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Streamed live via TicketCo from the Cabaret Space at Soho Theatre, 1 – 3 April 2021, with tickets available via here.
We need fun! Human beings need fun. It’s not a want. It’s a human need.
Do you remember the last fun night out you had before the misery of 2020 really hit?
What would you have done for a night like the ones you’ve missed out on?
As the nation begins its tentative journey out of lockdown, Rob Drummond offers us an opportunity to come together, let our hair down and share stories and secrets from the last year. His new show Open Mic is a live, interactive online celebration of community, storytelling, music, comedy, and talent – not his, but yours.
Share your stories, your songs, your poetry, your joy and your confessions. Or if that’s not for you, simply sit back, relax and let Rob and a few willing participants sweep you off on an unexpected journey, live from the Cabaret Space at Soho Theatre.
Richard Twyman directs, with Design by Jean Chan, Video and Lighting Design by Will Monks, and Sound Design by Elena Pena and Hana Pascal Keegan is Assistant Director.
Rob Drummond is an award-winning playwright and performer, and an associate artist at the Traverse Theatre. His theatre credits include The Broons (Scottish tour), The Majority (National Theatre), Bullet Catch (The Arches), Quiz Show (Traverse Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland –CATS Award for Best New Play), Mr Write (National Theatre of Scotland – CATS Award for Best Production for Children and Young People) and Uncanny Valley (Borderline Theatre, Edinburgh International Science Festival – CATS Award for Best Production for Children and Young People), Rob Drummond: Wrestling (The Arches), Grain In The Blood (Traverse Theatre), Our Fathers (Magnetic North, Traverse Theatre), In Fidelity (HighTide), and Flesh (National Theatre Connections) as well as six plays for A Play a Pie and a Pint. Drummond is currently under commission with The National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre, Kiln Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Roald Dahl Story Company, A Play a Pie and a Pint, and Birds of Paradise.
Richard Twyman is Artistic Director of ETT (English Touring Theatre) for which he has directed the critically acclaimed production of Othello which toured the UK, Dubai and Shanghai from 2017-2019; the highly successful production of Dealing with Clair by Martin Crimp at the Orange Tree Theatre in 2018 and the rapid-response audio drama Phoenix by Mike Bartlett as part of Signal Fires 2020.
Prior to this he was Associate Director (International) at the Royal Court Theatre between 2013-2016, where his directing work included Torn, Harrogate (also HighTide and UK tour), You For Me For You, Fireworks, The Djinns of Eidgah and PIIGS. His other theatre credits include Les Liasions Dangereuses (Tokyo), Henry IV Pt II (RSC), Ditch (Old Vic Tunnels/HighTide), Dr Marigold & Mr Chops (Theatre Royal Bath & UK Tour), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre) and Give Me Your Hand (Irish Rep, New York – nomination for the Drama Desk Award 2012 for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience). Between 2003 and 2008 he worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was Associate Director to Michael Boyd on the multi-award winning Histories Cycle and for which he directed Henry IV Pt II.
Box Office: sohotheatre.com/events/open-mic-play/
1 – 3 April 2021
Thursday 1 April, 8pm
Friday 2 April, 8pm
Saturday 3 April, 5pm and 8pm
Soho Theatre is London’s most vibrant producer for new theatre, comedy and cabaret. We pursue creative excellence, harnessing an artistic spirit that is based in our new writing roots, the radical ethos of the fringe and the traditions of punk culture and queer performance. We champion voices that challenge from outside of the mainstream, and sometimes from within it too. We value entertainment, accessibility and enjoy a good show. We are a registered charity and social enterprise and our audiences are diverse in age, background and outlook.
Ordinarily our work plays to live audiences of 250,000 audiences a year in our Dean Street venue, at the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond. Since our temporary closure due to Covid-19 we have re-launched our online platform Soho Theatre On Demand, which hosted the phenomenally successful live recording of Fleabag and in late February released Ryan Calais Cameron’s TYPICAL. We’ve partnered with Amazon Prime Video (UK) for a three- series deal, bringing existing and new comedy shows to the platform (2020-21).
Soho Theatre’s board is chaired by Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE and the company is led by Executive Director Mark Godfrey and Creative Director David Luff.
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ETT (English Touring Theatre) are a UK based international touring company. We create theatre of outstanding quality, imagination and ambition; work which interrogates and celebrates contemporary England and reflects the diversity of our nation. Staging a balance of new and classic work, we make theatre that is imaginative, responsive and alive: sparking dialogue and fostering connectivity. We are proud to tour shows that reach the widest possible range of audiences across the UK and beyond, engaging in a national and global conversation. ETT won the UK Theatre Awards Best Touring Production in 2014, 2015, 2016 and Best Play Revival in 2019.
HOME is Manchester’s centre for international contemporary culture. Since opening in May 2015, HOME has welcomed over two million visitors to its two theatres, five cinemas, art gallery, book shop and restaurants. HOME works with international and UK artists to produce extraordinary theatrical experiences, producing an exciting mix of thought-provoking drama, dance and festivals, with a strong focus on international work, new commissions and talent development.
HOME’s ambition is to push the boundaries of form and technology, to experiment, have fun, take risks and share great new art with the widest possible audience.
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