Tom Wells’ Drip shares the stories of Hull’s LGBTQ+ community

Published: Tuesday 7th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Drip is a one-man musical comedy and book by award-winning playwright Tom Wells.

On Thursday 9 and Friday 10 November, the show will be performed at Hull Truck Theatre, along with several short monologues from local writers.

Playwright Tom Wells is known for frequently taking inspiration from his birthplace of Withernsea in his work. In previous plays, such as Broken Biscuits, Come to Where I’m From and Folk, he has proudly and comedically represented the local area through vibrant characters and storylines.

Drip is no exception. Talented young actor Andrew Finnigan will be playing the role of Liam. Liam is 15 and has just joined the Beverley Road Bath’s first ever synchronised swimming team. But he can’t even swim.

“You’ll have to come and see it to find out what happens,” chuckles Director Jane Fallowfield.

The play began when Tom had the idea of a one-man synchronised swimming team: “We also spent a lot of time doing research and development. We talked to LGBTQ+ teenagers in Hull to get their input,” adds Jane.

The piece is a Script Club production in partnership with Boundless Theatre and supported by both Hull City Council and Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Script Club is the brainchild of Tom Wells and Jane Fallowfield; it was created to tell stories that are relevant to today’s young people.

Drip is a prime example of Hull Truck Theatre’s exceptional programme for 2017. It has been one of their busiest years ever, as the theatre has been helping to produce and develop work on a previously unseen scale. They have worked with a huge range of internationally-renowned artists, as well as budding writers, actors and performers so that the people of Hull can tell their unique stories to the world.

The music for the show has been written and composed by Matthew Robins, who previously worked with Tom on Broken Biscuits, another charming coming-of-age tale of three friends who start a band during the summer break.

“Audiences can expect some lovely songs, an awkward teenager and some glitter,” says Jane.

On top of this, there will be several young writers presenting monologues as curtain raisers for the show. Dan Cole, Kerrie Marsh, Matt Commerford, Samdar Nave Magen and Kodi Maier were asked by Hull 2017 earlier this year to share their stories and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community in a collection of writings that were published in a free zine. The literature and their involvement in the final piece will allow the individuals to express what it was like to grow up LGBTQ+, just like Liam.

“People should come along because it’s about Hull, for Hull. It’s fun, it tells a story of an LGBTQ+ teenager and we need to hear these stories. You’ll go home humming a good tune, too,” Jane tells us.

Drip runs at Hull Truck from Thursday 9 to Friday 10 November. To book, please call the box office on 01482 323638, or you can book online.

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Published: Tuesday 7th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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