The Restoration of Hope

Mermaid Arts Centre 17th Nov, The New Theatre 20th Nov - 16th Dec 2017. A new play by Philip St John.


After the success of Temptress, Speckintime is continued its collaboration with writer Philip St John (High Seas Productions) to produce The Restoration of Hope, the second play in St John's Eerie Trilogy. Supported by Wicklow County Arts Office, Dublin City Arts Office, Fishamble New Play Clinic, Mermaid Arts Centre and The New Theatre.

In a Dublin office a few days before Christmas, entrepreneur Hope Whyte is Restored to life. Will she honour the terms of a blood-chilling contract signed in the next world, or defy her mentor Larry McGrath and endure...a fate worse than death? 

Philip St John's wickedly funny thriller, a successor to the acclaimed Temptress, takes us on an exhilarating trip into the dark heart of the ominous powers currently engulfing our globe. 



"This is a clever and thought-provoking 80 minutes, reminiscent of the best work of Conor McPherson.

It tackles the contemporary moral crisis by harnessing the uncanny in order to split open the world and take a look at its innards. Brand new plays, when they succeed like this, are the best form of theatre."  Read review

No More Workhorse

"The story is intriguing and you are drawn into the world, trying to figure out its intricacies. It is a high concept story and an unorthodox work to see on stage, as it would be more at home on the big screen. In you are looking for negatives the ending, when it arrives, is slightly muddled and does not do justice to what went before. However, the cast do a fine job and there is much to enjoy in this supernatural tale." Read review


Creative team:

Writer:  Philip St John

Director:  Matthew Ralli

Cast:  Nick Devlin, Jody O'Neill, Shane O'Regan

Producer:  Melissa Nolan

Set Design:  Lisa Krugel

Sound Design:  Carl Kennedy

Lighting Design:  Paul Doran

Costume Design:  Rowena Cunningham

Stage Manager: Shannon Cowan

Fund It Campaign

The Restoration of Hope is only part funded, therefore the production was forced into launching a crowd funding campaign. Thankfully 38 private funders opted to support the project and we thank them for their generosity and belief in the creative talent of Speckintime and Philip St John. 

Fishamble New Play Clinic

A two day workshop was held on 22nd & 23rd August in Mermaid Arts Centre as part of Fishamble's New Play Clinic support. Working with director Matthew Ralli and writer Philip St John, the company would like to thank Annabelle Comyn for her dramaturgy; Will Irvine, Jody O'Neill and Mark O'Regan for their involvement as actors in the workshop; and to designers Lisa Krugel and Rowena Cunningham for their contribution.