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The God of Soho
Chris Hannan
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Nick Hern Books
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A hectic and hilarious morality tale for the modern world.

In Heaven, Big God's mind is crumbling, Mrs God has lost her looks, and their daughter, Clem, the Goddess of Love and Sex and Beauty, has been rejected by her lover and banished to Earth. Down in the streets of Soho, Clem searches for something new, and finds it in glamorous and self-loathing reality-TV star Natty, whose fetishistic love life with rock star Baz is about to hit the headlines.

Sexy, feisty and real, it is a story about love at its dirtiest, maddest and most bittersweet.

Chris Hannan's play The God of Soho was first performed at Shakespeare's Globe, London, in 2011.

Chris Hannan is a playwright and novelist.

His plays include Elizabeth Gordon Quinn (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 1985; revived by the National Theatre of Scotland in its inaugural season in 2006); The Evil Doers (Bush Theatre, London, 1990; Time Out Award and Charrington London Fringe Best New Play Award); Shining Souls (Traverse, 1996, revived by the Old Vic in 1997; winner of a Scotland on Sunday Critics Award and a Lloyds Bank Playwright of the Year nomination); The God of Soho (Shakespeare's Globe, 2011); The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain (Traverse, English Touring Theatre, Coventry Belgrade, 2011) and What Shadows (Birmingham Rep, 2016).

As well as original plays, Hannan has adapted Crime and Punishment (Glasgow Citizens' Theatre/Liverpool Playhouse/Lyceum Edinburgh, 2013) and The Iliad (Lyceum Edinburgh, 2016); and also made new versions of Ibsen's The Pretenders (RSC, 1991), Gogol's Gamblers (Tricycle 1992), and Stars in the Morning Sky (Coventry Belgrade, 2012).

His 2008 novel Missy was awarded the McKitterick Prize for a debut novel.

'written in a heightened, lightly learned, scatological style that lifts the show to the edge of a mythical, classical plane... vibrant, sensational'

'rumbustious verve... clipped, aggressive, scatological language that invites winningly vivacious performances'


'Best of all, though, is Hannan's writing, which is dense, beautiful and shit-spattered - rather like Soho.'

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