Welcome to the ’60s!

Published: Tuesday 20th October 2015 by Rich Sutherland

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1962 Baltimore presents an entirely different world from modern day Hull. With racial tension on the streets as commonplace as the product in quiffs and beehives, the city’s status is torn between a swinging cultural hotspot that celebrates new music and liberating dance, and a socially outdated straggler where segregation is omnipresent. When “pleasantly plump” teenager Tracy Turnblad wants more than anything to dance on The Corny Collins Show, what follows is a madcap adventure that rivals taboos, tradition and social issues and turns American society on its head.

As well as an energetic and feel-good musical, Hairspray doubles as a powerful piece of theatre that champions tolerance and expression whilst confronting stereotypes and exclusion. Set during a time when larger women had disappeared from TV and black people were treated like second class citizens, it tells a fictional tale set during a very real time of only fifty years past. Whilst the subject matter is crucial, the piece itself is lighthearted and tons of fun, with dance sets that will wow from start to finish.

The show stars Tony Maudsley (ITV1’s Benidorm) as Edna Turnblad, Claire Sweeney (Educating Rita, Chicago) as Velma Von Tussle, Peter Duncan (Blue Peter, Tumble), and Brenda Edwards (Chicago, We Will Rock You, X Factor) as Motormouth Maybelle. Freya Sutton reprises the role of Tracy Turnblad alongside Jon Tsouras as Corny Collins, Dex Lee as Seaweed, Ashley Gilmour as Link Larkin and Layton Williams (Bad Education, Billy Elliot) as Duane.

Running until Saturday 24 October, tickets to Hairspray are £19-£39 and worth every penny. Please call the box office on 01482 300300 or book online.

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Photography: Ellie Kurttz

Published: Tuesday 20th October 2015 by Rich Sutherland

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