Welcome to the ‘Lord Stanley’!

Since its debut in 2007 with it’s patron Sir Arnold Wesker, the SOLO Festival has presented a collection of brilliant one man shows.

Many of them are highly acclaimed both in the UK and internationally.

The Solo Festival includes a variety of genres, from stand-up to dark drama and from new writing to classics.

Dates: July 1 - 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th  International

Festival

One Man Shows

(London)

2014

 

SOLO  FESTIVAL

SOLO 2007.
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2012 AWARDS.
SOLO 2012.
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Every year our judges (actors, directors and producers) decide SOLO Awards:

SOLO Best Act

Best Male/Female Acts,

Best script,

Best comedy,

Best Director,

and

Judges Special Award

 

All prize winners will have free entrance to the  8th SOLO Festival 2015

 

 

DOUG DEVANEY

‘THE ANGINA MONOLOGUE’

Doug Devaney’s one man show is a tale of booze, bacon and the BBC Breakfast sofa. Join this bad patient at The Hen and Chickens theatre bar for a comic journey from cardiac ward through rehab to media stardom and beyond, picking up a ukulele and Barbara Windsor on the way. “I loved every minute of it” – Fringe Guru                     JULY 2, 9, 23 - 8.30pm / £6.00

VICKIE HOLDEN

‘ANNA & KELLY’

Last year's Festival winner brings this brand new monodrama about Anna, who struggles to cope with Kelly when she's there and struggles even more when she's not. Intense and atmospheric monodrama with flashes of dark humour that ends exactly where it began.                                                                                                           JULY 4, 12 7pm / £5.00  

DAVID THORPE

‘THIS WAY UP!’

THIS WAY UP! - a sideways look at changing the world. Join actor and activist Dave Thorpe for a comedic evening of music, magic and musings on a theme of change. Featuring some revolutionary theories involving mindreading, a popular board game and the Tesco Mum of the year. Tickets from toytownrevolutionary@hotmail.com All profits to Durham Miners Gala                      JULY 4 - 8.30pm / £6.00

TIM KNIGHT

‘THE TRIAL OF MR PICKWICK’    

An hilarious tale of social disaster in which Tim portrays a range of characters including the hapless Pickwick, stammering his way unintentionally and inextricably into perilous waters with an elderly but scheming widow, and a gallery of unmistakably Dickensian lawyers, a crusty judge, and unhelpful friends.                                                                 JULY 5 - 8.30pm                                                                                                              

IAN PEARCE

‘DOCTOR MARIGOLD‘S PRESCRIPTIONS’

Ian Pearce  captures the essence of Dickens in his virtuoso performance. Bringing together pathos, melodrama and humour, the audience is taken on an unforgettable journey following the life of Doctor Marigold, a Victorian salesman.  Witty and sharp, he entices the punters with his brisk charm. This is a must see show.                                                    JULY 5 - 7PM                                                                                                                                          

MIKE RAFFONE

‘HUMAN PUPPETEER’

Where do an opera singer and a classical music conductor meet The Mahatma Gandhi and a terrorist clown?  In Mike Raffone’s new one man show, Human Puppeteer.  This thought provoking show blends comedy, theatre, film and audience interaction to ask, “What does it feel like to join in?”  Profound, but at the same time profoundly silly, Human Puppeteer is light entertainment gestalt therapy.  Tickets on: www.humanpuppeteer.eventbrite.co.uk      twitter account @howhowShows                                     JULY 9, 10 - 7pm / free

KIERSTEN LESLIE

‘MISS AUSTEN REGRETS’

Join us for an entertaining evening as Miss Jane Austen reads from her popular novel 'Pride and Prejudice'.  That is, assuming we can find Miss Austen...                                                JULY 11 - 7pm (pay what you want)                                                                                                     

DAVINA COLE

‘ALL THE COLOURS’

Family, civil war and upheaval. All the Colours is one woman’s turbulent journey from Africa to the UK.  An emotional tale of perseverance, hope and faith.                                                                 JULY 11, 12, 13 - 8.30pm / £6.00

BEN MEPSTED

‘MIDDLE CLASS IDIOTS’

Ben Mepsted is just a guy, like any other guy. He is horribly middle class, went to a nice school and has a totally useless degree. In this show he explores some of the middle class idiots that occupy his mind.                      JULY 12 - 1pm / £3.00                                                                                    

HEATHER LAI

‘TEA TIME STORY’

China. 1969. A young girl lost. A woman in love. An unlikely friendship in the harshest of places. This true story, set in a Chinese work camp, unfolds through storytelling, oriental imagery and flour... lots of flour.      JULY 12 - 5.30pm / £7/5                                                                          

CLIFFORD BARRY

‘You All Know Me, I'm Jack Ruby!’

November 24th 1963. 11.21am. Dallas Police Department. Lee Harvey Oswald, the suspected assassin of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, is gunned down by a man who shouldn't be there: local nightclub owner Jacob Rubenstein. Live on national television - an underworld hit by the Mafia's man in Dallas. Really? Take a seat. Meet Jack Ruby.  Youtube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFX-8Cux4cI  Reviews sheet:  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/109077511/RubyReviews.pdf    JTwitter: @ImJackRuby  

JULY 13, 20, 27  - 7pm / £10/8

CHRIS GARNER

‘MACBETHALONE!’

A scintillating new production of one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays… A claustrophobic journey through the life of a man who intends to be King forever… An intense and vivid kaleidoscope of Macbeth’s life, blurring the past, present and future into an hour of intense, thought provoking theatre.                                                           JULY 14  - 7pm, 8.30PM / £10.00

 

ABBIE MURPHY

‘GIRL ON FIRE’

An endearingly unaware Essex girl, looking to find her place in the world. Clambering through her attempts at success, stardom, love and life. Witness her epic fail. This girl is on fire! 100%! ‘Girl on Fire” is written and performed by Abbie Murphy. This marks her first Edinburgh fringe solo show.                                                                           JULY 16, 24 - 8.30pm /£3.00

EMMA PACKER

‘CTRL-ALT-DELETE’

CTRL-ALT-DELETE is a unique insight in to the life of a young girl growing up in society today, where morals and manners are a thing of the past.   This show is original, it’s current and it’s powerfully funny!  This is a no-holds -barred one woman show! Amy is a non-conformist in a controlled world.  She says what everyone else thinks but dare not say!     JULY 16 - 7pm / £7.00

PJ STANFORD

‘THERE AIN‘T NO JUSTICE’

THE JAMES ROBERTSON JUSTICE MEMORIAL LECTURETo keep the memory green, Peter Stanford talks about the life of the much-loved character actor, and wonders whether these days "There Ain't No Justice".                 JULY 17 - 7pm / £10.00                                                                            

THEATRE R.A.A.A.M

‘SOLO’

Director, actor Hendrik Toompere. Playwright, set designer Ervin Õunapuu"Solo" is an ironical drama which refers to a problematic issue. The main character is the spectacular criminal destroying in his peculiar way the humanity's cultural heritage advertising wasting lifestyle while global economical crises have caused the situation where more than billion people are living in a constant hunger.                                                                                                             JULY 18 - 7pm

BEN CUTLER

‘THE DOUBLE BASS’ by Patrick Suskind

The Double Bass. An instrument of power. The fundamental sound, from whose point, an entire orchestra breaths life. For the musician, tied to its strings, life is very different. After all, who could notice the man behind such an instrument? A tragic-comic tale about life in the back row.                                                 JULY 19 - 7pm, JULY 25 - 8.30pm / £10/8

AMANTHA EDMEAD &   EUTON DALEY

‘MONO - BLACK’

Two contrasting short pieces exploring the black experience and performance styles .Politics of Love: Writer, director & performer: Euton DaleyLost in love and can’t let go, how does he survive? Backside Monologues: Writer, director & performer: Amantha Edmead. When your backside is your signature, what stories will it tell?                JULY 20 - 4pm  / £5.00                                                                                         

ROSINA PIOVANI

‘GENERAL DARCY AND THE GIRL’

Another immigrant, alone, is looking for new confidants. An ordinary woman who is hoping to receive her ‘honour medal’. A woman who does not expose herself but is exposed. An old British General and an audience are listening to her… luckily they will not judge her. Love. Decisions. Family. Loneliness. War. Memories. Life. Who said that emptiness is empty?                                JULY 19. 20 - 5.30pm  / £8.00

ANNIE L COOPER

‘COOKIE’

Alex has received the news she was expecting - cancer, what else is there for a woman to do but drink copious amounts of gin. But what is this disease? And what does it really mean to be selfish ?                           JULY 19 - 8.30pm / £6.00

BEN WATSON

THE HISTORY OF EVERYTHING IN 30 MINUTES (OR LESS)

Everything you ever wanted to know about everything, even though you never asked. A surreal serving of music, sketch and props from poundland (and the 99p store). This show does exactly what it says on the tin.

JULY 23 - 7pm; JULY 27 - 2.30pm

QUEEN CHRISTINA

‘THE ULTIMATE QUEEN CHRISTINA SHOW’

Queen Christina, London's quirky diva with the 3 1/2-octave voice, presents "The Ultimate Queen Christina Show" - a brand-new one-woman show of songs and Shakespearean-style poetry featuring some of the finest songs in her repertoire. Come and be entranced by QC's magical voice and capacity for entertainment.                              JULY 24 - 7pm / £7.00                                                                                         

JEOFF COTTON

‘LIGHT RELIEF’

Need some Light Relief? Geoff Cotton will give you a helping hand with a riotous, award-winning romp through stand-up, sketches, satire, and ‘special guests’, featuring original songs from Sacha Distilled, James Bond, Page 3 Girl Traci and Agnetha and Björn…all this, and  a caption competition to win an excellent bottle of wine!                                           JULY 26 - 8.30pm                                                                                 

SETH BATHURST

‘LIFE UNDER THE SUN’

Dawn Grenade Theatre presents Life Under The Sun. What good is it to gain the whole world but lose your soul? Taken from the books of Ecclesiastes and Proverbs, an ancient discourse that charts the story of King Solomon and the question man has been asking through the ages: Why am I here? Written and Performed by Seth Bathurst www.dawngrenade.org/lifeunderthesun  JULY 25, 26 - 7pm, JULY 27 - 4pm /£8/6

LAURA VIVIO

‘IN THE NAME OF THE MOTHER’

Miriàm/Mary’s adolescence ceases from one moment to the next: an announcement gives her a child to bear. Thereafter, she will shake up every custom and every law. This is Josef’s incommensurable love for the bride promised to him and charged with a completely unexpected task.                                                                   JULY 26 - 5.30pm / £10.00

VENUE

The Lord Stanley

 

51 Camden Park Road

NW1 9BH

 

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