Best Newcomer Season
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After eight years as Soho Theatre’s Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive, Steve Marmion will step down from his role in the New Year to launch a new company and pursue his freelance career as a director and writer.
Since Steve joined Soho Theatre in 2010, the company has played to nearly 1.5 million people and grown overall annual audiences from 90k to 230k. It has completed and opened its Downstairs Cabaret and Comedy venue, and revitalised the Upstairs studio. It has launched its digital offering on to TV and download, and has taken the scale of its Edinburgh, UK and international touring programme on to a new level presenting work in Australia, India and the US. It has won numerous awards including the company’s first two Olivier, and four Edinburgh Comedy Awards. The Soho Young Company was founded as one of Steve’s first initiatives with the company and now offers over 450 people a year the opportunity to make work for the stages at Dean Street and beyond – with 50 SYC created shows in Edinburgh this year.
Steve’s directing work crosses over new writing, comedy and musicals. This year at Soho Theatre he has directed Vicky Jones’ Verity Bargate Award-Winning The One (also in 2014), Blueberry Toast and Denim, as well as Vulcan 7 for Jonathan Church Productions on UK tour. Previous years include the Award-winning Roller Diner, Bits of Me Are Falling Apart, First Love is the Revolution, Death of a Comedian (with Lyric Belfast and Abbey Dublin), Only the Brave (with WMC), I Kiss Your Heart, The Night Before Christmas, Address Unknown (in English and French), Pastoral, The Boy Who Fell Into A Book, Utopia, Fit and Proper People (with the RSC), Late Night Gimp Fight, Mongrel Island and Realism. As a writer his work includes the adaptations of Address Unknown and I Kiss Your Heart, co-writing Utopia and with Denim and Late Night Gimp Fight, and the lyrics for musicals Only the Brave and The Night Before Christmas, Artists supported, commissioned or produced during Steve’s time include Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Mydidae, The One), Vicky Jones (Mydidae, Touch,The One), Charlotte Josephine (Bitchboxer), Bryony Kimmings (various), Duncan Macmillan (People, Places and Things), Natalie Palamides, Doctor Brown, RashDash, nabokov, Lucy McCormick, Arinze Kene, Rita Kalnejais, Joe Murphy, Kim Noble, Sara Joyce, Lakesha Arie-Angelo and Theresa Ikoko.
Beyond Soho Theatre, Steve is a talented writer and director of pantomimes, passionate about the form and its ability to reach new audiences. Ten years ago he was part of the team that created the first Lyric Hammersmith pantomime and for the last four years he has written and directed the annual Oxford Playhouse pantomime. Critically acclaimed and loved by audiences, these productions have remained true to panto traditions whilst speaking to 21st century themes and featuring a diverse range of performers from across Soho Theatre’s programme and elsewhere.
Steve Marmion said, “It is with excitement and pride I leave my role at Soho Theatre. The excitement is at the prospect of space to write, time to collaborate, the new audiences I will meet, and in the New Year an ambitious new production and education company. The pride comes from what we have achieved together at Soho by being brave and imaginative, and by daring to take a chance on people and nurture them. Over the last eight years I have made many friends, learned a lot and I hope I’ve created as much fun as I’ve had. Thanks everyone.”
Nicholas Allott OBE, Chair of Soho Theatre said, “Steve Marmion joined Soho Theatre eight years ago and, in partnership with Mark Godfrey and his team, began a transformation that has seen the theatre’s reputation grow nationally and internationally. The theatre has never felt more vibrant than now with its buzzing audiences and potent blend of new theatre, comedy and cabaret. His decision to move on to new challenges after almost a decade at the helm is a sad one for me, but I know he will make a huge success of his next venture. We’re all very grateful to him for his imagination, leadership and commitment.”