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Bangers is a new play from award-winning playwright, Danusia Samal (Busking It, Out of Sorts), and a directorial debut for Cardboard Citizens from Artistic Director, Chris Sonnex. Originally commissioned by Soho Theatre, Bangers is a two-hander performed by Danusia Samal and Darragh Hand, with actor and composer Duramaney Kamara as the on-stage DJ, and the show traces the highs and lows of a group of young Londoners navigating love, sex, sexual identity, relationship breakdown and housing insecurity. Bangers marks Cardboard Citizens’ return to the London stage for the first time since 2018 (Cathy) and its first co-production with Soho Theatre, where the show will run from 14 June to 2 July (press night: 15 June). Ahead of its Soho run, Bangers will have a three-week tour (20 May to 11 June) to hostels, schools, day centres and prisons across London.
Tickets are available here.
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Venue: Soho Theatre, Upstairs
Dates: Tuesday 14 June to Saturday 2 July
Show times: 7.15pm + matinee performances at 3pm on Saturdays
Tickets priced: From £12
Press Performance: Wednesday 15 June at 7.15pm
Bangers by Danusia Samal
Originally commissioned by Soho Theatre, co-produced by Cardboard Citizens and Soho Theatre
Performed by: Danusia Samal, Darragh Hand and Duramaney Kamara
Director: Chris Sonnex
Composer and Sound Designer: Duramaney Kamara
Featuring original tracks by Duramaney Kamara, Danusia Samal and Chris Sonnex
Designer: Zoe Hurwitz
Lighting Designer: Martha Godfrey
Movement Director: Louise Kempton
Production Manager: Zara Janmohamed
Stage Manager: Laura Whittle
ABOUT SOHO THEATRE:
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, Soho Theatre 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.
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ABOUT CARDBOARD CITIZENS:
Cardboard Citizens creates theatre with, for and about citizens with lived experience of poverty, inequity and homelessness. They use theatre, art and training to empower individuals to make change in their own lives, and in their communities. The Company runs a Membership programme for people with experience of homelessness or living in poverty, offering free workshops, information, advice and guidance, training and qualifications and creating opportunities for employment in the theatre industry and beyond. They create theatre rooted in issues of poverty, homelessness and the inequity which causes them, working with artists who speak from experience and creating performances in both theatres and in hostels, prisons, and community venues. Through the stories they tell, they seek to create positive change in audiences, across the arts sector, and in wider society. Cardboard Citizens is supported by Ambassadors Kate Winslet CBE, David Morrissey and Rory Kinnear.
Over the past three decades, Cardboard Citizens has garnered critical and public acclaim for outstanding theatrical creations that put the stories of people with lived experience of homelessness firmly in the spotlight. Founded by Adrian Jackson MBE in 1991, past productions directed by Jackson include The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency, produced in partnership with the Belgrade Theatre as part of Coventry UK City of Culture; the critically-acclaimed Cathy; Bystanders at the Edinburgh Fringe; Home Truths at the Bunker Theatre; the Evening Standard Award-winning Mincemeat; Pericles and Timon Of Athens (with the RSC); The Beggar’s Opera (with ENO); The Lower Depths (with London Bubble) and A Few Man Fridays.
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ABOUT DANUSIA SAMAL:
Danusia Samal is an actress, writer and jazz singer. In 2018 she wrote and performed Busking It, a gig-theatre show inspired by her experiences as a London Underground busker. Danusia went on to win the 2018 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award and be shortlisted for 2020 George Devine Award for her play Out of Sorts, exploring a woman’s struggle with dual identity as a second-generation migrant. In 2020, Danusia launched the Virtual Collaborators network to provide support and collaboration for artists in lockdown, culminating in a virtual and outdoor festival. Danusia’s writing credits include: Bangers (Soho/Cardboard Citz) Bodies (Netflix); Gangs of London (Sky); Shelter (Radio 4); Birth Right and The State (LAMDA films) Out of Sorts (Theatre503); Busking It (Shoreditch Town Hall/ HighTide); Decolonising History (Tamasha Digital/ SOAS University); Conditionally (Oxford School of Drama). Danusia is an alumnus of the BBC TV Drama Writer’s Programme.
As an actress, Danusia’s theatre credits include: Maryland, B, How To Hold Your Breath (all Royal Court); Rutherford & Son (Sheffield Crucible); Busking It (Shoreditch Town Hall/HighTide/Soho); Trap Street (Kandinsky/ New Diorama); What If Women Ruled the World (Manchester International Festival); The Two Noble Kinsmen and The Rover (both RSC); The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead (ETT); The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle); Circles (Birmingham Rep/Tricycle); Billy the Girl (Clean Break /Soho); The Birthday Party (Manchester Royal Exchange); 1001 Nights and Liar Liar (both Unicorn); After The Rainfall (Curious Directive).
Film work includes Ghost in the Shell and My Friend the Polish Girl.
TV credits include The Great (Hulu); Ghost in the Shell (Paramount) and Tyrant (Fox).
ABOUT CHRIS SONNEX:
Throughout his career in theatre, Chris Sonnex has consistently championed and mentored underrepresented artists and creatives. As Artistic Director of the Bunker Theatre from 2018 to 2020, his unwavering commitment to inclusivity brought bold new voices to the stage – 90% of directors and 86% of writers programmed under his tenure identified as women – as well as first-time theatregoers to the venue, through new partnerships like The Black Ticket Project. As well as garnering critical acclaim, the theatre received significant recognition from the industry, including Best Fringe Theatre Award from The Stage, and Best Artistic Director Award from The Offies, both in 2020. Chris began his career in theatre at the Royal Court in 2012, working first as an intern on its Theatre Local Peckham project, before joining the backstage crew team. In 2015, he was appointed Community Producer and later Artistic Associate of the Theatre’s Beyond The Court programme, a three-year residency project delivered in Tottenham and Pimlico that sought to break down barriers around engagement with theatre and to mentor the next generation of artists, creatives and sector leaders. During this time, Chris travelled regularly to Calais as an Associate Artist with Good Chance, where he helped set up the only theatre in “The Jungle” camp at the height of Europe’s refugee crisis in 2015. As a director his work has been presented by the Almeida Theatre, the Bunker Theatre, Caravan Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Guildhall, HighTide Festival, LAMDA, Northern Stage, the Royal Court, and Synergy Theatre Project. He is currently an Associate Artist for HighTide.