refugees in the Calais camp.

Tim Redfern is the frustrated artist responsible for London’s favourite bearded and environmentally conscious drag queen Timberlina.

Franco Milazzo is Editor-in-Chief of This Is Cabaret and writes for Arti Bravi and Londonist. He was the keynote speaker for Cabaret Conference 2016.

Kerrise Stewart is a Transforming Women’s Justice Case Worker for Women in Prison and has completed her Masters in Applied Theatre and the Criminal Justice System.

Thu 22 Sep:

Lois Keidan is co-founder and director of the Live Art Development Agency and from 1992-97 was director of Live Arts at the ICA. She has been awarded Honorary Fellowships by Darlington College of Arts and Queen Mary, University of London, and an Honorary Doctorate by University of Gothenburg.

Imogen Butler-Cole is a theatre-maker and trainer in creativity and communication skills whose new play Foreign Body will premiere at Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival in March 2017.

Clare Farrell is a fashion designer and consultant within the ethical clothing sectors. Her work encompasses textile sustainability, environmental, social justice, political activism and art.

Tamsin Omond is a British author, environmental activist, actor and journalist. She has campaigned on climate change and her protests have seen her banned from Parliament and shut down three airports.

Phoebe Thomas-Weeks, 20-year-old joint honours English and Drama student from Suffolk. Entering second year of studies at Queen Mary University of London. Aspiring theatre director and general arts enthusiast.

Chantel C is a spoken word artist, writer, podcaster and cultural curator who seeks truth and purpose in all things.

Fri 23 Sep:

Shaun Levin is the author of Seven Sweet Things and Snapshots of the Boy, amongst other books. There’s more to see at www.shaunlevin.com

Vera Chok is an actor, writer and performance maker particularly interested in sex, shame, race, loss, connection, and comedy. On the page or live, she manipulates language and space to create experiential pieces.

Georgia Bondy is a Chemistry Masters student at UCL, and filmmaker and photographer. Her short film Uncolour Me Curious was screened at the 2014 Vienna Biofiction Film Festival, and last year her portraits featured in Sons of Blighty exhibition in East London.

Matthew Todd is a playwright, stand-up comedian and award-winning journalist. He is the author of Straight Jacket – How To Be Gay and Happy, and the play Blowing Whistles. He was editor of Attitude from 2008 – 2016.

Mathilde Hawkins is 16 and from Brixton. She studies at the French Lycée in London, and believes power comes from her and ordinary people. She says ‘much of my thought converges to the same question. How can the young people of today create an atmosphere for change?’

Lyall Hakaraia is the founder and director of VFD – the original queer community space in Dalston. He has curated events at the ICA, Barbican and Glastonbury and is currently collating a book and editing a film about creating community through art, parties, performance and inspiring people.

Sat 24 Sep:

Dan Glass is an award-winning writer, cabaret performer, human rights campaigner and LGBT and ACT UP London activist.

Patrick Cash is a writer, activist and spoken word poet living in London. He runs Spoken Word London and the monthly forum Let’s Talk About Gay Sex & Drugs with 56 Dean Street. As a playwright his works include The Clinic, Queers, The Chemsex Monologues and Superficial.

Paula Varjack is an artist whose recent show Show Me The Money – explores the obstacles in making a living in the arts. Her debut prose & poetry collection Letters I Never Sent to You will be published in October by Burning Eye Books.

Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for 49 years on issues of human rights, democracy, civil liberties, LGBT equality and social justice. His inspirations include Mahatma Gandhi, Sylvia Pankhurst and Martin Luther King. He is Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation

Tamsyn Kelly is a drama school graduate, actress and comedienne who has written and produced her own one-woman show. She performs stand up with the Soho Theatre Young Company.

]]>
Soho Theatre meets... Joe Slater #CoffeeHouseTour http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-joe-slater-coffeehousetour/ We had a chat with Joe Slater before his Coffee House Tour performance in the bar on Wednesday 24 August. Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?Hey, my name is Joe Slater. Where are you from?The same place as Wayne Rooney, In the North West of the country in a place called Croxteth in Liverpool.. What brings you here?Purely the music Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?Gin And Tonic if you have it Some crisps or nuts?Crisps please, salt and vinegar if you have it. So, wh... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-joe-slater-coffeehousetour/ We had a chat with Joe Slater before his Coffee House Tour performance in the bar on Wednesday 24 August.

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Hey, my name is Joe Slater.

Where are you from?
The same place as Wayne Rooney, In the North West of the country in a place called Croxteth in Liverpool..

What brings you here?
Purely the music

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Gin And Tonic if you have it

Some crisps or nuts?
Crisps please, salt and vinegar if you have it.

So, what’s so special about your music?
The feeling. The realness.

Who’s your biggest musical influence?
Life

Do you come here often?
First time here, but i’m sure it won’t be my last.

Where are you going after here?
Any pub within 100 yards.

Coffee House Sessions take place in Soho Theatre Bar every Wednesday from 6pm

]]>
Soho Theatre meets... Kevin Davy White #CoffeeHouseTour http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-kevin-davy-white-coffeehousetou/ We had a chat with Kevin Davy White before his Coffee House Tour performance in the bar on Wednesday 17 August. Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?Hi, nice to meet you too! My name is Kevin Davy White Where are you from?I’m from France, Paris. What brings you here?The music and soul brought me here. Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?No worries, A glass of water or apple juice would be perfect please. Some crisps or nuts?Crisps please, thank you. So, what’s so spe... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-kevin-davy-white-coffeehousetou/ We had a chat with Kevin Davy White before his Coffee House Tour performance in the bar on Wednesday 17 August.

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Hi, nice to meet you too! My name is Kevin Davy White

Where are you from?
I’m from France, Paris.

What brings you here?
The music and soul brought me here.

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
No worries,
A glass of water or apple juice would be perfect please.

Some crisps or nuts?
Crisps please, thank you.

So, what’s so special about your music?
My music is special because it comes right from my heart, my blood and my soul.

Who’s your biggest musical influence?
Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hokker

Do you come here often?
No actually it’s my first time. And I hope not the last.

Where are you going after here?
Thanks to candace from coffee tour I’m going to the paradise around kensal green to perform.

Coffee House Sessions take place in Soho Theatre Bar every Wednesday from 6pm

]]>
5 minutes with Bourgeois & Maurice http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/5-minutes-with-bourgeois-and-maurice/ Bourgeois & Maurice: How To Save The World Without Really Trying is in Edinburgh as part of Soho Theatre’s 17 show Edinburgh Fringe season of the most vibrant new theatre, comedy and cabaret. It’s been 4yrs since you were last at the fringe, what took you so long to come back?Life got in the way! Bourgeois has been kept very busy with his work adopting adult babies from developing countries. Maurice has been stored in an airtight box in a storage container near Bow for four years. She’... Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/5-minutes-with-bourgeois-and-maurice/ Bourgeois & Maurice: How To Save The World Without Really Trying is in Edinburgh as part of Soho Theatre’s 17 show Edinburgh Fringe season of the most vibrant new theatre, comedy and cabaret.

It’s been 4yrs since you were last at the fringe, what took you so long to come back?
Life got in the way! Bourgeois has been kept very busy with his work adopting adult babies from developing countries. Maurice has been stored in an airtight box in a storage container near Bow for four years. She’s awake now, and already able to speak again thanks to the miracle of poppers. We’re back because we get the feeling the world needs a bit of a slap.

Karaoke song of choice?
Easy – Wham Rap.

Who would you invite to your chemsex party?
The entire audience. We know that’s what they come to the show for really, the songs are just there to fill time before the leather harnesses come out.

We never go to a Fringe party without our (delete as appropriate) – kilt, tartan sash or “insert key Scottish accessory here”.
‘Mhairi Black is the New Messiah’ t shirts. Compulsory for all Scottish citizens apparently.

Top of your “must watch” list for the fringe this year? (Not your own show)
Figs in Wigs, Christeene, Rhiannon Faith, Lucy McCormick.

You can catch Bourgeois & Maurice at Underbelly, Cowgate (Iron Belly) from 4 – 28 August at 9.25pm

]]>
5 minutes with Richard Gadd http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/5-minutes-with-richard-gadd/ Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do is in Edinburgh as part of Soho Theatre’s 17 show Edinburgh Fringe season of the most vibrant new theatre, comedy and cabaret. You do a lot of running in the show – how are you going to refuel and keep up the energy in Edinburgh?Edinburgh is weird. You seem to take on a sort of superhuman strength during the festival which means you don’t need to eat and sleep and you end up running on empty which sort of powers you through and then it all hits you in... Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/5-minutes-with-richard-gadd/ Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do is in Edinburgh as part of Soho Theatre’s 17 show Edinburgh Fringe season of the most vibrant new theatre, comedy and cabaret.

You do a lot of running in the show – how are you going to refuel and keep up the energy in Edinburgh?
Edinburgh is weird. You seem to take on a sort of superhuman strength during the festival which means you don’t need to eat and sleep and you end up running on empty which sort of powers you through and then it all hits you in one big wave at the end and you get ridiculously sick. I am going to do my best to eat properly but my knowledge of good dietary requirements is about as good as my knowledge of rare breeds of sheep. So I envision only the worst – tis’ the comedy way after all!

Top motivational tune to keep you running all month?
It’s a good question. When I use to run like a madman I mad many motivational tunes. Cure – Friday, I’m in Love was always a good one. Smiths – There Is A Light. Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al. But I always prefer ones a bit angry that get the blood pumping. Pogues – Boys From The Country Hell or Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies are my creme of the crop. There’s nothing like starting a morning run with the line: “Then I broke his f*cking balls.”

Favourite Edinburgh hangover spot?
I would have said the balcony bit in the cafeteria at the Gilded Balloon, they use to have these really comfy couches and you could slip away easy peasy and have a snooze and drag one bought coffee out to six hours, but I went there yesterday and lo’ and behold they have replaced the comfy couches with wooden chairs. So sod that. Don’t want to be seen hanging around paid venues anyway. It’s literally “sleeping with the enemy”…

Any pre-show rituals?
No! God, no! Why do I do this?! This is going to be horrible! I should have gone into finance! This is going to be a disaster! Everyone’s going to hate me! I’m going to get one star! Try and kill myself! Fail miserably! Wander off into the night somewhere! Get captured by pirates! Locked in a cargo ship to Sudan! Live out my days in a pre-arranged marriage to a guy called Favor!

Top of your “must watch” list for the fringe this year? (not your own show)
I’m going to go with the heavy-hitters…
The Royal Military Edinburgh Tattoo, The Ladyboys of Bangkok & Louis CK.

You can catch Richard Gadd at Banshee Labyrinth from 6 – 28 August at 9.45pm

]]>