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Provocative, funny, confronting – Soho Theatre’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme 2018

Natalie Palamides: NATE. Photo by Nick Rasmussen

Natalie Palamides: NATE. Photo by Nick Rasmussen

‘Soho Theatre is back at the world’s biggest arts festival with unheard voices from across the globe. Class, gender and identity pulses through the heart of the work with these entertaining and truly live artists from around the world. From Cork to New York, we have it covered from the newest of angles.’ Steve Marmion, Artistic Director

Underground Railroad Game. Photo by Ben Arons

Underground Railroad Game. Photo by Ben Arons

From the most provocative new theatre to cabaret that confronts and comedy that takes home the Festival’s biggest prize, Soho Theatre’s Edinburgh Fringe has always been an exceptional offering of some of the most talked about talent from within and beyond UK’s borders. This year will be no different as we present a programme of 15 new shows by award winners and nominees alongside exciting festival debutantes from around the world.

OBIE Award Winner for Best New American Theatre Work, Underground Railroad Game, is a no holds barred look at race, sex and power politics in America. A poignant yet explosive exploration of one of the most toxic of American legacies; a playful teaching exercise which throws off its disguise to become a theatrical firecracker.First produced in New York by the award-winning theatre Ars Nova, the play will have its UK premiere at the Traverse immediately followed by a run at Soho Theatre’s Dean Street home.

Le Gateau Chocolat: ICONS. Photo by Eli Schmidt

Le Gateau Chocolat: ICONS. Photo by Eli Schmidt

Shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s biennial Verity Bargate Award, award-winning writer and performer Karen Cogan’s Drip Feed is a fast new, infectiously dark comedy about the messiness of being young, female and queer in Ireland. Though set in the 90s this is a story marked by issues demanding consideration in Ireland 2018: sexuality, intimacy, addiction and mental health.

An arresting first production from writer Ed Edwards, inspired by his own experience, The Political History of Smack and Crack is an angry, funny love-song to a lost generation annihilated by the heroin epidemic of Thatcher’s years, leaping from the 1981 riots to present day survival on the streets of Manchester.

Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer and MICF Barry Award nominee Natalie Palamides wants to know what it means to be a man. Natalie doesn’t have a clue, but NATE does. Natalie is NATE. Co-devised and directed by Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Doctor Brown, join NATE on his struggle to find self-expression and true love, all while still upholding society’s pressures ‘to be a man’.  

 International debuts include award-winning Ivan Aristeguieta (Winner Best Newcomer 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival, Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe 2017) who emigrated to Australia from Venezuela only to become one of the hottest comics Down Under; Journalist, Bollywood Film Writer and India’s Most Intelligent Comedian (New York Times) Anuvab Pal who has a colonial hangover in ‘New India’ in his show Empire, and; New York’s cosmic comedian Myq  Kaplan, who wants to take audiences (and himself, and the universe) on a journey of kindness in All Killing Aside, a comedy show about truth, love, and not murdering.

From the UK, last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee Ahir Shah returns to Cabaret Voltaire with Duffer, another high-intensity stand-up show full of political vigour, philosophical inquiry and sweet gags. Best Newcomer nominee Lauren Pattison is looking forward to delivering some new home truths with her wicked, warm and authentic brand of humour, following her whirlwind year of awards, nominations and sold-out shows. And Jessie Cave brings her acute blend of confessional comedy and DIY Performance Art in Sunrise, over-sharing as she does best about heartbreak, motherhood and keeping up the Instagram Illuminati.

After three years away, opera and lycra loving cabaret sensation, Le Gateau Chocolat returns to the Fringe to debut his captivating international smash-hit, Icons. Seamlessly weaving through pop, opera and rock, from Whitney to Pavarotti, Gateau investigates his own objects of worship through the songs and music of his personal icons.

Following their sell-out global-stadium-Pop-tour that came to an earth-shattering finale in Edinburgh last year –DENIM broke up. Humanity has been in mourning. The five queens will reunite for one night only. All month.And, as if that’s not enough, for the first two weeks of the festival Denim are doubling up to present the perfect place for young’uns to scream, dream and become a queen in The Denim Juniors, their first drag pop concert for kids.

Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee 2016 Jayde Adams is going full diva this Fringe with glorious gowns, acerbic charm and show-stopping music by Olivier Award winning composer Richard Thomas. And Drag Superstar Jonny Woo and Richard Thomas bring Jonny Woo’s All Star Brexit Cabaret, a sequin-spangled musical ripped straight from the headlines.

LISTINGS

Soho Theatre presents the Ars Nova Production of

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME

Created and performed by Jennifer Kidwell & Scott R. Sheppard

With Lightning Rod Special

Directed by Taibi Magar

Edinburgh Fringe. Traverse 1. UK Premiere. 18+. Duration 75 mins.

Sun 5 – Sun 26 August (not 3, 6, 13, 20, 25). Previews Thu 2 Aug, 7pm & Sat 4 Aug, 5.30pm.

Press night Sun 5 Aug, 9.15pm

Times and dates: 9, 16, 22 Aug, 10am / 23, 26 Aug, 1pm / 10, 17, 24 Aug, 4pm / 4 Aug, 5.30pm / 2, 11, 14, 18 Aug, 7pm /

5 Aug (press), 9.15pm / 7, 8, 12, 15, 19, 21 Aug, 10pm. Tickets £21.50 (£16.50 / £15.00). (£15 / £9 previews).

 

Soho Theatre. Tue 4 – Sat 29 Sep, 7.15pm. Captioned performance Tue 18 Sep, 7.15pm. Tickets from £8

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @arsnova #URGTour

Soho Theatre presents

DRIP FEED

By Karen Cogan

Directed by Oona Murphy. Performed by Karen Cogan.

Assembly George Square, The Bubble.

Wed 1 Aug to Sun 26 Aug, 2.30pm (not 14). 60mins. From £12 (£8 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @KarenMCogan

Most Wanted, Offstage Theatre, Soho Theatre, W14 Productions and Alastair Michael present

THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK

Directed by Cressida Brown

Paines Plough’s Roundabout, Summerhall.

Fri 3 – Sun 26 Aug, 5.30pm (not 7, 14 & 21). 60 mins. From £10 (£9 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @Summerhallery #RoundaboutPP

Soho Theatre in association with Avalon presents

AHIR SHAH: CONTROL

Directed by Adam Brace

Free Fringe. Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire.

Thu 2 – Sat 26 August, 2.15pm. 60 mins

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @ahirshah

Jessie Cave with Soho Theatre c/o Curtis Brown Ltd

JESSIE CAVE: SUNRISE

Directed by Adam Brace

The Stand 3 & 4.

Wed 1 – Sat 26 Aug, 2.25pm (not 13). 60 mins. From £10.

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @jessiecave

Soho Theatre and United Agents present

DENIM: THE DENIM JUNIORS

Directed by Steve Marmion

Assembly George Square, Piccolo

Fri 3 to Sat 19 Aug, 4.30pm (not 13). 60mins. From £9 (£5 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @Denim_uk

Soho Theatre presents

NATALIE PALAMIDES: NATE

Directed by Doctor Brown

Pleasance Courtyard, Beside

Wed 1 – Sat 26 Aug, 6pm (not 13). 60 mins. From £10 (£7 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @natdogkatdog #NATE

David Johnson, Jon Mackay and Reuben Cook in association with Soho Theatre present

JONNY WOO’S ALL STAR BREXIT CABARET

Assembly George Square Gardens

Thu 2 – Mon 27 Aug, 6pm (not 13 & 20). 60mins. From £13 (£8 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @JonnyWooUK

Soho Theatre in association with Mick Perrin Worldwide Management present

ANUVAB PAL: EMPIRE

Pleasance Courtyard, That

Wed 1 – Sat 26 Aug, 7pm (not 13). 60 mins. From £10 (£7 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @AnuvabPal

Soho Theatre in association with United Agents present

LAUREN PATTISON : PEACHY

Pleasance Courtyard, Attic

Wed 1 – Sun 26 Aug, 7pm (not 13). 60mins. From £11 (£6.50 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @laurenpattison

Soho Theatre in association with Laughing Stock Productions present

IVAN ARISTEGUIETA: JUITHY

Edinburgh Fringe

Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker One

Wed 1 to Sat 26 Aug (not 13). 7.15pm. 60 mins. From £10 (£7 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @IvanComedy

Soho Theatre Downstairs

Tue 28 Aug – Sat 1 Sept, 7.30pm. 60 mins. From £11

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @IvanComedy

Soho Theatre presents

LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT: ICONS

Assembly George Square, Piccolo

Thu 2 to Sat 26 Aug, 7.30pm (not 13 & 20). 70mins. From £13 (£8 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @LeGateauChoc

Soho Theatre presents

MYQ KAPLAN: ALL KILLING ASIDE

Underbelly Bristo Square, Fresian

Wed 1 – Sat 26 Aug (not 13), 9.15pm. 60mins. From £11 (£7 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @MyqKaplan

Johnson, Mackay, Soho Theatre and United Agents present

JAYDE ADAMS: THE DIVINE MS JAYDE

Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance Two.

Wed 1 – Mon 27 Aug, 9.30pm. 60mins. From £12 (£7.50 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @jaydeadams

Soho Theatre and United Agents present

DENIM: THE REUNION TOUR

Directed by Steve Marmion

Assembly George Square Gardens, Piccolo

Thu 2 to Sat 26 Aug (not 13), 10.30pm. 60mins. From £12 (£7 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @Denim_uk