Our dear friends with the So and So Arts Club, together with Roma Fringe, are putting on a brilliant theatre festival in just a few days. See below for the official press release.
International theatre festival comes to the heart of the City.
November 3-9th 2014 A pop up venue in the heart of the historic City of London, will host 14 shows from five different countries for a week-long international theatre festival of one act plays.
The So and So On Festival, in association with Italy’s Roma Fringe, will showcase some of the best new writing and performances from Britain, with guest performers from Canada, Italy, Australia and the USA.
Shows include an award-winning monologue from a confused Canadian lesbian, a hallucinatory dystopia based on Kafka’s “The Trial”, the story of a transsexual dad from Arkansas, and from Italy, an absurd and poetic re-imagining of Frederico Fellini’s classic film, La Strada.
Producer Sarah Berger says, “The idea behind the festival is to bring new theatrical experiences from across the world to the diverse London audience…which has always been an amazing melting pot. The festival has also tried hard to get so many artists from so far afield into one basement because that’s how great future collaborations come about. And the great thing about a festival of one-act plays is that it proves you can have an amazing experience in under an hour.”
The Festival will run at 6 Frederick’s Place, City of London, London, UK EC2R 8AB from November 3rd – 9th 2015. Tickets are available here http://thesoandsoartsclub.ticketsource.co.uk/ or from the box office at 0207 923 9518.
The So and So Arts club, established by Sarah Berger in 2012, helps artists of all ages from across every discipline by encouraging them to network and collaborate. To date, the club has 1200 members in nine different countries, and has produced three festivals and eight productions.
The fourteen shows on offer are:
Pussy, a witty one woman show which follows the tangled heartaches of a confused Canadian lesbian, her wild British girlfriend, their Russian landlady and a highly opinionated cat. Maura Halloran won best actress at the United Solo Theatre festival for her performance.
Macbeth: Gore and Grief. Acclaimed actor David Keller and poet writer Simon Rae present this gripping one-man adaptation of Macbeth.
Diva: Australians Tiffany Barton, writer, and Helen Doig, director, bring their award winning one woman show about a washed up opera diva with British actress Karren Winchester who has appeared at the National and extensively in theatre and TV.
Walking: A new three hander winner of the Kenneth Branagh award by Tina Jay directed by Keith Myers.
Shurl: A delightful one-woman show nominated for the outstanding performance award at the Prague fringe festival. Written and performed by Sue Schilperoot.
The Orpheus Project: A new piece of writing by Jonathan Young and David Hermann, inspired by both the mythology of Orpheus and Kafka’s ‘The Trial’. Using original soundscapes, music, movement and multimedia, Nomanstime Automatics creates a dystopian future described by Public reviews as “a frightening, fragmentary experience for its residents and an exceptionally engaging piece of theatre for its audience”.
What I do by Daniel Davies whose last play “Is Anything Broken” transferred from Radio to the Camden Fringe, a wry commentary on homelessness starring Steve Hay.
Full Dress by Bronwen Denton Davis.
Two sisters meet for the first time in years at a memorial service. American director Paula D’Allessandris is flying over from New York to direct this vignette with two British actresses.
Out There Unsettling and surreal, evoking Hitchcock and psychological thrillers like Don’t Look Now & Barton Fink – “Out There!” is a new play, weaving together classic gothic horror stories, Le Horla by Maupassant & The Yellow Wallpaper by C.P. Gilman. With Jill Crawford and Jeremie Korta.
The Drifts Live The novel on stage by Thom Vernon.
A trans-dad, a housewife, her husband, his lover and a calf fight their sex in a mean Arkansas blizzard.
The Bench written by and starring Tom Gutteridge and Liam Mansfield. Peter is stuck in a rut. He already feels his youth has passed him by, with no idea where he’s going or why he’s going there. In a desperate moment he finds himself embroiled in a conversation with a homeless man.
Stand By Your Man written and performed by Jenni Douglas.
Evil is real, evil walks this Earth like a natural man. And he’s found love. With songs and original music Jenni tells the story of four women who fell in love with serial killers.
Dare devised and performed by Claudia Errico with the collaboration of visual performer Riccardo Attanasio Matlakas. Told with a physical and sensual journey through improvised happenings, ecstatic dances and Visual Art; Dare inspires us to share that repressed feeling, and journey beyond boundaries to live a life made of Individual choices.
THE WHITE ROOM by Caterina Gramaglia The performance brings on stage interaction of live acts and multi-media material – videos, pictures, words, songs of these characters are played by the only artist on stage – an interaction between the absurd and poetic making the way to Fellini’s world La Strada powerfully incarnated by his muse and lead actress Giulietta Masina as the powerful Gelsomina. Winner of the Roma Fringe festival.
Each show has three performances across the week.
We are happy to arrange interviews with any of the casts or creative teams.
The producers are Davide Ambrogi, founder of the Rome Fringe festival, and Sarah Berger an actress, director and producer, and founder of The So and So Arts Club.
Link to The So and So On festival: www.thesoandsoartsclub.net
Link to the So and So Arts Club: www.thesoandsoartsclub.com
For further information or comps, please contact the festival organizers.
The Best Pies in London
by Abi Zakarian
Meet Tam Tribune. She runs the best pie shop in east London. She runs it with a fierce pride, an iron fist and a sharp tongue. But the street is changing and old times are giving way to the new; a long standing family dispute threatens Tam’s world so she responds with a Shakespearean force. Revenge, as she is often fond of saying, is a dish best served hot.
Exploring themes of family traditions, community and the rise of urban gentrification and staged in a real pie & mash shop on Hoxton Street, Abi’s new play is inspired by the character of Tamora, Queen of the Goths from Shakespeare’s early play Titus Andronicus.
See the play as part of the ‘Hoxton Path’ series of plays during the Shakespeare in Shoreditch festival.
October 1st – 12th.