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Ex EastEnders star in Royal Court thriller

Samantha Womack joins husband Mark in Hope

Published on January 16th 2013.


Ex EastEnders star in Royal Court thriller

ACTRESS and singer Samantha Womack is to join her actor husband Mark Womack for the world premiere of Hope, which opens at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre in March. 

It will be the first time ever the couple have acted together on stage, although they have previously appeared together on television, in the hit ITV police drama Liverpool 1.

Womack, whose EastEnders character Ronnie Mitchell was at the centre of the TV soap's controversial cot-death storyline,  also joins television and film actor RenéZagger in the play written and directed by Scot Williams.

Hope is a darkly comical love story wrapped within an intriguing psychological thriller, with (Samantha) Womack’s mysterious title character, Hope, being the keeper of a secret at the heart of the story.

She said: “Hope is a beautifully written play with four powerful characters that are as funny as they are disturbing, who come together in a story that will grip the audience from start to finish.” 

She added: “It’s wonderful to be acting opposite Mark on stage for the first time, not just because he is my husband, which adds an extra edge, but also because it’s his and Scot’s birth city and Liverpool always feels like home to me.” 

A special benefit performance of Hope will take place on 11 March, 2013, with all proceeds being donated to five Liverpool charities.  The beneficiaries will be: 1) The Hillsborough families ongoing fight for justice and their ongoing legal costs; 2) Claire House; 3) The Meningitis Trust; 4) Alder Hey Children’s Hospital; 5) C.A.L.M (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

*Hope, March 6 to 30, 2013 at the Royal Court, Liverpool.  Box Office on: 0870 787 1866 or here.

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Mydreamtank.Co.UkMarch 10th 2013.

From the quiet opening with the haunting visual that is rare in a play, Hope engrosses and captivates, exploring themes of angst, depression and the ability to cope through the eyes of a writer. A depressed writer may not be a new concept but I have never seen it explored in so much depth and focus as in Hoper. The play is littered with metaphors and symbolism, from the aeroplane that is handled with such hopelessness – the promise of escaping from the life lived, to Laurel and Hardy’s commentary on the progression of the story.

But despite the serious issue being tackled, there are many funny moments (Rene Zagger’s Guy is funny throughout but it is Mark Womack’s Norm that gets the biggest laugh) and the tone is more like a dark comedy that is well balanced with drama.

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