“A splendid source of new solo pieces that work brilliantly in those drama school showcases...an enlightening read” –Susan Elkin, The Stage
“..always fascinating, frequently deeply insightful…Deep Heat, which is subtitled Encounters with the Famous, the Infamous and the Unknown, is a compendium of some of the interviews that eventually found their way into [Soans’] plays…represents the roots of a series of wonderful theatrical performances…This witty, thought-provoking book is a real one-off that deserves to sell well and undoubtedly will.” –British Theatre Guide
“This collection, brings together some of the best material that Soans has collected over the years from interviewing many people for his plays... an insightful read, it is also the perfect companion for actors looking for a more meaningful and powerful monologue than the usual ‘Tried & Tested’ – which can only be of great delight to casting directors worldwide” –The Public Reviews
The verbatim monologues in Deep Heat are drawn from conversations Robin Soans has had or overheard, or are edited versions of interviews he has conducted in the course of research for his plays. Subjects range from people who have held high office to those who have blown them up; from those who live in large country houses to others whose home is two blankets and a pile of leaves in the corner of a disused garage. So much of what is passed on as historical fact is the version of events that those with an ulterior motive choose to project. This book doesn’t seek to judge, nor provide solutions; it seeks to redress the balance by giving a fair hearing even to those who may not share the same views as ours. Useful as audition pieces for actors, but equally of interest to the historian and sociologist in all of us. We are after all human, full of contradictions, and we can never inch our way towards greater self-knowledge if we don’t see more of the picture than is traditionally the case.
Robin Soans is a playwright and actor. Oberon Books publishes his plays, Talking to Terrorists (Out of Joint/RoyalCourt), Life After Scandal (Hampstead) and Mixed Up North (Out of Joint/Octagon Theatre, Bolton). His other plays include The Arab-Israeli Cookbook (Gate Theatre, London) and A State Affair (Out of Joint/Soho Theatre).