New Year shows at The Hope Theatre

Friday 24 November 2017

London Fringe - Shows

My Gay Best Friend and Moments & Empty Beds are the first two shows in The Hope Theatre's New Year schedule ...
My Gay Best Friend at the Hope Theatre

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The Hope Theatre in Islington kicks-off its New Year schedule with My Gay Best Friend, written and performed by Louise Jameson & Nigel Fairs, and a double bill - Moments & Empty Beds - from Pennyworth Productions by emerging writer Julia Cranney.

My Gay Best Friend plays from 9 to 27 January, with Moments & Empty Beds following-on with a run from 30 January to 17 February.

Here's a little about each of the shows ...

My Gay Best Friend

To anyone who grew up in the 70s, Louise Jameson will always be the knife- wielding, leather-clad Leela from Doctor Who.

Others remember her as Rosa di Marco in Eastenders, Bergerac's girlfriend Susan or the feisty Blanche in Tenko.

But her impressive television track record has been more than matched with her theatrical career, which began with the RSC and has taken in Berkoff, Ayckbourn and the National.

Now Ms Jameson is playing Rachel, a 50-something would-be diva, in My Gay Best Friend, an award-winning play which she co-wrote with fellow performer Nigel Fairs.

Rachel has locked herself in the ladies, furious because her gay best friend

Gavin isn't there to support her; he's sitting in a walk-in wardrobe about to become a father with a lesbian couple and a turkey baster!

"I adore Rachel," Ms Jameson says, "She's funny, she's feisty, she's troubled and in many ways she's everything I'd like to be.

She says it like it is, takes no nonsense and she's incredibly rude!

Louise is far too good for that but Rachel doesn't hold back.

The play is a frivolous, camp comedy in many respects but it's quite profound as well.

It helps us understand the value of friendship, of loving someone warts and all, of knowing their dark side and accepting it."

Moments & Empty Beds

A double bill from double award winning Pennyworth Productions.

Both shows explore modern loneliness, family and missed connections and are written by emerging writer Julia Cranney.

The plays are funny, frank and touching in equal measure.


Daniel and Ava are two strangers who at first glance have nothing in common.

He's 56, she's 25.

He's a talker, she's a listener.

But after a series of chance (and awkward) encounters, it's starting to look like they're becoming ... friends?


The Wyld sisters tend to avoid each other.

Today they're stuck on a train, en route to visit their brother for his birthday.

In light of recent events, they're determined to show a united front.

But 250 miles into the journey, patience is wearing thin ...


My Gay Best Friend:

Louise Jameson - Rachel

Nigel Fairs - Gavin

Moments & Empty Beds:

Ava/Catherine - Julia Cranney

Emily - Carys Wright

Jo - Debbie Brannan

Daniel - Simon Mattacks


My Gay Best Friend:

Author: Louise Jameson & Nigel Fairs

Director: Veronica Roberts

Moments & Empty Beds:

Author: Julia Cranney

Director: Kate Treadell

Designer: Anna Reid

Lighting: Ali Hunter

Production: Pennyworth Productions


The Hope Theatre

207 Upper Street


London N1 1RL


My Gay Best Friend:

Moments & Empty Beds:


£15; £12 concessions


The Hope Theatre

Pennyworth Productions

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