The wild, exciting, voyeuristic, unexpected and fast paced experience of ‘SOHO’ was brought to life in a Research and Development phase at the NCCA in London as part of their end of year programming. The concept, created by Abigail Yeates and Chris Hynes, takes the audience on a kaleidoscopic journey through the multifaceted world of the infamous London neighbourhood, from life in the 1950s all the way through to the present day.
The central light cube, flanked by two deployable open back platforms, were used to house, frame, enclose, raise up and hide the onstage acrobatic and performative action. In addition to these, backdrop projection, scaffold towers and a whole range of acrobatic rigging equipment, props and costumes were employed to whisk the audience through a dizzying array of contrasting scenes.
A scene on a crowded tube carriage briskly transforms into the hussle and bussle of life on central London’s city streets. Soho Square by day turns to Madam Jojos by night. Street urchins and partyers rub shoulders whilst dysfunctional families scream at each other from tower block to tower block.
As well as scenic design, Stufish also produced all video content for the show.
The concept of SOHO at the NCCA was produced by Stufish Productions.