Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Sophie Willan.

Where are you from?
The Hollywood of The North… Bolton.

What brings you here?
This fabulous place! I’m doing a run of my show here from 21st – 29th April.

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Double Voddy T (always a double – never a single!).

Some crisps or nuts?
No.

So, what’s so special about your show?
It anarchic and energetic and explores my social services records from my childhood growing up in and out of the Care System. Though the show is deeply personal and challenging, it’s also really fun and celebratory. The hour is about reclaiming of negative language and attitudes around Mental Health, Welfare and Class.

How did the idea of the show come about?
I started making this show in 2015 just after Tories had made major cuts to Mental Health and Social Services – I’d also become infuriated by the growing negative attitudes surrounding welfare recipients; the media attack on Josie Cunningham and TV programs like Benefit Street had particularly riled me up.

Do you come here often?
I do come and watch a lot of shows at Soho Theatre – Comedy, Theatre, Cabaret.

Where are you going after here…
Back up to Manchester. I’m writing my new show ready for Edinburgh with support from Contact Theatre.

 

Catch Sophie Willan in her show On Record from April 21 until April 29

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