The Hope Theatre in Islington has announced a new digital series, Hope at Home.
The acclaimed venue on London’s Off West End has secured funding from City Bridge Trust as part of a funding bid from the London Community Response Fund for the project.
Hope at Home is a 5-part online series of 15-minute monologues each exploring a single fascinating slice of life set at home.
The monologues will be launched via the theatre’s digital channels on 25 November, with each film premiering for one week for free as ‘pay what you want’ to encourage access and donations to help secure the future of the critically acclaimed pub theatre. The project will finish with a Christmas special in December.
The full schedule of the five films is as follows:
Monday 23 November – MY FATHER’S SHED by Henry Egar
Escaping from his mother’s birthday party, Anthony secretly tries on some new foundation in his family’s shed.
Director: Liz Arday
Assistant Director: Aran Cherkez
Cast: Jacob Seelochan
Monday 30 November – Where The Socks Go By Somebody Jones
Ahead of a really crucial Zoom job interview Max is determined to answer the question we all want the answer to: where do socks go in the wash?
Director: Jeremiah Towolawi
Assistant Director: Grace Currie
Cast: Meesha Turner
Monday 7 December – A MOMENT’S PEACE by Natasha Santos
Hannah loves her son Callum, she does, but what she doesn’t love are the other 25 snot infested children that she’s had to invite over for his 6th birthday.
Director: Charlotte Peters
Assistant Director: Xanthus Peters
Cast: Kate O’Rourke
Monday 14 December – ALMOST THERE by Michael Head
A comic look at the age between not being old but getting there fast.
Director: Simon K Matthews
Assistant Director: Sarah Stacey
Cast: Guy Porritt
Monday 21 December – 21 ROUND FOR CHRISTMAS Matt Ballantyne & Toby Hampton
Wine, turkey, laughter and dirty family history swept neatly under the carpet until Boxing Day. We join the world of Tracy, a day-dreaming housewife who is in the midst of cooking Christmas Dinner for her family – her large family.
Director: Toby Hampton
Assistant Director: Emma Louise Howell
Cast: Clare Bloomer
You can donate online here.
Kennedy Bloomer, the Artistic Director of the theatre since January 2020 said: “We’re so excited to share these stories online, and to be able to reach as many people as possible with our PAY WHAT YOU CAN initiative while our doors are closed. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the theatre in 2021.”
Meanwhile, you can support The Hope Theatre online here.