Following a spring of world premieres and a summer returning to Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Soho Theatre is excited to announce its autumn 2022 theatre season, featuring returning Soho Theatre legends and world premieres from vibrant new playwrights.

The season starts with the first return since 2016 of cult comedian and performance artist Kim Noble with Lullaby for Scavengers, the final part of his trilogy about loneliness and connection – which also co-stars a dead squirrel; the dynamic new gig theatre show Follow The Signs telling the true story of Deaf dancer Chris Fonseca and his search for identity, using fully integrated British Sign Language and hip hop; the Edinburgh to Soho transfer of Haley McGee’s (The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale) Age Is a Feeling, a spellbinding exploration of life and ageing and a call to seize our time; Karim Khan’s lyrical coming-of-age tale Brown Boys Swim examines the pressures faced by young Muslim men today; Fran Bushe’s (Ad Libido) 2019 Tony Craze Award-winning A Gig for Ghosts, a big warm folk musical story of love, loss and loneliness (and ghosts); the ever-brilliant Sh!t Theatre (Drink Rum with Expats) are back at Soho with Evita Too, a performance-art mega musical about the life of the first ever female president; the world premiere stage adaptation of the hit BBC Sounds podcast Brown Girls Do It Too: Mama Told Me Not To Come; Nathan Ellis’s (work.txt) 2020 Verity Bargate Award-shortlisted Super High Resolution, directed by Blanche McIntyre (Hymn, Almeida Theatre), a play about the realities of being a doctor in the modern NHS and the limits of anyone’s ability to fully care for other people; and finally, Lesbian Space Crime by Airlock Theatre, a comedic retelling of the first ever alleged ‘space crime’ and how it outed a lesbian astronaut in 2019.

Also featuring this season will be the return of past hit productions Not F**kin’ Sorry, an evening of shameless sexy punk crip cabaret by the collective of learning disabled and neurodivergent performers Not Your Circus Dog; cult cabaret icon David Hoyle’s Ten Commandments, a light-hearted antidote to the rat-infested dystopia in which we currently find ourselves; and comedian and poet Tim Key’s show Mulberry, his critically-acclaimed response to life in lockdown.

David Luff, Soho Theatre’s Creative Director, said: ‘Our ambitious new season of work sees Soho back to its festival best, welcoming a heady mix of theatre, comedy and cabaret, world premieres and Edinburgh transfers, returning artists and future stars. Brilliant, provocative shows that make up a vibrant Soho cocktail of theatre.’

LISTINGS

Follow the Signs in association with Soho Theatre present
FOLLOW THE SIGNS
Written by Chris Fonseca and Harry Jardine with all original music by Yacoub Didi

Chris is Deaf in a hearing world. Chris is Black on a racist island.
No code. No imprint. No escape.
But this is not a tragedy. This is a story of hope. This is a story about owning your identity.

Once upon a time there was a boy from down the road
He contracted meningitis at the age of two years old
His life had been ok but now little did he know
His hearing was to leave him and was due to change his world

This is the world premiere of Follow the Signs – a brand new piece of fully BSL-integrated hip-hop gig theatre.

Tue 23 – Sat 27 Aug. Time: 7.30pm, 2.30pm (Sat matinee). Soho Theatre
All performances will be in BSL, Spoken English, Rap and English Captions.

 

Soho Theatre, Switchflicker and Tim Whitehead present
DAVID HOYLE: TEN COMMANDMENTS

Following his smash-hit Diamond, David Hoyle returns to Soho Theatre with Ten Commandments, combining his captivating stage performance with lacerating social commentary.
Rioting the wrongs of contemporary Britain, Ten Commandments promises to rebalance all the inequities and injustices that surround us.
In this lighthearted antidote to the rat-infested dystopia in which we currently find ourselves, David returns the Garden of Eden to its natural state free from nuclear weapons, landfills and perpetual burning forests.

We welcome the congregation to liberate themselves and others in a thermonuclear explosion of love and also hope for what remains of the 21st century.

Thu 25 – Sat 27 Aug. Time: 9.30pm. Soho Theatre

 

Not Your Circus Dog Collective and Access All Areas present
NOT F**KIN’ SORRY

So, just what is it that you fuckers want? The cracks, the scars? We are sick of being your circus dogs. Everything you think we can’t do, we can.’

The Not Your Circus Dog collective return after their sold-out run in 2019 for an evening of shameless sexy punk crip cabaret. With luscious lip syncs, sweaty dances and verbatim stories, have your preconceptions rattled as we take you to the edge. Welcome to our space. You are a guest, and we are not fucking sorry. Not Your Circus Dog is a collective of learning disabled and neurodivergent performers who are unapologetic and perform shameless sexy, punk, crip cabaret. With luscious lip syncs, sweaty dances and verbatim stories.

Wed 31 Aug – Sat 3 Sept. Time: 7.30pm, 2.30pm (Sat matinee). Soho Theatre

 

Soho Theatre presents
AGE IS A FEELING
By Haley McGee
Directed by Adam Brace

Inspired by hospices, mystics and trips to the cemetery, Age Is A Feeling wrestles with our endless chances to change course while we’re alive. A covert rallying cry against cynicism and regret. A call to seize our time.

From Haley McGee (“fearless, raw talent” Canadian Broadcasting Company), creator of the sell-out show The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale (“brilliantly entertaining, witty and poignant” Lyn Gardner).

Tue 6 – Sat 24 Sept. Time: 7pm, 3pm (Sat matinees). Soho Upstairs

 

Soho Theatre in association with John Mackay present the CAMPO production of
KIM NOBLE: LULLABY FOR SCAVENGERS

Cult comedic performance artist Kim Noble lived in a tree, down a sewer, under an insurance office desk and in an unsuspecting client’s attic. Now he returns to Soho Theatre with the UK premiere of his critically acclaimed new show.

How do you fit into a world that doesn’t necessarily want you? A fox and his ex-lover – an angry dead squirrel – are his accomplices in search of survival strategies, friendship and knowledge of what we should pass on to the next generation Noble descends deep into the sewer and abyss of human loneliness of longing and answers the question of how to deal with rodents in your attic.

Following the provocative hit shows Kim Noble Will Die and You’re Not Alone comes Part 3 of his theatrical trilogy on loneliness and connection.

Thu 15 – Sat 24 Sept. Time: 7.30pm. Soho Theatre

 

The North Wall presents
BROWN BOYS SWIM
Written by Karim Khan
Directed by John Hoggarth

Best friends Mohsen and Kash are gearing up for the biggest night of their lives – Jess Denver’s pool party. There’s just one problem… they can’t swim.

Fuelled by halal Haribo and chicken wings, the pair throw themselves in at the deep end, tackling cramped cubicles and cold showers as they learn how to be at one with the water. Fierce, funny, and brimming with heart, Karim Khan examines the pressures faced by young Muslim men in this exhilarating new play about fitting in and striking out.

Presented by Fringe First Award-winning The North Wall.

Mon 26 Sept – Sat 15 Oct. Time: 7pm; 3pm (Sat matinees). Soho Upstairs

 

45North presents
A GIG FOR GHOSTS
By Fran Bushe

This is a love story. This is a ghost story. Freshly arrived in London, Lily is ready to live the life she’s always dreamt of. Step one, find a girlfriend. Worn down by London, Amy finds it hard to make real connections, because she mostly works with people without a pulse. Today they both have plans to not end up alone. In this busy city where it is too easy for things and people to be lost and forgotten, three women come together, to make sure that nobody falls through the cracks.

A Gig for Ghosts is an award-winning piece of gig theatre, with original live music from Becky CJ and bold new writing by Fran Bushe. A big, warm, folk-music filled, queer love story, about loss, loneliness and ghosts.

Winner of the Tony Craze Award 2019

Tue 18 Oct – Sat 12 Nov. Time: 7pm, 3pm (Sat matinees). Soho Upstairs

 

Soho Theatre presents
SH!T THEATRE: EVITA TOO

Multi-award-winners and double-hyphen-users Sh!t Theatre are back with the project they’ve always dreamed of making. A performance-art mega musical about the life of the first ever female president… whose name is… um…

Disco Dictators Becca and Louise bring ‘anarchy with bags of humour – slyly sliced by more serious concerns’ (Independent) in the show about a woman Andrew and Tim wish they could’ve written.

See the world premiere of Evita Too with the original London cast (that’s us) before someone gets litigious.

Tue 27 Sept – Sat 16 Oct. Time: 7.30pm. Soho Theatre 

 

PBJ Management presents
TIM KEY: MULBERRY

Tim Key (Alan Partridge, The Witchfinder, Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry Programme) is back with another run of his new show. Ruminations about the great indoors with a bit of stamping around. Velour tracksuit, continental lagers, some ‘poetry’.

Thu 29 Sept – Sat 15 Oct. Time: 9.45pm. Soho Theatre

 

Tilted in association with Soho Theatre present
BROWN GIRLS DO IT TOO: MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME

Fierce, funny, and wonderfully frank, Poppy and Rubina have sex and they aren’t ashamed to talk about it.

Their critically acclaimed podcast Brown Girls Do It Too (‘Best Podcast of the Year’ British Podcast Awards 2020, Asian Media 2021), explores messy realities, fantasies, sexpectations and navigating life and relationships as British Asian women. Two seasons in, they have both amassed fans who love their honesty and openness (love a period sex sesh…anyone else?) and faced enormous backlash online for breaking the silence on sex in Asian communities.

Bringing their characteristic candour, quick wit and infectious personalities to the stage, Poppy and Rubina reflect on the seminal moments from their lives from first orgasms and loves, to racism and family politics. Expect songs, sketches, and some very graphic content. This is a celebration of brown British women, genital warts and all.

Tue 18 – Sat 22 Oct. Time: 7.30pm. Soho Theatre 

 

Soho Theatre presents
SUPER HIGH RESOLUTION
By Nathan Ellis
Directed Blanche McIntyre

‘I like being a doctor but I’m slowly growing to hate the sight of sick people.’

Being a doctor is a really good job and you get to save lives and help people, so Anna is determined not to quit. But when her patient runs out on her, and her personal life starts to spiral, she’s not sure how much more she can take. Super High Resolution is a play about being a doctor in the modern NHS and the limits of anyone’s ability to care for other people. Blanche McIntyre directs Verity Bargate Award shortlisted playwright Nathan Ellis’ fast-paced and darkly funny debut play for Soho Theatre.

Thu 27 Oct – Sat 3 Dec. Time: 7.30pm, 2.30pm (Thu and Sat matinees). Soho Theatre
Audio-described performance by Miranda Yates on Tue 22 Nov 

 

Airlock Theatre Company presents
LESBIAN SPACE CRIME 

In August 2019, NASA astronaut Anne McClain was outed after being accused of hacking her estranged wife’s bank account from the International Space Station. This was the dawn of space-crime, and a new era for queer representation.

Accused.
Alone.
Gay.

Is Anne really a criminal.. or a hero?

Isolated in space, Anne cracks on with being an astronaut but is caught up in a constellation of bad times. Cornered by her colleagues, berated by her boss, and jeopardised by a Gemini (her skank wife).Thankfully, she’s not from one of 69* Earth-countries where she would be a criminal just for being gay at all.

LESBIAN SPACE CRIME is a comedy with slapdash songs about intergalactic queer dirtbags.

The show was shortlisted for New Diorama’s UNTAPPED Award in 2020 and showcased as part of The Omnibus Theatre’s Engine Room in 2021.

* nice 😉

Tue 6 – Thu 22 Dec. Time: 7.15pm, 3pm (Sat matinees). Soho Upstairs 

 

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