Soho Create

I’ve written before about my love for Soho. I have such sentimental value attached to the area, and there’s no other place in London where I feel more at home. Every corner, street, nook and cranny has a story behind it. This square mile was my university, post university. Does that make sense?  Sarah from The Prosecco Diaries, organiser extraordinaire, emailed me to ask if I would be interested in attending Soho Create, a new festival for creative professionals. I didn’t even have to think twice!

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I met with Sarah, Jesse and Che– grabbed a quick lunch and went through the rest of our schedules over a grassy patch in Soho Square. The majority of the creative talks were held in the Soho Theatre, on Dean Street- any other talks or open houses were a short walk away. There was a small hiccup getting my schedule sorted out but the guys at the box office on the day were super helpful and booked me into most of the sessions I was interested in. My highlight of Thursday was getting to visit the Gibson Guitar Studio.

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The studio isn’t normally open for members of the public- so getting a sneak peek at the artist liaison area had me shouting in my head ” WE’RE NOT WORTHY, WE’RE NOT WORTHY”. Deep breath. I couldn’t stop to stare at the photos of Slash on the walls, as we were led downstairs to get hands on with some sweet new toys. Now, I haven’t picked up a guitar since I was 15. On a good day, I could strum along to Smelly Cat, and probably know as many chords as Phoebe Buffet. But it was still pretty cool having a strum nevertheless! I learnt that this model here, is the preferred guitar of Tom DeLonge from Blink 182. Cue Dammit playing in my head. So Much Awesome.

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Friday’s highlight for me was the talk, Do You Do It Like Me, discussing the creative processes from Simon Heath, a creative director (and possibly the creator of Ant & Dec), Emma Rice, a theatre director and writer , Xiaolu Guo, a novelist and Will Tuckett, the director/choreographer behind The Wind In The Willows at the Royal Opera House. This motley crew of creatives covered their inspirations and thoughts behind their work- it was a very insightful and interesting talk. I left feeling like my creativity bar had been given a boost. In fact, the whole two days left me feeling much more inspired and proud to be part of such a creative hive. This was the first year of Soho Create, and I hope they continue. Soho, my love affair with you shows no sign of slowing down…

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*My tickets and pass to Soho Create were complimentary*

Author: Angela Shek

just a clueless mama in East London

4 thoughts on “Soho Create”

  1. I worked for the Royal Opera House in winter 2012, ushering Will Tuckett’s Wind in the Willows, and it was absolutely fantastic! I didn’t even mind seeing it 20+ times – the choreography was brilliant. My boyfriend’s also musical directing an opera (La Traviata) at Soho Theatre this summer – so exciting because it’s such a great venue, as you have outlined!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

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  2. I really wanted to go and see it at the time! Will was a great speaker, so enthusiastic and charming. I’ll look into La Traviata, the festival has really opened my eyes to what the Soho Theatre can offer!

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