What Happens to the Hope at the End of the Evening

A cold snowy evening watching ‘What Happens to the Hope at the End of the Evening’ at Manchester’s Contact Theatre.

What really struck me about this production  was the way that Tim Crouch and Andy Smith managed to hold the audience’s attention for the full hour, despite there being long moments of silence and hesitancy, interspersed with theatrical theory.  From that perspective I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like this play.

It’s a simple premise.  One male friend visits another male friend whom they haven’t seen for many years, but used to be close.  They have both changed but neither is really willing to meet in the middle.  It’s a tale of male relationships, and the complexity therein, although they may seem on the surface to be very simple.  But it’s the actors’ ability to make drama out of the silences, the quiet moments, the audience interaction, that really makes this production stand out.

Wonderfully simple, but really quite unique, this is a production to look out for.



Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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