VIVID, GRIPPING AND VERY FUNNY
Sun 28 Aug : Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Rising star Sophie Willan’s refreshing comic style has already taken her to several competition finals including the Amused Moose Laugh Off and Magners New Act of the Year, where she was crowned the winner. Both brutally honest and gloriously unpredictable, Sophie’s stand up takes inspiration from her unusual life experiences, which makes for a razor sharp and totally authentic comic voice. A force to be reckoned with, she exudes confidence and northern charm.
Hotly in demand, Sophie recently signed a first look deal with BBC Comedy to create, write and star in her own scripted project and has been named a Developed With Artist in Residence at The Lowry Theatre, Salford. She is also set to make a number of upcoming TV and Radio appearances including the comedy series ‘The Funny Thing About…’ for Channel 5.
She is also currently developing her highly anticipated debut stand up show for the Edinburgh Fringe 2016.
Bolton born Sophie grew up in and out of the Care System. At 23, the State unexpectedly handed over all of her personal records. In her deeply personal show, this very special rising star explores who she is today through the eyes of the numerous experts that assessed her growing up. Expect brutal honesty and glorious unpredictability from this bright, bold and utterly brilliant new star.
is a dynamic project founded by award winning Writer/Performer and Care Leaver, Sophie Willan.
Putting Care Leavers in the driving seat, Sophie will facilitate a 10-week writing programme and a 10-week illustration programme for 20 participants across Greater Manchester. Based on their own experiences, each participant will create a fictional short story or series of illustrations to be part of a vibrant new children’s anthology. Participants will work with published children’s author, Henrietta Bond and an acclaimed illustrator to develop the anthology before publication. The book will also feature stories from professional writers who are also Care Leavers including Sophie Willan, Lemn Sissay and Louise Wallwein.
The book will be launched at the 2017 Manchester Children’s Book Festival.