This spring Soho Theatre is off on tour as part of their commitment to take the best work from their stages to the widest possible audiences. Jack Rooke’s Good Grief, Panti Bliss’s High Heels in Low Places and Ursula Martinez’s Free Admission are heading to 17 venues across the UK; including Hull, Manchester, Oxford and Glasgow between March and June 2017.
In the last five years Soho Theatre has taken Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag and Phil Porter’s Blink on UK tours and to South Korea and India respectively with Blink also going to New York. They have produced Owen McCafferty’s Death of a Comedian in Dublin and Belfast as well as presenting comedy in Croatia, Australia and the US including Zoe Coombs Marr’s award-winning DAVE. Just last year they toured Clara Brennan’s Spine and The Pajama Men’s 2 Man 3 Musketeers and presented Only The Brave, the first large scale original musical production at Wales Millennium Centre, directed by their Artistic Director Steve Marmion. This comes as part of their efforts to target and develop new audiences by taking work around the country and the globe as outlined in their 2015-2018 Vision.
“Soho Theatre is London’s most vibrant venue for new theatre, comedy and cabaret. 2017 is an exciting time for us as we step up our touring across the UK and beyond. Working with our partners from Cardiff to Brighton, Glasgow to Manchester we’ll be taking the best of our programme to new audiences up and down the country. Kicking it off is the critically acclaimed Jack Rooke, the wickedly funny accidental activist Panti and the Olivier Award-winning performance provocateur Ursula Martinez.”
Sarah Dodd, Soho Theatre’s Touring Producer
Jack Rooke’s critically acclaimed debut hour Good Grief blends comedy, storytelling and film to explore how we treat the bereaved whilst challenging proposed welfare cuts for grieving families and celebrating finding happiness after tragedy. With a coffin full of sympathy snacks, Rooke and his Nan invite audiences to the happiest town in Britain where Dad’s dead and the only thing to eat is lasagna. Later this year Jack will present a BBC Radio 4 comedy adaptation of Good Grief and his own BBC3 documentary series about happiness titled Happy Man.
“[Jack Rooke] has a punchy sense of humour and an anarchic, naughty spring in his step.” Gemma Cairney
From performance giant to accidental activist, the Queen of Ireland, Panti is taking her wickedly funny High Heels in Low Places on tour for its final hurrah. In 2014, Panti landed herself in the middle of a media shit-storm dubbed ‘Pantigate’ when a speech she made about homophobia, went viral. High Heels in Low Places is about life after ‘Pantigate’. Hilarious and poignant, Panti (Rory O’Neill) traces her journey from small-town boy kicking against traditions to towering plastique woman in false lashes making history. High Heels in Low Places has performed to rave reviews and chock-a-block houses across Ireland, England, Paris, New York, Melbourne and Sydney. After a critically acclaimed run at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of Soho Theatre’s 17 show season the show is now set to take off one more time.
“a show that leaves lipstick traces on both heart and mind.” ★★★★ Guardian
Following its success in 2016, Olivier Award-winning performance provocateur Ursula Martinez is taking Free Admission on the road. Sharing her most personal stories and acts of self-revelation in an investigation of confession, miscommunication, sex, identity and social media, Martinez seeks to illuminate those corners of society rarely tackled with such directness and vulnerability. Free Admission shares the comical style of Martinez’s previous work and uses it to playfully ridicule and expose the absurdities of contemporary living; from racism to religion, selfies, gender stereotypes and our failing healthcare system. With nudity, political incorrectness, positive self-deprecation and a reinvention of the fourth wall, Martinez is back on her dirty soapbox in this honest, bittersweet look at growing up and getting on.
‘A charmingly transgressive solo performer.’ ★★★★ Times
SOHO THEATRE AND THISISPOPBABY PRESENT
PANTI BLISS: HIGH HEELS IN LOW PLACES
The Queen of Ireland, PANTI, invites you into her gender-discombobulating, stiletto-shaped world, exposing the stories behind the make-up – from performance giant to accidental activist – to reveal the National Fucking Treasure she is today.
Glasgow, Take Me Somewhere Festival, Fri 10 Mar, 8pm
Cardiff, Sherman Cymru, Sat 1 Apr, 7.45pm
London, Soho Theatre Downstairs, Wed 5 – Sat 8 Apr, 9pm
Manchester, Manchester HOME, Tue 25 Apr, 8pm
SOHO THEATRE AND JACK ROOKE PRESENT
JACK ROOKE: GOOD GRIEF
Jack Rooke’s critically acclaimed debut hour Good Grief blends comedy, storytelling and film to explore how we treat the bereaved whilst challenging proposed welfare cuts for grieving families and celebrating finding happiness after tragedy.
Oxford, Oxford Playhouse – Burton Taylor Studio, Mon 27 & Tue 28 Mar, 7.30pm
Leeds, Leeds Seven Arts, Fri 28 Apr, 7.30pm
Bangor, Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre Studio, Sat 29 Apr, 7.30pm
Margate, Tom Thumb Theatre, Wed 3 & Thu 4 May, 7.30pm
Canterbury, Canterbury Marlowe, Fri 5 May, 8pm
Newcastle, Newcastle Live, Wed 10 & Thu 11 May, 7.30pm
Hull, Hull Truck Theatre Studio, Fri 12 & Sat 13 May, 8pm
Manchester, Manchester HOME: T2, Wed 17, 7pm, Thu 18 May & Fri 19 May, 9pm
Leamington, Royal Spa Centre & Town Hall Studio, Sat 20 May, 7.45pm
Brighton Fringe, Brighton Old Market, Mon 29 May, 7.30pm
London, Soho Theatre WHERE, Tue 13 – Sat 17 Jun, 7.30pm
Exeter, The Bike Shed, Tue 20 – Sat 24 Jun, 7.30pm
SOHO THEATRE PRESENTS
URSULA MARTINEZ: FREE ADMISSION
In the current social-media obsessed climate of self-promotion, Martinez brings her unique style of positive self-deprecation, baring her soul (and possibly more), in an attempt to understand the absurdity of modern living.
Dublin, Dublin Project Arts Centre, Fri 9 & Sat 10 Jun, 7.30pm
Colchester, Colchester Arts Centre, Wed 14 Jun, 7.30pm
Birmingham, Birmingham Rep – The Door, Thu 15 – Sat 17, 8pm
Reading, Reading South Street Arts Centre, Wed 21 Jun, 8pm
London, Soho Theatre, Mon 26 Jun – Sat 1 Jul, 7.15pm