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Soho Theatre meets... Archie Maddocks #SohoRising17

Fri 13 October

The Soho Theatre Young Company (SYC) is a melting pot of new and growing talent for those aged 11+. With numerous courses encorporating all aspects of comedy, theatre and playwriting it has quickly become one of the top arts education programmes in London and beyond. This autumn Soho Theatre plays host to shows from a bunch of its brightest new voices, including SYC members, in the Upstairs space – a studio originally designed for ‘emerging companies, young people and brave new writing.’

We had a chat with Archie Maddocks ahead of his Soho Rising show here

Nice to meet you! What’s your name?
Archie Maddocks

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
When I graduated from University, I worked in a funeral parlour for a few years, and I was pretty good at it. I used to clean and dress the dead bodies, which was weird at first, but I got used to it surprisingly quickly. It’s hard to say I “enjoyed” it, because that is creepy as fuck, but yeah, it happened, and it was not a wholly negative experience.

Tell us about your experience of SYC.
I was on the Soho Writers’ Lab a few years back, and it provided an invaluable resource and platform for a career as a playwright. Without the show of confidence and advice offered by Soho theatre, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

What’s your show about?
It’s about how I wish someone would take control of my life, like a secret organisation running shit behind the scenes so that I didn’t have to get involved, and subsequently lots of stories to support this idea, because I’m clearly not doing a good job of it so far.

Why should people come and see it?
Look, I’m not someone to compliment myself in any way, shape or form. I come more from the self loathing camp of comedian, to the point where if I see my reflection in a mirror, it ruins my day. So, you can rest assured that when I say this show is hilarious, I’m not saying it in a boastful, arrogant way. If anything, I would love to say it’s terrible. But it’s not. It’s funny as hell and anyone that sees it comes away having laughed their lungs out for an hour and leaves feeling happier. What more can you ask for from an hour of comedy? Laughs, laughs, laughs. You’ll have a great time.

You can catch Archie Maddocks in Illuminarchie on Nov 1 at 9pm

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