January 2019

We hope all you So & So’s have had excellent starts to the New Year, as well as suitably festive breaks (if you were able to take time off). We’re wishing you all the best for the year ahead. Do keep us up to date with everything you’re doing, no matter how small, so that we can share it with the entire Club. It’s great to hear what is going on around the world, so do keep up posted via news4soandso@gmail.com

We have a new casting breakdown up for the next rehearsed reading, to be performed and rehearsed in one day on 28 Jan at the Marylebone Theatre of Regent’s University. Stalag XXB by Tommy Kearney will be staged to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, and will be directed by Sarah Berger. Have a look on the website to apply.

February’s reading will be Freehold by Roger Goldsmith, and casting details for that will be publicised soon!

What Our Members Are Up To

  • The ladies of So & So are triumphing at the Off West End awards this year, with Kate Terence and Kristin Milward nominated for Female Performance in a Supporting Role in a Play, and Louise Jameson for Female Performance in a Play. Congratulations all and good luck!
  • Paul Clayton directs The Ruffian on the Stair by Joe Orton at the Hope Theatre (of which he is Patron) from 29 Jan. It stars Lucy Benjamin (Eastenders, Casualty, Detectorists), Gary Webster (Eastenders, Minder), and Adam Buchanan (Alan Bates Award Winner, Park Theatre, Theatre By The Lake).
  • Miranda Harrison performs in a fab new comedy, Death in Technicolour, as part of the Briefs night at Waterloo East Theatre on 17 Jan.
  • Pamela Schermann directs the European premiere of Cry Havoc by Tom Coash at the Park Theatre from 27 Mar, a passionate love story between a spirited young Egyptian and an idealistic British writer.
  • Citizens of Nowhere? by Ming Ho, which premiered at the Southbank Centre last Oct,  returns to Duddell’s Restaurant, London Bridge (close to So & So @ The Bridge!), for seven performancesbetween 26 Jan and 2 Feb. And for two shows at Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, on 4 Feb. A funny and moving real-time live audio drama, which invites the audience to eavesdrop on the British-Chinese Lo family at a moment of crisis, this intimate performance by actors seated among the audience is simultaneously experienced through headphones and includes refreshments.
  • Jelena Budimir directs Beast on the Moon at the Finborough Theatre from 29 Jan, with Claire Cartwright assisting. They are hosting an Arty-Party in order to fundraise for the show on Sunday 20 January 3-9pm (or whenever they want to stop….) Join them for a glass of wine, or for the Dry January virtuous ones, a cup of tea… plenty of snacks and cake.  Drop by, stay all day, or anything in between, bring friends and shift the winter blues. Bring your favourite tipple and donate £10 for the pleasure of drinking it in good company with the odd bit of pretentious theatrical chatter. For more info, contact Jelena.
  • Rebecca Hands-Wicks will perform fellow member Vicki Berwick‘s monologue Monkey Bars as part of a Katzcratch a new scratch night at Katzpace on 20 Jan at 7.30pm. Tickets are just £10 so book now!
  • Paul L Martin leads a practical workshop for performers embarking on their first solo cabaret/concert or seasoned artistes wishing to learn his techniques and tips from the past 25 years. Entitled Shaping Your Show, it will take place on 16 Feb in London.
  • Check out Vanessa Bailey‘s short film Seeing Him on Vimeo. It is her first stab at producing and directing a film, and is only 9 minutes long so do give it a look.
  • Nigel Osner will be taking his show Too young to stay in, too old to go out! back to the Brighton Fringe this year, and to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. But before these and any other performances, there’ll be a one-off performance at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden on 3 Feb.
  • Claire Louise Amias and Sarah Lawrie will perform in a one-week run of Claire‘s new play Oranges & Ink at the Tristan Bates from 27 Mar. The play follows the relationship between Aphra Behn and Nell Gwyn, and how they helped each other find success, despite humble beginnings.
  • Motormouse Productions present Are You Kidding Me? – a Comedy of Unequal Equals by Karen Bartholomew, a short play for Cockpit Pound Night on 18 Feb.
  • Paul Sockett will be performing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Honey-Tongued Productions in late-January at The Bermuda Festival of Performing Arts. The site-specific show was also performed at Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik, Croatia in July as part of Midsummer Scene (an annual arts festival).
  • Sarah Shelton is in snowy Frankfurt performing  as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret at the English Theatre there, until 10 Mar. It then transfers to Munich from 26 Mar – 3 Apr.
  • Rosalind Adler has written some short stories and put them out in the world for those of you who have Kindles, available via Amazon. You might also fancy reading her novella Number Seven, the autobiography of a 100-year-old house.
  • Phoebe Shaw is looking for new accommodation come the end of January and was wondering if anyone might have any leads? Due to unforeseen circumstances, her budget is low (£400 all in). She is open to all areas of London and is happy with a single room. She’s happy to be a lodger or move in with a family etc. Due to her low budget she’d also be happy to give a couple of my hours time to clean or help cook etc if it was in a family home.
New Members

Congratulations to Audrey PalmerAndy WatkinsNoah Young, and Kevin Ryan, who have joined the Club as a Lifetime Members, along with Faye Maughan, Eavan Murphy, Rallou Doka, and Eva Morkeset, who have joined as yearly members.

Best wishes to all,

Dave Spencer