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EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARDS BEST SHOW NOMINEE 2017

HERALD ANGEL AWARD WINNER 2017

BBC NEW TALENT HOT LIST 2017

CHORTLE NEWCOMER NOMINEE 2017

★★★★★
‘Who runs the world? On this form, it definitely should be Sophie Willan’
The Herald

★★★★
‘Entertaining and inspiring…perfectly structured with a rare sensitivity and intelligence’
The Times

★★★★
‘Frank and extremely funny’
Evening Standard

★★★★
‘Undeniably on the rise’
The Scotsman

★★★★
‘A truly special talent’
Beyond The Joke

Both brutally honest and gloriously unpredictable, Sophie Willan makes bold, unapologetic work that is raucously funny and completely original. Her work is political to the core, but it doesn’t feel like it. With a razor sharp and totally authentic comic voice, she exudes confidence and Northern charm.

In 2014 Sophie toured her first solo theatre show to over 70 venues across the UK, including a total sell out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In 2015 her refreshing comic style took her to several competition finals including the Magners New Comedian of the Year, where she was crowned the winner. The following year she took her debut stand up show On Record, based on her experiences of growing up in and out of the care system, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A total sell out run and phenomenal critical acclaim followed, with a smash hit nationwide tour in 2017 and a commission to adapt the show into a BBC Radio 4 series (coming in 2018).

Sophie’s second show Branded was one of the big hits of 2017, achieving another total sell out run at the Fringe, a Herald Angel Award and a nomination for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2017.

Most recently Sophie has also appeared on the likes of As Yet Untitled (Dave) and The Last Leg Correspondents (C4) as well as being nominated as a Chortle Best Newcomer and being honoured on the BBC New Talent Hot List 2017, securing her place one of the most exciting rising stars in British Comedy.

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Sophie Willan is passionate about instigating social change through creativity.
Over the years she has built a reputation as a highly regarded socially engaged Artist and Producer.

She works in many different contexts including Key Note Speaking, Panel Work, Facilitating Creative Workshops, Mentoring Emerging Artists and Care Leavers and developing large-scale Social Art projects.

Sophie is a Care Leaver and creates bespoke projects that inspire, develop and empower Young People through unique creative opportunities and robust professional development. She also works as a Panel Member for Swiis Foster Care, where she contributes to the decision making process of potential and current Foster Carers.

In 2015 powerhouse Sophie Willan secured funding of over £100k to create the dynamic multi-platform project, Stories Of Care. The work Stories Of Care does with Care-Leavers across Greater Manchester has become a national talking point, establishing Sophie as one of the UK’s leading ambassadors for Homeless and Care Experienced Young People.

Together with Sophie they have created the tremendously vibrant anthology, Tales of the Weird, the Wild and the Wonderful, inspired by their experiences and fired by their imaginations.

The book has been published by Barbican Press and distributed to Looked After Children across the UK. It provides an entertaining read that comforts and inspires, with positive relatable role models, in the fictional characters and the Care Leaver writers.

Tales of the Weird, the Wild and the Wonderful is incredibly moving, astoundingly honest and sidesplittingly funny.

If you would like to buy a copy of the book click here

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