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Soho Theatre’s year long attachment programme for artists
Under commission and in residence to create new work for our stages, our six invited artists immerse themselves in the life of Soho Theatre over 12 months.
To help develop and support our Soho Six, there are regular meetings with (and dramaturgical support from) our Artistic team. We hold masterclasses. We take them on a week-long writers’ retreat. And we also provide them with the opportunity to meet and collaborate closely with other artists, see our year-round festival like programme and get to understand our audiences.
In 2020, the Soho Six will continue to focus on the best and brightest in emerging playwriting talent, with each writer paired with a leading producer of new work to develop their plays. This year our co-commissioners include Tamasha Theatre Company, Actors Touring Company, Daisy Hale, 45North, Fuel and Paines Plough.
Willy Hudson, co-commissioned with Daisy Hale, is a writer, actor and producer from Devon. His debut solo show Bottom premiered at Edinburgh 2018 followed by a run at Soho Theatre and a national tour. Bottom is published with Oberon Books and in development for television with Balloon Entertainment. In his theatre work he likes to confront social taboos with autobiographical storytelling, comedy and fusion of form. Willy is developing a slate of new projects and is working with creative producer Daisy Hale to launch Willy Hudson Ltd. Acting credits include: Bottom (Soho Theatre), Noble Nine (VAULT Festival), Islanders (Soho Theatre) and Peter Pan (Regents Park).
Yasmin Joseph, co-commissioned with Actors Touring Company, is a London-based writer. Her debut play J’Ouvert premiered at Theatre503 in 2019 and she was nominated for the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Playwright Award. Yasmin is the current writer-in-residence at Sister Pictures and is on attachment at the Royal Court Theatre as part of the Channel 4 Playwrights scheme.
Nyla Levy, co-commissioned with Tamasha Theatre Company, is a writer and actor. Being mixed race, Pakistani and Canadian, with Muslim and Jewish heritage, and born and bred in London, Nyla has always gravitated towards stories that explore experiences related to identity, culture and race. Nyla began in verbatim theatre, with her first play Different is Dangerous (Amnesty International Freedom of Expression longlist nominee), followed by Normal with a bit of Oomph!. Nyla co-founded Two’s Company which went on to tour Different is Dangerous to venues including Theatre 503, Nottingham Playhouse, The Lowry and Edinburgh Fringe. Nyla received Arts Council England funding to develop her first fictional play Does My Bomb Look Big in This? which was subsequently co-produced by Nyla and Tamasha Theatre Company at Soho Theatre, Tara Arts and in a regional UK schools tour. Nyla is currently writing an episode for Ben Chanan’s new series, YOU (Kudos/Sky), and an episode of Good Karma Hospital (Tiger Aspect). She is also developing Blues & Two’s (BBC Studios) and her original idea Little Runt (Jax/HBO Max). Nyla is part of Tiger Aspect’s mentorship scheme and the BBC Drama Writersroom 2019/20.
Racheal Ofori, co-commissioned with Fuel, is a writer and performer. She is one of The Guardian’s ‘12 Theatre Stars For 2020’ as well as one of Theatre Weekly’s ten ‘Rising Stars of 2020’. In TV, Racheal’s script Here Again is in development with Balloon Entertainment. She also developed the TV pilot Dysfunctional with Balloon, which was chosen for a Sky Table Read. In 2017 she was selected for a TV writing bursary with Creative Skillset and is currently in the writers’ room for Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys with Red and Endor Productions. She was also part of the writing team on the second series of Kiss Me First. Her latest stage show So Many Reasons, produced by Fuel Theatre, originally ran at the Camden’s People Theatre before a national tour and transfer to Soho Theatre. Her acting work spans across TV, film and theatre and includes Inua Ellam’s Three Sisters (National Theatre), Treadstone (Amazon), Enterprice (BBC) and Guns Akimbo, due to come out in late 2020.
Holly Robinson, co-commissioned with 45North, is a writer and casting assistant originally from Birmingham. She began her training at Playbox Theatre in Warwickshire before moving to London where she has been a member of Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab and the Hampstead New Playwrights Group. Her first play soft animals was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize and shortlisted for the Tony Craze award. soft animals was staged by Soho Theatre in 2019 and Holly was nominated for Best Writer at the 2019 Stage Debut Awards. Her other work includes writing for Oxford School of Drama and small myth at Vault Festival. She is part of BBC Writersroom London Voices 2020.
Danusia Samal, co-commissioned with Paines Plough, is an actress, writer and singer. Stage acting credits include the Royal Court, RSC, Globe, and Royal Exchange. Screen credits include The Great (Hulu), Ghost in the Shell (Paramount/DreamWorks), and Tyrant (FOX). Danusia’s writing credits include: Out of Sorts (winner of Theatre503 International Playwriting Award); Busking It, inspired by Danusia’s experience as a London Underground busker (Shoreditch Town Hall / HighTide); Decolonising History (Tamasha Digital / SOAS University); Conditionally (Soho Theatre / Oxford School of Drama); Langthorne Stories (Soho Theatre / Waltham Forest). Danusia is currently collaborating on various projects with TV production companies. In 2019, she was commissioned to write her first TV drama as part of the BBC’s TV Drama Writers Programme.
We’re incredibly proud of our Soho Six programme and how it helps to develop and support artists. Our alumni include Chris Chibnall, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Bryony Kimmings, Phil Porter, Charlotte Josephine Daniel Alicandro, Caligula’s Alibi, Jessie Cave, Theresa Ikoko, Rachel Wagstaff, and Robert Whitelock & Samson Kayo and Arinze Kene. Plus Olivier and BAFTA award winners debbie tucker green and Laura Wade.
Our Soho Six programme is generously supported by The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Fenton Arts Trust and Jack and Linda Keenan.