A production from this summer’s MA Directors Festival has been nominated for 2017 Offie Award by Off West End for Best New Play, having been given an extended four-week run in London’s Soho Theatre. The End of Hope by David Ireland, directed by St Mary’s University, Twickenham Alumnus Max Elton, which runs until November 11th at the prestigious London venue.
Patsy Gilbert, Academic Director for Drama at St Mary’s commented, “We are absolutely bowled over by the industry acclaim our MA Theatre Directing, in collaboration with the Orange Tree, has attracted. We are so proud to be part of Max’s career and can’t wait to see how he progresses in this industry.”
"We are so proud to be part of Max’s career and can’t wait to see how he progresses in this industry.”
A dark new comedy by David Ireland, the End of Hope is noted as an outrageous and revealing roller coaster of a comedy from award winning writer David Ireland following his critically acclaimed Cyprus Avenue.
The Offies (The Off West End Theatre Awards) recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation and ingenuity of independent theatres across London, covering a calendar year, with winners of this year’s awards to be announced in Spring 2018. The awards aim raise the profile and status of independent theatres in London by giving them greater power to promote their work and to reward the new talent that they nurture.
Receiving a four-star review in the Times, calling the production a, ‘Freewheeling, majestically entertaining, all-too-brief hour that touches on everything from religion and identity to body dysmorphia’ the play stars Rufus Wright, who performs alongside Elinor Lawless in the play, which has been described as ‘Complex, hilarious and fascinating’ by the Scotsman.
'...Freewheeling, majestically entertaining, all-too-brief hour that touches on everything from religion and identity to body dysmorphia.’
In its five-star review, WhatsOnStage recalls, ‘Dark zingers fly back and forth like double act patter, making a loaded situation all the more fraught and adding real comic crackle to Max Elton's production…’ whilst, in an equally highly-rated review, Broadway World notes, ‘Max Elton's production is outrageous from the very first beat, and never lets up. There's a laugh at every line, and even when there's no text, the audience still giggles. It's that type of play where everything is deliriously funny.’
'Max Elton's production is outrageous from the very first beat, and never lets up.'
Drama St Mary’s launched its Masters Programme, in collaboration with the Orange Tree Theatre, as the only one of its kind in the UK, being predominantly housed in a producing theatre, students spend a year exploring the art and techniques of theatre directing within the context of contemporary theatre making.MA Theatre Directing is taught by both academics and theatre directors with the assistance of professional actors in the practical classes and is both academic and vocational.
The programme aims to provide an advanced understanding of theatre production processes within a context of both contemporary theatre making and the dramatic tradition.
The Masters course is aimed both at graduates who wish to advance their understanding of theatre practice in order to develop their work to a professional standard and at theatre professionals who wish to formalise their experience with a course of study and a qualification.