March – April 2018

It’s been an exciting few weeks for So & So and indeed So & Sos. We have launched our brand new Lifetime Membership offer, which a number of you have already taken advantage of. Rather than paying £30/year, you can now pay £100 upfront, or £10/month for one year. You are then a member. For life. No more remembering when your subs are up or being chased by us. And, on top of that, you will be helping us through some difficult times right now.

We have many balls in the air at the moment and it’d be great to have as much support juggling them as possible!

Sarah Berger (as I write) has just landed in Kyrgyzstan, where she is directing a bi-lingual production of Macbeth at the State Theatre in the capital, Bishkek. Joining her and the 20+ Kyrgyz state actors are our very own Claire Cartwright and Steve Hay, who will be playing the infamous couple themselves. And the whole thing is being organised by Yuldosh Juraboev.

What Our Members Are Up To

  • Rekha John-Cheriyan is in Soldier On, which runs from 14 Mar for three weeks at the London Playground Theatre before going back on tour to York and Oxford. Becky Brown is also CSM on this fabulous show.
  • Acceptable Damage, written by Fiona Whitelaw, is currently on the festival circuit. Have a look at their trailer on the film’s IMDB page.
  • Fiz Marcus is currently rehearsing for Absolute Hell, which will play the Lyttleton at the National Theatre from 25 Jun. She plays Cook and Ensemble. Full details on the National site.
  • Sounds of Thunder Ltd is a new audio play company which is looking for audio scripts, set up by Helen Stirling. They are a small company but are are aiming to pay – either outright commission, or profit share. Please contact Helen for more information.
  • Yasmin Pettigrew is involved with Mama Quilla’s upcoming The Working Class Project, which is hosting a series of free workshops in April around the UK. For more information, please get in touch.
  • Lucky, a short play by Vicki Berwick will be on for 1 night only on 28 Mar at Katzpace in London Bridge. It features an all So & So Arts club cast and crew with Hollie Crisp and Paul Lavers and directed by Sarah Lawrie.
  • Gail Louw invites you all to her touring production, Being Brahms. It tours from now until 5 May in Epsom, London, Brighton, St Leonards, and Guildford.
  • Sarah Lawrie, Edmund Dehn, and Anthony Shrubsall are producing the UK Premiere of Death of a Hunter by Rolf Hochhuth, dealing with the last hour of Ernest Hemingway’s life before his suicide, throughout Apr at the Finborough Theatre. And on 10 Apr, Torsten Muenchow will perform the play in the original German. So & Sos can get 1/3 off the price of a full price ticket when booking online (only) by entering the promotional code SOANDSO at checkout, valid on certain dates.
  • Paola Dionisotti performs in William Shaw’s The Fever at Omnibus Theatre from tomorrow until Thursday. Reviewed as ‘one of the five best actresses in the country’ by the Independent, make sure not to miss what is sure to be exquisite!
  • Under the Skin by Yonatan Calderon, and directed by Ariella Eshed, which started its life at Women and War: EXODUS is back for a week’s run at the Old Red Lion Theatre 26-31 Mar, followed by a short Brighton Fringe run 16 and 17 May. So & So discount code: ‘Under the skin 18’ – £10 tickets.
  • After two years of development, Crash! The Musical by Jules Kleiser and Nigel Reid is ready for a rehearsed reading and we will be seeking feedback and comments. It will be directed by Charlotte Peters and will take place on 29 Mar at 2.30pm at Theatre Delicatessen. Entry is free and by invite only. Space is limited and so please register your interest by emailing Jules.
  • If you’ve ever thought of creating a one-person show, award-winning player-playwright Robert Cohen can help you build a framework to get started. Held on 1 Apr at the Rialto Theatre in Brighton.
  • The first London production of Andrew Sharpe’s piece Meet Me at the Nightingale will be part of Theatre In the Pound at the Cockpit Theatre on 16 Apr. Tickets for only £1!
  • Keya Crenshaw will perform in I Don’t Want to Be & Mother’s Day, both by Lisa B. Thompson at the Columbus Dance Theatre, Ohio. The plays are featuring in Black Women Strong – An Evening of Short Plays. Shows are 6, 7, 13, and 14 Apr.
  • Tom Latter and Scaffold Shakespeare Company are running 8 workshops on Shakespeare plays, Mar to Jun, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. For full details head to their website.

New Members

And finally, huge congratulations to our new Lifetime Members, Karren Winchester, Adele Anderson, Jennie May Dunne, Becky Brown, and Annette Holland.

Best wishes to all,

Dave Spencer