Lavender Brown Actress Jessie Cave Announces Worldwide Premiere of the Film of her Play, “Sunrise”

The film adaptation of Jessie Cave’s (Lavender Brown) play, Sunrise, will be released exclusively on Soho Theatre’s streaming platform, Soho Theatre on Demand, on May 27, 2021, the London company has announced.

Cave’s romantic journeys have been unquestionably one-of-a-kind, and she has been quite open and proud about that fact. After writing about it multiple times, she’s turned her experiences into a one-man standup comedic play, Sunrise, which explores the story of how she pieced together her dating life after a messy and complicated breakup while juggling the responsibilities of being a single mother. Cave holds nothing back when she bares her vulnerabilities and emotional turmoil, creating what Guardian critic Brian Logan calls “potent, a grownup and emotionally intelligent hour of heart-on-sleeve comedy.”


Since its first performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018, Sunrise has received high praise from audiences and critics alike, selling out for seven weeks at Soho Theatre, touring the United Kingdom, and becoming a South Bank Award nominee. The play, which was filmed in compliance with coronavirus regulations at Soho Theatre in April 2021, will now reach international viewers when it lands on Soho Theatre on Demand on May 27, 2021.

Writer and performer Jessie Cave expressed her excitement about the film’s release:

I feel so lucky to be filming ‘Sunrise’ after such a long journey with it. I’ve done the show over 150 times now, and so I think this will be the final outing for my pillow puppets. I’m incredibly grateful to the [sic] Soho Theatre for supporting me at every step. I hope the show helps people in some way and can be shared with people who might need a little hope.

Director Adam Brace, who also directed Cave in Sunrise‘s original stage production, added his thoughts:

It’s been a genuine pleasure revisiting this piece and working with Jessie again. Soho Theatre have produced this show from the very beginning, and this covid-safe filmed version has even fewer audience members than its original incarnation – 38 in the converted storeroom of an Edinburgh hotel during the Fringe. Since then, it has been seen by thousands back at Soho, then around the UK. Hopefully, this version means Jessie’s unique blend of confessional comedy and DIY [p]erformance [a]rt will continue to find new audiences.

Sunrise will be released on Soho Theatre on Demand on May 27, 2021, for £5.99.


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