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Hopeful Monsters - The Space

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Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HOPEFUL Monster Theatre Company is presenting their innovative debut show, Hopeful Monsters, at The Space as part of the Summer Season.

A playful exploration of the natural world in which human hands move and transform in unusual ways, it runs from June 18 to June 22, 2019.

From simple organisms to giant beasts, this is a story of evolution told entirely with hands. Combining visual theatre, an original soundtrack and puppetry Hopeful Monsters is a playful exploration of all living things being made of the same fundamental building blocks.

Constantly shifting and changing, human hands move and morph in unusual ways, creating unexpected creatures as we journey through water, earth and air. It’s a story of survival and struggle, of connection and transformation. A reminder of the playfulness of living. After all, we humans are animals too.

The show’s creators and performers are Bori Mezo, Ella Mackay and Eti Meacock. Composer is Michael Hyland.

A ‘hopeful monster’ is what you get when a sudden genetic mutation produces a radically new organism. Like its evolutionary namesake, the company aims to create work that is weird and wonderful, playing with the possibilities of puppetry and delighting in the unusual visual creations that emerge.

Hopeful Monsters is their eponymous debut show and since its premiere at Beverley Puppet Festival, it has toured the UK, France, Lithuania and Australia. Having been part of VAULT Festival, this is the second time it can be seen in London.

Find out more about Hopeful Monster Theatre Company at

Tickets: £10, £8. To book, call the box office on 0207 515 7799 or visit

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, plus Saturday matinee at 2:30pm.