Soho Theater Announces Inaugural Soho Theater On Demand Film Festival Lineup for 2022
The Soho Theater has announced the launch of the first Soho Theater On Demand film festival, bringing uniquely designed performance films made and supported by the venue to your small screen. Each film will be available for an exclusive ten-day window, with the first film releasing on Friday, February 4, 2022. Full details and tickets are available now at stream.sohotheatre.com.
The Soho Theater On Demand Film Festival’s first program combines acclaimed plays from the past few years with previously unseen works, (re)imagined for the screen. The first outing is the world premiere of HEDDA (after Ibsen) starring iconic avant-garde David Hoyle, created and directed by Jen Heyes and set in a Lynchesque-inspired world of obsession and dark psychological turmoil that will be set online Friday, February 4. This will be followed by Natasha Marshall’s critically acclaimed one-woman show Half Breed, brought to life for the screen. Next is Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong and Simone Ibbett-Brown’s debut play Shuck’n’Jive, directed by Soho Theater Associate Director Lakesha Arie-Angelo, a sharp satire with music, laughs and honest burning. The penultimate film is Mum, Oliver Award-winning writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s unflinching portrayal of early motherhood by the acclaimed producers of Fleabag and Baby Reindeer. The festival’s latest film is Ifeyinwa Frederick’s Sessions, a deep, funny and bittersweet dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy, which premiered at the Soho Theater in November 2021.
Soho Theater is a charitable and social enterprise, driven by a passion for the work it produces, the artists it works with and the audiences it attracts. Right in the heart of London’s West End, they offer a vibrant program of live and digital festivals and a lively bar. The Soho Theater is also present at festivals, through its national and international tours and on Soho Theater On Demand.
The launch of the Soho Theater On Demand Film Festival follows the success of the venue’s digital platform, which launched in 2017. During their temporary closure due to Covid-19, they relaunched their online platform Soho Theater On Demand , which hosted the phenomenally successful live recording of Fleabag and released the critically acclaimed hits Typical and Sunrise. Soho Theater has partnered with Amazon Prime Video (UK) for a three-series deal, bringing existing and new comedy shows to the platform (2020-22). They are also working on opening a second exciting venue, a “local theater with a national profile” in Walthamstow, which is currently scheduled to open in late 2022.
David Luff, Creative Director of Soho Theatre, said: “Alongside our partnerships with Amazon and the BBC and co-productions with the Shedinburgh Festival, we continue to reinvent our live work, both new and from our programme, to our Soho Theater On Demand digital platform. As our catalog grows, our first-ever film festival is an exciting time for us, featuring brilliant stage productions filmed from Half Breed, Hedda, Mum, Shuck ‘n’ Jive and Sessions for five weeks this spring.
For the full release schedule as well as additional information on each film, go to www.sohotheatre.com.