Everything rests on this one free throw. On this one last shot. On this power play. On these last few seconds. Action Hero have got their game faces on. Bring it!
Action Hero Present
With a nostalgic yearning for the simplicity of a world that never really existed, Hoke’s Bluff meets its audience on the bleachers and tells them an underdog story that’s been told a million times before. By shifting and rearranging the trite narratives of high school storylines and inspiring locker room speeches, Action Hero use hackneyed formulas and cheap sentimentality to find out what it means to be a winner (on the inside).
Hoke’s Bluff navigates the curious territory in which our emotional responses to American dreams outweigh our rational understanding of what America (and the Western world) really stands for. By attempting a heartfelt and sincere rendition of schmaltzy, hackneyed underdog sports movies we gently reveal both the ambient violence and the genuine beauty that hide within these seemingly innocuous cornball stories.
Funded by Arts Council England. Action Hero are supported by Theatre Bristol’s Company Producer.
ACTION HERO and LAURA DANNEQUIN
Text in collaboration with
MEL SCAFFOLD - Theatre Bristol Company Producer
See why this maverick company, with its engaging DIY aesthetic, is attracting so much attention.
The key to this show’s success is that it is all done with love. A very clever piece of theatre; a cracking night out.
It’s a story about stories, a fictional narrative about an already fictional world, but there’s also a mournful beauty somewhere underneath all the movie sequence spoofs and frantic flag waving.
Action Hero gather all of America’s defining iconography, load it into a cannon, and blast the lot over the floor of a gym hall.
|6th Oct 2014 - 11th Oct 2014||Bristol Old Vic|
|14th Oct 2014||Axis Arts Centre, Crewe|
|16th Oct 2014||The ShowRoom, Chichester|
|21st Oct 2014||South Street Reading|
|24th Oct 2014 - 25th Oct 2014||Contact Manchester|
|12th Nov 2014||Falmouth University|
|15th Nov 2014||Brighton Dome|
|17th Nov 2014 - 29th Nov 2014||Shoreditch Town Hall|
|2nd Dec 2014||Aberystwyth Arts Centre|
|4th Dec 2014 - 6th Dec 2014||Warwick Arts Centre|
|10th Dec 2014||Plymouth University|