Robin Soans

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Robin Soans (born 1947) is an actor, and a playwright specialising in verbatim and documentary plays. These plays include Across the Divide (2007); A State Affair (2000) which looked at life on a Bradford estate,[1] produced by Out of Joint theatre company; The Arab Israeli Cookbook (Gate Theatre 2004); Talking to Terrorists (Out of Joint theatre company and Royal Court Theatre);[2] Life After Scandal (Hampstead Theatre); and Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage (Out of Joint theatre company, National Theatre Wales, Arcola Theatre, and Sherman Cymru).[3] Other plays include Bet Noir (Young Vic 1986); Sinners and Saints (The Croydon Warehouse) and Will and Testament (The Oval House).

He wrote Mixed Up North for LAMDA theatre school in 2008,[4] about a youth theatre group created as a means to unite divided racial communities in the Lancashire mill town of Burnley; in 2009 it was performed professionally in a co-production between Out of Joint theatre company and Bolton Octagon Theatre.

As an actor, he has appeared at The National Theatre, The Royal Court, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare's Globe. He also starred in Bill Douglas's epic film of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Comrades.

In 2014 he appeared as Arthur in Barney Norris' play Visitors at the Arcola Theatre.[5]

In 2015 his verbatim play Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage, about the rugby player Gareth Thomas and young people in Bridgend, toured Britain and was staged at the Arcola.


  1. ^ Rita, Sue and Bob Too by Andrea Dunbar / A State Affair by Robin Soans, Methuen Books, 2000, ISBN 0-413-75700-5
  2. ^ Talking to Terrorists by Robin Soans, Oberon Books, 2005, ISBN 1-84002-562-X
  3. ^ "Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage". Out of Joint. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  4. ^ LAMDA archive
  5. ^ Visitors at the Arcola Theatre

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