ink or swim

22 Jun, 13 Jul & 3 Aug
2-5pm
£8

Curated by award winning writer & Associate Producer of The Hope Theatre  Anthony Orme,  The Hope Theatre is proud to bring back INK OR SWIM; A brand new play reading event designed to connect new and exciting theatre creatives and develop new writing. In an ever competitive market, finding a nugget of gold early can be the difference between success and failure.

Selected plays will be read aloud, across 3 months of events, by professional actors and receive critical feedback from you the audience. Come and see what amazing new work is being written and be the first people to hear it or just come to be in a room of like minded professionals. Whatever your reason, come and play with us!

“Incredibly helpful for developing my piece further.” Jonathan Skinner (Writer)
“Invaluable to any budding writer.” Liam Anderson (Writer)
“An incredible opportunity for new writers and theatre makers alike” The Open Door

SUBMISSIONS
All submissions must meet the following criteria

  • 40 pages maximum or the equivalent of 30 minutes length (not minimum length)
  • Be easily readable by 3 actors
  • Have never had a professional debut

Submissions window closes Saturday 26 May (Selections to be made by Friday 1 June)
Please send all submissions to Anthony.orme@nowyouknowproductions.co.uk with the heading INK OR SWIM. Please include a copy of the piece, the predicted run time, the history of the piece and any casting / character notes.

Box Office opens at 1.30pm for cash sales and collection of pre-booked tickets. The performance lasts 2 hours including without interval and may contain strong language and adult themes.

LATECOMERS MAY NOT BE ADMITTED. PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START TIME OF 7.45PM.

Over 18s only.

Refunds and exchanges are not available.

 

booking:

telephone bookings:
0333 666 3366
(booking fees apply, fees for telephone sales will be higher)

(booking fees apply, fees for telephone sales will be higher)

worth a flutter

1 - 19 May

4/1 Matt with a dysfunctional brain, heart and penis. Might need more experience
9/5 F. Paige, who is as shallow as she is devious, the bookies favourite
20/1 Helen, a few skeletons in the closet but has experience
7/2 Sam suffering from a loss/broken marriage but might have enough to take the spoils, safe hands
WORTH A FLUTTER is a dark, hard hitting comedy that covers life, love and loss.

adam & eve

22 May - 9 June

Newlyweds Adam & Eve are moving to the countryside, leaving the city behind for good. But when Adam is suspended from work, they’re forced to question how well they really know each other. Adam & Eve is a startling new play about trust, feminism and the nature of accusations from award-winning Royal Court Young Writer Tim Cook.

precisionism

3 & 4 Jun

1925. New York. A city in lust with drink and drugs, sex and jazz.

When a criminal kingpin vanishes, leaving behind an empire of vice and a tantalisingly damming tale, his top lieutenants must choose – loyalty or power.

cockamamy

12 - 30 Jun

Cockamamy. Adj. Ludicrous. Nonsensical.

Alice and her granddaughter Rosie are a team. They live together, eat together, watch Countdown together. But for Alice, things have started to become ludicrous. Nonsensical. Winner of the Lustrum Award for Outstanding New Play, Cockamamy is a hilarious, achingly poignant portrayal of what it means to live with dementia.

WORKSHOP: inside the audition process

16 & 23 June and 21 & 28 July

A full and frank investigation of what it’s like from Matthew’s “side of the table” when casting for theatre productions. How does he post a job? What’s he looking for in applications? How best to present yourself and behave at your audition. What makes a good audition ‘chat’? What are the regular, surprising pitfalls made at audition?

bomb sex

24 & 25 Jun

It’s the 1980s, ‘the troubles’ in Northern Ireland are at their height. But life goes on and some people just want to get their leg over! An explosive dark comedy examining the relationship between Ireland and England told through those trapped in their own situations. One man. Eight voices.

fat jewels

3 - 21 Jul

A South Yorkshire council estate. Pat’s having strange dreams. He can’t shake them. He’s gone round to Danny’s for a chat and some healthy advice. Lonely and dangerous, Danny insists that what Pat needs is a therapy programme of Danny’s own making, involving cricket bats and trips to the zoo…

bury the hatchet

24 Jul - 11 Aug

Andrew and Abby Borden are found dead in Fall River, Massachusetts on August 4th, 1892.
Their daughter Lizzie is the main suspect.

True crime podcast meets bluegrass musical; a fun feminist reimagining of the Lizzie Borden story.
Winner of People’s Choice Award at VAULT Festival 2018.

medicine

14 Aug - 1 Sept

‘You’ll catch your death out here.’ 

‘Well I’m not here to catch a bus, am I?’ 

One howling night in Northern Ireland, Ma discovers Moira on the edge of Warrenpoint pier, full of cheap whiskey and desperate to end it all…

Is it too late to bring her daughter home?

booking:
telephone bookings:
0333 666 3366
(booking fees apply, fees for telephone sales will be higher)