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Jawbone Co-Operative - The Beckoning of Hope

Jawbone Co-Operative Presents

The Beckoning of Hope


Directed by Andrew McKenzie
From an Original Concept by L'hibou Hornung
Written by Michael Burton and Adapted for Solo Actor by Marjorie McKee

12 - 16 February, 6.15pm
BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce

www.beckoningofhope.co.nz
Bookings: 802 4175 or book@bats.co.nz
Cost: $16/13/10


Two women, love, the resonance of history, power, politics and giving the audience a potent insight into poetry's awesome power to bring rebirth and hope.

The Beckoning of Hope is compelling solo show about self discovery and redemption, featuring poetry and a cello.

After years of running away from an overwhelming grief, Becky returns home to New Zealand where she discovers a strong connection with an elderly Russian woman, Nadezhda, the widow of the great poet Osip Mandelshtam who died in the Stalinist purges.

Nadezhda wrote two books concerning their life together - reliving the grim savagery of Stalin's Russia, expressing within Osip's brilliant Russian poetry oppression, endurance and ultimately survival.

Through the voice that speaks in Nadezhda's writings, Osip's poetry, and eventually inside her own psyche Becky is able to step back into her world again. Whilst the play engages with this deeply personal exploration, it also raises many political questions about our past present and future.

The Beckoning of Hope is an impassioned, sometimes stark, empowering and finally hopeful play not to be missed.

Performed by Marjorie McKee (Lover's of Central Park) with musician Sebastian Morgan-Lynch (Fat Freddy's Drop, Verona)

ENDS

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