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SOHO THEATRE ANNOUNCES SPRING SUMMER SEASON

Tue 22 January 2013

Building on Soho Theatre’s exciting vision as a company nurturing, developing and producing the most vibrant new writing, writers and artists, Artistic Director Steve Marmion announces a full season of work throughout the spring into summer. Soho Theatre consolidates its reputation as a centre for new writing with Steve Marmion directing Thomas Eccleshare’s PASTORAL in the main house, the play that won the 2011 Verity Bargate Award for emerging writers which is launching its 2013 search alongside the production. Charlotte Josephine returns after beginning her writing career through our Writers’ Lab with Soho Young Writers Award-winning BITCH BOXER. Luke Barnes’ BOTTLENECK completes this trio of thrilling new plays from young writing talents.

Another first time writer’s work premieres outside of Soho Theatre’s building, in association with Kali Theatre, MY DAUGHTER’S TRIAL a site-specific piece by Gulshanah Choudhuri performed in an old court room on St Martin’s Lane. Also. Casting is announced for GOD’S PROPERTY written through the Soho Six 2011 writers attachement scheme by Arinze Kene.

Building on the success of Soho Theatre’s comedy and cabaret programming Soho Theatre welcomes New York, Grammy-winning diva LADY RIZO in her London debut after winning the inaugural TO&ST Award for best cabaret show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012. Also performing are TO&ST Award nominees EASTEND CABARET and PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

GOD’S PROPERTY from inaugural Soho Six writer Arinze Kene and directed by Talawa Artistic Director Michael Buffong. Kingsley Ben-Adir (The Riots, Tricycle Theatre) and Ash Hunter (A Clockwork Orange, Theatre Royal Stratford East) will play the two estranged mixed race brothers Chima and Onochie, who both inhabit the restless streets of Deptford in the early 1980s. They are joined by Ria Zmitrowicz (Chapel Street, The Bush Theatre) as Holly and Bradley Gardner (Saved, Lyric Hammersmith) as Liam.

BITCH BOXER written by Charlotte Josephine and winner of the inaugural Young Writers Award returns to Soho Theatre after a sell-out run in Edinburgh. 2012 – the first time women were allowed to compete in boxing at the Olympics. One woman trains for the fight of her life, she is winded by two life-changing events.

BOTTLENECK Luke Barnes’ vibrant coming-of-age story set around Liverpool is about becoming a man through adventures both big and small. From HighTide Festival Theatre who also co-produce PASTORAL.

MY DAUGHTER’S TRIAL Kali Theatre in association with Soho Theatre present a site-specific piece by first time writer Gulshannah Choudhuri, a compelling and darkly humorous play which sees a young Muslim barrister battle in the courtroom, and at home.

PASTORAL As submissions open for the 2013 Verity Bargate Award for emerging writers, the 2011 winning play by Thomas Eccleshare receives its world premiere in a co-production with HighTide Festival Theatre directed by Soho Theatre’s Artistic Director Steve Marmion. A creeping, menacing, darkly comic piece examining how people survive when their urban environments turn feral.

LADY RIZO after an acclaimed run at Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe, culminating in winning the TO&ST Award for best cabaret show, Lady Rizo makes her London debut with her enthralling mix of glamour, bawdy humour and polished hyper-femininity.

MAN 1, BANK 0 This amazingly true story of a man getting one over on the banks is a hilarious David & Goliath tale.

NINA CONTI a thoughtful mediation on love, life and the edge of existence from the groundbreaking ventriloquist.

EDDIE PEPITONE Hailed as Don Rickles meets Eckhart Tolle, US comedian Eddie Pepitone is a force of nature onstage, switching between social rage and self-doubt

DOCTOR BROWN Multi award-winning silent comedian Doctor Brown returns to Soho Theatre with his groundbreaking show Befrdfgth and his celebrated children’s show.

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