HTC Fringe Festival
8th to 11th November at the Victoria Hall Theatre, Old Harlow.
Featuring 4 plays written and directed by new local writers and directors! Join us for what promises to be a brilliant evening of theatre!
Coming up in 2024...
THIS MAY HURT A BIT
Written by Stella Feehily, directed by Jane Miles
Performances 6th to 9th March 2024
A witty, tender, and occasionally surreal exploration of one family’s experience of the NHS.
A month after stating ‘we will stop the top-down reorganisation of the NHS that has got in the way of patient care’, the government launched the biggest top-down reorganisation the service had seen in it’s 65-year history.
Stella Feehily’s play explores one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, and asks: what is the prognosis for this much-loved institution?
Written by Nell Dunn, directed by Beth Sanderson
Performances 15th to 18th May 2024
Set in the ‘Turkish Room’ of a run-down Public Baths in the East End of London, five women regularly meet to bathe, relax and share their troubles.
Winning the 1981 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, the play was adapted for film in 1985 starring Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles and Diana Dors.
OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS
Written by Joe DiPietro, directed by Tony Saxby
Performances 24th - 27th July 2024
Nick’s loving grandparents never let him forget where he belongs – in New Jersey in the bosom of his tenacious, tender-hearted, loud, loving and well-fed Italian- American family. But when Nick is offered his dream job on the other side of
America, Frank, Aida, Emma and Nunzio cook up schemes to keep him where he is.
This is a warm-hearted, boisterously funny and touching story about intergenerational relationships, deep familial love, and the inevitable little heartbreaks that occur as time passes and children grow.
Written by Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, directed by Mel Richards
Performances 13th to 16th November 2024
A psychological drama, The Father offers an unsentimental, emotionally intense look at the world through the eyes of a man experiencing dementia. In this sobering family story, Andre refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.
The play was adapted for film in 2020 and was nominated for six Oscars, winning two including Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of the lead, Andre.