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Ovalhouse and Accidental Collective present

Here’s Hoping by Accidental Collective

An intimate collage of hopeful stories for these dark times, from Leningrad in 1942 to current day Aleppo, from Obama to Enya.

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Wed 26 Oct – Sat 29 Oct, 7:30pm

Venue: Downstairs

Times are tough and the news is grim. Daisy and Pablo were in need of some hope, so they thought they should make a show about it. They wanted it to be a show about the triumph of hope, but it turned out that things are not as simple as that. They are knotted and complex. Hope and hopelessness hold hands.

From Leningrad in 1942 to current day Aleppo, from Obama to Enya, "Here's Hoping" is an intimate collage of hopeful stories for these dark times.  Rather than offering black and white solutions, it asks questions and plays with the imagination in an attempt to find a way to move forward.

This isn't grand theatre, it's a small, personal and heartfelt call to arms. It's about determination and resilience, about not giving up, about keeping going despite the odds. This is for anyone who has ever hoped for anything, anyone who feels stuck, anyone who has found themselves reaching for hope more than they used to...  Hope is hard work, and it’s even harder when you go it alone – but perhaps something will happen if we’re all in a room together. #HeresHoping

On Thursday 27 Oct there will be a free, informal post-show discussion with Daisy, Pablo, and Dr Marissia Fragkou, senior lecturer in Performing Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Take a look at some hopeful opportunities in our local area, including how to grow elephants!


  • Wed 26 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Thu 27 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Fri 28 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Sat 29 Oct, 7:30pm

Devised and performed by Daisy Orton and Pablo Pakula.

Directed by Roanna Mitchell.

Additional information

Here's Hoping has been developed into a full production from a FiRST BiTE work-in-progress piece originally presented at Ovalhouse in 2015.
Co-commissioned by Ovalhouse and Theatre Royal Margate.

Image credit: Alex Powell

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