moments & empty beds

writer: JULIA CRANNEY / director: KATE TREADELL
30 Jan - 17 Feb
7.45pm
£15/£12
Tues to Sat only

Since founding in 2016, Pennyworth Productions has toured its work to the Edinburgh, Camden and Galway Fringes. Their work has transferred to the Arcola Theatre as part of its ‘EH to E8’ pick of the fringe season, and they have been the recipient of both the Scottish Daily Mail Award and an inaugural Eddies Award.

 This February they are bringing their double bill ‘MOMENTS | EMPTY BEDS’ to the Hope Theatre, Islington. Having formed to use New Writing to Challenge Old Ideas, in these productions Pennyworth explore modern loneliness, family tension and missed connections.

Both written by emerging writer Julia Cranney, these plays are funny, frank and touching in equal measure.

MOMENTS: 

Daniel and Ava are two strangers who at first glance have nothing in common. He’s 56, she’s 25. He’s a talker, she’s a listener. But after a series of chance (and awkward) encounters, it’s starting to look like they’re becoming… friends?

EMPTY BEDS:

The Wyld sisters tend to avoid each other. Today they’re stuck on a train, en route to visit their brother for his birthday. In light of recent events, they’re determined to show a united front. But 250 miles into the journey, patience is wearing thin…

★★★★ Fest, Three Weeks, Scottish Daily Mail, Spy In the Stalls, Views From the Gods   

Box Office opens at 7.00pm for cash sales and collection of pre-booked tickets. The performance lasts 2 hours including an interval. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced. This performance contains strong language.

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

Over 18s only. Due to pub licensing laws no one under the age of 18 is permitted into the building after 7pm. 

Refunds are not available. In extreme circumstances tickets purchased may be exchanged for another performance if adequate written notice is provided. 

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)

my gay best friend

9 - 27 Jan

Racquell (Louise Jameson) has locked herself in the ladies, furious because her gay best friend Gavin (Nigel Fairs) isn’t there to support her karaoke debut; he’s sitting in a walk-in wardrobe with a yoghurt pot and a turkey baster! A heady mixture of high camp, melancholy and haunting childhood drama.

foodie

14, 15, 21, 22 Jan

A young woman sits down with forty of her closest friends from three different countries, different ethnicities, sexual identities and professions, and asks them one simple question: “How do you feel about food?” FOODIE is a verbatim play about young women’s relationships with food, from the divine to the obscene.

my evolution of cave painting

4 & 5 Feb

After its 2017 sell-out show, MY EVOLUTION OF CAVE PAINTING comes to The Hope Theatre for two nights only. A hilarious and deeply personal reflection about growing up and dealing with yourself. Encompassing cavemen, depression, and paint. A unique and inspiring production performed in verse by Howard Horner.

when you fall down

11 & 12 Feb

With slapstick, songs and a soft shoe shuffle, When You Fall Down tells Buster’s story from his first movie-making experience in 1917 to his signing by MGM in 1928. We watch Buster as he films his iconic movies, following his personal and professional triumphs and trials; culminating in the most dangerous stunt of all.

foul pages

20 Feb - 17 Mar

Raleigh’s condemned, Shakespeare’s desperate and the Countess of Pembroke has a plan! It’s 1603, and a new play has been commissioned to seduce the King into a merciful mood. FOUL PAGES is a fruity farce is full of scandalous secrets, backstage betrayals and lusty liaisons. You think you know your Shakespeare? Think again!
Directed by The Hope Theatre’s award winning Artistic Director Matthew Parker. 

our big love story

20 Mar - 7 Apr

4 teenagers, 1 Teacher, 1 Terror Attack, Post July 2005
5 people’s lives intertwine in OUR BIG LOVE STORY; a tale of faith, prejudice, love & healing looking at radicalisation of young people and the struggle to keep faith in modern Britain.

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.

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