On The Verge

Words: T LEWIS
October 15, 2013

Add to this the fact that there are a number of informal panel events providing anyone looking to get involved in theatre with the chance to talk to industry experts and you can see the extent to which ‘On The Verge’ is both unique and aspirational.


As the lure of the theatre dwindles in the minds of many, the acting world faces new challenges in finding alternative platforms to bring drama back into the public light. Accepting this task with open arms is creative company Hope Street Limited.
As they enter their 25th year of operation this week, it would have been easy for the team to relax and look back at shows gone by. Instead they’ve taken on the ambitious role of producing a city wide, site specific festival called ‘On The Verge’ that will run from Thursday 17th until Sunday 20th.

With the mission statement of presenting new work by emerging artists in unusual places and spaces, ‘On The Verge’ is a unique experience quite unlike anything the city has seen.

Shows range from the Bukowski-esque ‘Dregs’, which focuses on the strange environment that is an evening on the town, to ‘Shower Scenes’, a truly distinctive piece that invites the audience to take a private shower as part of the performance.

Add to this the fact that there are a number of informal panel events providing anyone looking to get involved in theatre with the chance to talk to industry experts and you can see the extent to which ‘On The Verge’ is both unique and aspirational.

Talking about the new festival, Laura Cockett, the projects producer at Hope Street Limited, says: “getting people who don’t normally go to the theatre to come to one or two of our shows would be fantastic. We want to engage more people with the arts. For me, increasing the amount of work that is outside of typical venues is something that I’m really personally interested in. I think it’s quite exciting and a completely different experience, even if it presents all sorts of complications for us along the way”.
Discussing the production ‘Dregs’, co-writer and actor, Tom Hosker says: “we like to make shows that can be adapted to certain spaces. We want to get out there and create something different to what people have seen in the past.

If you are interested in theatre that challenges both the actors and the audience then ‘On The Verge’ is not to be missed.
For more information on the festival visit www.hope-street.org

To purchase tickets contact the Bluecoat Box Office: 01517025324


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