Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:45:36 +0100 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:45:36 +0100 Soho Theatre meets... Marcel Lucont http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-marcel-lucont/ We had a chat with Marcel Lucont ahead of his run here from Mon Apr 24 Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name? You know this. It is Marcel Lucont. Where are you from?Roubaix, France, European Union. What brings you here?Fate. Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?I have brought my own, it is often safer that way. Some crisps or nuts?If you believe my choice of wine will go well with squirrel food or massacred potatoes you clearly don’t know me at all, as I was beginning to... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-marcel-lucont/ We had a chat with Marcel Lucont ahead of his run here from Mon Apr 24

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
You know this. It is Marcel Lucont.

Where are you from?
Roubaix, France, European Union.

What brings you here?
Fate.

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
I have brought my own, it is often safer that way.

Some crisps or nuts?
If you believe my choice of wine will go well with squirrel food or massacred potatoes you clearly don’t know me at all, as I was beginning to suspect.

So, what’s so special about your show?
Well, this has confirmed it for certain. This year’s show contains all the exquisite wry observations of life, louche musings and Gallic insight one can expect from a Marcel Lucont show, but I shall also be allowing audience members to recount past woes, misdemeanours and unfortunate occurrences. Do not worry, it is still mostly about me.

How did the idea of the show come about?
In the past I have been accused of a negative bias towards British customs, mannerisms and attitudes. I felt it therefore timely to allow British audiences themselves to reveal such truths, proving me to be correct all along.

Do you come here often?
Evidently not often enough…

Where are you going after here…
Metaphorically, to ever higher plains. Physically, Leamington Spa.

You can catch Marcel Lucont’s Whine List here from Monday 24 until Wednesday 26 April before he’s off to higher plains

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Good News for Jack Rooke http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/good-news-for-jack-rooke/ Our pal Jack Rooke’s Good Grief spring tour kicked off in March with Soho Theatre and continues to 13 venues across the UK. A radio adaptation of the show was aired on BBC Radio 4 on March 16. In 2015 Jack Rooke presented his debut hour Good Grief at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it received rave reviews and was nominated for a Total Theatre Award. The show was then a part of Soho Theatre’s inaugural Soho Rising season made up of work from their Young Company in 2016. Fast forward ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/good-news-for-jack-rooke/ Our pal Jack Rooke’s Good Grief spring tour kicked off in March with Soho Theatre and continues to 13 venues across the UK. A radio adaptation of the show was aired on BBC Radio 4 on March 16.

In 2015 Jack Rooke presented his debut hour Good Grief at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it received rave reviews and was nominated for a Total Theatre Award. The show was then a part of Soho Theatre’s inaugural Soho Rising season made up of work from their Young Company in 2016. Fast forward to the spring of 2017.

Off the back of its success Jack was also commissioned by the BBC to create Happy Man, a documentary series on male mental health for their mental health season and he was commissioned by Soho Theatre to write his next show, Happy Hour.

Happy Hour’s 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe run is on sale and on April 20 Jack’s BBC documentary series, Happy Man, went live on BBC Three. After a great start in Oxford, Jack’s Good Grief tour continues to Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester and Hull to name a few. Just four months in and 2017 is already looking great for our pal Jack.

“I am so excited to present three projects this year, a UK-wide live tour of my debut show GOOD GRIEF fresh from BBC Radio 4, which will take me to cities, towns and also the beaches of Margate where I hope people will come and see me and my 85-year-old Nan take on bereavement in Britain with buckets of biscuits. I’m also chuffed to present a three-part comedy-documentary series called HAPPY MAN on BBC Three out now on iPlayer, all about mental health, identity and body image. This series will showcase me trying alternative solutions other than talking, to try and improve the male mental health crisis, inspired by losing my mate Olly to suicide in 2015. It involves me getting naked in front of life drawers, going running with comedy-award winner Richard Gadd and dragging up as queen alter-ego “Amber Dextrous” outside HMP Pentonville! And finally I’m chuffed to announce my follow-up live show HAPPY HOUR, a commission from Soho Theatre which we will take to the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. It’s a show set in my favourite student / gay / wanky-gentrified-dangly-lightbulb pubs which showcases a brotherly love letter I’ve written about friendship, failure and fabulous dancing. I couldn’t be more excited for this spring/summer!”

See all Good Grief tour dates here
Watch the BBC documentary here
Buy tickets for Happy Hour in Edinburgh here

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Soho Theatre meets... Inspector Sands #TheLounge http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-china-plate-theatre-thelounge/ We had a chat with Inspector Sands ahead of their run of The Lounge here from April 25 Nice to meet you, what’s your name(s)? We are Inspector Sands, aka Ben, Lucinka and Giulia. Where are you (all) from and how did you get here? And was it difficult?We’re from London. We’ve been on a long journey with this show. It’s taken us about 3 years to get here. But we’re happy to have arrived! What is your show about?It’s about growing old, today. It’s about how we care for those ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-china-plate-theatre-thelounge/ We had a chat with Inspector Sands ahead of their run of The Lounge here from April 25

Nice to meet you, what’s your name(s)?
We are Inspector Sands, aka Ben, Lucinka and Giulia.

Where are you (all) from and how did you get here? And was it difficult?
We’re from London. We’ve been on a long journey with this show. It’s taken us about 3 years to get here. But we’re happy to have arrived!

What is your show about?
It’s about growing old, today. It’s about how we care for those who are already old – is it still possible to have any kind of agency or sense of purpose when you’re old, frail and dependent on others? What makes life worth living in this state? It’s about us, as 40 year olds engaging with the notion of our own ageing process. And questioning why as a nation we are so ill-prepared to care for an ageing population. Is it something to do with a refusal even to imagine that we too will one day be old? We try to make that leap of the imagination. The show focuses on Marsha Hewitt, 97 who finds herself spending her final months in a care home lounge where the tv is always on. The sudden arrival of Mark, a young man with a crippling sense of his own mortality, turns Marsha’s world upside down. Told through the eyes of three care workers, the Lounge is a humorous and deadly serious portrayal of what’s left of life within the lounge’s four walls, with the tv as prime companion.

What research did you do to understand the difficulties, challenges and limitations of ageing?
The project was made with support from the Wellcome Trust and we worked with a panel of experts in gerontology and care for the older generation. This hugely informed the process and content of the show. For example we spent time working with a Feldenkrais practitioner, Ryan Jansen, who helped us understand some of the most common ways in which movement becomes limited in older age and the huge effect that simple limitations like stiffness in the hips can have on balance, proprioception and therefore the risk of falling…. A domino effect which is a familiar story for many older people. Ryan also helped us see how at least some of these changes are not the inevitable result of ageing but more the result of how we use our bodies throughout our lives. We also worked with careworkers and medical staff who were full of anecdotes about their experiences of working with older people and sat in on rehearsals, contributing reflections on the action, sound and visual design and atmosphere of the scenes. Finally we ran intergenerational workshops bringing together care home service users with teenagers, exploring the theme of ageing and how world views and experience vary between the generations.

How do you prepare for your show? Any rituals before going on stage?
We lie down. We warm up. We play the foot game. We sing a song. Then someone shouts at us to get off stage and we’re ready.

And after the show?
We go to the bar.

And where are you going after here?
We don’t know yet! Hopefully The Lounge will go on tour in the UK. We’re also in the process of developing a Swedish adaptation of The Lounge for Riksteatern, Sweden, which will then tour the whole of Sweden. Watch this space!

You can catch Ben, Lucinka and Giulia here in The Lounge from April 25 until May 20

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Soho Theatre meets... TJ #TJAndDave http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-tj-tjanddave/ We had a chat with TJ ahead of his run here with Dave Hi! What’s your name?My name is TJ Jagodowski Where are you from?I am from Chicago, Illinois but was raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts What brings you here?What brings me here is improvising with my friend, David Sorry, I didn’t get you anything to drink. What would you like?I would like a strong black coffee, please. Any crisps or nuts for you?Crisps, please. I am allergic to most nuts, though i can work my way through some cashews. W... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-tj-tjanddave/ We had a chat with TJ ahead of his run here with Dave

Hi! What’s your name?
My name is TJ Jagodowski

Where are you from?
I am from Chicago, Illinois but was raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts

What brings you here?
What brings me here is improvising with my friend, David

Sorry, I didn’t get you anything to drink. What would you like?
I would like a strong black coffee, please.

Any crisps or nuts for you?
Crisps, please. I am allergic to most nuts, though i can work my way through some cashews.

What’s so special about your show?
What’s special about our show is that we’ve done about a thousand of them and no two are the same. Or even alike. And 900 of them were terrible.

How did the idea of your show come about?
The idea of the show is not that special. There are tons and tons of people improvising as duos. We are two of them.

Do you come here often?
I almost never come here. i’ve been in London for two nights before and i’m not sure if i’ll ever be here again. Absolutely, nothing against London. I just hate flying.

Where are you going after here?
After this is home. I love home.

Catch TJ in TJ & Dave here from April 10

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Soho Theatre meets... Sophie Willan http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-sophie-willan/ We had a chat with Sophie Willan ahead of her run here from April 21 Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?Sophie Willan Where are you from?The Hollywood of The North… Bolton What brings you here? This fabulous place! I’m doing a run of my show here from 21st – 29th April Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?Double Voddy T (always a double – never a single!) Some crisps or nuts?No So, what’s so special about your show?It anarchic and energetic and explores my soc... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-sophie-willan/ We had a chat with Sophie Willan ahead of her run here from April 21

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Sophie Willan

Where are you from?
The Hollywood of The North… Bolton

What brings you here?
This fabulous place! I’m doing a run of my show here from 21st – 29th April

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Double Voddy T (always a double – never a single!)

Some crisps or nuts?
No

So, what’s so special about your show?
It anarchic and energetic and explores my social services records from my childhood growing up in and out of the Care System. Though the show is deeply personal and challenging, it’s also really fun and celebratory. The hour is about reclaiming of negative language and attitudes around Mental Health, Welfare and Class.

How did the idea of the show come about?
I started making this show in 2015 just after Tories had made major cuts to Mental Health and Social Services – I’d also become infuriated by the growing negative attitudes surrounding welfare recipients; the media attack on Josie Cunningham and TV programs like Benefit Street had particularly riled me up.

Do you come here often?
I do come and watch a lot of shows at SOHO – Comedy, Theatre, Cabaret.

Where are you going after here…
Back up to Manchester. I’m writing my new show ready for Edinburgh with support from Contact Theatre.

Catch Sophie Willan in her show On Record from April 21 until April 29

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British Council Showcase 2017 Announced http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/british-showcase-announced/ We’re delighted to announce that our Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 programme will include three shows as part of the British Showcase is the final week of the festival. Girls – a coproduction with Talawa and HighTide – written by Theresa Ikoko premiered at Hightide in 2016 and had a successful run at Soho Theatre in October. RashDash’s Two Man Show, a hit of 2016’s Festival, sees the female-led company returning with their take on patriarchy and its place in the twenty first cen... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/british-showcase-announced/ We’re delighted to announce that our Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 programme will include three shows as part of the British Showcase is the final week of the festival.

Girls – a coproduction with Talawa and HighTide – written by Theresa Ikoko premiered at Hightide in 2016 and had a successful run at Soho Theatre in October.

RashDash’s Two Man Show, a hit of 2016’s Festival, sees the female-led company returning with their take on patriarchy and its place in the twenty first century, in a co-production with Newcastle’s Northern Stage.

Fleabag by Phoebe Waller Bridge will also return to Edinburgh following three runs at Soho Theatre, a UK tour and a smash-hit BBC series, in a co-production between Soho Theatre and DryWrite.

Tickets for all three shows will be available from May 2017 and our full Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme will be announced soon.

You can see the whole British Council Showcase 2017 here

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