the worst was this

writer / director MATTE O'BRIEN
8 - 26 Nov 2016
7.45pm
£15/12
Tues to Sat. No shows Sun & Mon.

Part of our GOTHIC SEASON; Autumn/Winter 2016

… if he thrive and I be cast away,
The worst was this: my love was my decay.
~ William Shakespeare, Sonnet 80

A great war has scorched the Earth, destroying, and contaminating everything in its path. Plants cannot grow, world economies have collapsed, and with no goods available for purchase, money has no value. Lack of food and medicine has allowed a syphilitic plague to run rampant through the surviving human population, causing people to lose noses, tongues, ears, eyes, hands, feet, and other unmentionable appendages.

In a pub, three sisters run a gruesome black market business. Will, a beautiful young actor wanders into the sisters’ den to meet with Chris, a disfigured poet until now presumed dead. A tangled web of lies begins to entrap them, and hearts are shredded, both figuratively and literally…

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.

moments & empty beds

30 Jan - 17 Feb

Award winning company PENNYWORTH PRODUCTIONS present a double bill by critically acclaimed emerging writer Julia Cranney.
MOMENTS | EMPTY BEDS are two funny, frank and touching one-act plays which explore modern loneliness, family tension and missed connections.
★★★★ Fest, Three Weeks, Scottish Daily Mail, Spy In the Stalls, Views From the Gods

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:
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0333 666 3366
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