Following the hugely acclaimed How (Not) To Live in Suburbia (Summerhall, Soho Theatre, UK tour), Annie Siddons brings her trademark blend of spoken word, music and surreal humour to Ovalhouse and the Albany, returning to her roots with a new show set in her childhood neighbourhood of Penge.
Dennis of Penge will play at Ovalhouse from Wednesday 26 September to Saturday 6 October (press night Monday 1 October) before transferring to the Albany, Deptford from Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13 October.
Directed by Laura Keefe, composed by Asaf Zohar, and written by Annie Siddons, Dennis of Penge is a show about friendship, poverty, love, loneliness, ecstasy and addiction. Set in and around the chicken shops, church halls and job centres of South London, it is loosely inspired by Euripides’ The Bacchae and informed by Annie’s own experiences of newfound sobriety.
Performed by Annie Siddons, Asaf Zohar and Jorell Coiffic-Kamall (The Wind in the Willows, Ross) as Dennis.
Dennis of Penge was co-commissioned by Ovalhouse and the Albany Deptford, supported by Camden People’s Theatre, Bristol Ferment and BAC, and funded by Arts Council England.
Annie Siddons – Writer/Performer
Annie Siddons is a Londoner and artist.
As writer/performer, Annie created Raymondo in 2014, which ran at Summerhall as part of Escalator East to Edinburgh, then returned in 2015 for the British Council Showcase, touring across the UK 2015-16.
She followed Raymondo with How (Not) to Live in Suburbia, her first foray into autobiographical work. The show, a hilarious look at her own chronic loneliness, featuring videos by performance artist Richard DeDomenici, played Summerhall 2016 before two sell-out runs at the Soho Theatre 2017. As part of making the show Annie trained as a Samaritan. Suburbia tours the UK in Spring/Autumn 2018/2019. How (Not) to Live in Suburbia is in development for TV, and has also been part of a cross-disciplinary symposium on loneliness at UCLAN in November 2016, with more symposia are planned for 2018/19.
As playwright/dramaturg, she has worked with Kneehigh, Bristol Old Vic, Battersea Arts Centre, Teater Sagohuset, the Gate, National Theatre Studio, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Unicorn, Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre, Fillament Theatre, Undercurrent Theatre. Her playRapunzel, written for her young daughters in 2005, was picked up by Kneehigh in 2006 and did two London runs at BAC and the Southbank Centre, before touring the UK and US. It’s since been remounted by several other theatres.
Annie regularly mentors younger and emerging artists, particularly those from challenging backgrounds, and works collaboratively and alone in a variety of settings. She has a fruitful long-term collaboration with director Justin Audibert. She is published by Oberon Books.
Asaf Zohar – Composer
Asaf is a London-based composer for theatre, film and television.
Asaf’s music has been commissioned by BBC1, BBC3, Chanel 4, ABC, NBC, Richard Branson and the European Union. He has written music for long-running documentary series such as Reggie Yates’ Extreme Russia, Extreme UK, Extreme South Africa, Race Riots USA and Dispatches.
Asaf’s film scores have featured at Cannes, BAFTA, Raindance and Encounters film festivals. His music has been recorded and mixed at Pinewood, Abbey Road, Red Bull and AIR studios. In 2016 he was chosen as composer in residence for the Cohan Collective, composing music for choreographers Robert Cohan and Kim Brandstrup. In 2018, Alongside working on the score for Annie Siddons’ upcoming Dennis of Penge, Asaf composed an orchestral score for The Goose Who Flew, commissioned and shown at Half Moon Theatre.
Asaf’s practice is situated between various musical traditions. He studied classical composition at the Royal College of Music after years of professionally playing rock guitar. As a composer for film, television, dance and theatre, he has written scores in a multitude of genres and forms on commission, while specialising in contemporary production techniques.