Our current Soho Theatre Labs Sharings are taking place on 2 and 9 April. If you’re free, come and see what the labs are all about! Tickets and more info here.


Who are the different labs for?

Stand Up Lab – is for complete beginners. Total newbies. Absolute rookies.

Sketch Lab – for anyone who wants to give sketch a go. Lots of collaborative practical work focused on writing and performing together.

Comedy Lab Plus – is for people who have been gigging on the circuit for a while, have done 30+ gigs.

Cabaret & Drag Lab – for newbies or anyone looking to develop their cabaret and drag skills.

Edinburgh Lab – for artists taking their show up to Edinburgh Fringe for the first time and are looking for tools and insights to navigate the festival.

Is there an age limit?

All the labs are 18+ with no upper age limit.

How much do the labs cost?

Comedy and Cabaret & Drag Labs- Each 10 week programme costs £150 (£15 per 2.5 hours sessions).

Edinburgh Lab – 8 week programme costs £120 (£15 per 2 hour sessions).

Payment information will be sent along with the course offer. We also have a limited amount of full and half bursaries available for people on government benefits, which you can select on the application form.

Do I need to have any comedy, cabaret or acting experience?

For Comedy Lab Plus, yes. But for any others – absolutely not.

How do I apply?

Just head to the webpage of the lab your interested in and complete the application form. All the application questions can be seen below.

When is the deadline & when will I hear if I have been successful?

Deadline is Tuesday 19th April at 5pm. We’ll aim to respond to everyone by Friday 29th April.

Will I receive a confirmation email?

Yes, once you have submitted your application through the form (the link to the application form appears on each lab webpage) and you have reached the ‘thank you for taking the time to apply’ page, you should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. Sometimes these may end up in junk/spam, so do check there too.

I have some more questions about my application and access needs.  

We will be holding two online Q&A information sessions about the Comedy, Cabaret & Drag and Edinburgh Labs and the application process. These will be on Wednesday 6th April and Wednesday 13th April. These will be facilitated by some of Soho Theatre’s creative engagement team, Labs leaders and participants. A live transcription service will be used to caption the meetings. To book your space, click here. 

How do I send a YouTube Link?

So, in the application form, we’ve indicated the three questions that help us learn a bit about you. You’re welcome to type these out but also, answer via video. If you’d like to go for the video option, simply film yourself answering the questions, stopping between each one. The idea is you have a separate video for each answer. Then upload this onto YouTube (there’s a ‘create’ or + button for web or the app, followed by an ‘upload video’ option. Be sure to set your privacy settings so only those with a link can watch the video and then copy and paste the link as your answer.

Can I defer my place, or re-apply in future?

If we are able to offer an applicant a place on one of our courses, the offer is only applicable for the term specified. We are unable to defer places, but we strongly encourage people re-apply again in future, if they are unsuccessful, or unable to accept a course offer.

I am having trouble with the application form.

The application form works best from a computer, but you can also complete it on a smartphone or tablet. For the open questions, you can also submit your answer by video, by pasting the online video link in the answer box.

For other support regarding the application form, please email education@sohotheatre.com.

Here are the list of questions on the application, in case you’d like to see them in advance:

1- What is your name? (first name and surname)

2- What email address can we contact you on? Please double check this as we’ll be sending your confirmation email to this address.

3- What’s the best phone number to reach you on?

4- Which Lab(s) you are applying for? (multiple choice)

5- What interests you about the course(s) you’re applying for? (300 words, for a text answer, or up to a 3 minute YouTube video link)

6- Have you had any connection with Soho Theatre before? For instance, have you seen any of our shows, taken part in any other Labs or taster workshops, or applied to our labs before? (200 words, for a text answer, or 2 minute YouTube video link)

7- If applying for Stand Up, Sketch, Comedy Plus or Cabaret & Drag Labs, please answer the following question: Have you been involved in creative theatre/comedy/cabaret before? For instance, through studying, performing, or as a hobby? (200 words, for a text answer, or 2 minute YouTube video link)

8- If applying for Comedy Lab Plus, please provide a link to a video of you performing some material (no longer than 5 minutes).

9- If applying for Edinburgh Lab, please provide information about your show, including show name, programme category (Theatre, Spoken Word, Comedy, Cabaret and Variety etc) and any details you have finalised (venue etc).

10- Do you require a bursary in order to take part in the Lab(s) you are applying to? (multiple choice)

11- Please let us know which bursaries you are eligible for, you can select more than one:(multiple choice)

12- If you require a bursary, please let us know a little bit about your circumstances.

Questions 13-22 – Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questions.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All cancellations for Soho Theatre Labs should be made in writing to education@sohotheatre.com. Refunds will be possible when cancellation notice has been received up to 3 days after the lab’s first session, for resale to candidates on the Lab’s waiting list. We regret that we will not be able to offer a credit on your lab fee, or any refunds for cancellations made 72 hours after the first session.

Still have a question?

Drop us an email at education@sohotheatre.com

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