After the award winning, critically acclaimed, sell out success of her second comedy hour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her show ‘Branded’ - Bolton born Sophie Willan has announced a 33-date tour for 2018. The tour starts on 8th February at Lancaster’s The Dukes, includes a 10-date run at London’s Soho Theatre and finishes on 29th June at Maidenhead’s Norden Farm Centre.
Branded is the follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed debut ‘On Record’ for which she garnered a Chortle Best Newcomer nomination. The show went on to complete a hugely successful nationwide tour including sell out shows at The Lowry’s 480 capacity Quay Theatre and a 9-date stint at London’s Soho Theatre.
Sophie has had a lifetime of being branded by others. Branded by her unusual childhood with a heroin addict mother who still can’t even boil an egg “How do you know if it’s cooked Sophie, it looks the fucking same?!”. Branded by her working class background, by her gender, her fearless ambition, even branded by her unapologetic 'Northerness'.
In this hour, Sophie explains why she feels like a well-travelled alien – fitting in with no particular class or culture but still constantly being put into boxes by others. She explains the misunderstandings she’s experienced in different environments. Sophie analyses and dissects her life throughout the show, making astute and funny commentary on wider narratives such as welfare shaming, feminism and who it’s really for, minimum-wage jobs and what it means to be reluctantly part of George Osborne's ‘Northern Powerhouse’.
Official Link: http://sohotheatre.com/whats-on/sophie-willan-branded/