Here’s Hoping & a new project


  • Posted: October 7, 2016
  • Contact Name: Daisy Orton
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  • Organisation: Accidental Collective
  • Categories: Something Different

Project Outline

We’d like to pitch our latest production and a new project. “Here’s Hoping” is a co-commission by Theatre Royal Margate (2-3 September) and Ovalhouse (26-29 October). It’s a thoughtful, engaging and timely show. Moving and playful, it tackles hope and hopelessness. Inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s book “Hope in the Dark”, the show considers the idea that hope isn’t enough and must be followed up with action. Through storytelling and gentle participation, we invite audiences to explore their relationship to hope, quietly challenging them to think about what they are going to do… now. The show responds, adapts and highlights the quirks of each particular venue, giving audiences the chance to experience the space back-to-front (sitting on stage whilst the action takes place amongst the auditorium seats). As a wrap-around, “Here’s Hoping” gives local pro-social initiatives and organisations the opportunity to promote their activities. The idea for our next project is to create a site-responsive performance for bookshops and/or libraries. Starting with Calvino’s “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller…” it’ll be about books as living, breathing entities; about our relationship to books (the pleasure of reading, its transportative/transformative nature) and the importance of stories. It’ll also be about resistance (against book-burning, the written word as subversive act). We envisage it being a performance-installation. In a time when theatres and libraries, and even commercial bookshops, feel like things we need to protect - is there a way that we can connect these buildings?

Support Outline

We want to tour “Here’s Hoping” and would like to garner interest from venues. It feels like a vital, and important show for now, tackling such a universal theme. It’s the first time we’re attempting to tour a piece for theatres. We welcome any help, advice and support. For the new project, we’re keen to build relationships with venues that would like to R&D them with us from the ground up. We’d love some seed funding and/or rehearsal space, as well as advice from any venues with experience in presenting work in bookshops/libraries or relevant ‘off-site’ programming.

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