What’s coming up at Hull Truck Theatre?

Published: Thursday 4th January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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Hull Truck Theatre has just announced its fantastic new programme of drama, culture and entertainment.

After an exceptional twelve months of performances, dance, comedy, festivals, art and so much more, it’s hard to believe that any year will ever match up to 2017. However, Hull Truck’s lineup is looking extremely promising.

To give you a taste of what Hull 2017’s legacy has in store, we’re taking a closer look at the venue’s thrilling new season that runs until July.

“What an exceptional year 2017 has been,” enthuses Mark Babych, Artistic Director, “not just for us here at Hull Truck Theatre, but for the city of Hull, which has delivered a spectacular UK City of Culture.”

Janthi Mills-Ward, Executive Director, adds: “We’re so excited to announce a new season for 2018 that continues the momentum of last year, presenting some ambitious original work for our audiences and forging new partnerships with pioneering artists and organisations.”

The exciting year kicks off later this month with The Culture – A Farce in Two Acts, written by Olivier Award-nominated playwright and former University of Hull student James Graham.

“Humour is often the lens through which we can examine our true selves, and so we’re proud to present some very different comedy productions from Hull Truck Theatre this season,” Mark expands. “James is one of the most prolific satirical playwrights of our time, taking a no holds barred look at Hull’s year as UK City of Culture.”

The talented writer was given an access all areas pass to the running of the festival, interviewing many members of the public, as well as the Hull 2017 team, owners of venues and local artists.

“We also continue to champion women’s voices on our stage in a co-production of Whisky Galore with the New Vic Theatre and Oldham Coliseum,” Mark adds.

Running for ten days in May, this insightful production is set in 1955 and honours the all-female touring theatre companies in the years after the Second World War.

As always, Hull Truck is supporting many local theatre companies and artists too. Turn and Face the Strange is specifically Hull-focused as it takes a look at music legend David Bowie and collaborator Mick Ronson. Meanwhile, The Ballad of Paragon Station presents a one-woman play that narrates the struggles of four individuals.

On top of this, there’s a number of outstanding dramas visiting from outside the city. The Eclipse Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Theatre bring the brand new Black Men Walking to the Hull Truck stage at the end of February, whilst Graham Greene’s novel Brighton Rock has been adapted for the stage by Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal.

Children and families can also join in the theatrical fun. The much-loved Great Adventures in Storyland is back for kids aged three to six, and Little Angel Theatre beautifully retells the classic tale of Red Riding Hood. In the meantime, Michael Rosen’s famous poem Chocolate Cake is to be brought to life by Watershed Productions and Polka Theatre.

Budding artists will be pleased to hear that Hull Truck’s acclaimed Grow Festival returns for another year. The five-day event features workshops, talks and scratch shows and is open to all artists at any stage of their career.

To find out more about this diverse programme and to purchase tickets for any of these shows, please visit the Hull Truck Theatre website.

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Published: Thursday 4th January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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