My motive for presenting this profile on Hope Devaney is pure pleasure as seeing her on stage, under my direction has been a treat. Her openness to direction is refreshing and her trust in me both challenging and encouraging to push her further. She said to me once, “Do really want me to go that far?” My reply was yes. Next rehearsals she stair cased this and on opening night Hope drove it through and to the point where there was nothing left that night- drained. We pulled back a gear but still the momentum was there despite the risk to personal fears and reservations. She went on to perfect and lock in this dramatic extension. Technique and training was withheld throughout the season.
As we all know some nights’ performances are better than others but not in Hope’s case. Over 9 performances it got better. The audiences’ comments came through, “dynamic”,” powerhouse”, “mesmerising” and “captivating and I want to see more in another role.” My grasp as a director? Hope made me cry, laugh and say “Yes, that’s it.”
Although Hope played a main role she supported her fellow actors, connected with them and kept the chemistry building. An unselfish joining of characterisations.
By Director Trevor Dhu
“My first impression of Hope was that she is strong, relatable and humble yet driven. I have a strong sense that she has the edge and ability to give it a great shot in Canada and the US and that for me is usually spot on,” Dawson reveals. “Hope has the ambition and unbeatable spirit that you need to succeed yet she is humble and willing to learn. The fact that she is taking the leap and making a go of it overseas is very important.”
Hollywood Immersive Director
By Lilly Dawson