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.
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.
In this lyrical dissection of American mythology, performers Gemma Paintin, James Stenhouse and Laura Dannequin channel the cheap sentimentality, cornball storylines and hackneyed formulas of the high school sports movie genre to find out what it means to be a winner (on the inside).
Amidst the cheerleaders, last-minute heroism, and teenage romance, this infectiously energetic and quietly contemplative theatrical work reveals the genuine beauty that hides behind the lip gloss and the locker room speeches.
Co-Created, Written & Performed by:
Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse
Co-Devisor & Performer:
Lighting Design & Production Manager:
China Plate and Mel Scaffold
Supported by –Hoke’s Bluff is created, written and performed by Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse. Co-produced by China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre. Co-commissioned by Bristol Old Vic Ferment. Funded by Arts Council England. Supported by Theatre Bristol’s Company Producer, Mel Scaffold.
Image by – Action Hero