As Matthew Parker’s swansong as artistic director at the Hope Theatre, The House of Yes isn’t afraid to show the underbelly of ‘respectable society’.
Excellent direction combines with all design elements to create a truly atmospheric piece in The House Of Yes at the Hope Theatre, a bold choice of play that serves as a fitting end to Matthew Parker’s tenure.
Katie Caden’s Conquest at The Vaults asks questions of how pro-active feminists need to be in contemporary society.
But as a nuanced discussion of the political and emotional minefield facing young women today, a witty takedown of some of the hypocrisies and contradictions of modern feminism, a celebration of female friendship and a tightly-scripted, laugh out loud evening, Conquest conquers all.
Having the power to change how one is treated by men – that is at the centre of Conquest. And while the impetus to shake things up in the play begins at a personal level, it later sets its sights, like the suffragettes of yore, at the Establishment.
Have you seen the myriad five-star reviews for our Featured Show, the 25th anniversary revival of Bryony Lavery’s bodice-ripping musical comedy HER ACHING HEART. A selection of some of our favourite review quotes are gathered below
Small, perfectly formed, alternative Christmas treats: I saw two two-hander musical gems last weekend: Her Aching Heart at the Hope Theatre in Islington and, on the opposite side of town, Another Night Before Christmas at the Bridge House Theatre in Penge.
It might be more of a ‘play with songs’ than a full blown musical but Bryony Lavery’s Her Aching Heart now playing at the Hope Theatre, is one of those rarely performed gems that displays just the sort of quirky wit in its writing that many of today’s new musical offerings could do well to emulate.
Bryony Lavery’s Victorian send-up Her Aching Heart has all the OTT melodrama and silliness of a pantomime, but this two-character, lesbian love story is decidedly not a panto. Full of innuendo and comedy, the play-within-a-play is a well executed, richly designed and utterly delightful affair.
Yes it is universal but yes, it is also unashamedly all the shades of the LGBTQ+ rainbow – and as director Matthew Parker gives us one final fabulous surprise at the last, my heart filled with pride. A vital and vibrant alternative to all those pantomimes out there and hugely recommended.
Watch our exclusive video announcement from the Hope Theatre revealing cast and first-look images for the much-anticipated 25th anniversary revival of Bryony Lavery musical HER ACHING HEART….