Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:06:11 +0000 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:06:11 +0000 Soho Theatre Meets... Antler #SohoRising http://sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-antler/ Nasi from Antler talked to us about their new show If I Were Me. You can catch these guys here as part of our Soho Rising season. What’s your name and what brings you to Soho Theatre?My name is Nasi Voutsas, I’m part of Antler and we’ll be at Soho Theatre with our show If I Were Me (also just to be clear I’m not one of the girls in the picture, I prefer to remain anonymous, like Banksy). Where are you from?We’re all based in London, but come from all over the country. After typing ... Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-antler/ Nasi from Antler talked to us about their new show If I Were Me. You can catch these guys here as part of our Soho Rising season.

What’s your name and what brings you to Soho Theatre?
My name is Nasi Voutsas, I’m part of Antler and we’ll be at Soho Theatre with our show If I Were Me (also just to be clear I’m not one of the girls in the picture, I prefer to remain anonymous, like Banksy).

Where are you from?
We’re all based in London, but come from all over the country. After typing that I realise that’s kind of a lie, two of us are from Kent, one from Midlands and one grew up in Holland. So to be more specific, we are from 2 places in this country, and one other country. I’m glad we cleared this up.

McDonald’s or Burger King?
Both places serve bad food and don’t pay tax. They can both rot in hell. But I do sometimes go McDonald’s. So yeah, McDonald’s.

So, what’s so special about your show?
I think it’s not like anything you might see in any other theatres. The show’s a relatively simple story of a guy in an office wrestling with his identity. But what unfolds is a funny, dark, surreal piece of theatre about a man unravelling in a search for himself. That, combined with Tennis and Bruce Springsteen, makes it special. Hopefully.

How did the idea of the show come about?
There were a few different starting points. There was that famous picture of Narcissus looking at himself in the water, there were the surrealist paintings by Rene Magritte, there was a moment when we were hanging out in Jaz’s garden where we found this character watering his pot plant. That became Phillip – and everything else sort of came together. Along the way it’s been and transformed into many different things. (At one point my Dad was in the show, which was weird. He was actually quite upset when we cut him.) However the whole time we’ve been looking for ways to look at this idea of the self as product, narcissism and self promotion in the everyday and to tell the story of someone trying to find a version of himself that is both authentic and spectacular.

Catch If I Were Me between Tue 29 Mar – Sat 2 Apr! #SohoRising

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What I Learned from Johnny Bevan: Meet the characters http://sohotheatre.com/news/what-i-learned-from-johnny-bevan-meet-the-characte/ Nick met Johnny at Uni in the ’90s. Nick was middle-class, impressionable and desperate for a life less ordinary. Johnny was a working-class role model who fired him up about politics, music and literature. 20 years on, where are they now? Johnny What’s your name?Johnny Winston Bevan Where do you come from?The Grooms Estate, Barking, London. Don’t go looking for it, some cunts turned it into a poverty theme park for the Cereal Killer brigade. What are you doing now?Fuck all. As a on... Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://sohotheatre.com/news/what-i-learned-from-johnny-bevan-meet-the-characte/ Nick met Johnny at Uni in the ’90s. Nick was middle-class, impressionable and desperate for a life less ordinary. Johnny was a working-class role model who fired him up about politics, music and literature. 20 years on, where are they now?

Johnny

What’s your name?
Johnny Winston Bevan

Where do you come from?
The Grooms Estate, Barking, London. Don’t go looking for it, some cunts turned it into a poverty theme park for the Cereal Killer brigade.

What are you doing now?
Fuck all.

As a one time Labour candidate, how do you feel about the current Labour party?
What Labour Party? That party has nothing to do with labour at all.

So what do you think about Jeremy Corbyn?
Jeremy’s proper. I like him. Ten years ago I would have been stood at his side fighting those bastards off. Y’know I’ve met him a few times. He’s proper but, what’s the point? The cunts always win.

What are views on the impact of the Tories on the most vulnerable in society?
What are my views? Views?! It’s not about views, it’s incontrovertible fact – we’re fucked. And we’re not going to get any less fucked until people, that’s people like you, start giving a fuck about those vulnerable people. How can it be that a bloke who thinks nuclear warheads are a bad thing is the extremist and those cutting legal aid and disability welfare are mainstream. That’s fucked-up, mate.

Nick

What’s your name?
Nick Burton

Where do you come from?
You wouldn’t have heard of it. A little village near Colchester, Essex. Dull, dull place.

What are you doing now?
I’m a free lance arts journalist. I’d like to do more politics, but, y’know. You know what you know.

Do you think that music reality TV shows like the X-Factor are killing the industry at the expense of real talent?
Obviously. Who doesn’t, right?

So who are your music heroes now?
I dunno. I think I’m a little old for heroes.

Interesting that the NHS Choir beat Bieber to Christmas number one. What do you think about the recent strikes by junior doctors?
I support the doctors, of course. I know it’s shit for them, but in a way, I’m jealous. There’s something beautiful about people standing in solidarity with each other. I’d give anything to feel that fired up about something.

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Soho Theatre Meets... Caligula's Alibi #SohoRising http://sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-caligulas-alibi/ We had a very sophisticated discussion about Russian literature with Caligula’s Alibi. They also told us about their show IDIOTS, which is a part of our Soho Rising season. What’s your name and what brings you to Soho Theatre?Caligula’s Alibi (or Jonnie Bayfield and Will Cowell to our Mothers). We come bearing theatrical gifts. IDIOTS is a post modern reworking of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s life and his most autobiographical novel, The Idiot. In our version (which is in no way an adaptatio... Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-caligulas-alibi/ We had a very sophisticated discussion about Russian literature with Caligula’s Alibi. They also told us about their show IDIOTS, which is a part of our Soho Rising season.

What’s your name and what brings you to Soho Theatre?
Caligula’s Alibi (or Jonnie Bayfield and Will Cowell to our Mothers). We come bearing theatrical gifts. IDIOTS is a post modern reworking of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s life and his most autobiographical novel, The Idiot. In our version (which is in no way an adaptation) we explore what it means to be an outsider looking in, a fallen literary icon, and delve into the grey area of toxic love in the modern world. If we do it right then the audience should be unaware of all those things, instead they should simply feel a sense of existential unease… and the dampening of their undercarriage.

Where are you from?
Jonnie is from a town called Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. Will is from Wolverhampton. Both have been included in the top ten most impoverished towns in Britain.

McDonald’s or Burger King?
River Cottage

So, what’s so special about your show?
It’s truly alive every night yet heavily scripted and choreographed… yet lots of it is improvised. The cast have free reign to change the show as they see fit depending on what the glorious audience are giving us each night. It’s wordy, witty, very funny and oddly moving. Also, you don’t need to have read the book – or any of his work – to understand it.

How did the idea of the show come about?
We read a brilliant if not dense book and got fucked over due to our positioning at the bottom of life’s food chain just one time too many. Subsequently this show was born.

Where are you taking your show after here?
We are touring for a couple of dates to Norwich and Oxford, then who knows? Perhaps Fyodor will finally stop spinning so violently in his grave.

Catch IDIOTS between Tue 29 Mar – Sat 2 Apr! #SohoRising

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Soho Theatre Meets... Izzy Tennyson #SohoRising http://sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-izzy-tennyson/ Award winner Izzy Tennyson dropped by Soho Theatre to tell us about her show Brute, which is a part of the Soho Rising season. What’s your name and what brings you to Soho Theatre?My name is Izzy Tennyson and I am opening the Soho Rising season with my award winning play Brute. Brute is about a rather horrid schoolgirl and based on the 14 year old me. I wasn’t a very nice person, I don’t think anyone is at that age. I went to a state school with 3,000 other girls which was pure hell. ... Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-izzy-tennyson/ Award winner Izzy Tennyson dropped by Soho Theatre to tell us about her show Brute, which is a part of the Soho Rising season.

What’s your name and what brings you to Soho Theatre?
My name is Izzy Tennyson and I am opening the Soho Rising season with my award winning play Brute. Brute is about a rather horrid schoolgirl and based on the 14 year old me. I wasn’t a very nice person, I don’t think anyone is at that age. I went to a state school with 3,000 other girls which was pure hell. I also have been on the Soho Young Writers and the Comedy Lab here, so obviously I love Soho Theatre!

Where are you from?
Erm, I don’t really know, I’m Welsh but grew up in Spain then moved back here to the UK, lived in about 11 different houses all over. I’m currently in Gravesend which does live up to its name. A lot of things do seem to go there to end . No, I’m not from anywhere , I’m not tied to any place.

McDonald’s or Burger King?
McDonald’s? Well either really, drunk Izzy thinks any sort of food from the floor is nectar of the gods, so depends which one lets me in.

So, what’s so special about your show?
I don’t lie to you once in it. It’s all honest, all of it. I think a lot of people are ashamed of what they did at school, you didn’t have to have been the school bully to have hurt someone. That period of my life has influenced me a lot. I like to think I have ironed out some traits I got from school, but there are still some things there. And they tend to be the worst parts of my personality. You’ll think about yourself after you’ve seen it, things you forgot you did will come to the surface.

How did the idea of the show come about?
Well it’s based on my life. So I just sat around in the foetal position thinking about me a lot really. Though also I started thinking about it a lot from talking to my university friends, who all say they had a great time at school and it was all plain sailing. And I thought ‘surely that can’t be right’.

Where are you taking your show after here?
Well we are organising a tour, but I also have written two other plays since Brute so definitely keep an eye out for those, too.

Catch Brute on Tue 15, Thu 17 & Sat 19 Mar! #SohoRising

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Soho Theatre Meets... Jack Rooke #SohoRising http://sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-jack-rooke/ So Jack Rooke popped by to discuss McDonald’s chips, and to chat about his Soho Rising show Good Grief. What’s your name and what brings you to Soho Theatre?My name is Jack and my show is coming back to Soho Theatre for a second time, reason being that I really fancy the tall guy behind the bar. I don’t know what his name is, I’ve been too scared to ask but oh my god, he’s like a bronze statue. Do you know the one I mean? With the eyebrows. I think he’s European. I really don’t... Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-jack-rooke/ So Jack Rooke popped by to discuss McDonald’s chips, and to chat about his Soho Rising show Good Grief.

What’s your name and what brings you to Soho Theatre?
My name is Jack and my show is coming back to Soho Theatre for a second time, reason being that I really fancy the tall guy behind the bar. I don’t know what his name is, I’ve been too scared to ask but oh my god, he’s like a bronze statue. Do you know the one I mean? With the eyebrows. I think he’s European. I really don’t want to give a first impression that I’m this sort of lustful, overly sexual person. I’m really not. But this guy… I mean all the other arts centres are really gonna have to up their game if they want me in the future.

Where are you from?
I’m from Watford, home to Geri Halliwell, Elton John and Bradley Walsh from The Chase.

McDonald’s or Burger King?
Mate, Burger King burgers with McDonald’s chips. When I was little my dad was a black cab driver, and often he’d be driving home from London and he’d stop by Beccy Services, which is a motorway service station in Beaconsfield that has a McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Greggs, an M&S, a weird Churros bar and a Wetherspoons – it’s literally a heart attack’s breeding ground. My dad used to get me a whopper from Burger King and the chips from Maccy D’s and give me his Big Mac gherkins. We had a very good arrangement.

So, what’s so special about your show?
Well my show is more like a comedy seminar/documentary. I know there’s also been a lot of “dead dad” shows, I’ve never seen one and I don’t think Good Grief really is one, although spoiler alert MY DAD DIES! The show is really about a teenager and an elderly person, coming together to celebrate someone who they’ve lost in an untimely circumstance, and show that different ages and generations can deal with grief together. We are also using the show to campaign against proposed cuts to the Widowed Parents Allowance that the government want to “adjust” – aka CUT TO FUCKERY. So, I think Good Grief is a balance of 50 minutes of comedy, and a 3 minute call to arms for audiences to act upon what they’ve seen in order to create a positive change.

How did the idea of the show come about?
It started as a documentary I wanted to make about how me and my Nan dealt with grief and how we wanted people to celebrate lost loved ones rather than always have this constant sadness that defines someone who has died. I realised I didn’t have enough money to make a documentary whilst I was on the Soho Young Company’s comedy lab. So I spoke to Gemma Leader who was running one of the courses, and I guess she really supported me in turning my idea into a comedy-theatre show. I initially developed the show with Leisa Rea who previously ran an SYC course, then we debuted the show at the Edinburgh Fringe and comedian Gabriel Bisset-Smith directed the piece.

Where are you taking your show after here?
After Soho we are having a super short break before going on a national tour in summer/autumn. I want to use the show as a way for me to go travelling up north. Excitingly we are also developing a telly documentary, drama idea and a radio comedy version of the show, so whooooo knows what will happen. All I know is that I really wanna have a tour bus and constantly be parked up at 3am at Beccy Services having a whopper with McDonald’s chips. Sadly this is budget dependent, so if anyone wants to donate for me to have a tour bus, tweet me @jackrooke. Thankyou.

Catch Jack Rooke: Good Grief between Mon 4 – Sat 9 Apr! #SohoRising

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Soho Theatre Meets... Sophie Rose #SohoRising http://sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-sophie-rose/ We caught up with the lovely Sophie Rose to talk about her Soho Rising show Quiet Violence, and have a few hobnobs. What’s your name and what brings you to Soho Theatre?Gosh, this sounds like Blind Date. Hi, I’m Sophie, I’m from Hertfordshire (waheyyyy) and I am at Soho Theatre looking for a GOOD TIME. Where are you from?A little town known to locals as “Bitchin” Hitchin, in Hertfordshire, just North of London. It’s a fun place with lots of coffee shops and cobbles and many of m... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-sophie-rose/ We caught up with the lovely Sophie Rose to talk about her Soho Rising show Quiet Violence, and have a few hobnobs.

What’s your name and what brings you to Soho Theatre?
Gosh, this sounds like Blind Date.
Hi, I’m Sophie, I’m from Hertfordshire (waheyyyy) and I am at Soho Theatre looking for a GOOD TIME.

Where are you from?
A little town known to locals as “Bitchin” Hitchin, in Hertfordshire, just North of London. It’s a fun place with lots of coffee shops and cobbles and many of my favourite people.

McDonald’s or Burger King?
McDonald’s Cheese burger
Burger King’s Fries
McDonald’s Free Toy
Burger King’s Still Fanta
Coco Pops when I get home

So, what’s so special about your show?
It’s all set on an inflatable sofa, so that’s quite fun. The show has been referred to as ‘brave’ lots of times, I think because I’m not afraid to articulate what lots of us experience when it comes to putting ourselves in situations that do us more harm than good: disappointing nights out, tight clothes, bad sex. It’s also funny, and lyrical, so if you can’t decide if you want to go to the theatre, a spoken word night or a comedy show – you’ll really get yours money’s worth at Quiet Violence.

How did the idea of the show come about?
Not so long ago, I found myself on a dance floor wearing jeans that were too tight and heels that were too high, dancing with someone I didn’t really like. Again. Why do I do this? I thought. I really want to stop doing this. So I kissed him. Then (after a few more packets of hobnobs) I began to write this show.

Where are you taking your show after here?
I’ve been touring the show for the last few months (Roundhouse, Paines Plough Roundabout, Latitude, Bestival, Edinburgh Fringe) and so I’m going to be deflating the sofa for a while whilst I focus on a few new projects, including something experimental at Roundhouse in May.

Catch Quiet Violence on Wed 16 and Fri 18 Mar! #SohoRising

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