written by MARK JEARY / directed by GAVIN CURTIS
18 Nov - 6 Dec 2014
No perfs on Sundays. Post show Q&A 24 Nov and 1 Dec.

Meet the woman who finds herself urinating off the top of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh, the man who nearly burns down a stranger’s kitchen, the mother who almost beats her son to death in a drunken rage….

“My first drink seemed to unlock something. I threw up, went home, woke up with a stinking hangover the next morning and thought, ‘that was fantastic, when are we doing it again?”

Blackout is an honest, brutal and often hilarious insight into alcoholism and recovery, scripted entirely from interviews with recovering alcoholics, including the writer, and staged by New Room Theatre in a visceral piece of physically charged theatre. Blackout comes to The Hope Theatre following a critically acclaimed run in Edinburgh.


“Stories of euphoria, hedonism, recklessness, and violence come thick and fast, shaken and stirred. Never less than dynamic.”
★★★★  The Scotsman

“Devastating accuracy…. A compelling piece”
★★★★ All Edinburgh Theatre

“Punchy, unapologetic and unsentimental”
Exeunt Magazine

“I promise you that you will not be disappointed or fail to be enlightened”
Highly Recommended Show – Fringe Review


The show lasts one hour without interval.


graceful – POSTPONED

7 - 25 April

Due to recent Government advice regarding social distancing and isolation, this production has been postponed. New dates are to be announced.

When 17-year-old Grace’s alcoholic father checks himself into rehab, she is sent to live with his distant cousin, 38-year-old Rhonda, who ten years ago, had an abortion.

A young woman who’s never had a mother and grown woman who’s never had a daughter find themselves in roles they never expected.

have you heard about guy? – POSTPONED

19 & 20 Apr

Due to recent Government advice regarding social distancing and isolation, this production has been postponed. New dates are to be announced.

This is the story of two struggling actresses, Frank and George. As they suffer through humiliating commercial auditions, sleazy industry professionals, empty bank accounts, family pressures and jealousy, their drama school peer, Guy, is enjoying a meteoric rise to success.

talking back

7 - 8 June

TALKING BACK: A Night of Black Verbatim Theatre encompasses two plays: BLACK WOMEN DATING WHITE MEN & PRESENT BLACK FATHERS. BLACK WOMEN DATING WHITE MEN: interviews of Black women in relationships with white men. Expect talks of privilege, activism, & headscarves. PRESENT BLACK FATHERS: interviews that challenge the “absent Black father” stereotype. Funny, emotional, & sometimes too real.

period dramas

21 & 22 June

Ever wondered what Period Dramas would be like if they really were about Periods?

Period Dramas is a hilarious one-woman romp through the ages where stand-up, cabaret and tap dance collide to fill the gaps in the history books and interrogate the menstrual taboo both past and present.

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