Renni Eddo-Lodge, Emma Watson and Rebecca Solnit led a project in which they replaced the name of every tube map in London with the name of a woman or collective. I’m proud and honoured to be Harlesden, which is where I grew up in London. You can view the interactive tube map here
Reading about all the brilliant women on the map is absolutely fascinating and inspiring.
I’ve written an episode of EastEnders and it airs at 8.35pm on Wednesday 16 June 2021. Due to the Euros you can also watch on BBC iPlayer from 14 June. I’m very excited about working on the show and grateful to development producer Kieran Grimes and script editor Sophie Peters for supporting me on my first episode.
Filming between lockdowns one and two, I played Gloria in Veneer. Written by and starring Jean St Clair, directed by Louis Neethling of Mutt & Jeff Pictures, Veneer premiered on Film 4 on 5 April. You can watch it online at BSL Zone here
Two episodes of BBC’s Casualty I worked on have been nominated for an RTS award. One episode, includes a storyline I pitched about a wrestler, written by Rachel Aird, directed by Alex Jacob and produced by Rebecca Hedderly.
The other episode included in the nomination, I co wrote with Charlie Swinbourne (directed by John Maidens and produced by Dafydd Llewelyn). Congratulations to everyone on Casualty!
A failed response to the pandemic by Sophie Woolley and
Their assigned mission? To respond to the Covid-19 crisis. They’re making everything up as they go along.
Safe inside two separate rooms at Poplar Union, Sophie and Dudley use social distancing as a trigger, by communicating through walls. Cameras film Sophie from behind glass doors as she attempts to demonstrate her pandemic prowess.
A Told by an Idiot and Augmented Productions co-production. Don’t miss – BEST IN LOCKDOWN – “trying to be the best at the pandemic”
The film of Augmented is streaming at a festival at Southbank Centre 13-15 January 2021. Tickets are FREE. There is a watch party on the first night with a live accessible Q&A with myself director, Rachel Bagshaw.
Check out the rest of the festival for more exciting and accessible work. Thanks for supporting Augmented!
Delighted to announce that the film of my solo show, Augmented, streams at Dumfries and Galloway Festival on 8th October (available between 5 and 9pm). Save the date and click here to get the viewing link.
AUGMENTED written and performed by Sophie Woolley
Directed by Rachel Bagshaw
Co-Design by Laura Hopkins & Khadija Raza
Lighting Design by Joshua Pharo
Sound Design & Composer: Adrienne Quartly
Movement Director: Rachel Drazek
Assistant Director: Esther Dix
Dramaturg: Sarah Dickson
Audio Description: Michael Achtman
BSL Consultant with SSE focus: Jean st Clair
Produced in association with Told By An Idiot .
The tour of my solo show, Augmented stopped halfway through in March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Toby Bennett filmed what turned out to be the final performance at Salisbury Playhouse. Gateshead International Festival of Theatre (GIFT) streamed the film of Augmented on Saturday 2nd May. The Festival was wonderful, connecting people around the world and filling us artists and creatives with hope. The audience response online to the streaming of Augmented was wonderful, with people posting photos of scenes and lines as they watched. Augmented got a five star review from A Younger Theatre reviewer, and the Guardian review called the the show a “fascinating insight into communication and expectation, and makes you pay more attention to the noises of the everyday.”
A Younger Theatre reviewer wrote: “Woolley’s performance is emotionally intense but truthful. She shares a deep connection with her audience in the small space and forces them to confront their own prejudices against those who navigate the world differently.”
The streamed show had captions available and audio description at the click of a button and many audience members were glad they could watch from home – because not everyone has the energy or reseources to go to festivals. Is this the future for the performing arts?
“This production is clever. The simple but effective set from Laura Hopkins and Khadja Raza features a white split backdrop, onto which are projected colours, images and the creative captions expertly printing themselves onto the screen. Woolley uses minimal props, (a chair, a book, a hat) and the split backdrop is used as a telephone, a rainpipe, a piano. Josh Pharo’s captions go way beyond practical and become, at times, beautiful. The words dance across the backdrop like a shape poem and give emphasis to Woolley’s speech. ” (A Younger Theatre)
Writer and Performer Sophie Woolley
Director Rachel Bagshaw
Assistant Director Esther Dix
Designers Laura Hopkins and Khadija Raza
Lighting and Projection Design Joshua Pharo
Composer and Sound Designer Adrienne Quartly
Movement Direction Rachel Drazek
Production Manager and Stage Manager Simon Perkins
Dramaturg Sarah Dickenson
Audio Description Michael Achtman
SSE Monitor Jean St Clair
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The original R&D was funded in its development by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England. Originally developed with Ovalhouse. Supported by the New Wolsey Theatre. Augmented is sponsored by Advanced Bionics.