Hoke's Bluff

Action Hero


Formed in 2005, Action Hero makes intimate and accessible performance with a deliberately low-tech, do-it-yourself aesthetic and a recurring focus on pop cultural mythologies. Working both in theatres and unconventional settings, including parties, clubs, galleries and public spaces, the company creates celebratory events that engage directly with their surroundings. Seeking to involve audiences as collaborators and co-conspirators, the company’s work deliberately draws spectators together both as a unified part of the live action and as a temporary community.

Hoke’s Bluff sees the company working with a writer, dramaturg and additional performers for the first time. Shifting and rearranging the well-worn narratives of the American ‘underdog’ movie genre, the company employs clichéd high school storylines and inspirational locker room speeches to interrogate the idea that winning is everything. Set in a small town where the sun always shines and the grass is always watered and green, we follow team player Tyler and his cheerleader girlfriend Connie as they prepare for the biggest match of the season. Spurred on by an audience sitting ‘traverse-style’ on makeshift bleachers that act as the rest of the team and the home crowd, Action Hero use hackneyed formulas and cheap sentimentality to find out what it means to be a winner… on the inside.

Hoke’s Bluff is co-produced by China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre and co-commissioned by Bristol Ferment, the artist development department ofBristol Old Vic.


In the press

"Action Hero's work to date has always been generous, accessible and wryly amusing" Time Out

"…fantastic Bristol-based company" The Guardian

Production details

  • Writer

    Action Hero, Nick Walker
  • Devisor

    Action Hero
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    No freight necessary

    Some items will need to be sourced locally

  • Touring Availability

    October 2013- July 2015
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400),
    Unconventional Space
  • Minimum performance space

    4m x 8m
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Forest Fringe, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG
  • Production dates

    6 – 23 AUGUST
  • Production times

    2115 – 2235
  • Duration

    80 MINS (no interval)
  • Audience capacity

    120 approx.


Additional productions

A Western, Watch Me Fall, Slap Talk