The Soft Subject (A Love Story) makes its Fringe debut

The Soft Subject (A Love Story) makes its Fringe debut

Today’s lesson is about love, heartbreak and The Little Mermaid. Chris Woodley’s autobiographical solo show The Soft Subject (A Love Story) invites us back into the classroom to learn about loss, survival, and Brazil nuts!

In this highly-energetic, pop-fuelled, heart-on-the-sleeve account, Woodley playfully explores the peaks and troughs of wanting it all in the modern world. He also asks some challenging questions about how our culture shapes our assumptions about love. This is a play about family, failure, mental health, and the fact that not all lessons can be learnt in school…

“A captivating piece of theatre […] this is a beautifully crafted script that dances through the years with a deceptive lightness of touch – quite capable of spinning on a sixpence and packing a powerful punch where and when required […] a masterpiece.” ★★★★★ Gay Times

Following a sold-out London run of its first full-length play Next Lesson in October 2015, Hyphen Theatre Company is excited to be taking its Fringe debut The Soft Subject (A Love Story) to Edinburgh in the summer of 2017. The company is a collaboration formed in 2013 between actors Esmé Patey-Ford and Chris Woodley.

The Soft Subject (A Love Story) is written and performed by Chris Woodley, developed with multi-award-winning theatre maker Agnes Wild, directed by Amy Liptrott, and produced by Hyphen Theatre Company. The show has been developed in London and Iceland with support from Shoreditch Town Hall, Greenwich Theatre and Arts Depot, and in connection with mental health charity MQ for which Chris Woodley is an Ambassador.


Venue: Assembly Hall, Baillie Room, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Time: 16:25 Running Time: 60mins
Dates: 03 – 28 August. Previews 3-4 August. No show Mon 14 August.
Tickets: Previews £6; 5 & 6, 9 & 10, 15-17, 21-24 & 28 August £9 (£12); 7 & 8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 August £11 (£10)
Bookings:, 0131 623 3030 or Assembly box offices at Assembly Hall and Assembly Roxy, Assembly George Square, Assembly Checkpoint and Assembly Rooms

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Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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