UK Tour: Wednesday 8th October – Wednesday 10th December
London dates: Tuesday 18th November – Saturday 29th November
Award-winning performance company Action Hero’s Hoke’s Bluff, critically acclaimed from a run
at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 as part of the British Council showcase, now goes on tour this
Autumn. Hoke’s Bluff is a contemporary theatre piece inspired by American teen sports movies,
looking at how the cliches and conventions that we all know from these films can still pack a real emotional punch.
Hoke’s Bluff navigates the curious territory in which our emotional responses to American
dreams outweigh our rational understanding of what America (and the Western world) really
stands for. By attempting a heartfelt and sincere rendition of schmaltzy, hackneyed sports
movies it gently reveals both the ambient violence and the genuine beauty that hide within
these seemingly innocuous cornball stories, creating
“a darkly poetic meditation on the
suburban and cashed-strapped reality of life for most contemporary Americans” (The Scotsman).
With a nostalgic yearning for the simplicity of a world that never really existed, Hoke’s Bluff
meets its audience on the bleachers and tells them an underdog story that’s been told a million
times before. It reworks the hackneyed formulas of high school storylines and the cheap
sentimentality of inspiring locker room speeches to find out what it means to be a winner (on
‘See why this maverick company, with its engaging DIY aesthetic, is attracting so
much attention’ (The Guardian).
Everything rests on this one free throw.
On this one last shot.
On this power play.
On these last few seconds.
Action Hero have got their game faces on.
Full tour dates.
|Performance Dates Wednesday 8th October – Wednesday 10th December|
|8th October – 11 October: Bristol Old Vic, Bristol|
|14th October: Axis Arts Centre, Crewe|
|16th October: The Showroom, Chichester|
|21st October – 22nd October: South Street Arts Centre, Reading|
|24th October – 25th October: Contact, Manchester|
|12th November: The Performance Centre, Penryn|
|15th November: Brighton Dome, Brighton|
|18th November – 29th November: Shoreditch Town Hall, London|
|2nd December: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth|
|4th December – 6th December: Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry|
|10th December: Peninsula Arts, Plymouth|