February 2018

Lots of exciting business this fortnight!

Sarah Berger is casting Macbeth and Lady Macbeth for her bilingual production in Kyrgyzstan on Monday and Tuesday at So & So @ The Manor, which coincidentally is doing a roaring trade in rehearsal and casting room hire.

Dave Spencer will be casting for the next Club reading, Stolen Years by Peter Lantos, which will be held at the Tristan Bates Theatre on 1 Mar. There are some great roles for 50s actors in this.

Our open day at So & So @ The Manor is coming up – 12-8pm on 20 Feb. We’d love to see you, chat, have a cuppa, and show you everything the new home has to offer. We have converted the large airy warehouse into offices with a spacious communal space with fixed desk space, kitchen, and loo facilities, casting rooms and a huge rehearsal performance space. Full details along with pictures are available on the website.

We will also be holding a Producers’ and Directors’ Evening on 16 Feb at 7pm, to discuss ways in which we can all work together to create a sustainable artistic future, as well as to discuss a new tech platform. More info at the bottom of this newsletter.

What Our Members Are Up To

  • Congrats to Rachel Fenwick who appeared in a very exciting Brave New Word new writing night at the Arcola last week!
  • The highly successful and prolific writer Terry Johnson has his show, KEN, currently running at The Bunker Theatre and it would be marvellous to see some So & So support.
  • Ros Adler’s Judgment Day (as picked up by Talkback) plays at The Comedy Project over at Soho Theatre on 26 Feb. Justin Brett leads a fabulous cast.
  • Chris Orr is giving one of 7 diverse taster sessions at the Cockpit’s Theatre Maker Launch on 18 Feb. Chris’s session will focus on Making Theatre with Improvisation.
  • Lara Genovese, Evy Barry, and Rebecca Hands-Wicks are all involved in Naiad Productions’s Scratch Night on 18 and 19 Feb at the Old Red Lion Theatre – an evening of short plays inspired by the fantastic Pedro Almodóvar.
  • Vicki Berwick through her PR day job would like to pass on information about ‘The Festival‘ at Hampstead Theatre from 17-18 Feb. There are a variety of workshops and talks from writing a musical to portfolio careers as an actor. There’s also a full film script read through of Gosford Park which will have high profile actors (mostly kept secret until the day).
  • Julie Binysh will be appearing in One Last Waltz at the Greenwich Theatre from 9-17 Mar.
  • Anthony Shrubsall, Edmund Dehn, and Sarah Lawrie, having formed And Tomorrow Theatre Company, are producing their first production Death of A Hunter by prolific German playwright Rolf Hochhuth, which has just secured a run at a prestigious London theatre. More news on that to follow in the coming days, but for now, do follow them on Twitter.
  • Ming Ho‘s WGGB award-winning Best Radio Drama, The Things We Never Said, starring Lia Williams and Sian Phillips, can be caught on iPlayer right now. And in the same slot the following week, look out for Ming’s new play, Male Order – part of Radio 4’s Riot Girls season exploring female transgression.
  • Sarah Lawrie will appear at The Space Theatre from 20 Feb – 10 Mar in Burn Bright Theatre’s fearless, feminist retelling of Frankenstein. Get £5 off by using code SOSO9 online or on the door.
  • Kat-Anne Rogers will be directing Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea at the Maltings Theatre in St Albans from 8-17 Mar.
  • Jonathan Young‘s company is touring Pandora’s Box until 28 Feb, so check out a venue near you.
  • Dave Spencer directs the headliner of the 96 Festival at the Omnibus Theatre, The Soul Of Wittgenstein, which opened to glowing reviews 5 and 4 star reviews on Thursday! It pits the irascible philosopher against a cheeky illiterate Cockney. So & So discount £10 tickets enter code SOUL10.
  • Annabel Leventon is doing a cabaret called Going Further at Brasserie Zedel – one night only, 19 Feb – it’d be great to see some So & Sos in the stalls!
  • Naomi Westerman‘s Zina is a true story about an extraordinary woman’s journey from devout Hijabi to dominatrix and recovering sex addict. This verbatim play explores female sexuality and feminism within Islam. Opens 21 Feb.
  • Claire Evans will be directing Belle Fontaine by Nicholas McInerny in a co-production at Waterloo East Theatre as part of VAULT Festival. Performances from 21-25 Feb. The play is set in an isolated religious community at a moment of crisis and asks what is the colour of a miracle in a black and white world.
  • Abi Zakarian‘s new play I Have A Mouth And I Will Scream has been rehearsing at So & So @ The Bridge, and opens on 14 Feb. It promises to be a play but not a play about being a woman today.
  • An extract from Roger Goldsmith‘s play Benches will be staged at the White Bear Theatre tonight by Cuckoo Bang Theatre as part of their BITS production of new writing. A production of the play will be staged by me at the same theatre in the autumn, and he will be looking for a cast and director nearer the time. Stay tuned!
  • Colin Campbell invites everyone to the performance storytelling night, ‘The Listening Hare‘, at the White Bear Theatre, on 25 Feb, which will hopefully become an ongoing thing if this first one is successful, so do go and support!
  • Marnie Nash‘s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost in Unfold Theatre’s production at the Rose Theatre Bankside opens on 27 Feb, and Nicholas Delvalle plays in the cast.

New Members

Hello to our new members – Jennifer Konko, Charlotte Melén, Valentina Vinci, Mark Pritchard, Alexander Allin.

Best wishes to all,

Dave Spencer