Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:24:04 +0000 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:24:04 +0000 Soho Theatre meets... Micky Bartlett http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-micky-bartlett/ We had a chat with Micky Bartlett ahead of his run here from March 24 Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?Hiya. My name is Micky Bartlett. (I’m not sure why I’ve said that like I was in a French oral) Where are you from?I’m from a sprawling metropolitan town in Northern Ireland called Lurgan. If you haven’t heard of it, its not your fault. It’s the only town in the world where having two of your own teeth is enough to make you a fully qualified. What brings you here?I’m tell... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-micky-bartlett/ We had a chat with Micky Bartlett ahead of his run here from March 24

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Hiya. My name is Micky Bartlett. (I’m not sure why I’ve said that like I was in a French oral)

Where are you from?
I’m from a sprawling metropolitan town in Northern Ireland called Lurgan. If you haven’t heard of it, its not your fault. It’s the only town in the world where having two of your own teeth is enough to make you a fully qualified.

What brings you here?
I’m telling jokes in the wonderful Soho Theatre on 24/25 of march. Are you going? You should go?

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
I’m going nuts for gin and tonic at the minute, as I’m trying to cut down on my intake of carbohydrates. flexes arms

Some crisps or nuts?
Yes please.

So, what’s so special about your show?
I guarantee you’ll not see another show featuring an overweight balding ginger northern irish man talking about his list of physical ailments and social mistakes anywhere in London…without having to introduce yourself first.

How did the idea of the show come about?
I turned 30 this year and to be honest, I was very ill equipped. Ive been trying to be a better grown up, responsible, trustworthty…but im not ready and I don’t think its fair that anyone would expect that from me.

Do you come here often?
I do as it goes, Im a big fan of your Bakerloo line.

Where are you going after here…
Any pub a long the Bakerloo line.

Catch Micky in Blissfully Ignorant on March 24 & 25

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Soho Theatre meets... Tez Ilyas http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-tez-ilyas/ We had a chat with Tez Ilyas ahead of his run here from Tue 21 Mar Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?Aww thank you, my name is Tez Ilyas Where are you from?Blackburn, Lancashire What brings you here?I am performing a run of my critically acclaimed stand-up show, Made in Britain, at your fine establishment Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?No problem, may I please have an Appletiser? Some crisps or nuts?Crisps please. Pickled Onion Monster Munch if they’re going…... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-tez-ilyas/ We had a chat with Tez Ilyas ahead of his run here from Tue 21 Mar

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Aww thank you, my name is Tez Ilyas

Where are you from?
Blackburn, Lancashire

What brings you here?
I am performing a run of my critically acclaimed stand-up show, Made in Britain, at your fine establishment

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
No problem, may I please have an Appletiser?

Some crisps or nuts?
Crisps please. Pickled Onion Monster Munch if they’re going…

So, what’s so special about your show?
The show is about the personal experiences of someone a lot of audiences will not have come across every day and so will give a chance for my Tezbians to get to know who I am, my background, what makes me tick and there’s also one or two pretty big revelations that should hopefully leave people pretty open-mouthed. All interspersed with lots of lols and a sprinkle of lmaos.

How did the idea of the show come about?
The show came about after a conversation with friends, and I realised that although I’m British, because of my background I have had a tonne of not-typical British experiences growing up, but by virtue of the fact they happened to me in Britain, means they ARE too British experiences now. I found that fascinating and wanted to share that with all of you

Do you come here often?
Quite often. Either to see shows or catch-up with friends at the bar. Also I love your Pakistani doorman. We talk about the motherland a lot.

Where are you going after here…
On a nationwide tour of the show. It’s my first ever one, so I’m pretty excited… Eeeeeek!

Catch Tez in Made in Britain, in the house from Tue 21 until Sat 25 March

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Verity Bargate Award 2017 Announcement http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/verity-bargate-award-2017-announcement/ Uncovering the best new play by an emerging UK writer since 1982 Verity Bargate Award: £7000 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the winning playIn Conjunction Character 7 Prize: One writer will be offered the opportunity to develop their storytelling skills for TV drama For 35 years Soho Theatre’s prestigious biennial playwriting competition the Verity Bargate Award has uncovered the best new play by an emerging UK writer, and launched the careers of some of Br... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/verity-bargate-award-2017-announcement/ Uncovering the best new play by an emerging UK writer since 1982

Verity Bargate Award: £7000 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the winning play
In Conjunction Character 7 Prize: One writer will be offered the opportunity to develop their storytelling skills for TV drama

For 35 years Soho Theatre’s prestigious biennial playwriting competition the Verity Bargate Award has uncovered the best new play by an emerging UK writer, and launched the careers of some of Britain’s most established writers. As preparations get underway for the May premiere of the competition’s 2015 Award-winning Roller Diner, Soho Theatre sponsored by Character 7 today announced the 16th Verity Bargate Award. Sealing its position as a truly national competition, a vital outreach programme with a series of workshops and talks around UK and Ireland will take place in the lead up to submissions, open from 31 May to 5 July.

Named after Soho Theatre’s founding Artistic Director, the playwriting award for the outsider has always sought extraordinary voices and unique styles which stand out from the crowd and tell inspiring unheard stories. In search for the best first time and emerging UK playwright, the Award is open to writers with fewer than three professional productions. Dedicated to championing distinctive writing and nurturing new talent, Soho Theatre advocate early commitment to making a vital difference to the long-term career of a writer, particularly when pathways to production and theatres can feel like closed shops.

Within a few months, I’d finished my first play, inspired by life at the garage, and sent it in to the Soho Theatre in time for their Verity Bargate Award for new writers…The life-changing moment came when the Soho called to say I’d won. Matt Charman, Verity Bargate Award Winner 2004,‘How I conquered Hollywood’, Sunday Times (21 June 2015)

Partnering up with venues across the UK and in Ireland, from the Traverse to the Abbey, Wales Millennium Centre, Birmingham Rep, from late March through to mid-May Soho Theatre, led by Associate Director Charlotte Bennett, will hold a series of workshops, masterclasses and talks to encourage and ensure true national access to people of all ages and backgrounds. Submissions will be accepted from midday Wednesday 31 May and close midday Wednesday 5 July. Having received on average 900+ plays over the last two competitions, a two-month reading process will follow before an announced shortlist in September.

Judges for this year’s Award include: Stephen Garrett (Executive Chairman, Character 7), Meera Syal (actress and writer), Graeme Farrow (Artistic Director, Wales Millennium Centre), Emma Rice (Artistic Director, Globe), Matt Trueman (Theatre Critic and Journalist), Jackie Wylie (Artistic Director, National Theatre Scotland), Neil Murray (Artistic Director, Abbey, Dublin) and Ikenna Obiekwe (Literary Agent, Independent Talent). The winner, who will receive £7000 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the play, will be announced at a celebration of the shortlisted plays.

‘We have brought together a group of incredible judges from across the UK and Ireland, and a variety of roles across the storytelling industries. These leading writers, directors, artistic directors, producers, actors and agents all have strong links to Soho Theatre’s eclectic and thrilling stages, and will help us find an amazing unique show to produce, and a whole host of unheard new artists to work with in the future.’ Steve Marmion, Artistic Director, Soho Theatre

In a first for the competition, in conjunction with the Verity Bargate Award (this year sponsored by Character 7), Character 7 will be offering one writer the opportunity to develop their storytelling skills for TV drama. The writer will be drawn from the Verity Bargate longlist but chosen separately to the main award. Working closely with Character 7 founder and executive chairman Stephen Garrett and head of development Michele Wolkoff the selected writer will be awarded a grant and tasked to develop a small number of ideas with a view to optioning one of them to take to script. Character 7, behind award-winning hit The Night Manager, works with distinguished names and new creative voices to tell stories that cut across boundaries and raise the bar for television and film.

I had the privilege of funding and judging the biennial Verity Bargate Award in 2015. I was blown away by the exceptional breadth of voice, imagination and creativity on display. Now more than ever this is something we need to cherish and champion. I look forward once again to being inspired by new talents that challenge and excite. Stephen Garrett, Executive Chairman, Character 7

Of the 2015 Award (supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and Stephen Garrett), two of the six shortlisted plays have already performed to acclaim on our stages – Fury by Phoebe Eclair-Powell and Theresa Ikoko’s Girls, while the Award-winning Roller Diner, by first time playwright Stephen Jackson, will premiere at the end of May for a four week run.

Previous Verity Bargate Award winners: Matt Charman • Vicky Jones • Tony Craze • Insook Chappell • Bonnie Greer • Toby Whithouse • Diane Samuels • Shan Khan • Thomas Eccleshare • Amy Evans • Joy Wilkinson • Sean Buckley • Adrian Pagan • Fraser Grace • Judy Upton • Angela Meredith • David Spencer • Gillian Plowman • Ron Hart • Tony Grounds • Mick Mahoney • Stephen Jackson.

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Soho Theatre meets... Wendy Wason http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/wendy-wason-draft/ We had a chat with Wendy Wason ahead of her show opening here on March 30 Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?Wendy Wason Where are you from?Edinburgh What brings you here? My show. Tiny Me. It’s about how over-whelming the world can be when you have to be so many things to so many people. Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?Gin and tonic please. Some crisps or nuts?No thankyou. So, what’s so special about your show?I’m quite brutally honest about motherhood. I ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/wendy-wason-draft/ We had a chat with Wendy Wason ahead of her show opening here on March 30

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Wendy Wason

Where are you from?
Edinburgh

What brings you here?
My show. Tiny Me. It’s about how over-whelming the world can be when you have to be so many things to so many people.

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Gin and tonic please.

Some crisps or nuts?
No thankyou.

So, what’s so special about your show?
I’m quite brutally honest about motherhood. I speak about the darker side that you’re only supposed to speak to your closest friends about.

How did the idea of the show come about?
It came about when the world started going bonkers and I thought “how do we change things when I feel so tiny?”

Do you come here often?
Yes. I love it here.

Where are you going after here…
Probably the bar….

Catch Wendy Wason in Tiny Me here from Thu 30 Mar – Sat 1 Apr

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Soho Theatre Meets... Veronica Lewis #ExpensiveShit http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-veronica-lewis-expensiveshit/ We caught up with Veronica from Expensive Shit ahead of the show opening here in April Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?Hello, I am Veronica Beatrice Lewis. Where are you from?I am from South East London, Greenwich Borough. What is the show about?The black female experience of how a toilet attendant deals with the consequences of putting her difficult past in her future and how it impacted the lives of fellow women around her and also how it impacts other women now. Do you have any p... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-veronica-lewis-expensiveshit/ We caught up with Veronica from Expensive Shit ahead of the show opening here in April

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Hello, I am Veronica Beatrice Lewis.

Where are you from?
I am from South East London, Greenwich Borough.

What is the show about?
The black female experience of how a toilet attendant deals with the consequences of putting her difficult past in her future and how it impacted the lives of fellow women around her and also how it impacts other women now.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Yes! The four of us have a dance routine to Fela Kuti’s “Zombie” to get us into the world of Adura Onashile’s piece.

And a drink/ritual after the show?
Sleep!

We’re always looking for tips, what’s your favourite place around Soho?
There’s this place called “Chocolate ecstasy tours” on Regent Street. I actually have a skin allergy to chocolate. It’s bittersweet. So if I could go anywhere, it would be there! It looks epic!

And while you’re here, any shows you would kill to see?
I still haven’t seen Motown. I’m a singer and sucker for old school soul music. Especially in a musical.

Where are you going after here?
I am going to start an interesting session of classes in what is basically African Karate! I am going to channel my inner ninja! :)

Catch Expensive Shit here from Wed 4 to Sat 22 April

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Soho Theatre meets... Sarah Kendall http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-sarah-kendall/ We had a chat with Sarah Kendall ahead of her run here from Fri 10 Mar Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name? Knocks back a White Russian and smashes the glass against the wall THAT’S NONE OF YOUR GOD DAMN BUSINESS. Where are you from? Wouldn’t you like to know?calls over the waiter Who do I have to fuck to get another White Russian? I LOVE WHITE RUSSIANS! I LOVE THEM!If you MUST know I was born in Gibraltar but raised in Wealden. At the age of 15 I ran away to Hove to find my fortune... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-sarah-kendall/ We had a chat with Sarah Kendall ahead of her run here from Fri 10 Mar

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Knocks back a White Russian and smashes the glass against the wall
THAT’S NONE OF YOUR GOD DAMN BUSINESS.

Where are you from?
Wouldn’t you like to know?
calls over the waiter Who do I have to fuck to get another White Russian? I LOVE WHITE RUSSIANS! I LOVE THEM!
If you MUST know I was born in Gibraltar but raised in Wealden. At the age of 15 I ran away to Hove to find my fortune. The rest, as they say, is history, baby.
lights a cigarillo

What brings you here?
I’m seeing Lucy Porter’s show.

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Some crisps or nuts?
NEITHER. As we used to say back when I was modelling to supplement my income as an ambulance driver: a minute on the lips is a lifetime on the hips!
falls off chair giggling uncontrollably

So, what’s so special about your show?
can’t hear you because all the laughter has induced a deafening fart

How did the idea of the show come about?
I’ll tell you how: grit and determination. I decided a long time ago that nothing- NOTHING- would stop Alexis Colby from getting everything she wants. Even if I have to step on a few faces!
Wait. What show?

Do you come here often?
Don’t be ridiculous. I only venture out to this shit hole once a year, and that’s to see my favourite raconteur: Lucy Beverley Martha Rihanna Porter.

Where are you going after here…
Where won’t I be going!
goes and shits in a bin

You can catch Sarah Kendall in Shaken from Fri 10 Mar until Sat 14 Mar

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