Current work

2020

TELEVISION

Screenshot of BBC iPlayer showing Casualty scene starring Sophie Stone who is holding the face of crying nurse Jade, played by Gabriella Leon. The episode featured is episode 36 in series 34

CASUALTY (WRITER) 11 July 2020 Casualty – BBC 1 – Co writer with Charlie Swinbourne. Epsiode 36, series 34.

ARTIST RESEARCH

Wellcome Reading room with red carpet and odd chandelier
Wellcome’s Reading Room. Image credit: Burnsc10

WELLCOME COLLECTION ARTIST BURSARY

July/August 2020. My research (entitled ‘And what do you do?’) asks the historical deaf and disabled people in the archive what they did for work. Is it even documented? How does the past documentation and work prospects of deaf/disabled people inform today’s culture, in particular television drama? As a writer and actor myself, I will research the roles of deaf women in film and TV.

STAGE

promotional image of sophie woolley Augmented show. She wears a red dress and has a placid enigmatic expression and sound waves zoom onto her head.

AUGMENTED TOUR March 2020  – Sophie Woolley’s tours her show Augmented. The inaugural show of her new company, Augmented Productions, Augmented is directed by Rachel Bagshaw and produced by Told by an Idiot’s leading producer, Jenni Grainger. The show is in association with Told by an Idiot, a company with a history of touring innovative and provocative new work for the last 26 years.

“Just flick a switch and everything will be okay…”

Tour dates 2020

5th/6th/7th March Manchester Royal Exchange.
 
10th/11th March Birmingham Rep.
 
13th/14th 2020 Salisbury Playhouse.
 
 
 
4-7 April Wellcome Collection.

From going deaf in her 20s to being activated/switched on as a real-life ‘cyborg’, Sophie Woolley’s brand new play is a personal story of the joy and conflict of becoming ‘hearing’ again after years of total deafness.

‘A totally unique writer.. an absolutely amazing performer’ (Irvine Welsh on Sophie Woolley’s Augmented) 14+

ACCESS: Every performance Augmented is captioned. The show is relaxed, which means audience members can leave and come back in and make noise.

Augmented is the inaugural show for Augmented Productions and is produced by Told by an Idiot’s leading producer, Jenni Grainger. The show is in association with Told by an Idiot.

Writer & performer:  Sophie Woolley
Director: Rachel Bagshaw
Designer: Laura Hopkins
Lighting & video design: Joshua Pharo
Sound design: Adrienne Quartly
Movement Direction: Rachel Drazek
Dramaturge: Sarah Dickenson
SSE monitor: Jean St Clair
Original producer Kendall Masson
R&D choreography Martyn Garside
R&D movement Lucia Tong
Secret music by Lee Affen

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2019

Clore Leadership Fellowship secondment at RSC.

December 2018 Off The Tracks Podcast R&D by Kate Chapman. Writer/Performer.

November 2018 Augmented Access R&D at The Bush, London

2018-2019 BBC Writersroom Access Group Writer.

2018-2019 Clore Fellowship 2018-2019  Theatre fellowship supported by Gatsby Charitable Trust.

Ovalhouse adult company – making a solo show Wednesdays19th Sept – 12th December, 6:30-8:30pm. Ovalhouse Adult Company 25+ yrs

£60 for the term (concessions available). 10 spaces available

Award winning writer and performer, Sophie Woolley will be taking the helm of our Adult Company this season. She will be delivering a toolkit on how to make a one-person show. This will include sessions on writing, performing, strategy, marketing and funding. This is for emerging writer-performers. To book: Please send a short biography and a piece of writing (a monologue, short extract). A commitment to the entire process is needed, so please make sure you can attend all sessions. Please send you application to titilola.dawudu@ovalhouse.com by the 27th August 2018.

AUGMENTED

Ovalhouse Theatre
Augmented R&D 2018
I’m developing a one person show based on my own experience of going totally deaf and regaining my hearing via cochlear implant.
12-14 July Ovalhouse Theatre.

Pulse Festival/New Wolesy Studio Theatre
1 June 2018
Augmented scratch, Suitcase Award showcase.

Sheffield Crucible R&D
April 2018
With support from Ramps on the Moon and Sheffield Theatres I am collaborating with choreographer Martyn Garside and composer, Lee Affen to create a piece of dance performance art.

AUGMENTED

Sophie performs on stage with interpreter and captions.
Performing at BAC. Photo by David Monteith Hodge. SLI Rob Troy.

Barbican/Told by an Idiot/ Sky Arts
19 February -3 March 2018
A two week improvisation laboratory with amazing theatre company, Told by an Idiot, supported by Sky Arts, with short film of the project broadcasy on 29 March 2019.

Sophie and Jean are in costume. Jean is faking a heart attack and Sophie is helping her.
Jean St Clair, Sophie Woolley, Photo by Laura Granelli