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Hope Theatre announces Winter 2018 Season

Season preview

THE award-winning Hope Theatre has announced its Winter 2018 Season under the artistic direction of Off West End award-winner Matthew Parker.

The season starts with the UK premiere of The Dog/The Cat (September 4 to September 22), a double bill of antipodean plays from writer/actor Brendan Cowell (Yerma, Young Vic) and Lally Katz and directed by Sharon Burrell of Two The Moon productions.

Described as a romantic and comedic delight, The Dog/The Cat has enjoyed two extended sell out seasons in Sydney.

The team behind the critically acclaimed in-house productions of Lovesong of the Electric Bear, Steel Magnolias and last year’s Brimstone & Treacle are mounting a rare revival of The Lesson by the French absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco (translated by Donald Watson).

More than 50 years since its UK premiere, Ionesco’s dark comic-drama still packs a punch and, directed by Matthew Parker, runs from September 25 to October 13.

The innovative and beautiful Jericho’s Rose from Althea Theatre invites the audience on a breathtaking journey into the past and present. Fusing new writing, movement, live music and loop pedalled sound to create a unique tapestry of fragmented memories, this new piece written by Lilac Yosiphon and created by the company plays from October 16 to November 3.

An international theatre ensemble of British and non-British actors and theatre makers, Althea Theatre explore international and local viewpoints, creating new work to challenge issues prevalent to European society today.

Jericho’s Rose is followed by Gilded Butterflies (November 6 to November 24). Devised by Tormented Casserole and inspired by their meeting with death row survivors, they explore the volume of a living soul contained in one cell. It comes to The Hope following a 5-star run at the Brighton Fringe.

The season ends with a rare revival of Sarah Daniel’s Head-Rot Holiday (November 27 to December 22), which was first staged by Clean Break, a theatre company dedicated to giving a voice to women in the criminal justice system. Nearly two decades later, Weighed In mounts a special revival of this irreverent dark comedy from one of the most important feminist writers of her generation from new company Wired In.

Running alongside the main season there will be a varied programme of Sunday/Monday shows which bring developmental and early-stage work to audiences at The Hope.

Matthew Parker said of the new season “Four years after opening its doors The Hope Theatre has gone from strength to strength and this is shown in the quality and diversity of work submitted for our programming. I am delighted to be able to announce such an eclectic mix of theatre from various backgrounds and voices, old and new, I look forward to a winter full of BIG ideas.“

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