Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:24:53 +0000 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:24:53 +0000 Soho Solo season begins! http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-solo-season-begins/ Soho Theatre presents a season of the most exciting solo performances, showcasing the very best of one-man theatre. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-solo-season-begins/ Press Release 11 March 2014

“Sometimes, nothing is more honest and intimate than a single actor in front of an audience – we have decided to celebrate the best of the form with the Soho Solo Season. From the incredible Bitch Boxer which makes a welcome return, to the raging screams of La Merda, the six week season is set to thrill.”
Steve Marmion, Artistic Director, Soho Theatre.

This season Soho Upstairs provides a platform for some of the best solo performances, following in Soho’s tradition of critically-acclaimed solo shows such as Fleabag, Bottleneck and Olivier Award-nominated Ivan and the Dogs.

Bitch Boxer (Tue 25 Mar – Sun 13 Apr) was written by Charlotte Josephine when she was a member of Soho Theatre’s Young Company, and won Soho Theatre’s Young Writers Award 2012. It has since had sell-out runs at Soho Theatre and Edinburgh Festival as part of the Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh season. Snuff Box Theatre’s award-winning production, in collaboration with Richard Jordan Productions Ltd, sees Chloe training for Olympic boxing glory only to be left winded by two life-changing events in a fast-paced show full of blood, sweat and tears. Charlotte Josephine is part of Soho Theatre’s 2013 Soho Six.

Dark Vanilla Jungle (Tue 25 Mar – Sun 13 Apr) is a breathtaking and audacious account of a young girl with nothing to give but love and nowhere to find it; one girl’s craving for family and home and the lengths she’ll go to achieve them. After previewing at Soho in 2013 a successful Edinburgh run and a national tour, the Philip Ridley play from Supporting Wall returns to Soho after winning a Fringe First at Edinburgh and a nomination for Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) for The Stage Awards’ Best Solo Performance.

Mark Weinman’s incredible performance in Captain Amazing (Wed 16 Apr – Sun 4 May) wowed audiences at Edinburgh. This funny and poignant show about a father, turned reluctant superhero, struggling to balance his family responsibilities with his superhero duties is written by Alistair McDowall (one of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2011 award winners) and directed by Clive Judd.

La Merda, (Tue 15 Apr – Sun 4 May) a production by Marta Cresoli with Richard Jordan Productions and Produzioni Fuorivia in association with Summerhall, Soho Theatre and Gorki Theater (Berlin), shocked and awed the theatre world at Edinburgh 2012 winning a Fringe First Award, The Stage Award for Best Solo Performance and Arches Brick Award. Written by Cristian Ceresoli and performed by Silvia Gallerano La Merda, inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini’s idea on cultural genocide, is a cry of a ‘young’, ‘ugly’ and literally naked woman who reveals her bulimic, revolting and intimate yet public secrets.

Bitch Boxer, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Captain Amazing, and La Merda, are all part of a season of solo performances that explore the society we live in, supported by the Bertha Foundation.

The Bertha Foundation dreams of a more just world and supports forms of activism that aim to bring about change. They champion those using media, law and enterprise as tools to achieve their vision. berthafoundation.org

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Never Try This At Home: Blog http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/never-try-this-at-home-blog/ Critically-acclaimed theatre company Told By An Idiot bring their new production Never Try This At Home to Soho Theatre in April. The show has just opened to fantastic audience reactions at Birmingham Rep. We went to see the show, laughed A LOT, got soaked in pies and then had a chat to actor Dudley Rees who has been blogging about the rehearsal process. Here is his first blog post about how he felt when he first got involved with the show… “As I sit here in bed, mulling over the events ... Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/never-try-this-at-home-blog/ Critically-acclaimed theatre company Told By An Idiot bring their new production Never Try This At Home to Soho Theatre in April. The show has just opened to fantastic audience reactions at Birmingham Rep. We went to see the show, laughed A LOT, got soaked in pies and then had a chat to actor Dudley Rees who has been blogging about the rehearsal process. Here is his first blog post about how he felt when he first got involved with the show…

“As I sit here in bed, mulling over the events of the first week’s rehearsals, naked as the day I was born, it occurs to me that this is not only the most unique and unusual play I’ve ever been involved with but if I were in the audience, I think it would be the most unique and unusual play I’d ever seen too.

So far, Never Try This At Home is a mixture of improvisation, wigs, live music, slow motion, nostalgia, sexism and biting satire. I say so far because we’re only at the beginning of a devising process and there are 3 more radical weeks to go. We’re not looking for inspiration from thin air though. Over the past 2 years there have been several research and development weeks – time for Told by an Idiot theatre company to explore ideas, develop the language of the play and fail without consequence.

Paul Hunter, the director, likes to look to at wide range of inspirations. The show’s tagline is, “A disturbing Homage to Saturday Morning TV” and we’ve been looking at Live and Kicking, TISWAS, Going Live, Swapshop and The Big Breakfast. But to that mixture we’ve added Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy and Sidney Lumet’s 1976 film Network and even the recent documentary The Act of Killing. These unlikely combinations can create something entirely new.

Paul oversees a theatrical smelting process, fuelled by improvisation and gladiatorial games. There are “provocations” and “restrictions” which create something live and electric. Carl Grose, the writer, adds new ideas, he provides daily scenes which we then improvise around and some improvisation becomes official “script”. Although there is no script and never will be… unless there is one…

Ultimately the source material – The Act of Killing plus Swapshop – are lost. We’re left with something new, often very funny and still loaded with suggestion and danger.

Highlights of the week have been getting to puppeteer a large mouse and straining my voice during an electrifying game of keepy uppy.

Looking forward to opening the show in Birmingham, and then off to Soho Theatre!”

Dudley

You can follow Dudley on Twitter @DudleyRees

Read about the show and book tickets.

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They did it! Brighton Half Marathon success for Team Soho http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/they-did-it/ A massive congratulations to all of our Team Soho runners, who on Sunday, all completed the Brighton Half Marathon to raise money for Soho Theatre. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, we’ve raised nearly £13,000! But there’s still time to donate, and make all those hours of training worthwhile. To find out more about why we ran and to donate, just head to our Virgin Giving page. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/they-did-it/ A massive congratulations to all of our Team Soho runners, who on Sunday, all completed the Brighton Half Marathon to raise money for Soho Theatre.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, we’ve raised nearly £13,000! But there’s still time to donate, and make all those hours of training worthwhile. To find out more about why we ran and to donate, just head to our Virgin Giving page.

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

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Sara Pascoe's 'The Endings' reading http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/sara-pascoe-on-soho-young-writers/ Comedian Sara Pascoe was part of the Soho Young Writers course following university. Still a major part of the stand up comedy circuit, she's now returning to playwriting with a new reading at Soho Theatre. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/sara-pascoe-on-soho-young-writers/ ‘I am very grateful to The Soho Theatre for hosting my playreading, I did their young writers course after I finished university and loved it. And while I have written short plays since, I have been consumed with stand up comedy which is my ‘proper’ job. But stand up is by its nature flippant and subjective and so last year I have reached back into Theatre to explore darker, more universal themes.

‘The Endings’ is written without gender, so can be cast in any way the director sees fit. There is also no age, race or place specified in the script. The characters do not leave a house, as I wanted them to be as free as possible from societal conditioning. I am SO looking forward to the reading to judge how people respond to and understand the text. I am giving the audience feedback forms, and am also hoping that one of the invited producers will help us get the play properly staged!’ Sara Pascoe

A reading of Sara Pascoe’s ‘The Endings’ will take place at Soho Theatre Upstairs, Tue 4 March, 4pm.

Companies and producers interested in attending the reading should email sarapascoe@googlemail.com

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SOHO'S AWARD SEASON http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/sohos-award-season/ 'The One's' Phoebe Waller-Bridge wins New Playwright award, Off West End Award shortlist and Bridget Christie's Sky Arts award! Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/sohos-award-season/ Critics’ Circle Awards

Soho Theatre is delighted to announce that Phoebe Waller-Bridge has won the Critics’ Circle award for Most Promising New Playwright, for her sell-out smash hit Fleabag that played Soho Upstairs last year.

Phoebe is currently starring in the VBA winning play The One (Thu 20 Feb – Sun 30 Mar), alongside Rufus Wright and Lu Corfield, and directed by Steve Marmion.

Congrats Phoebe!

Off West End Award nominations

Soho Theatre has received the second largest number of nominations in this year’s shortlist from Off West End, with eight nominations running close to the Union Theatre’s nine.
Soho’s nominations are as follows:

Best female
Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag at the Soho Theatre

Best male
James Cooney for Bottleneck at the Soho Theatre

Best new play
Bottleneck by Luke Barnes at the Soho Theatre

Most promising new playwright
Thomas Eccleshare for Pastoral at the Soho Theatre
Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag at the Soho Theatre

Best lighting designer
Dan Herd for The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle at the Soho Theatre

Best set designer
Michael Vale for Pastoral at the Soho Theatre

Best TBC production (recognising productions that defy all other categories)
Bryony Kimmings: Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model at the Soho Theatre

The winners will be announced at the beginning of March.

Record-breaking Bridget Christie wins Sky Arts comedy award!

Bridget Christie has won the comedy award at this year’s South Bank Sky Arts awards with her outstanding show, A Bic For Her. After taking Edinburgh by storm, Christie has performed a 3 week sell-out run at Soho (with more dates in March) and has made her the best selling comic to perform at Soho Theatre. Christie was up against Alan Partridge – Alpha Papa and Sky’s comedy Psychobitches.

A well-deserved award, we think. Congrats Bridget!

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TRUTH AND LIES: SPRING AT SOHO THEATRE http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/truth-and-lies-spring-at-soho-theatre/ “Part one of our spring season tore up the social script as we challenged social convention. Part two explores the lies and truths we tell to survive, and to thrive. From lovers and colleagues to family and friends – no one is safe from our webs of lies or even worse, truths. The work is created by the most thrilling artists and companies on the scene, some we have worked with before, some are new discoveries, all are very, very good.”Steve Marmion, Artistic Director, Soho Theatre. So... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/truth-and-lies-spring-at-soho-theatre/ “Part one of our spring season tore up the social script as we challenged social convention. Part two explores the lies and truths we tell to survive, and to thrive. From lovers and colleagues to family and friends – no one is safe from our webs of lies or even worse, truths. The work is created by the most thrilling artists and companies on the scene, some we have worked with before, some are new discoveries, all are very, very good.”
Steve Marmion, Artistic Director, Soho Theatre.

Soho Theatre’s production of the Verity Bargate Award winning play The One from first time playwright Vicky Jones is an unflinchingly honest look at the sexual politics of a relationship and its descent into emotional manipulation. Soho Theatre’s Artistic Director, Steve Marmion, directs the tight and vicious three-hander and joining the previously announced Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fringe First winner, The Stage Best Solo Performer winner), is Rufus Wright who has most recently played David Cameron alongside Helen Mirren in The Audience and Lu Corfield who’s theatre work includes Headlong’s Medea and the RSC’s Days of Significance. The set will be designed by Anthony Lamble (Ciara, Traverse Edinburgh; Third Finger Left Hand, Trafalgar Studios) with lighting from Ben Ormerod (In The Next Room, St James’ Theatre; Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors, Propeller)

For the first time an adaptation of a Lars von Trier film hits the London stage. After development at Soho and a hit Edinburgh run, New Perspectives’ The Boss of it All shows how a deception can come crashing down around you. The boss of a failing company has been deceiving his colleagues by creating a fictional owner, who conveniently lives in America, to deal with a dissenting staff team. But when he tries to sell the company, the potential buyer insists that the ‘boss of it all’ make an appearance. Enter an out of work actor who takes his new role a little too seriously.

Quietly from Abbey Theatre is a powerful story of truth and reconciliation where two men who share a violent past meet for the first time and need to talk. From Belfast writer Owen McCafferty this story shows just how easy it is to deceive yourself in a landscape of injustice. It won Best Play at The Writers’ Guild Awards 2013, a Fringe First Award at Edinburgh 2013 and Best Actor at the Stage Awards for Acting Excellence 2013.

Soho Theatre and associate company OperaUpClose’s latest intimate opera La traviata has lies at its heart. ‘Fallen woman’ Violetta convinces her lover she does not love him at the behest of his father, but the truth will out. This production, set in a 1920s underworld of speakeasies and steeped in bootlegged bourbon, reveals the hypocrisy and injustice behind the glittering façade of parties. This is a new English version by Robin Norton-Hale, who also directs the fourth OperaUpClose collaboration with Soho after the 2011 Olivier Award-winning La bohème, 2012’s Don Giovanni and 2013’s Tosca.

Intervene or walk away? When you have a split second to decide, can you trust your own instincts? Microcosm from Bruntwood Award winner Matt Hartley sees Alex building a life with Clare. Nothing can derail his happiness, not even their Tom Cruise obsessed neighbour – he just wishes those kids would stop hanging around outside his house. But they are just kids, they’re not dangerous…

Literally laying herself bare, Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It – a one lady rape about comedy starring her pussy and little else! won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Panel Prize 2013. Dressed only from the waist up and the ankles down, Truscott undoes and does-in the rules and rhetoric about rape, comedy and awkward laughs in between. Can you make jokes about rape? She plans to. All night long. Even if you tell her to stop.

Direct from a New York run and previews in Edinburgh, Billy Hayes tells the true story of his daring escape from a Turkish prison, which inspired his own best-selling book Midnight Express, and later the Oscar-winning film by Alan Parker and Oliver Stone. An astounding story of survival and endurance, and the tales of Hollywood, happiness and what happened next.

SOHO SOLO

Soho Upstairs presents a season of some of the best solo performances, following in the tradition of hit solo shows at Soho such as Fleabag, Bottleneck and Olivier Award-nominated Ivan and the Dogs.

Bitch Boxer was written by 2013 Soho Six member Charlotte Josephine when she was a member of Soho Theatre’s Young Company, and won Soho Theatre’s Young Writers Award 2012. It has since had sell-out runs at Soho Theatre and Edinburgh Festival as part of the Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh season. Snuff Box Theatre’s award-winning production, in collaboration with Richard Jordan Productions Ltd, sees Chloe training for Olympic boxing glory only to be left winded by two life-changing events in a fast-paced show full of blood, sweat and tears.

Dark Vanilla Jungle is a breathtaking and audacious account of a young girl with nothing to give but love and nowhere to find it; one girl’s craving for family and home and the lengths she’ll go to achieve them. After previewing at Soho in 2013 a successful Edinburgh run and a national tour the Philip Ridley play from Supporting Wall returns to Soho after winning a Fringe First at Edinburgh and a nomination for Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) for The Stage Awards Best Solo Performance.

Mark Weinman’s incredible performance of Captain Amazing wowed audiences at Edinburgh. This funny and poignant show about a father, turned reluctant superhero, struggling to balance his family responsibilities with his superhero duties is written by Alistair McDowall (one of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2011 award-winners) and directed by Clive Judd.

La Merda, a production by Marta Cresoli with Richard Jordan Productions and Produzioni Fuorivia in association with Summerhall, Soho Theatre and Gorki Theater (Berlin), shocked and awed the theatre world at Edinburgh 2012 winning the Fringe First Award for Writing Excellence, The Stage Award for Acting Excellence and Arches Brick Award for Emerging Art. Written by Cristian Ceresoli and performed by Silvia Gallerano_ La Merda_, inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini’s idea on cultural genocide, is a cry of a ‘young’, ‘ugly’ and literally naked woman who reveals her bulimic, revolting and intimate yet public secrets.

“Sometimes, nothing is more honest and intimate than a single actor in front of an audience – we have decided to celebrate the best of the form with the Soho Solo Season. From the incredible Bitch Boxer which makes a welcome return, to the raging screams of La Merda, the six week season is set to thrill.”
Steve Marmion, Artistic Director, Soho Theatre.

SOHO SCREAMERS

Finally, after the huge success of last season’s Screamers performances, we are delighted to announce the next three shows to take on the tots. The One (13 March), Never Try This At Home (10 April), and Katherine Ryan (24 April) will all have a performance for parents and their under one-year-olds. As with previous Screamers shows, the content will be the same but lights remain on to make it easier to feed your baby. No-one will mind if your baby cries, you walk around or change nappies during the show. Again there will be a buggy park, additional nappy changing facilities, bottle warming facilities and a special meal deal in the Soho Theatre Bar. Soho Theatre have now added group discounts for Screamers tickets (info on our website).

“I’ve massively enjoyed and appreciated the chance to see some highlights from your programme whilst I’ve been on maternity leave. Please pass on my thanks and congratulations to whoever came up with this great idea!” Parent of a regular Screamer.

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