ink or swim

22 Jun & 13 Jul
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 2 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.

 

gilded butterflies

6 - 24 Nov

A 6ft x 9ft cell in Florida, USA. A young woman, Maggie, prepares for the end but is she alone?
Based on real events, witness how the human spirit can stretch in order to survive in this new play about the glimmers of hope, even in the darkest of hours.

caravan of dreams

18 & 19 Nov

A caravan is departing friends! It is departing for the East! It is a Caravan of Dreams. For the first time ever, performance storytelling comes to The Hope Theatre with a mythological mash-up of alternative Arabian folktales. Expect flying horses, floating palaces and one very insistent pair of slippers.

head-rot holiday

27 Nov - 22 Dec

In a secure hospital for the ‘criminally insane’, three women prepare for the Christmas disco and ask: ‘in such a topsy-turvy world, who are you to say that I’m insane?’ An irreverent dark comedy from one of the most important feminist voices of her generation, Sarah Daniels (Masterpieces, The Gut Girls).

alternativity

9, 10, 16 & 17 Dec

It’s Christmas in Billericay. The boys are back from uni, Mum’s been on the
wine and Dad’s dozing off when there’s a knock at the door… This is a very
untraditional EsseXmas story.

in conversation with graham norton

8 - 26 Jan 2019

Mark has a problem. Mark has so much to say. Mark has nobody to talk to. Mark is 17 and lonely. Mark has a photo of Graham Norton. Graham knows how to listen. Graham knows what questions to ask. Graham looks kind. Graham won’t judge. Graham is just a photo.

little echoes

19 Feb - 9 Mar 2019

London: Now, Last year, Next year. A young girl meets her idol and disappears. Shajenthran’s brother has acid thrown in his face, and Shaj is out for revenge. June is a fixer for the super wealthy but her latest task is a step too far. A kaleidoscopic tale of loss, grief and loneliness in our dangerous, modern world.

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