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58 mins, 2022
Part of Soho Theatre On Demand Film Festival, Fri 4 Feb – Sun 13 Mar. A new festival of theatre, online and on demand. HEDDA (after Ibsen) is available to rent Fri 4 - Sun 13 Feb. David Hoyle stars in this world premiere, cinematic theatrical reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Created, written and directed by Jen Heyes. Composed by Tom Parkinson Hedda is beautiful, aristocratic, and intelligent, loaded with social grace and a steely, clear, dispassionate charisma. Life really isn’t good enough for Hedda. Like any of us, in life there are moments when we feel that this frustrating business of existence — as lived on our darkest days — really isn’t good enough for us either. Set in a Lynchesque inspired world of dream imagery, drama, bespoke sound design, music and chanteuse style singing; the iconic avant-garde performer David Hoyle is HEDDA in this one-person, cinematic theatre reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, created and directed by Jen Heyes with original composition by Tom Parkinson. HEDDA (after Ibsen) moves past the obvious to create a darkly surreal show that doesn’t reduce it to our binary traditions. As Ibsen said ‘Hedda is first and foremost a human being’. Shot on location at Soho Theatre, HEDDA (after Ibsen) is a story of many faces, the absolute power of manipulation, influence, the control of obsession and dark psychological unrest. It’s a 21st century unpicking of Ibsen’s original text from inside the hinterland of Hedda’s imagination. Unkind, self-serving and bored with all life has to offer; we first encounter this flawed femme fatale the morning after they return from a 6-month honeymoon to their newly acquired villa filled with expectation of their future life of ease and affluence. In reality, Hedda has only 2 pistols, an old piano and a portrait of a dead father; symbols from a past life, to cling to… HEDDA (after Ibsen) is presented by CutToTheChase productions in association with Soho Theatre and was originally commissioned by The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University. It has been funded by Arts Council England, The Arts Centre, and Soho Theatre. Photography by Lee Baxter.
60 mins, 2022
Part of Soho Theatre On Demand Film Festival, Fri 4 Feb – Sun 13 Mar. A new festival of theatre, online and on demand. Half Breed is available to rent Fri 11 - Sun 20 Feb. Jazmin feels different. She doesn’t want to stay in the village. She doesn’t want to have a baby. She doesn’t want to laugh at racist jokes in the local pub. She’s got to get out. And when her gran signs her up for a drama school audition in London without telling her: ‘my brain is just confused as confused as my skin. Should I stay here? Or should I try to move to London? Stay. Go. Stay. Go. Stay. Go. Stay…’ After sold out shows in London, at the Edinburgh Fringe and touring India, Natasha Marshall returns her critically acclaimed, award-nominated show Half Breed to Soho Theatre, this time part of the Soho Theatre On Demand Film Festival. Shortlisted for the Soho Young Writers’ Tony Craze Award 2016, the Alfred Fagon Award 2016 and for best new play in the 2017 UK Theatre Awards, Natasha Marshall’s full hour debut Half Breed is a one woman partly autobiographical dark comedy about faith in yourself: finding your voice, fighting for what you want and being fearless in who you are. Half Breed is presented by Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company ‘It's funny and gripping, and its emotional punch feels very real.’ ★★★★ Evening Standard ‘She’s got something special about her’ ★★★★ The Times ‘As writer and performer, Marshall is breathtaking’ The Observer
70 mins, 2022
Part of Soho Theatre On Demand Film Festival, Fri 4 Feb – Sun 13 Mar. A new festival of theatre, online and on demand. Shuck 'n' Jive is available to rent Fri 18 - Sun 27 Feb. 'You do realise that your premier black woman role model was literally a puppet controlled by a white man, right?' Opera singer Simone very quickly discovers that London is not the BNP-free utopia she’d always dreamed of. Meanwhile, actress Cassi battles it out for the illustrious roles of ‘Sassy Friend’, ‘Spunky Slave’, and ‘Third Crack Whore From The Left’ at every audition. Desperate to be seen as they are, not as the colour of their skin, they decide to take control and write their own story [This is that story] With music, laughter and searing honesty, Shuck ‘n’ Jive is the debut play from Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong & Simone Ibbett-Brown, directed by Soho Theatre Associate Director Lakesha Arie-Angelo. Shuck 'n' Jive is presented by Soho Theatre ‘Fierce, fearless and cerebral’ Guardian ‘Vivacious, energetic…full to the brim with humanity.’ ★★★★ Broadway World
59 mins, 2022
Part of Soho Theatre On Demand Film Festival, Fri 4 Feb – Sun 13 Mar. A new festival of theatre, online and on demand. Mum is available to rent Fri 25 Feb - Sun 6 Mar. An unmissable new play from Olivier Award winning playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Emilia, West-End) and the acclaimed Producers of Fleabag and Baby Reindeer. Motherhood. No one can prepare you for it. No matter how much you tell yourself you can do it – can you? Where’s the rush of love? When will you sleep again? What if the thing you fear most is also the thing you crave? All you wanted was one night of unbroken sleep, what have you done? Mum is a feverish journey through every parent’s worst nightmare. Mum is directed by Abigail Graham and presented by Francesca Moody Productions, Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Popcorn Group. 'Brutal, delicate and devastating' ★★★★ The i 'It's breathtaking and frequently brilliant' ★★★★ WhatsOnStage 'A power hour' ★★★★ Guardian ★★★★ Independent ★★★★ Daily Mail TRIGGER WARNINGS Mum is a raw and real exploration of early motherhood. Includes occasional strong language and sensitive subject matter, including references to mental health issues, terminal illness, and the social care system. For more information please call the Soho Theatre box office on 020 7478 0100.
60 mins, 2022
Part of Soho Theatre On Demand Film Festival, Fri 4 Feb – Sun 13 Mar. A new festival of theatre, online and on demand. Sessions is available to rent Fri 4 - Sun 13 Mar. “30 just matters, init. Like there’s no doubt you’re a proper adult then. Like 25 to 29 is just training but 30, it’s real." Tunde’s 30th birthday is fast approaching. So, he’s just started therapy because he hasn’t been able to get to the gym for weeks and a recent one-night stand ended in tears – his. Interrogating the challenge of opening up and accepting our own vulnerabilities, Sessions by Ifeyinwa Frederick (writer of The Hoes at Hampstead Theatre) is a raw, funny, bittersweet deep-dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy. Sessions is presented by Soho Theatre and Paines Plough. 'Compelling' ★★★★★ Stage