NEWS: Matthew Parker announces Hope’s spring 2018 season, directs Foul Pages premiere

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Artistic director Matthew Parker has announced the spring season in his fully curated year of shows at The Hope Theatre, the award-winning performance space in North London. The year features a mix of new writing and established work with a 50/50 gender split of writers and containing a world premiere directed by Parker himself.

2018 gets off to a bang as Louise Jameson returns to The Hope Theatre following her award-nominated performance in Two Short Plays About Gays last year. Louise will appear in the two-hander My Gay Best Friend (9-27 January 2018) – a heady mixture of high camp, melancholy reflection on friendships and the childhood dramas that haunt us all.

The award-winning Pennyworth Productions bring their double bill Moments/Empty Beds (30 January-17 February 2018) In these productions Pennyworth explore modern loneliness, family tension and missed connections. Written by emerging playwright Julia Cranney, these plays are funny, frank and touching in equal measure.

Award winning artistic director Matthew Parker helms the premiere of Robin Hooper’s Foul Pages (20 February-17 March 2018). The ex-literary manager of the Royal Court and Paines Plough has penned a fruity farce full of scandalous secrets, backstage betrayals and lusty liaisons. You think you know your Shakespeare?… Think again. Foul Pages is the sixth in-house production from the award winning Hope Theatre team.

Five people’s lives intertwine in Our Big Love Story (20 March-7 April 2018), a tale of faith, prejudice, love and healing looking at radicalisation of young people and the struggle to keep faith after a traumatic event. Written by Stephanie Silver, it is a thought-provoking, heartwarming and at funny look at how love, faith and coming together as a society really does make the world go around.

Completing the spring season is the European Premiere of Tim Luscombe’s Pig (10-28 April 2018), delving into aspects of life that are frequently venal, unpleasant, disturbing and downright tragic. Pig explores violent sex and sexual violence, punishment, redemption, ownership and sacrifice, self-harm and death-wish, role-play and fantasy, and the eroticism of violence and of HIV-Aids.

Matthew Parker said:

“I’m super excited by this eclectic new season looking at our lives in different ways and worlds. I’m particularly pleased to have a strong LGBTQ+ showing and a 50/50 split of female and male writers while we continue our commitment to the Equity Low Pay No Pay campaign.”

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Anne Cox is a journalist and blogger with more than 35 years’ experience and a passion for the theatre. Over the years, she has covered am-dram, regional and national theatre. As a critic for her own site Stage Review, she now reviews professional productions within about a two-hour drive of her home patch of Bedfordshire - from the RSC in Stratford, through the Home Counties and London to Chichester. She now runs her independent theatre website Stage Review and tweets @stage_review.
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Anne Cox is a journalist and blogger with more than 35 years’ experience and a passion for the theatre. Over the years, she has covered am-dram, regional and national theatre. As a critic for her own site Stage Review, she now reviews professional productions within about a two-hour drive of her home patch of Bedfordshire - from the RSC in Stratford, through the Home Counties and London to Chichester. She now runs her independent theatre website Stage Review and tweets @stage_review.