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We Wait in Joyful Hope

May 17, 2016 - June 11, 2016

Heath Joyful Hope 503

Designed by Katharine Heath

Written by Brian Mullin

Directed by Lisa Cagnacci

We Wait In Joyful Hope is a funny and touching exploration of religion and capitalism in contemporary America. 503 Writer in Residence Brian Mullin delivers a sparkling ‘state of the nation’ debut drama.

Sister Bernie D’Amato doesn’t look like a nun. In an oversize Bob Marley T-shirt, she smokes pot, befriends local gangs and passes out condoms to the Ukrainian prostitutes who cruise around their New Jersey slum.

When the woman’s shelter Bernie runs comes under threat from a property developer, she vows to fight back, and recruits a teenage X-factor wannabe and an ageing ex-nun to help. But as pressure mounts on the shelter to take their pay-out and close down, tensions start to mount in a community struggling to survive.

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About Theatre 503

We have been a flagship fringe venue for over thirty years and we specialise in new writing which we hope will thrill our loyal audience. We are proud to be one of London’s few destinations for high quality new writing. We also offer more opportunities to new writers than any theatre in the country.

In a more recent move we have introduced more established writers to the programme. Twice a year we revive in only its second production a groundbreaking but overlooked play from the 1980s or 90s. This is called ‘Second Look’. The thought here is that we establish the future by igniting the past and reflect on where we are by seeing where we’ve been. We have also asked today’s most esteemed living playwrights to present their own stars of the future in another new strand of work called ‘Playwright Presents’.  The aim is for Theatre503 to be seen as a curator of new writing for the last thirty years, documenting a modern world through drama.

In 2012 Theatre503 (formerly The Latchmere Theatre) reached its thirtieth anniversary. It has survived because of an unswerving commitment to its home, its practice, its audience and its artists. 503 is still bursting with opportunity and we’re thrilled at the prospect of extending our vision and continuing to forge a community of artists and audience built around this hub of creativity. We’re really grateful to our incredible
team, tireless volunteers and most importantly our loyal audience. Do spread the word and we look forward to seeing you down here to share in the next exciting chapter with us.



May 17, 2016
June 11, 2016
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