Modern Dance & Cock Launch Soho Autumn SeasonDate: 2 September 2002
Soho Theatre, the London venue dedicated to new writing, has announced its autumn season, which includes three new plays and a schedule of comedy acts, not least this year's Perrier Award winner and Richard Herring's male answer to The Vagina Monologues.
Sara Phelps' Modern Dance for Beginners opens the drama season, running from 23 September to 19 October 2002. A series of encounters linked by a liaison in a hotel bedroom, the two-hander is billed as a cruelly comic play about love and sex. Directed by Soho associate Jonathan Lloyd, it stars Justin Salinger (Privates on Parade, Under the Blue Sky, Jump Mr Malinoff) Jump, Soho Theatre) and Nicola Walker (Free, Dead Eye Boy, A Lie of the Mind, Passion Play).
It's followed by two offerings from members of the Soho Young Writers' Group, running concurrently from 23 October to 2 November: Playing Fields by 17-year-old Neela Dolezalova, which depicts the abrupt end of childhood, and Bright, Polly Wiseman's tale about a bright young woman sectioned to psychiatric ward.
Richard Herring's celebration of male genitalia, Talking Cock (pictured), comes direct from the 2002 Edinburgh Fringe to open the comedy schedule, from 25 September to 19 October 2002. Herring himself has called the one-man show, which he has devised and performs in, "a Vagina Monologues with balls".
Meanwhile, this year's Perrier Award winner, Daniel Kitson, brings his Edinburgh hit, Something to Soho from 4 to 23 November 2002. Also in Soho's autumn comedy line-up are Mandy Knight, Mark Thomas, Robert Newman and improv team Probe.
- by Terri Paddock