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Is there anything I need to prepare?
You’ll need to be able to access Zoom on a laptop, phone or tablet with WIFI access. If you’re comfortable having your video on for sessions, then that would be great. Have a notepad and pen handy, comfortable clothing in case there are physical exercises. It’s useful to log on with your name and pronoun on your zoom profile.
What’s the difference between stand up and plus?
Good question! Stand up labs are for anyone who has never stepped foot on a stage before. These sessions will help you write your first bit of material and support you on your journey to that first gig.
Plus is for those of you with a little more experience. So we’re thinking anywhere from 20+ gigs. These sessions will help those wanting to get feedback on current sets, characters, personas or work through any brick walls with writing or performance. This is also the space to try something new, play and experiment with a safety net.
How do bursaries work?
We offer full bursaries for all our lab programmes. Our full bursaries cover the full cost of the sessions you’d like to attend and is for those currently receiving universal credit or other government benefits. While an option for half bursaries appear when booking, these are currently unavailable for these labs. If you think you’re eligible for a full bursary, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to buy lab sessions as a gift – how do I do this?
Nice one! You can either purchase a gift voucher here: Gift vouchers – Soho Theatre for the total amount of lab sessions/programme and your recipient will be able to redeem it against the lab of their choice. Alternatively, you can book sessions for them directly, but giving them a heads up as we need their full name and email address for them to receive zoom links.
When will I get the zoom link for my session?
Our aim is to get links out an hour before the session starts. However, sometimes these take a few minutes to hit your inbox. So give it 15 minutes before getting in touch with box office. Spam, junk, promotions and all those random folders – are all worth checking too.
I want to know more about all the labs – how do I find out more?
Creative Learning Producer, Jules Haworth & Creative Learning Coordinator Dimple Pau recently hosted an Instagram live covering all labs and talking through how they work, who they’re for etc. You can watch it here
What’s the difference between the labs and the comedy masterclasses?
Soho Labs are workshops in stand up, sketch, cabaret & drag and plus (20+ gigs) which gives participants the opportunity to get involved and create their own work within these art forms. Labs take place two hours per week over six weeks. Labs can be done as a course, or independently, The comedy masterclasses are one day, one off 5 hour insider talks with comedians who have graced our stages with shows.
Are the Soho Labs open to people abroad?
We welcome everyone! Connecting with people outside of London and the UK is the thing we’re most excited about with the new online format.
Who are the workshop leaders?
They’re brill and have worked with Soho in some shape or form for a number of years. Here’s everything you need to know:
Cabaret & Drag
Molly Beth Morossa is a multi-award winning theatre-maker, writer, cabaret artist and goth based in London. Morossa is Head of Cabaret at Shotgun Carousel, and has performed and curated cabaret all over the country including at The Glastonbury Festival, Royal Academy, Tate Modern, The Vaults, Latitude Festival and Courtald Gallery to name a few. They were crowned Miss Ghostwood in the Miss Twin Peaks Pageant 2018, and regularly performs with the dark, Lynchian cabaret show The Double R Club. Morossa is one of the creative producers on Third Mind Production & Guerilla Zoo’s theatrical event The Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball. They wrote, produced and performed 2 solo shows, Carnival of Crows (Winner Best Actress Award – Dark Chat 2012) and Greywing House (Winner Vault Festival Spirit Award 2017).
Celine Lowenthal is an award-winning theatre director and dramaturg, and artistic director of Pecs Drag Kings. Her production of Sex Sex Men Men won the Off-West End ‘Idea’ Award 2019, and she has also directed sold-out, critically acclaimed productions at The Yard Theatre, Soho Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre and The Vaults. She directed Shotgun Carousel’s first two flagship immersive productions at The Vaults, Divine Proportions (2018) and Red Palace (2019). Twice longlisted for the JMK Director’s Award, she was Associate Director of the Herald Award-winning Shadwell Opera 2017 – 2018, and is an associate of Milk Presents, winners of a Fringe First & Spirit of the Fringe. She is also an experienced assistant and associate director, working at Hampstead Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Bath Theatre Royal, and in the Vaudeville Theatre & Arts Theatre in the West End. Her production of Kingdom, co-written and co-created with award-winning writer Temi Wilkey, was supported by The Bush, Soho Theatre, and Arts Council England. She has been a co-leader of Soho Theatre’s Cabaret & Drag Lab since 2018.
Alison Thea-Skot is a critically acclaimed actor, comedian, improviser and writer. ‘The reigning queen of character comedy’ Evening Standard. Selected as one of the Observer’s Female Millennials Changing Comedy, the Evening Standard’s Best Comedy Shows to See and The Telegraph’s Best of the Fringe. She can be seen on Comedy Central, Sky, BBC and has worked with Bad Robot & Paramount Pictures. She is also a highly experienced improviser, performing regularly with London’s leading improv Theatre, The Free Association, where she also teaches improv and is Head of Business Training, building bespoke improv programs.
Gemma Leader is an actor/producer, with theatre and film experience. She has performed as a stand up and sketch comedian, taking shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and elsewhere in the UK. As a facilitator, Gemma currently leads Soho Theatre’s Stand Up Lab. At Park Theatre, Gemma taught acting to adults, as part of the Park Theatre Players and ran intensive, weeklong devising courses for young people. Gemma is passionate about developing new work and is a dramaturg and script editor for emerging playwrights and comedy writers. In 2019, Gemma started Above Your Nerve, a Theatre Company specialising in new writing and comedy and dedicated to finding and nurturing unheard voices, especially from underrepresented groups.
Fran Bushe is an award-winning comedian, writer and performer. She has had sold-out runs at Soho Theatre, The Roundhouse and she has been a resident artist at Pleasance Theatre, Arts Depot and Theatre Deli. The Diary of My Broken Vagina has just been released by Channel 4 as a Comedy Blap. Fran is a writer for Comedy Central’s sketch comedy show Laughing at Salad and her play Alive Day is published in 20 Short Plays with Big Roles for Women (Routledge Books). She has written features for The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, Metro and been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.