the ruffian on the stair

writer: JOE ORTON / director: PAUL CLAYTON
29 Jan - 16 Feb 2019
7:45pm
£15/£12
Tues - Sat

A darkly comic tale of love, sex for sale, catholicism, homosexuality, power, lies, loneliness and goldfish.

The heart is situated just below this badge on my pullover. Don’t miss, will you?

When a young man says he’s looking for a room, he has so much more on his mind. For Joyce, an ex prostitute, hiding away from the world, does he bring release, or a different kind of ending? Left alone by her protector Mike, she has to deal with the intrusion on her own terms with unexpected results.

Placing his characters in a world of mystery, Orton taints their lives with the ordinary and the mundane, giving them a language that is entirely unique, he peels back the skin to outrage, shock, and amuse with a dark and farcical cynicism. This classic comedy of menace tells of shady meetings and a desire for revenge. Originally written for radio and first staged at the Royal Court in 1967, the year Orton met his death at the hands of his lover Kenneth Halliwell.

Brimful of Orton’s trademark coruscating wit, violence, sexuality and death are never far from the surface, THE RUFFIAN ON THE STAIR is the 8th in-house production from The Hope Theatre’s award winning team. It follows their previous  ★★★★★, award nominated shows THE LESSON and BRIMSTONE & TREACLE and Offie award winning LOVESONG OF THE ELECTRIC BEAR. It’s directed by Paul Clayton whose directing credits include York Theatre Royal, The Watermill, Newbury and Nottingham Playhouse. As an actor Paul has appeared in a multitude of TV dramas and comedies including Him & Her and Peep Show, various West End stage appearances and, most recently, BRIMSTONE & TREACLE at The Hope. He became Patron of The Hope Theatre in 2017.

Cast includes Lucy Benjamin (Eastenders, Casualty, Detectorists) as JOYCE in her first return to stage since 2015. Gary Webster (Eastenders, Minder) will play MIKE and Adam Buchanan (Alan Bates Award Winner, Park Theatre, Theatre By The Lake) will play WILSON.

Press on previous Hope Theatre in-house productions: –
★★★★★ “A first-class, riveting revival. Highly recommended” Act Drop
★★★★★ “I was expecting big things. I wasn’t let down” West End Wilma
★★★★★ “Wonderful… Another stunner from The Hope” IThankyou Theatre
★★★★★ “Dark and disturbing” London Theatre1

Box Office opens at 7.00pm for cash sales and collection of pre-booked tickets. The performance lasts approximately 60mins without interval and contains strong language and adult themes. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced.

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.

cuttings

4 - 22 June

YouTuber turned actor Arthur Moses wins an Olivier Award, and goes onto drunkenly deliver the most offensive, outrageous and profanity laden speech in the ceremony’s history.
His publicists have quite a morning ahead of them.
CUTTINGS is a satirical look at fandom, fame and being ‘sorry’ in the 21st Century.

the censor

25 Jun - 13 Jul

Female-led RoundPeg Theatre brings Anthony Neilson’s controversial play to London for the first time in 15 years. A female pornographer comes face to face with a censor – the man whose job it is to determine whether her work can see the light of day.

A tender, graphic exploration into sex, pleasure and taboo.

*a great big sigh*

7 & 8 July

The world outside is (probably) falling apart. Walter has no friends and Tina desperately wants to survive: nothing could possibly be spookier. In this riotous comedy we see these two strangers trapped with nothing but a few clues they must solve together in order to escape this flabbin’ heckin’ basement!

starved

16 July - 3 Aug

Lad and Lass are on the run. They’re squatting in a bedsit on one of Hull’s roughest estates and living hand to mouth on a diet of roll-ups, vodka and Cup-a-Soup. Caged by circumstance and warped by their own toxic relationship, will they ever be able to escape and survive?

river in the sky

6 - 24 Aug

Jack and Ellie wanted a family. Then one day, they lost their child and their reality changed forever. Whilst one hides in a caravan, the other visits them and together they tell each other magnificent stories. But will these stories spiral them further into grief or somehow bring them back? 

blood orange

11 & 12 Aug

When fiercely independent female doctor Amy receives a case of a boy with cancer, it propels her back to her childhood and past traumas. She’s confronted by her loss and wants her career to provide the answer, but is it time to take a great leap and fight her demons?

it’s a playception

8 & 9 Sept

Elise and Sirenna have written a play! They have nabbed a great space! They have secured financial backing! They have written a marketing blurb!

They are still not taken seriously.

A play about two women writing a play about two women writing a play about two women writing a play.

call me fury

17 Sept - 5 Oct

“The fire of fear is the only flame that burns bright.”

CALL ME FURY is about The Salem Witch Trials. Sort of. A feral scream of rage, this play is a commentary about sexual politics and feminism today – set to live folk music.

Like a spell: a good spell.” Lyn Gardner

booking:
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0333 666 3366
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