Not-a-review: The Fall, Hope Theatre

I should have been reviewing The Fall at the Hope Theatre this week, so why not take a look at the ways in which you might be able to support the theatre and the company in these tough times

“Tell me the truth. That’s all you have to do…”

Thomas Arensen’s first full-length play The Fall should have been opening at the Hope Theatre today, with burgeoning new company The Luminaries promising an intriguing retelling of Paradise Lost via Saw and Romeo and Juliet. I know they managed to do a bit of recording as their set, lighting and costumes were ready to go, so we might possibly get a little taste of what would have been, and what will eventually be, in a trailer. 

The Hope’s Artistic Director Kennedy Bloomer also kindly took some time to speak to me:

“On Monday morning (16.03.17) I walked into the theatre to see the space completely transformed with an incredible set that will now stand empty in the theatre while this period is ongoing. The team behind The Fall have put all their love, energy, time and money into this incredible show and we’re one of the first shows I officially programmed at the theatre. 
The team are in good spirits but obviously devastated that the show can’t go on in for it’s original dates. The company have self-funded the production and we’re hoping to have them back in as soon as possible. 
As a small charity who receive no public funding the future of The Hope is now in uncertain as we heavily rely on ticket sales. The support from audience donating their early ticket bookings is amazing. We now need the help of generous donors more than ever in helping the theatre come back from postponement and to continue to be the little theatre with BIG ideas!” 

Take a look at the different ways you can support The Hope Theatre here, or email Kennedy directly on 

For The Fall
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And you can watch a teaser trailer for the show below:

For The Hope Theatre
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You can sign up to their mailing list here to get their announcements about future plans, once the dust finally settles 

Review: Something Awful, VAULT Festival

A scary story needs the right setting but in the Cavern at the VAULT Festival, Something Awful doesn’t quite get it

“How scary can some shitty chatroom be?”

The Cavern is one of the more unforgiving spaces at the VAULT Festival and so directors need to take real care to ensure their pieces work in this long, dank hall. As a horror story, Something Awful has the additional pressure of cultivating an effectively eerie atmosphere in here and to be honest, it’s a bit too much of a challenge.

Tatty Hennessy’s play uses the 2014 Slenderman stabbing case  – where two  12 year old girls stabbed their mutual friend in the name of the internet-created myth of the Slenderman – as its inspiration to explore a very similar incident. Along the way, it touches on the anxieties and complexities of teenage relationships, how friendship and bullying can co-exist, and the role the internet can play in shaping so much of this. Continue reading “Review: Something Awful, VAULT Festival”