Something's up with Maggie. She's rattling around in the house on Hope Place that she's lived in all her life. Her brothers and sisters flew the nest long ago but everyone's still got a key. Brother Jack keeps turning up with his own Liverpool folklore, invented to delight foreign tourists, but all Maggie wants is to unlock the past and free herself. Her niece's new boyfriend might just have the answer. A story of myths, memories and secrets, Michael Wynne's Hope Place was specially commissioned for the opening season of the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, and premiered there in May 2014.
Michael Wynne was born and brought up in Birkenhead. His first play, The Knocky, was performed at the Royal Court Theatre: it was awarded the Meyer Whitworth Award for Best New Play, and he was nominated for Best New Writer by the Writers Guild. Other plays include The People Are Friendly (Royal Court), nominated for Best Comedy Whatsonstage Awards; The Priory (Royal Court), which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy and was nominated for Best Comedy Whatsonstage Awards; Sell Out (Frantic Assembly), which won Time Out Best Off West End Award; The Boy Who Left Home (Actor Touring Company); Dirty Wonderland (Frantic Assembly); Tits /Teeth (Soho Theatre/NYT) and Canvas (Chichester Festival Theatre). He also writes for TV and film, including Lapland (BBC1) and he co-wrote My Summer of Love (BBC Films), which won the BAFTA for Best British Film and Evening Standard Film Award for Best Screenplay.