Stargate star Suanne Braun, who was last seen in sci-fi musical Fanatical, is cruising back onto the London stage this month, appearing in Sailing Somewhere at Live at Zedel. The one-woman play with songs runs at the cabaret venue from 27 February to 2 March 2019. Book your tickets now!
Written by Matthew Hurt, with songs by Conor Mitchell, Sailing Somewhere is a bittersweet and poignant show that falls somewhere between cabaret and confessional.
Counting down the days until she docks, a cruise ship singer entertains the punters in the Starlight Lounge, riffs with her drug-addled pianist and drinks to pass the time. Back in her dressing room she gossips about the passengers and shares memories of life back home in South Africa and the little girl she left behind…
The show was first seen in South Africa in 2011, and has been described as a "show for the soul" (Tonight, S Africa), "the perfect pick-me-up for bored and jaded theatre-goers" (Business Day) and "an engrossing slice of theatre" (Artslink).
Sailing Somewhere comes to the UK following the success of Hurt's previous play, The Man Jesus, which toured the UK in 2014 and was nominatd for the Irish Times Best New Play award. His other plays include Believe, Tuesdays at Tesco’s, The Secret Agent and Singing! Dancing! Acting!, which starred Simon Callow, Rula Lenska and Josie Walker when it ran at Soho Theatre in 2003.
Did you know, our leading lady @SuanneBraun and our director Matthew Hurt have collaborated once before? On the #webseries @UnPackingLondon which is streaming now on @Vimeo Pictured here from L-R are Suanne, Matthew @moreolimason @FredNevSound pic.twitter.com/iF0eEOyioq— Sailing Somewhere (@SailingSPlay) February 11, 2019
Hurt's collaborator, Conor Mitchell, is the founder and Artistic Director of The Belfast Ensemble, who received the 2016 Arts Council Northern Ireland Major Individual Artist’s Award for his body of work. That work includes Abomination The DUP in Concert (Lyric Theatre, Belfast) which set homophobic statements made by DUP politicians to music, The Habsburg Tragedies and award-winning song cycle Ten Plagues, which he created with Mark Ravenhill.
The show's lone performer, Suanne Braun, earned an army of fans playing the goddess Hathor in cult sci-fi TV series Stargate. Last year she combined that sci-fi world with musical theatre, appearing in comic book hit Fanatical, playing Trix. Her other UK musical theatre credits include Mamma Mia! and Cabaret.
Sailing Somewhere runs from 27 February to 2 March 2019 at Live at Zedel, 20 Sherwood St, Soho, London W1F 7ED. Performances are Wednesday to Saturday at 7pm. Tickets are priced £20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Check out the trailer for Sailing Somewhere:
A singer. A cruise ship. A secret. SAILING SOMEWHERE - a one woman play with original songs coming soon to the Crazy Coqs. Tickets available now: https://t.co/PsyS3HvzbS #SailingSomewhere #londontheatre #liveatzedel #saturdaynight @LiveAtZedel @SuanneBraun pic.twitter.com/CsqxaiMVeK— Sailing Somewhere (@SailingSPlay) January 19, 2019