Opening at the end of the record breaking reign of Queen Victoria, 'Hope is Waking' begins on the date of the late monarch's death. We are introduced to eight residents, dwelling both up and down stairs, of a large London house at the turn of the twentieth century. Over the next couple of years we watch as the older residents struggle with the changes to their way of life brought about by the new Edwardian age. The younger members embrace these exciting new times, but one by one they realise there is a price to pay for these dramatic changes. The residents struggle to cope with unwanted pregnancy, dangerous liaisons and the increasingly militant Suffragette movement, whilst trying to maintain the order and responsibilities, that must prevail, of life below stairs.
Fanny: Poppy Lawless
Mrs. Bevan: Wendy Fisher
Lottie: Amy Beckett
Mrs Fuller: Collette Wighton
Miss Pierce: Mary Parsons
Lady Hortense: Sarah Ridley
Martha: Lucie Howard
Miss Esme: Delilah Berman
Director: Collette Wighton
Producer: Sarah Ridley and Out of Ideas Theatre Company
Out of Ideas is a new theatre company that specialises in new plays. Our aim is to produce plays that leave people talking, or teach people about things that are forgotten or aren't talked about enough.
"In a changing world, ordinary women become extraordinary"
"Women just don't know their place today... there was a time when we were told what to think and what to feel and what to do. Now, it's like I'm walking on shifting sands." - Mrs. Bevan