Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:28:37 +0000 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:28:37 +0000 Soho Theatre meets... Jon Pointing http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-jon-pointing/ We had a chat with Jon Pointing ahead of his show here Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name? Jon Pointing Where are you from?Grew up in Epsom mainly, now live in London. What brings you here? I’m doing my show at the Soho Theatre. Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?Are we in the Soho Theatre bar? Obviously I’m just in my living room on my laptop answering these questions so it doesn’t matter. I normally have a beer there but I guess I could have whatever imaginar... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-jon-pointing/ We had a chat with Jon Pointing ahead of his show here

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Jon Pointing

Where are you from?
Grew up in Epsom mainly, now live in London.

What brings you here?
I’m doing my show at the Soho Theatre.

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Are we in the Soho Theatre bar? Obviously I’m just in my living room on my laptop answering these questions so it doesn’t matter. I normally have a beer there but I guess I could have whatever imaginary drink I like. There’s normally a bucket under one of the urinals in the toilets. I’ll have that please.

Some crisps or nuts?
Yes, could I get six thousand packets of dry roasted nuts and half a pack of crisps please.

So, what’s so special about your show?
It’s not really for me to say. It’s special to me because I’ve worked hard on it and I really enjoy performing it. It’s not just a piss take of theatre, we made the show like a theatre show so I think it feels like that and not just a comedy. The character is based on lot’s of men I’ve come into contact with throughout my life not just cringeworthy thespians. Everyone knows someone like him. Men who put themselves in positions of power and abuse that position. I think it’s thorough

How did the idea of the show come about?
I wanted to make a character that I could perform on the circuit with a view to make a full hour show out of that character. I didn’t want to do multiple characters and I wanted the character to be able to interact with the audience or at least acknowledge the situation of them being there. The idea for Cayden Hunter came from lot’s of things, my own experiences at university, my experience with theatre workshops. Also at the time there were lot’s of adverts online for the Kevin Spacey masterclass. I’d watched videos of him before, there’s one in particular where in an interview he talks about taking his acting workshop to women in the middle east that really makes my skin crawl. I don’t just say this in hindsight but when I watched those Kevin Spacey videos I recognised his behaviour and his demeanour in lot’s of men I’ve come across and not exclusively in the acting game. It seemed fair to take aim at these kind of men. So I went on from there.

Do you come here often?
Quite a lot.

You can catch Jon Pointing in Act Natural from 20-25 November

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Fleabag UK Tour 2018 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/fleabag-uk-tour-2018/ Following the BAFTA award-winning BBC series, DryWrite and Soho Theatre bring you the acclaimed stage production of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s cult hit. Fleabag may seem over-sexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig themed café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose. Stumbling through a maze of social anxiety, disastrous job interviews and meaning... Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/fleabag-uk-tour-2018/ Following the BAFTA award-winning BBC series, DryWrite and Soho Theatre bring you the acclaimed stage production of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s cult hit.

Fleabag may seem over-sexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig themed café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.

Stumbling through a maze of social anxiety, disastrous job interviews and meaningless sex, Fleabag serves up an uproariously funny and true account of some sort of a female living her sort of life.

Directed by Vicky Jones and starring Maddie Rice.

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Soho Theatre meets... Jen Wakefield #SohoRising17 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-jen-wakefield-sohorising17/ 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.... Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-jen-wakefield-sohorising17/ 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 Jen Wakefield ahead of her Soho Rising show here

Nice to meet you! What’s your name?
Nice to meet you too! My name is Jen Wakefield

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I used to be a Primary School Teacher and my favourite thing to eat is a Masala Dosa!

Tell us about your experience of SYC.
Without sounding like a big cringe-pot, SYC has really been one of the best things that I’ve been involved in since being on this performing pathway. I applied for Edinburgh Lab in March 17’ as I really wanted somewhere to develop my work but also to lay those troublesome Edinburgh thoughts down every week to avoid going insane.

Holly wanted to call me whilst I was on holiday in Morocco to chat about the show premise before the course began, but I was having some phone troubles so I called her from a dusty phone booth in Essaouira. We had a chat about the show and then I got an offer to be part of Edinburgh Lab (all before my last Moroccan Dirham ran out!)

Every session was slightly different but sure enough I was like the keener rocking up week after week lapping up any kind of Edinburgh chat in the ‘safe space’, which was the Soho Downstairs basement area. It meant I didn’t have to bore my friends with details they needn’t know (they may beg to differ) as I had already voiced my concern or listened to someone else’s ‘my preview didn’t go as planned’ story, which put me at ease and made me feel human. The showcase at the end was really fun as there were still quite a few people’s work I had only heard about but hadn’t seen, so it was a treat to watch and a treat to perform at Soho even if it was only for ten minutes!

What’s your show about?
Girl in Da Corner is about my experience as a mixed-race person told through the medium of various characters, sketches and my main protagonist Natasha G-Storm Flex. The show was borne from an article I wrote for Gal-dem.com called ‘Sorry your label has expired’ about identifying as Anglo-Indian, my experiences growing up with this cultural background and how I had been received in the performance industry but also my take on it. It seemed to garner a larger response than I thought and had lots of engagement and so I figured it may be worth doing a show about.

Why should people come and see it?
People should come and see this show if they have ever felt like they were a bit of a cultural ‘inbetweener’ or that they’ve had to adapt themselves to fit in to their differing communities. There’s particular reference to having mixed Indian heritage, the race hierarchy snobbery and loaded questions so this may resonate with anyone who feels they have been on the receiving end of that. Also anyone who enjoys Grime music may enjoy the show. I tried hard to ensure I wasn’t doing the ‘putting a cap on and playing an urban character’ thing and hopefully it’s clear that I’m a Grime fan through the songs I’ve written and perform in the show. In a nutshell if you want some fun on a Friday night, then ‘Babbyyyyyyy I’m your maaaaaaaan’!

You can catch Jen Wakefield in Girl in da Corner on Nov 3 at 9pm.

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Fleabag announces Australian tour 2018 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/fleabag-announces-australian-tour-2018/ As part of Soho Theatre’s commitment to take the best work from its stages to the widest possible audience, Fleabag, the multi-award winning production from Soho Theatre associate company DryWrite, heads off on tour of Australia, performed by Maddie Rice. Turned into television’s must-see hit of summer 2016, Fleabag began as a one woman show written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and directed by Verity Bargate Award winning Vicky Jones, DryWrite’s co-Artistic Directors. First pr... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/fleabag-announces-australian-tour-2018/ As part of Soho Theatre’s commitment to take the best work from its stages to the widest possible audience, Fleabag, the multi-award winning production from Soho Theatre associate company DryWrite, heads off on tour of Australia, performed by Maddie Rice.

Turned into television’s must-see hit of summer 2016, Fleabag began as a one woman show written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and directed by Verity Bargate Award winning Vicky Jones, DryWrite’s co-Artistic Directors. First previewing at Soho Theatre, following a successful sketch night of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s early work, Fleabag made its highly acclaimed Edinburgh Festival Fringe premiere in 2013. Two sold out Soho Theatre runs in 2013 and 2014 followed before a national tour performed by Maddie Rice in 2015. In December last year the original multi-award winning production returned home to Soho Theatre to standing ovations and 5-star critical acclaim, the entire run selling out within ten minutes of going on sale. It then went on to sell every available ticket at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

In Fleabag the rules are out the window and she’s getting confused. She’s angry, pervy, confrontational, cruel, forgetful, flippant, capricious, but undeniably honest. On the stage over 60 minutes, Fleabag lets us see the world through her eyes as we follow her life, love, loss and heartbreak. This is comedy storytelling at its very best with all the unspoken nitty-gritty of real life. This is the portrait of a girl who isn’t afraid to admit what she thinks is wrong with herself.

Previews for the Australian tour will take place at Soho Theatre Upstairs Mon 8 Jan to Wed 10 Jan 2018

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Soho Theatre meets... Yolanda Mercy #SohoRising17 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-yolanda-mercy-sohorising17/ 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.... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-yolanda-mercy-sohorising17/ 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 Yolanda Mercy ahead of her Soho Rising show here

Nice to meet you! What’s your name?
Hey I’m Yolanda Mercy.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
Hmm interesting about myself- that’s so hard… is being a Scorpio interesting?

Tell us about your experience of SYC.
I did the writers programme about 3 years ago and have had some amazing opportunities presented to me by the soho team. I met the wonderful Jules Haworth as a result of SYC and her support has really shaped and moulded me as an artist.

What’s your show about?
I’d say dealing with growing up. I was inspired to create this piece last year when my cousin was getting married, my mate told me she was pregnant and I was trying to find ways to cheat the system and keep my young persons railcard…..

Why should people come and see it?
A lot of people who saw the show at Edinburgh said that “Quarter Life Crisis is so hilarious, relatable and entertaining”.

You can catch Yolanda Mercy in Quarter Life Crisis on Nov 2 at 7pm.

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Joint Statement on the Theatre Industry http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/joint-statement-on-the-theatre-industry/ Monday 23rd October 2017 Following the reports and allegations of the last two weeks, first in America and, more recently, closer to home, we have come together to make clear that there can be no place for sexual harassment or abuse of power in our industry. We salute the bravery of everyone who calls out this abusive behaviour. We support a theatre culture that empowers people to speak up: a culture where abuse of power is always challenged. We are committed to working together to ensure t... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/joint-statement-on-the-theatre-industry/ Monday 23rd October 2017

Following the reports and allegations of the last two weeks, first in America and, more recently, closer to home, we have come together to make clear that there can be no place for sexual harassment or abuse of power in our industry.
We salute the bravery of everyone who calls out this abusive behaviour. We support a theatre culture that empowers people to speak up: a culture where abuse of power is always challenged.
We are committed to working together to ensure that theatre is a safe space for all, where everyone is respected and listened to. The Royal Court Theatre’s Day of Action on Saturday 28 October is one important part of this process. Together, we are developing further ways to support people to speak up and to hold others to account.
It is the responsibility of the industry to create and nurture a culture where unacceptable behaviour is swiftly challenged and addressed.
We want to be absolutely clear and say again: there is no room for sexual harassment or abuse of power in the theatre. Everyone deserves to enjoy a happy, healthy and safe working environment. We will support you to speak out, and we will hear you when you do.

Statement from (in alphabetical order)

Almeida Theatre – Rupert Goold, Denise Wood
Battersea Arts Centre – David Jubb
Bridge Theatre – Nicholas Hytner, Nick Starr
Bush Theatre – Madani Younis, Jon Gilchrist
Donmar Warehouse – Josie Rourke, Kate Pakenham
Gate Theatre – Ellen McDougall, Jo Royce
Hampstead Theatre – Edward Hall, Greg Ripley-Duggan
London Theatre Consortium – Emma Rees
Lyric Hammersmith – Sean Holmes, Sian Alexander
National Theatre – Rufus Norris, Lisa Burger
Old Vic – Matthew Warchus, Kate Varah
Royal Court Theatre – Vicky Featherstone, Lucy Davies
Royal Shakespeare Company – Gregory Doran, Catherine Mallyon
Shakespeare’s Globe – Emma Rice
Soho Theatre – Steve Marmion, Mark Godfrey
SOLT / UK Theatre – Julian Bird
Theatre Royal Stratford East – Nadia Fall, Deborah Sawyerr
Tricycle Theatre – Indhu Rubasingham, Bridget Kalloushi
Young Vic – David Lan, Lucy Woollatt

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