"An old-fashioned play celebrating an old-fashioned idea: that people need places where they can come together and talk and support each other." Lyn Gardner
"a modern masterpiece... one of the best casts on stage anywhere this year" Reviews Hub
"The dialogue sparkles with wit and repartee, interspersed at times with touching pathos, and at other times with aggression. A remarkable coup de théâtre." Plays to See
"an enormously funny, bittersweet play" North West End
"A model piece of theatre. It looks great, is performed beautifully and is incredibly intelligent without even a smidge of pretension." London City Nights
"Sonnex draws out brilliant performances from each of them" Broadway World
"A richly atmospheric show about memory, community, and what it means to let go." The Spy In The Stalls
"The only thing missing when you walk into The Bunker and see it transformed into a working pub is the smell." Paul in London
"Fantastic comedy and brilliant one-liners. The entire cast give incredible performances" Fairy Powered Productions
"We Anchor In Hope is a play which understands exactly what every good pub should be- alive with history and welcoming to weary travellers." A Younger Theatre
"Jordan’s capacity for meticulously colouring each character enables the relationships between them to be nuanced, compassionate, and touching" Exeunt
“This is a locals pub. And what’s the problem with locals?
From the award-winning Anna Jordan (Killing Eve, Succession & YEN), and directed by Bunker Artistic Director Chris Sonnex. For the duration of the run, The Bunker will become The Anchor – transformed into a functioning pub with post-show events including pub quizzes and karaoke nights.
Valentine Hanson - Kenny
(Orpheus Descending, Theatr Clwyd / Menier Chocolate Factory; Handfast, Summerhall Edinburgh Festival)
Alex Jarrett - Pearl
(Aisha, Old Red Lion, King’s Head and Tristan Bates; Les Misérables, BBC)
Daniel Kendrick - Bilbo
(Ding Dong the Wicked and Vera Vera Vera, Royal Court; Coalition, Theatre503)
David Killick - Frank
(Pressure, Ambassadors Theatre; The Importance of Being Earnest, Vaudeville Theatre and Tour)
Alan Turkington - Shaun
(Antony & Cleopatra, National Theatre; Hamlet, Donmar at Wyndham’s Theatre)
written by Anna Jordan
directed by Chris Sonnex
Set and Costume Designer Zoe Hurwitz
Lighting Designer Jess Bernberg
Sound Designer Emily Legg
Movement Director Louise Kempton
Assistant Director Rosemary Maltezos
Stage Manager Crystal Gayle
Production Manager Zara Janmohamed
Producer Annabel Williamson for The Bunker and W14 Productions
Kindly supported by The Carne Trust and the Arts Council
Anna Jordan is a writer, director and acting coach.
Her recent plays include Mother Courage (Royal Exchange/Headlong), Pop Music (Paines Plough / Birmingham Repertory Theatre) and Unreturning (Frantic Assembly/Theatre Royal Plymouth). Anna won the Bruntwood Prize in 2013 for her play YEN, which has had productions at The Royal Exchange, Royal Court Theatre and MCC New York as well as several international productions. It was also shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2015–2016.
Other theatre includes We Anchor In Hope (Royal Court – Beyond the Court), Chicken Shop (Park Theatre) and Freak (Theatre503/Assembly Studios). She was recently part of the writers room on HBO’s BAFTA winning series Succession, created by Jesse Armstrong, and has written episode 4 and is currently writing on the third series of Killing Eve.
Anna has taught/directed at RADA, LAMDA, Arts Ed, Central and Italia Conti. She runs her own company, Without a Paddle Theatre and co-founded Hackney Showroom Young Actors with Sam Curtis Lindsay. She is also the vocal coach for ALT Actor Training.
Director Chris Sonnex is Artistic Director of the Bunker Theatre, previously Chris was Artistic Associate for The Royal Court. Selected Directing Credits include Katzenmusik (Royal Court Theatre Jerwood Theatre Upstairs), Tottenham Symphony (Beyond The Court), The Boys Project: The Undergrowth (Royal Court Theatre Jerwood Theatre Upstairs), Link Up (Beyond The Court), Pimlico Playground: Radio Plays (Beyond The Court), Take The Stage (Donmar Warehouse Discover), Reimagining Summer & Smoke & Summerversity (Almeida Participation) and with Synergy Theatre Project HMP/ YOI Isis. Chris is also working to create and direct a VR360 film with The National Theatre Studio Digital Department. Chris has also composed for The Royal Court with Tottenham Symphony and Drinking Concrete: a theatre concept album.
Producer Annabel Williamson is the founder of W14 Productions, focusing on new plays with a strong social conscience. Most recently Box Clever and Killymuck (Bunker), The Political History of Smack and Crack (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho, Mustard Tree), 31 HOURS (Bunker), Jam (Finborough), The Brink (a co-production with the Orange Tree).