Soho Theatre - Latest Posts for NEWS http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/ NEWS en-gb Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:55:01 +0100 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:55:01 +0100 Soho Theatre meets... Yolanda Mercy #SohoRising17 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-yolanda-mercy-sohorising17/ The Soho Theatre Young Company (SYC) is a melting pot of new and growing talent for those aged 11+. With numerous courses encorporating all aspects of comedy, theatre and playwriting it has quickly become one of the top arts education programmes in London and beyond. This autumn Soho Theatre plays host to shows from a bunch of its brightest new voices, including SYC members, in the Upstairs space – a studio originally designed for ‘emerging companies, young people and brave new writing.... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-yolanda-mercy-sohorising17/ The Soho Theatre Young Company (SYC) is a melting pot of new and growing talent for those aged 11+. With numerous courses encorporating all aspects of comedy, theatre and playwriting it has quickly become one of the top arts education programmes in London and beyond. This autumn Soho Theatre plays host to shows from a bunch of its brightest new voices, including SYC members, in the Upstairs space – a studio originally designed for ‘emerging companies, young people and brave new writing.’

We had a chat with Yolanda Mercy ahead of her Soho Rising show here

Nice to meet you! What’s your name?
Hey I’m Yolanda Mercy.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
Hmm interesting about myself- that’s so hard… is being a Scorpio interesting?

Tell us about your experience of SYC.
I did the writers programme about 3 years ago and have had some amazing opportunities presented to me by the soho team. I met the wonderful Jules Haworth as a result of SYC and her support has really shaped and moulded me as an artist.

What’s your show about?
I’d say dealing with growing up. I was inspired to create this piece last year when my cousin was getting married, my mate told me she was pregnant and I was trying to find ways to cheat the system and keep my young persons railcard…..

Why should people come and see it?
A lot of people who saw the show at Edinburgh said that “Quarter Life Crisis is so hilarious, relatable and entertaining”.

You can catch Yolanda Mercy in Quarter Life Crisis on Nov 2 at 7pm.

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Joint Statement on the Theatre Industry http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/joint-statement-on-the-theatre-industry/ Monday 23rd October 2017 Following the reports and allegations of the last two weeks, first in America and, more recently, closer to home, we have come together to make clear that there can be no place for sexual harassment or abuse of power in our industry. We salute the bravery of everyone who calls out this abusive behaviour. We support a theatre culture that empowers people to speak up: a culture where abuse of power is always challenged. We are committed to working together to ensure t... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/joint-statement-on-the-theatre-industry/ Monday 23rd October 2017

Following the reports and allegations of the last two weeks, first in America and, more recently, closer to home, we have come together to make clear that there can be no place for sexual harassment or abuse of power in our industry.
We salute the bravery of everyone who calls out this abusive behaviour. We support a theatre culture that empowers people to speak up: a culture where abuse of power is always challenged.
We are committed to working together to ensure that theatre is a safe space for all, where everyone is respected and listened to. The Royal Court Theatre’s Day of Action on Saturday 28 October is one important part of this process. Together, we are developing further ways to support people to speak up and to hold others to account.
It is the responsibility of the industry to create and nurture a culture where unacceptable behaviour is swiftly challenged and addressed.
We want to be absolutely clear and say again: there is no room for sexual harassment or abuse of power in the theatre. Everyone deserves to enjoy a happy, healthy and safe working environment. We will support you to speak out, and we will hear you when you do.

Statement from (in alphabetical order)

Almeida Theatre – Rupert Goold, Denise Wood
Battersea Arts Centre – David Jubb
Bridge Theatre – Nicholas Hytner, Nick Starr
Bush Theatre – Madani Younis, Jon Gilchrist
Donmar Warehouse – Josie Rourke, Kate Pakenham
Gate Theatre – Ellen McDougall, Jo Royce
Hampstead Theatre – Edward Hall, Greg Ripley-Duggan
London Theatre Consortium – Emma Rees
Lyric Hammersmith – Sean Holmes, Sian Alexander
National Theatre – Rufus Norris, Lisa Burger
Old Vic – Matthew Warchus, Kate Varah
Royal Court Theatre – Vicky Featherstone, Lucy Davies
Royal Shakespeare Company – Gregory Doran, Catherine Mallyon
Shakespeare’s Globe – Emma Rice
Soho Theatre – Steve Marmion, Mark Godfrey
SOLT / UK Theatre – Julian Bird
Theatre Royal Stratford East – Nadia Fall, Deborah Sawyerr
Tricycle Theatre – Indhu Rubasingham, Bridget Kalloushi
Young Vic – David Lan, Lucy Woollatt

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Soho Theatre meets... Danusia Samal #SohoRising17 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-danusia-samal-sohorising17/ The Soho Theatre Young Company (SYC) is a melting pot of new and growing talent for those aged 11+. With numerous courses encorporating all aspects of comedy, theatre and playwriting it has quickly become one of the top arts education programmes in London and beyond. This autumn Soho Theatre plays host to shows from a bunch of its brightest new voices, including SYC members, in the Upstairs space – a studio originally designed for ‘emerging companies, young people and brave new writing.... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-danusia-samal-sohorising17/ The Soho Theatre Young Company (SYC) is a melting pot of new and growing talent for those aged 11+. With numerous courses encorporating all aspects of comedy, theatre and playwriting it has quickly become one of the top arts education programmes in London and beyond. This autumn Soho Theatre plays host to shows from a bunch of its brightest new voices, including SYC members, in the Upstairs space – a studio originally designed for ‘emerging companies, young people and brave new writing.’

We had a chat with Danusia Samal ahead of her Soho Rising show here

Nice to meet you! What’s your name?
Danusia Samal.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
My first job was as a busker on the London underground. When I first started, I had just turned 18. At the time I was the youngest licensed busker on the scheme.
As a kid I lived in an estate in London, a shanti-town in Turkey, and a 3-storey house in Yemen.
I eat about 6 apples a day.

Tell us about your experience of SYC.
Writing can be quite a solitary endeavour. What SYC provides a brilliant support network. We meet regularly, give each other feedback, read each other’s work, and attend each other’s shows. I’ve learnt so much, not just from the sessions we did, but also the other writers and theatre makers on the scheme. Ticket deals to Soho productions also mean I get to watch and be inspired by a lot of the best theatre in London.

What’s your show about?
My show is inspired by 10 years of busking on the underground and all the bizarre and wonderful people I met. In this city, we are often solitary. We don’t make eye contact and we keep our heads down. There is so much we never notice. This play is about what happens when you stop and listen to the stories of London. It’s about a busker whose life is changed by a chance encounter. About music, love, loneliness and reaching each other.

Why should people come and see it?
Don’t tell me you’ve never wondered what that guy wailing Bob Marley down a windy tube tunnel is thinking! Buskers get an utterly unique perspective on this city and this people. I’ve learnt so much from crooning to perfect strangers and I’d love to share it with you. There’s weird and wonderful characters to meet, lots of live and all-original music, spoken word, and a great story to be told.

You can catch Danusia Samal in Busking It on Nov 2 at 7pm.

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Soho Theatre meets... Archie Maddocks #SohoRising17 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-archie-maddocks-sohorising17/ The Soho Theatre Young Company (SYC) is a melting pot of new and growing talent for those aged 11+. With numerous courses encorporating all aspects of comedy, theatre and playwriting it has quickly become one of the top arts education programmes in London and beyond. This autumn Soho Theatre plays host to shows from a bunch of its brightest new voices, including SYC members, in the Upstairs space – a studio originally designed for ‘emerging companies, young people and brave new writing.... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-archie-maddocks-sohorising17/ The Soho Theatre Young Company (SYC) is a melting pot of new and growing talent for those aged 11+. With numerous courses encorporating all aspects of comedy, theatre and playwriting it has quickly become one of the top arts education programmes in London and beyond. This autumn Soho Theatre plays host to shows from a bunch of its brightest new voices, including SYC members, in the Upstairs space – a studio originally designed for ‘emerging companies, young people and brave new writing.’

We had a chat with Archie Maddocks ahead of his Soho Rising show here

Nice to meet you! What’s your name?
Archie Maddocks

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
When I graduated from University, I worked in a funeral parlour for a few years, and I was pretty good at it. I used to clean and dress the dead bodies, which was weird at first, but I got used to it surprisingly quickly. It’s hard to say I “enjoyed” it, because that is creepy as fuck, but yeah, it happened, and it was not a wholly negative experience.

Tell us about your experience of SYC.
I was on the Soho Writers’ Lab a few years back, and it provided an invaluable resource and platform for a career as a playwright. Without the show of confidence and advice offered by Soho theatre, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

What’s your show about?
It’s about how I wish someone would take control of my life, like a secret organisation running shit behind the scenes so that I didn’t have to get involved, and subsequently lots of stories to support this idea, because I’m clearly not doing a good job of it so far.

Why should people come and see it?
Look, I’m not someone to compliment myself in any way, shape or form. I come more from the self loathing camp of comedian, to the point where if I see my reflection in a mirror, it ruins my day. So, you can rest assured that when I say this show is hilarious, I’m not saying it in a boastful, arrogant way. If anything, I would love to say it’s terrible. But it’s not. It’s funny as hell and anyone that sees it comes away having laughed their lungs out for an hour and leaves feeling happier. What more can you ask for from an hour of comedy? Laughs, laughs, laughs. You’ll have a great time.

You can catch Archie Maddocks in Illuminarchie on Nov 1 at 9pm

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Soho Theatre meets... Lucy Farrett http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-lucy-farrett/ The Soho Theatre Young Company (SYC) is a melting pot of new and growing talent for those aged 11+. With numerous courses encorporating all aspects of comedy, theatre and playwriting it has quickly become one of the top arts education programmes in London and beyond. This autumn Soho Theatre plays host to shows from a bunch of its brightest new voices, including SYC members, in the Upstairs space – a studio originally designed for ‘emerging companies, young people and brave new writing.... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-theatre-meets-lucy-farrett/ The Soho Theatre Young Company (SYC) is a melting pot of new and growing talent for those aged 11+. With numerous courses encorporating all aspects of comedy, theatre and playwriting it has quickly become one of the top arts education programmes in London and beyond. This autumn Soho Theatre plays host to shows from a bunch of its brightest new voices, including SYC members, in the Upstairs space – a studio originally designed for ‘emerging companies, young people and brave new writing.’

We had a chat with Lucy Farrett ahead of her Soho Rising show here.

Nice to meet you! What’s your name?
Lucy Farrett.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I once had a club sandwich with Geoffrey Rush and he told me he loves Soho Theatre! TRUE STORY.

Tell us about your experience of SYC.
Doing the courses with the SYC was one of the best things I have ever done, as I got to play and try out comedy with amazing like-minded, fun people that I could make a buffoon of myself in front of with absolutely no judgement – what’s not to love!

What’s your show about?
LadyFace is a fast, mad, character comedy show where I play 8 different lady characters, such as a Medieval poet, the real Audrey Hepburn and a woman who owns a dog WOW. I also wear a pink tutu throughout and all my props are made of cardboard that hang off of a clothes horse. Essentially it’s a wacky, fantastical, surreal character comedy show with a cool outfit and inventive recycling!

Why should people come and see it?
Come and see LadyFace because I hope you’ll be simultaneously entertained, terrified and endeared by my strange character creations. It’s pretty much The Mighty Boosh/Victoria Wood lovechild of solo character comedy, with a killer scene change soundtrack.

You can catch Lucy Farrett here in LadyFace on Tue 31 Oct at 9pm.

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Soho Meets… Byron Gold http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-meetsandhellip-byron-gold/ 1. Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?Byron Gold 2. Where are you from?East London 3. Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?Well thank you…Malibu straight please 4. What is your go to homemade sore throat remedy?Wake up in your own bed on a Saturday night lol 5. Who are your biggest musical influences?I think at the moment Stormzy is really opening a lot of doors for the UK music scene and so good to see Craig David back in action, that guy is a legend. 6. What’s b... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sohotheatre.com/news/soho-meetsandhellip-byron-gold/ 1. Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Byron Gold

2. Where are you from?
East London

3. Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Well thank you…Malibu straight please

4. What is your go to homemade sore throat remedy?
Wake up in your own bed on a Saturday night lol

5. Who are your biggest musical influences?
I think at the moment Stormzy is really opening a lot of doors for the UK music scene and so good to see Craig David back in action, that guy is a legend.

6. What’s been your biggest musical achievement so far?
The release of my latest E.P – The Affirmation which by the way is available to download and stream on all major music outlets right now :) #ShamelessPlug

7. What was it like getting to the final of The Naked Choir with the Stratford East Singers?
Other than people being disappointed there was no nakedness, it was an incredible experience, we was the only non-auditioned all-inclusive choir to take part in the competition and we came second runner up out of 180 choirs, I just wanted people to feel what I feel when I work with a bunch of random strangers who come together through music, I believe we represented so many amazing sounding community choirs out there.

8. What’s your favourite song of all time?
This is like asking the meaning of life, it’s just one of those ones I can never truly answer lol, although I do think Luther Vandross ‘Never Too Much’ can make ex’s fall back in love for a whole 5 minutes, it’s that much of a tune!!!

9. If you were putting together a 3-person vocal supergroup, who would you have in it?
Beyonce, Prince and Micheal Jackson, can you imagine, they could be called B.P.M

10. Finally… what song do you sing in the shower when you’re getting ready for a night out?
Spice Girls Spice Up Your Life…just kidding, no it all depends on what night I am getting ready for, recently been singing one of my original songs. ‘Own Company’ mainly cause I am normally on my way to perform it so helps me prepare.

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