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The HopeFull Rep Season - Hope Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SO AND So Arts Club in association with Sotto Voce and Sheer Drop Productions is presenting The HopeFull Rep Season at Islington’s Hope Theatre – from August 1 to August 30, 2014.

Four new writers, four directors and a company of fifteen present four new plays – Madame Bovary by Rosanna Lowe, Flood by D.H.W. Mildon, Dirty Promises by Lily Driscoll and The Long Road South by Paul Minx.

Madam Bovary, a dynamic new adaptation of Flaubert’s classic tale of sex and adultery by Rosanna Lowe.

Messy, complex and profoundly modern, Madame Bovary places a nuanced, ambiguous and realistic woman at its heart of whom Flaubert famously wrote ‘c’est moi’.

In this whirlwind of an adaptation, we see her kick against the constraints of marriage and motherhood in her riding boots: the multiplicity of perspectives and slippery morality constantly challenging us to shift and question our own empathies. Tragic and comic, full of pathos and bathos of lofty flights and sudden bumps back down to earth.

Holly Maples directs a cast that includes Rob Castell (as Leon), Kevin James (Charles Bovary), Sarah Lawrie (Emma Bovary) and Andrew P. Stephen (Rodolphe).

Dates and times: August 3 at 12 noon; August 9, 17 and 30 at 3pm; August 1, 5, 7, 10, 20 and 22 at 7pm; and August 13, 15, 23, 26 and 28 at 9pm.

Flood by D.H.W. Mildon.

In this funny, moving account of love and old age, Arthur and Grace have been in love for half a century. Now though, the flood waters are rising around their home. As Alzheimer’s strips away Grace’s memory, Arthur tries to juggle a voice from the past with the increasingly pressing concerns of the present.

Described as funny, touching and thought-provoking, Flood explores how much we owe those we love.

Simon Evans directs a cast that includes Ian Chaplain (as Arthur), Lucinda Curtis (Grace) and Garnon Davies (Hugh).

Dates and times: August 3, 16 and 24 at 3pm; August 2, 9, 12, 14, 17, 27, 29 and 30 at 7pm; and August 1, 5, 7, 20 and 22 at 9pm.

Dirty Promises by Lilly Driscoll.

Drew and Lucy are young and in love. Drew thinks Lucy is beautiful. So why has he put a paper bag over her head? Crabby is Drew’s best mate. Crabby can get you a gun. Crabby doesn’t dare say how he feels but he’s not going to ignore that bag.

Dirty Promises is an urban love story; a messy love story with the bruises to prove it. Using punchy dialogue, poetry and a touch of the surreal, it explore what happens when you want so badly to fit in to a society that doesn’t understand you.

Tom Latter directs a cast that includes Jed O’Hagan (as Drew), Kirsty J Curtis (Lucy) and Michael Lyle (Crabby).

Dates and times: August 30 at 12 noon; August 10 at 3pm; August 13, 15, 23, 26 and 28 at 7pm; and August 2, 3, 6, 8, 16, 19 and 21 at 9pm.

For more information or to book visit www.kingsheadtheatre.com/hopefull-festival.