Online production of Hushabye Mountain to star Matt Henry, Jodie Prenger, Layton Williams, Nathan McMullen, Amy Dunn and Harrison Scott-Smith

Hope Mill Theatre is to present a new online production of Jonathan Harvey’s play Hushabye Mountain.

Directed by Nick Bagnall, the piece will stream between 5 and 20 June 2021.

The cast will feature Matt Henry as Lee, Jodie Prenger as Beryl, Layton Williams as Connor, Nathan McMullen as Danny, Amy Dunn as Lana and Harrison Scott-Smith as Ben.

Tickets priced from £15 are available from online here.

A synopsis of the show shares: “Danny is a young man, waiting to be let into heaven. There seems to be some difficulty about it, but Judy Garland reassures him as she passes by in a boat full of stars. Away from the dreamlike and unexpected version of the afterlife, the people who were closest to Danny struggle with his death from AIDS.

“His partner Connor is flattened by grief, and groping awkwardly towards a new relationship. Connor’s brother Lee and his wife Lana, who was Danny’s best friend, find their new marriage overshadowed by the hole Danny’s absence has left in their lives.

“And Danny’s mother Beryl, who had kept in contact via increasingly paranoid letters after Danny’s father disowned him, is now in a mental hospital and being updated by Judy Garland about her son’s progress towards heaven.

“First performed in 1999 at the Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, Hushabye Mountain reveals a world that has learned to live with AIDS. It is a world full of love, pain, laughter and friendship, where drugs in their various combinations are exhilarating, destructive, costly and even life restoring.”

The full creative team features set and costume design by Jocelyn Meall, lighting by Jai Morjaria, projection design by George Reeve, costume supervision by Anna Souter and musical arrangements by Tarek Merchant.

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