Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:19:35 +0100 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:19:35 +0100 Soho Meets… Byron Gold http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-meetsandhellip-byron-gold/ 1. Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?Byron Gold 2. Where are you from?East London 3. Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?Well thank you…Malibu straight please 4. What is your go to homemade sore throat remedy?Wake up in your own bed on a Saturday night lol 5. Who are your biggest musical influences?I think at the moment Stormzy is really opening a lot of doors for the UK music scene and so good to see Craig David back in action, that guy is a legend. 6. What’s b... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-meetsandhellip-byron-gold/ 1. Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Byron Gold

2. Where are you from?
East London

3. Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Well thank you…Malibu straight please

4. What is your go to homemade sore throat remedy?
Wake up in your own bed on a Saturday night lol

5. Who are your biggest musical influences?
I think at the moment Stormzy is really opening a lot of doors for the UK music scene and so good to see Craig David back in action, that guy is a legend.

6. What’s been your biggest musical achievement so far?
The release of my latest E.P – The Affirmation which by the way is available to download and stream on all major music outlets right now :) #ShamelessPlug

7. What was it like getting to the final of The Naked Choir with the Stratford East Singers?
Other than people being disappointed there was no nakedness, it was an incredible experience, we was the only non-auditioned all-inclusive choir to take part in the competition and we came second runner up out of 180 choirs, I just wanted people to feel what I feel when I work with a bunch of random strangers who come together through music, I believe we represented so many amazing sounding community choirs out there.

8. What’s your favourite song of all time?
This is like asking the meaning of life, it’s just one of those ones I can never truly answer lol, although I do think Luther Vandross ‘Never Too Much’ can make ex’s fall back in love for a whole 5 minutes, it’s that much of a tune!!!

9. If you were putting together a 3-person vocal supergroup, who would you have in it?
Beyonce, Prince and Micheal Jackson, can you imagine, they could be called B.P.M

10. Finally… what song do you sing in the shower when you’re getting ready for a night out?
Spice Girls Spice Up Your Life…just kidding, no it all depends on what night I am getting ready for, recently been singing one of my original songs. ‘Own Company’ mainly cause I am normally on my way to perform it so helps me prepare.

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Stephen Jackson's Roller Diner opening night fright http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/stephen-jackson-roller-diner-test/ Stephen Jackson was looking a little green in the bar after the official opening night of his show Roller Diner so we thought we’d check how he was feeling… From Opening Night to Press Night – Roller Diner’s rollercoaster ride! How did I feel watching the opening night of Roller Diner – my Verity Bargate Award comedy musical at Soho Theatre? I was stunned! Overwhelmed! Numbstruck! Numbstruck because I could still talk. I could hear my voice burbling gibberish as people asked me wh... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/stephen-jackson-roller-diner-test/ Stephen Jackson was looking a little green in the bar after the official opening night of his show Roller Diner so we thought we’d check how he was feeling…

From Opening Night to Press Night – Roller Diner’s rollercoaster ride!

How did I feel watching the opening night of Roller Diner – my Verity Bargate Award comedy musical at Soho Theatre? I was stunned! Overwhelmed! Numbstruck!

Numbstruck because I could still talk. I could hear my voice burbling gibberish as people asked me what I thought of the show – but the rest of me was on overload. I couldn’t take it all in.

I hadn’t seen the set before, or the staging, or the lights… I hadn’t experienced the sound effects and music full on. My little show had grown up while I wasn’t looking. Roller Diner now sounds like a Hollywood musical, it looks like a West End spectacular in miniature. I was blown away.

And where had the actors gone – the actors I had last seen a week before wearing loose baggy clothing in the rehearsal room? They were nowhere to be seen. Instead on stage were the characters I’d written, dressed for work in their Roller Diner uniforms. It was an astonishing transformation! And the audience loved them.

Later in the bar, everybody was buzzing. The actors had returned to human form… and I overheard a couple of them saying that they’d never before experienced such an enthusiastic audience response on an opening night. I was hugged by a hundred people.

After I caught my train home and finally fell asleep (about 48 hours later), I knew I needed to see the show again asap. But the theatre gods are cruel – I woke up with a migraine the size of Canada complete with flashing lights, bells, whistles and shooting stars – followed by two days of fever! Where did that come from? Clearly my body had been saving up every known germ in the universe ready to unleash on me the moment the opening night was over.

Could I recover and make the press night? Everyone is nervous of press nights – but what could go wrong? The cast were feeling great, the crew were quietly confident, the audience feedback was terrific… and then at the last minute the word went round: the press night is CANCELLED! One of the actors – poor Lucy McCormick – had been cruelly stricken down with a bug! Noh!!!

Terror gripped me! I thought, please don’t die, Lucy – I might never see my show again! Relax… Lucy has bounced back – she’s a tough little stage trooper! And the Roller Diner rollercoaster is already rolling again (two curtain calls last night!) – and I’ve already calmly re-taken my seat and clenched my teeth… and other parts of my anatomy… ready for the next phase of the ride…
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What an experience! Roller Diner is on until Saturday 24 June, 7pm. Catch before it’s too late.

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Ursula Martinez: Free Admission Tour 2017 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ursula-martinez-free-admission-tour-2017/ The Olivier Award-winning performance provocateur is back on her dirty soap box. Following on from the success of My Stories, Your Emails, Olivier Award-winning performance provocateur Ursula Martinez is back on her dirty soapbox. In the current social-media obsessed climate of self-promotion, Martinez brings her unique style of positive self-deprecation, baring her soul (and possibly more), in an attempt to understand the absurdity of modern living. A show that celebrates the inconsistencie... Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ursula-martinez-free-admission-tour-2017/ The Olivier Award-winning performance provocateur is back on her dirty soap box.

Following on from the success of My Stories, Your Emails, Olivier Award-winning performance provocateur Ursula Martinez is back on her dirty soapbox.

In the current social-media obsessed climate of self-promotion, Martinez brings her unique style of positive self-deprecation, baring her soul (and possibly more), in an attempt to understand the absurdity of modern living.

A show that celebrates the inconsistencies and contradictions that make us human, whilst having a dig at some of the mess that is of our own making.

Directed by Mark Whitelaw
Co-commissioned by SouthBank and Fierce

Tour Venues

Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Fri 9 & Sat 10 Jun
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Arts Centre, Colchester
Wed 14 Jun
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Birmingham Rep
Thu 15 – Sat 17 Jun
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Reading South Street Arts Centre
Wed 21 Jun
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Soho Theatre
Mon 26 Jun – Sat 1 Jul
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Jack Rooke Good Grief Tour 2017 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/jack-rooke-good-grief-tour-2017/ With a coffin full of sympathy snacks, Jack Rooke and his 85-year old Nan Sicely invite you to the happiest town in Britain, where Dad’s dead and the only thing to eat is lasagne. Celebrating finding happiness after tragedy, Rooke’s critically acclaimed debut blends comedy, storytelling and film to explore how we treat the bereaved and the state of welfare for grieving families. Another compelling production from Soho Theatre, Good Grief was shortlisted for the Best Show by an Emerging A... Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/jack-rooke-good-grief-tour-2017/ With a coffin full of sympathy snacks, Jack Rooke and his 85-year old Nan Sicely invite you to the happiest town in Britain, where Dad’s dead and the only thing to eat is lasagne.

Celebrating finding happiness after tragedy, Rooke’s critically acclaimed debut blends comedy, storytelling and film to explore how we treat the bereaved and the state of welfare for grieving families.

Another compelling production from Soho Theatre, Good Grief was shortlisted for the Best Show by an Emerging Artist in the Total Theatre Awards 2015.

Jack Rooke is a comedian, writer and regular panellist on BBC Radio 1’s The Surgery. He has presented a BBC Radio 4 comedy adaptation of Good Grief and his own BBC Three documentary about happiness, due to air in early 2017.

Tour Venues

Oxford Playhouse – Burton Taylor Studio
Mon 27 – Tue 28 Mar
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Seven Arts, Leeds
Fri 28 Apr
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Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor University
Sat 29 Apr
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Machynlleth Comedy Festival
Sun 30 Apr
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Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate
Wed 3 & Thu 4 May
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Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Fri 5 May
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Live, Newcastle
Wed 10 & Thu 11 May
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Hull Truck Theatre, Studio
Fri 12 & Sat 13 May
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HOME, Manchester
Wed 17 – Fri 19 May
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Royal Spa Centre & Town Hall, Studio, Leamington
Sat 20 May
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Brighton Old Market, Brighton Fringe
Mon 29 May
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Pulse Festival at The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Wed 7 Jun
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Soho Theatre, London
Mon 13 – Sat 17 Jun
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The Bike Shed, Exeter
Tue 20 – Sat 24 Jun
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Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: The Vaudevillians Tour http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/jinkx-monsoon-and-major-scales-the-vaudevillians-t/ After selling out an often-extended Off-Broadway run, Australian tour and London run at Soho Theatre, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon heads out across the UK with The Vaudevillians, a bawdy, rowdy musical comedy co-starring composer and musician Major Scales. Throughout the 1920’s Kitty Witless and Dr. Dan Von Dandy toured the United States as The Vaudevillians, wowing audiences with their edgy, original music. One day, while touring through Antarctica, they were victims of a dev... Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/jinkx-monsoon-and-major-scales-the-vaudevillians-t/ After selling out an often-extended Off-Broadway run, Australian tour and London run at Soho Theatre, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon heads out across the UK with The Vaudevillians, a bawdy, rowdy musical comedy co-starring composer and musician Major Scales.

Throughout the 1920’s Kitty Witless and Dr. Dan Von Dandy toured the United States as The Vaudevillians, wowing audiences with their edgy, original music. One day, while touring through Antarctica, they were victims of a devastating avalanche and were buried under two tons of sleet and snow – instantly freezing them alive. But thanks to Global Warming, they recently thawed out only to discover that pop artists had stolen their music and passed it off as their own. Now, at long last, they are taking to the stage to reclaim their songs, performing their music as originally composed. It’s a vintage cabaret with a twist of drag.

Liverpool Homotopia, Unity Theatre
Fri 3 Nov
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Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton
Sat 4 Nov
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Gatehouse,Stafford
Sun 5 Nov
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Gala Theatre, Durham
Mon 6 Nov
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Northern Stage, Newcastle
Tue 7 Nov
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Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Wed 8 Nov
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Westlands Entertainment & Conference Centre, Yeovil
Tues 14 Nov
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Northcote Theatre, Exeter
Wed 15 Nov
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Sherman Theatre, Cardiff
Thurs 16 Nov
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Komedia, Bath
Fri 17 Nov
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Junction, Cambridge
Tues 21 Nov
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Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
Thurs 23 Nov
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Y Theatre, Leicester
Sat 25 Nov
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Colchester Arts Centre
Tues 28 Nov
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The Old Market, Brighton
Thurs 30 Nov – Fri 1 Dec
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The Glee Club, Nottingham
Tues 5 Dec
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Contact Theatre, Manchester
Thurs 7 – Sat 9 Dec
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Soho Theatre meets... John-Luke Roberts http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-john-luke-roberts/ We tried to have a chat with John-Luke Roberts ahead of his run here from Tue 9 May but The Monarch turned up instead. Nice to meet you, what’s your name? I am the Monarch. Where are you from?I am a figment from a nightmare, made up variously of distorted memories of Dracula, John-Luke Roberts’s dad, and some calamari. My fingers are squid, and I’d ask you to stop staring at them or I’ll steal your bloody kidneys AND HOW WILL YOU PROCESS YOUR BODY’S EXCESS WASTE AND FLUID THEN, YOU... Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-john-luke-roberts/ We tried to have a chat with John-Luke Roberts ahead of his run here from Tue 9 May but The Monarch turned up instead.

Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
I am the Monarch.

Where are you from?
I am a figment from a nightmare, made up variously of distorted memories of Dracula, John-Luke Roberts’s dad, and some calamari. My fingers are squid, and I’d ask you to stop staring at them or I’ll steal your bloody kidneys AND HOW WILL YOU PROCESS YOUR BODY’S EXCESS WASTE AND FLUID THEN, YOU BASTARDS?! When I’m tight for cash, I rent myself out to restaurants as a starter.

What brings you here?
John-Luke Roberts has not bothered to turn up, so I’ve had to fill in. He’s too busy attaching a UK to continental power adaptor to a continental to UK power adaptor, to a UK to continental power adaptor, and so on, back and forth. He’s got about twenty-five of the buggers because he’s trying to confuse his fridge into NOT BEING SURE IF IT’S ON HOLIDAY OR NOT. Little prick.

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Some watery air. If they haven’t got that some fizzy water.

Some crisps or nuts?
No I’ll have a pudding.

So, what’s so special about your show?
A man dresses up as an obese vampire, lipsyncs to a Swedish pop song and tells you how you’re going to die. There’s a moral too, but the less said about that the better.

How did the idea of the show come about?
I saw it on the news.

Do you come here often?
YES.

Where are you going after here…
Mordor with my flatmate and very good friend Andi Peters.

The Monarch & John-Luke Roberts are both in the house in John-Luke Roberts Builds a Monster from Tue 9 until Sat 13 May.

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