Naked Hope

November 10, 2015

As part of our Trainee Resident Director course, the four Trainee Directors will be blogging about Festival 45, which is currently taking place at the King’s Head until the 28th November. I have always been a big fan of the Festival format, having been involved in two shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in recent years. It offers a unique and exciting platform to perform and to be an audience member and the King’s Head decision to host a festival is an exciting one and I am looking forward to seeing what the festival has to offer.

The first show I am writing about is Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, a production documenting the life of the writer, raconteur and model (amongst other things!), Quentin Crisp. Mark Farrelly bring us this tale and in the eponymous role he carries an engaging, and powerful knack for storytelling. Showing two uniquely different periods of Crisp’s life and experimenting with unusual forms, his story proves to be both fascinating and inspiring. It’s a story presented with serious style; the script is punctuated with neat cultural references and clever nods to history and is overflowing with poignant messages to bring a smile to one’s face – the most memorable of all being the call to ‘discover who you are…and be it like mad!’


‘Let society form around you…’ Crisp remarks during the show, ‘…it’s a tribute to your individuality.’ This production is a tribute to the individuality of Quentin Crisp, the credentials of Mark Farrelly, and a success for Seabright Productions.

This was my first show of the festival; and I am very much looking forward to what is going to be a thoroughly enjoyable few weeks.

Mark Farrelly has another show on at the Festival. The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton is a one-man show about the famous writer, with five performances running between Nov 9-15th.

#Festival45 is at the King’s Head Theatre until 28th November 2015. Tickets are available here.

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