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ABOVE AND LEFT: Some of the photo from Phe­lim Ó Laoghaire’s ‘Be­tween Two Waves of the Sea’ ex­hi­bi­tion at Sig­nal Arts in­Bray. Speck­in­time & High Seas Pro­duc­tions present ‘The Restora­tion of Hope’ by Philip St John at Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre on Fri­day, Novem­ber 17.

The Restora­tion of Hope is a thrilling al­ter­na­tive to this sea­son’s pan­tomimes.

In a Dublin of­fice a few days be­fore Christ­mas, en­tre­pre­neur Hope Whyte is re­stored to life. Will she hon­our the terms of a blood-chill­ing con­tract signed in the next world, or defy her men­tor Larry McGrath and en­dure a fate worse than death?

At a time when we are un­cov­er­ing hid­den worlds in our so­ci­ety – the banks, the guards, pol­i­tics and the arts - Philip St John’s wickedly funny thriller, a suc­ces­sor to the ac­claimed Temptress, takes us on an ex­hil­a­rat­ing trip into the big­gest, most dan­ger­ous se­cret of all.

Wick­low play­wright Philip St John (Temptress, On City Wa­ter Hill, The Sylvia) is mak­ing a name for him­self as one of Ire­land’s most dis­tinc­tive voices in Ir­ish the­atre. His dark come­dies ex­pose mys­te­ri­ous and eerie worlds that in­ter­sect our own. Be­neath the witty, comic nar­ra­tive and power play are deep seated themes that un­set­tle the au­di­ence.

‘Un­der di­rec­tor Matthew Ralli’s eye, pace never slack­ens and the rich hu­mour in St John’s ex­cel­lent script is given full ex­pres­sion . . . ut­terly en­joy­able and un­re­lent­ingly hi­lar­i­ous, Temptress is a won­der­fully se­duc­tive pro­duc­tion’ – Ex­am­iner

The Restora­tion of Hope by Philip St John is com­mis­sioned by Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre.

Star­ring Jody O’Neill (RTE’s Char­lie, Damo & Ivor; the­atre – Rough Magic’s Plaza Suite & Dig­ging for Fire), Nick Devlin (Film Fac­tory En­ter­tain­ment’s block­buster film Sara’s Notebook), Shane O’Re­gan (Ver­dant’s Pro­duc­tion of Michael Mor­purgo’s Pri­vate Peace­ful).

Matthew Ralli, founder and artis­tic di­rec­tor of Speck­in­time, is a di­rec­tor spe­cial­is­ing in col­lab­o­rat­ing with emerg­ing play­wrights to sup­port and de­velop their work from page to stage. Sup­ported by Dublin City Coun­cil, Wick­low County Arts Of­fice, Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre, The New The­atre, Fisham­ble New Play Clinic.

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