Hampstead Theatre Downstairs - two new plays for 2014


The Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, an 80-seat studio below the main stage, has announced two news plays for the new year. The plays are both produced by Hampstead Downstairs/The Peter Wolff Trust.

The Blackest Black, by Jeremy Brock, directed by Michael Longhurst, 9 Jan to 8 Feb 2014. Martin is an astronomer: a solitary, straight-laced introvert itemising the sky. Abi is an artist: a chaotic, free-spirited extrovert trying to fill the void. But something about the heat and intensity of a space observatory in the middle of the Arizona desert sparks a surprising and passionate relationship between them. And as they struggle to connect, Abi’s reckless and un-boundaried nature sets in motion a deeply unsettling and wholly unexpected chain of event.

The Mystae, by Nick Whitby, directed by Tim Carroll, 13 Feb to 15 Mar 2014. Preparing to leave small-town Cornwall for the bright lights of university and beyond, best friends Ina, Holman and Tre arrange one final night together before life, as they have always known it, will change forever. Inspired by Ina’s Greek heritage, they gather in a sea cave late at night to perform an ancient ritual – the Eleusinian Mysteries – hoping their participation in this rite will cement their friendship forever. But as the waves rise to cut them off and the ritual unfolds, hidden betrayals emerge and they begin to fear that the cave may hold other unimaginably dark secrets …

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