Naked Hope is a glorious, truthful and uplifting celebration of a genuinely unique human being, and of the urgent necessity to be yourself. Written and performed by Mark Farrelly, and directed by the legendary Linda Marlowe, who also directed Farrelly’s show The Silence of Snow.
“It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile, Be yourself no matter what they say.” – Lyric from An Englishman In New York, written by Sting about Quentin Crisp.
Naked Hope depicts the legendary Quentin Crisp at two distinct phases of his extraordinary life. Firstly, in the late 1960s in his filthy Chelsea flat.
“Don’t lose your nerve: after the first four years the dust won’t get any worse”
The second part of the play transitions the audience to New York in the 1990s. Here a much older Quentin, finally embraced by society, regales the audience with his sharply observed, hard-earned philosophy on how to have a lifestyle.
“Life will be more difficult if you try to become yourself. But avoiding this difficulty renders life meaningless. So discover who you are. And be it. Like mad!”
Written and performed by Mark Farrelly
Directed by Linda Marlowe
Sound by Tom Lishman
Running time: approximately 75 minutes, with no interval
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