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About Jack Thorne
Jack Thorne writes for theatre, film, television and radio. His theatre credits include "Hope" and "Let The Right One In," both directed by John Tiffany, "The Solid Life of Sugarwater" for the Graeae Theatre Company, "Bunny" for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, "Stacy" for the Trafalgar Studios, " 2nd May 1997" and "When You Cure Me" for the Bush. His adaptations include "The Physicists" for the Donmar Warehouse and "Stuart: A Life Backwards" for Hightide. On film his credits include "War Book," "A Long Way Down" and "The Scouting Book for Boys." For television his credits include "The Last Panthers," "Don t Take My Baby," " This Is England," "The Fades," "Glue" and "Cast-Offs" and the upcoming "National Treasure." In 2012 he won BAFTAs for best series ("The Fades") and best serial ("This Is England 88").
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An urgent political play from the writer behind Let The Right One In and This is England '86. Hope is a funny and scathing fable attacking the squeeze on local government.
How do you save twenty-two million pounds? Mark and Hilary, the leaders of the Council, are about to find out.
Jack Thorne's Hope premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in November 2014.
'valuable and timely... a sunburst of optimism' - Daily Telegraph
'a surprisingly entertaining state-of-the-nation drama'- The Stage
'mischievous without being strident, combining pensiveness and wry humour' - Evening Standard
'sharp yet generous-spirited... [Hope] earns its final glow of optimism by being a critical, hard-edged play that is not a cynical one... it's rather beautiful' - The Times
'Jack Thorne's play about local authority cuts could not be more timely: what is equally important is that it entertains even as it offers a call to arms... [Hope] is part of a valuable tradition in combining the residual optimism of David Hare with the preoccupation with process of David Edgar. But it exists on its own terms and is particularly good on edgy personal relationships... it resonantly lives up to its title' - Guardian
A smouldering play about escaping the past, seizing the present and owning the future.
2nd May 1997. An historic victory. The Tories, eighteen years in power, are defeated as New Labour sweeps into government. From the euphoria and despair, three deeply personal stories emerge.
Tory MP Robert prepares to attend the count. With defeat looming large, he fears becoming a forgotten man, while his wife Marie counts the cost of her own sacrifice to politics. Lib Dem footsoldier Ian is no hero, but party-crasher Sarah is determined to make him one. Best mates Jake and Will wake up with a new world order to memorise before their A-level Politics class. Jake dreams of Number 10. Will dreams of Jake.
'rising playwright Jack Thorne takes us back in time with such quiet profundity and verve you get a burst of inspiration to match the uplift of those distant days' - Telegraph<
'richly rewarding... playwright Jack Thorne elegantly refracts the early hours of Blair through three very different relationships... A superb 90 minutes' -Evening Standard
A play about grief and looking at someone that little bit more closely.
Tom's brother Luke is dead. This has upset a lot of people but it hasn't upset Tom. Or, rather, it has upset him, but in ways he can't explain and other people can't understand. You see, Tom and Luke were never friends. In fact, Tom didn't really like Luke at all.
So it's an odd decision - to try and bury Luke in the pavement of the Tunstall Estate where he was killed. But to Tom, it sort of makes sense, in a stupid-weird kind of way. As he sleeps out on the pavement, he comes across planning officials, tramps, undertakers, police officers, sisters, mothers, estate agents, ghosts, pavement elephants, sky dragons and a strange lad called Tight who wants to sell him a Travelcard.
Written specifically for young people, Burying Your Brother in the Pavement was part of the 2008 National Theatre Connections Festival and was premiered by youth theatres across the UK.