WE ANCHOR IN HOPE

The Bunker and W14 Productions present in association with the Royal Court

WE ANCHOR IN HOPE

written by Anna Jordan

directed by Chris Sonnex

“This is a locals pub. And what’s the problem with locals?
They die.”
“Inconsiderate bastards.”

 
All over London public houses become private flats. Tomorrow The Anchor closes for good. It’s the end of an era, but Kenny and the gang are going out with a bang. There’s a blow-up sheep, karaoke and a lot of Campari. There’s secrets and grudges and forgotten dreams. As the front doors are locked and the bar is drunk dry, there’s a lot more to lose than just a pub.

written by Anna Jordan
directed by Chris Sonnex
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).