Samantha's Hotline
by Sophie Gatacre 
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Samantha's Hotline  "Hilariously funny" Grove Magazine

"A work of genius"  The Spectator

"The sexiest voice in Edinburgh" List Website

"Very amusing"....Time Out


Adelaide Fringe Festival 2013

2013 Adelaide Fringe Festival

Venue: The Duke of York – 82 Currie Street, Adelaide

Low Down 

Recently divorced Samantha is a single mother trying to provide for her son doing what she does best: providing pleasure for men over the phone. This comic performance reveals real issues that single mothers face today, but this heavy subject is lightened by Sophie Gatacre’s talent and wit. She stumbles through the day relying on wine and the Bible to help her find answers to her problems but it eludes her. The only thing she can do is pick herself up and do what she does best.

Review 

Samantha is sultry, raunchy, and miserable. After her husband leaves her for his secretary she takes up a job working from home—‘market research’ she tells her neighbours. In between calls from politicians, priests, and bankers, her sad story unfolds: a single mother who misses her, albeit deceitful, ex-husband and who promises her son everything he could wish for but knowing deep down it will never happen. However, this melancholy storyline is lifted by the comedy in the phone calls and energy that Sophie Gatacre brings to the character. She brings every emotion to the performance and the multiple roles she plays. 

Gatacre’s humour and performance is comparable to Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley in Absolutely Fabulous with strong parallels in the storyline as well. She connects with the audience by including them in the show and seeking their opinions on her detours during the journey. Despite the sprawling venue and pounding music from the pub downstairs, there is a sense of intimacy as Samantha displays her vulnerability and speaks candidly about her job and plays out men's fantasies over the phone.

The minimal props added to the sense of despair and economical strains in Samantha’s life but her tenacity and determination to overcome these issues is admirable. The audience is left wanting to know more, and whether she is ever freed from these constraints. The bittersweet ending summarises the reality of Samantha’s life. She is a complex character hidden beneath layers of comedy, lewdness and coarseness in this entertaining performance.

Reviewed by Prerna Ashok 20 February 2013  http://www.fringereview.co.uk/fringeReview/5175.html

Bowery Poetry Club, New York

308 Bowery, New York, NY, USA

Samantha's Hotline was performed in New York.....what a show it was...The New York audience loved the show.....

"SOPHIE GATACRE PERFORMED SAMANTHA IN A WAY THAT MAKES THE AUDIENCE REALLY BELIEVE  THAT SAMANTHA IS HER REAL CHARACTER...SOPHIE GATACRE IS NO DOUBT HEADING TO MANY LEADING ROLES IN MAJOR FILMS AND IS WELL DESERVING OF HER USWEEKLY NEWS 100 STAR AWARD FOR HER PERFORMANCE AS SAMANTHA IN 'SAMANTHA'S HOTLINE'...." USWEEKLY NEWS


Brighton Festival Fringe

Highlight from Brighton Festival. Sophie is a must see "Superb multi-role acting" "Sophie doesn't miss a beat.....broad and smutty, delivered with admirable conviction by Sophie, who is herself an accomplished  performer" Fringe Guru - Brighton Fringe

Laughing Horse @ The Quadrant Comedy
10-11, 16-17 May, 7:30pm-8:30pm Suitable for age 15+ only. Warning: Contains strong language.
Reviewed by Craig Thomson
Samantha is down on her luck.  A formerly kept woman, she has been unceremoniously dumped by her husband in favour of the secretary, and has turned to the world of the premium-rate phone line to keep little Sebastian in boarding school and ponies.  It's a solid situation for comedy, and Gatacre, who has been touring with variations of the show (including an election night special) since 2009, is clearly very comfortable in the role. She doesn't miss a beat and repeatedly dials up the energy as each call (and caller) climaxes.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 

 Sell Out Performances in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Sponsored by Barron Philippe de Rothchilds S.A.

"Samantha's Hotline is very mad, very bad or very good, but one thing for sure: it is certainly never ever boring" Fringe Report 

"Sophie Gatacre in the role as Samantha's Hotline is a world classperformance and shows she is not only a very funny person, but also a serious actress and writer.....Sophie Gatacre comes from a long line of artistic descendants....Sophie Gatacre is Jane Austen's eight times great niece and the satirist the late John Wells stepdaughter..." NYTToday 

"A work of genius"  The Spectator

"Samantha's Hotline".......  "Hilariously funny" .... Grove Magazine 

"The sexiest voice in Edinburgh" List Website

"Very amusing"....Time Out

Samantha's Hotline was performed at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival; The Space, Jury's Inn, Jeffrey Street, EH1 1DH, The Guilded Balloon. Edinburgh on Sunday 7th August 2011, Jury’s Inn  Jeffrey St. Edinburgh at 8.05pm from 5th to 27th Aug (not Sundays)

Sophie Gatacre gave a superb performance last night in her one woman Comedy Drama Play. To an appreciative audience she held her audience in rapt attention as she acted her multi role high class Chelsea lady trying to make ends meet after her husband leaving her for his secretary. A superb mixture of differing emotions, laughter, sadness and suggestive telephone conversation. Her sexiest voice and interactions with the audience create a highlight theatrical experience gaining prolonged applause. A fringe event not to be missed with an additional incentive of a bottle of Mouton Cadet wine from her sponsors for each person after the show.

“She doesn’t miss a beat, broad and smutty, delivered with admirable conviction.

She is herself an accomplished performer”  Fringe Guru

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g186525-c163577/Edinburgh:United-Kingdom:Top.Fringe.Shows.html

"Very amusing one-woman show by Sophie Gatacre about a posh Chelsea lady's odd ways of making money during the recession..." Time Out

http://www.timeout.com/london/comedy/event/159951/samantha-s-hotline

"SOPHIE GATACRE PERFORMED SAMANTHA IN A WAY THAT MAKES THE AUDIENCE REALLY BELIEVE  THAT SAMANTHA IS HER REAL CHARACTER... SOPHIE GATACRE IS NO DOUBT HEADING TO MANY LEADING ROLES IN MAJOR FILMS AND IS WELL DESERVING OF HER USA WEEKLY NEWS 100 STAR AWARD FOR HER PERFORMANCE AS SAMANTHA IN 'SAMANTHA'S HOTLINE'...." 
USA WEEKLY NEWS

Sophie Gatacre is Samantha  where she changes into different women in raunchy, funny telephone sex conversations. Samantha is a well to do Chelsea lady whose husband has left her and in the midst of this recession she finds an unusual way of making an income. The Source Magazine 
http://www.thesourcemag.net/index.php?view=details&id=127:performance-samanthas-hotline&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=66 

SOPHIE GATACRE in ‘Samantha's 2010 UK Election Hotline’Featuring Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Tiger Woods, Ashley Cole and others.  Article from NTYToday Magazine 

Henley Fringe 

The Chocolate Theatre Cafe, 13014 Thameside, Henley

London Festival Fringe


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Article from NTYToday Magazine

SOPHIE GATACRE in ‘Samantha's 2010 UK Election Hotline’

Featuring Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Tiger Woods, Ashley Cole and others.         

SOPHIE GATACRE in ‘Samantha's Election Hotline’ Sophie Gatacre is an accomplished comedy actress and writer, who has been touring London and Edinburgh since 2009 with her one woman comedy drama ‘Samantha's Election Hotline’ -a two-act play about a Chelsea lady whose husband has left her and in the midst of the recession she turns to telephone sex to earn an income. Sophie takes the audience on a hilarious journey as her character makes her clients believe that they are either a Cowboy, MP, Priest or Fireman. This is in stark contrast to her home life, where she is frequently arguing with her adulterous husband whilst comparing notes with her competitive neighbour. As performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2009. Edinburgh and Camden Fringe 2010 preview.


‘So convincing in her portrayal of a strict school teacher, the audience feel compelled to respond to her Gestapo-esque questioning as though they were naughty pupils.’ [no link]If the title doesn’t give it away, the first scene certainly does. Straddled across a reversed chair wearing a cowboy hat, Samantha seductively whispers like a Madame from the Wild West making innuendo’s such as “Do you want to put your gun in my holster?” Yes, Samantha’s hotline is a sex line.Sophie Gatacre’s one woman show portrays a formerly affluent housewife trying to earn moneynow she is no longer being supported by her adulterous husband. Drinking heavily between and during calls to and from all and sundry, Samantha teases the audience with her, sometimes hilarious other times cringing, commentary of sexual euphemisms, adopting several saucy characters including cowgirl, girl being rescued by a fireman and a nun – for the clichéd Catholic Priest who is an apparent regular caller. Though Gatacre thrusts a lot of energy into the character of Samantha, we never got a sense of who she really is. This was particularly evident in a phone call to a neighbour which contradicted itself at every corner. As a consequence there is confusion as to Samantha’s motivation, and alas, the play doesn’t recover by the time we reach the climax (quite literally) at the end. At times the dialogue is very amusing and Gatacre’s best moments come through her interaction with the audience which she pulls off with the grace of a talented stand up comedian. So convincing in her portrayal of a strict school teacher, the audience feel compelled to respond to her Gestapo-esque questioning as though they were naughty pupils. Samantha’s Hotline was credited with rave reviews from the Edinburgh Festival during the summer and will be performed at William IV in Kensal Green, London on Tuesday 2 nd and Thursday 23rd December 2010. Richard Oldale. The Source Magazine 


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