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…

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? 

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

the house of yes

8-26 Oct

There’s a storm brewing at the Pascal family home. Jackie-O is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Twin brother Marty’s headed home bringing a surprise. Younger brother Anthony only has one thing on his mind. And mother’s self-medicating (again). Let the games begin!
The award-winning Hope Theatre team present a rare revival of this deliciously dark comic-drama about a family living in the shadow of the Kennedy clan.

thread

19 Nov - 7 Dec

Vivian is on the verge of a career defining achievement when a shattering allegation about her famous father, now suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, threatens to be revealed. As the pressure grows around the family, the threads that bind them begin to snap. Is protecting family, more important than the truth?

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