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Soho Theatre is proud to announce the launch of the inaugural Soho Theatre On Demand Film Festival, bringing to your small screen uniquely crafted performance films made and supported by the venue. Each film will be available for an exclusive window of ten days, with the first film released on Friday 4th February 2022. Full details and tickets available at stream.sohotheatre.com
The first Soho Theatre On Demand Film Festival programme combines acclaimed plays of recent years and brand-new work, (re)imagined for the screen. The first release is the world premiere of HEDDA (after Ibsen) performed by iconic avant-gardist David Hoyle, created and directed by Jen Heyes and set in a Lynchesque inspired world of obsession and dark psychological unrest which will go live on Friday 4th February. That will be followed by Natasha Marshall’s critically acclaimed one woman show Half Breed, brought back to life for the screen. Next comes the debut play by Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong and Simone Ibbett-Brown, Shuck‘n’Jive, directed by Soho Theatre Associate Director Lakesha Arie-Angelo, a sharp satire with music, laughter and searing honesty. The penultimate film is Mum, Oliver Award-winning writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s unflinching portrayal of early motherhood from the acclaimed Producers of Fleabag and Baby Reindeer. The final film of the festival is Ifeyinwa Frederick’s Sessions, a raw, funny, bittersweet deep dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy, which premiered at Soho Theatre in November 2021.
Soho Theatre are a charity and social enterprise, driven by a passion for the work they produce, the artists they work with and the audiences they attract. Bang in the heart of London’s West End they have a vibrant live and digital festival programme and busy bar. Soho Theatre can also be found in festivals, through their national and international touring and on Soho Theatre On Demand.
The launch of the Soho Theatre On Demand Film Festival comes on the back of the success of the venue’s digital platform, which was launched in 2017. During their temporary closure due to Covid-19 they re-launched their online platform Soho Theatre On Demand, which hosted the phenomenally successful live recording of Fleabag and released the critically acclaimed Typical and Sunrise. Soho Theatre have partnered with Amazon Prime Video (UK) for a three-series deal, bringing existing and new comedy shows to the platform (2020-22). They are also working towards the opening of an exciting second venue, a “local theatre with a national profile” in Walthamstow, currently slated to open in late 2022.
David Luff, Creative Director Soho Theatre said: “Alongside our partnerships with Amazon and BBC and co-productions with Shedinburgh Festival, we’re continuing to reimagine our live work, both new and from our programme, for our digital platform Soho Theatre On Demand. As our catalogue grows, our first ever film festival is an exciting time for us, featuring the brilliant, filmed stage productions of Half Breed, Hedda, Mum, Shuck ‘n’ Jive, and Sessions over five weeks this spring.”
See below for full release schedule plus additional information on each film.
HEDDA – Available from Friday 4th February until 13th February
CutToTheChase productions in association with Soho Theatre and The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University present HEDDA (after Ibsen, performed by David Hoyle and created and directed by Jen Heyes.
Hedda is beautiful, aristocratic, and intelligent, loaded with social grace and a steely, clear, dispassionate charisma. Life really isn’t good enough for Hedda. Like any of us, in life there are moments when we feel that this frustrating business of existence — as lived on our darkest days — really isn’t good enough for us either. Set in a Lynchesque inspired world of dream imagery, drama, bespoke sound design, music and chanteuse style singing; the iconic avant-garde performer David Hoyle is HEDDA in this one-person, cinematic theatre reimagining created and directed by Jen Heyes, of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, with original composition by Tom Parkinson. HEDDA (after Ibsen) moves past the obvious to create access points for everyone by not reducing to our binary traditions. As Ibsen said ‘Hedda is first and foremost a human being’
Shot on location at Soho Theatre, HEDDA (after Ibsen) is a story of many faces, the absolute power of manipulation, influence, the control of obsession and dark psychological unrest. it’s a 21st century unpicking of Ibsen’s original text from inside the hinterland of Hedda’s imagination. Unkind and self-serving to the point of thinking nothing of crushing the hopes of others and bored with all life has to offer. We first encounter this flawed femme fatal the morning after they return from a 6-month honeymoon to their newly acquired villa filled with expectation of their future life of ease and affluence. In reality, Hedda has only 2 pistols, an old piano, and a portrait of a dead father; symbols from a past life, to cling to. . .
HALF BREED – Available from Friday 11th February until 20th February
‘She’s got something special about her’ ★★★★ The Times
‘As writer and performer, Marshall is breathtaking’ The Observer
★★★★ Evening Standard
Jazmin feels different. She doesn’t want to stay in the village. She doesn’t want to have a baby. She doesn’t want to laugh at racist jokes in the local pub. She’s got to get out. And when her gran signs her up for a drama school audition in London without telling her: ‘my brain is just confused as confused as my skin. Should I stay here? Or should I try to move to London? Stay. Go. Stay. Go. Stay. Go. Stay…’After sold out shows in London, at the Edinburgh Fringe and touring around India, Natasha Marshall returns her critically acclaimed, award-nominated show Half Breed to Soho Theatre, this time part of the Soho Theatre On Demand Film Festival. Shortlisted for the Soho Young Writers’ Tony Craze Award 2016, the Alfred Fagon Award 2016 and for best new play – co-produced by Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company – in the 2017 UK Theatre Awards, Natasha Marshall’s full hour debut Half Breed is a one woman partly autobiographical dark comedy about faith in yourself: finding your voice, fighting for what you want and being fearless in who you are.
SHUCK ‘N’ JIVE – Available from 18th February until 27th February
‘Fierce, fearless and cerebral’ The Guardian
‘Vivacious, energetic…full to the brim with humanity.’ ★★★★ Broadway World
Opera singer Simone very quickly discovers that London is not the BNP-free utopia she’d always dreamed of. Meanwhile, actress Cassi battles it out for the illustrious roles of ‘Sassy Friend’, ‘Spunky Slave’, and ‘Third Crack Whore From The Left’ at every audition. Desperate to be seen as they are, not as the colour of their skin, they decide to take control and write their own story
[This is that story]
With music, laughter and searing honesty, Shuck ‘n’ Jive is the debut play from Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong & Simone Ibbett-Brown, directed by Soho Theatre Associate Director Lakesha Arie-Angelo. Reimagined for the screen, this all-new digital version has its premiere at the Soho Theatre On Demand Film Festival.
MUM – Available from Friday 25th February until 6th March
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ The Stage
‘Sharp, funny and shocking, beautifully observed and shattering… a stunner.’ British Theatre Guide
★★★★ ‘Brutal, delicate and devastating’ The i
★★★★ ‘It’s breathtaking and frequently brilliant’ Whatsonstage
★★★★ ‘A power hour’ The Guardian
★★★★ Daily Mail
Francesca Moody Productions, Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Popcorn Group present, Mum.
An unmissable new play from Olivier Award winning playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Emilia, West-End) and the acclaimed Producers of Fleabag and Baby Reindeer. Motherhood. No one can prepare you for it. No matter how much you tell yourself you can do it – can you? Where’s the rush of love? When will you sleep again? What if the thing you fear most is also the thing you crave? All you wanted was one night of unbroken sleep, what have you done? Mum is a feverish journey through every parent’s worst nightmare.
SESSIONS – Available from 4th March until 13th March
“Compelling” ★★★★ Stage
Paines Plough and Soho Theatre present Sessions
“30 just matters, init. Like there’s no doubt you’re a proper adult then. Like 25 to 29 is just training but 30, it’s real.”
Tunde’s 30th birthday is fast approaching. So, he’s just started therapy because he hasn’t been able to get to the gym for weeks and a recent one-night stand ended in tears – his. Interrogating the challenge of opening up and accepting our own vulnerabilities, Sessions by Ifeyinwa Frederick (writer of The Hoes at Hampstead Theatre) is a raw, funny, bittersweet deep dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy.
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. During our temporary closure due to Covid-19 we re-launched our online platform Soho Theatre On Demand, which hosted the phenomenally successful live recording of Fleabag and released the critically acclaimed Typical and Sunrise. We’ve partnered with Amazon Prime Video (UK) for a three-series deal, bringing existing and new comedy shows to the platform (2020-22). We are also working towards the opening of an exciting second venue, a “local theatre with a national profile” in Walthamstow, currently slated to open in early 2023.
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. sohotheatre.com | sohotheatreondemand.com | @sohotheatre
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