Hull Truck Theatre’s Artistic Director Mark Babych directs two of this season’s highlights. The first is The Gaul (6 - 29 Oct), a world premiere by Hull playwright Janet Plater. It explores the tragic loss of trawler ship the Gaul in 1974 through the stories of wives and relatives left behind. The production is Part II of The Hull Trilogy, which examines how the city’s past has shaped its identity and its capacity for renewal. The trilogy began with Dancing Through the Shadows in 2015and will conclude in Hull UK City of Culture 2017. The Gaul is complimented by Turning the Tide (Oct 11 - 15), the story of the women who campaigned for fishing industry reform in 1968, devised and directed by Hull Truck Theatre Associate Artist Rupert Creed.
Mark Babych also directs Hull Truck Theatre’s A Christmas Treasure Island (2 Dec - 7 Jan), an adaptation of Robert Louis Stephenson’s classic talewith original songs, music, and sparkling characters. Award-winning writer Debbie Oates (Coronation Street, The Mill) has set A Christmas Treasure Island in Withernsea for a unique festive take on the well-loved story.
Visiting drama this season includes The Complete Deaths (6 - 10 Sept) from clowning experts Spymonkey, Brighton Festival and Royal & Derngate Northampton. Directed by Tim Crouch (The Author, An Oak Tree), the show presents all 74 deaths in the works of William Shakespeare in a sublimely funny tribute for the 400th anniversary of his death.
Hull Truck Theatre also welcome Northern Broadsides with J B Priestley’s When We Are Married directed by Barrie Rutter (27 Sept - 1 Oct), telling the hilarious tale of a group of married couples who realise their unions aren’t what they seem. There is also John Godber’s new comedy This Might Hurt (8 - 12 Nov), a tender examination of an actor’s experience of the NHS as he cares for his aunt.
Playwright and Hull Truck Theatre Associate Artist Tom Wells returns with his new production Broken Biscuits (1 - 5 Nov), presented by Paines Plough and Live Theatre. The show follows three determined friends on a path to coolness via the transformative power of song.
Hull Truck Theatre are proud to be presenting two performances as part of Freedom Festival in September. The first is Hot Brown Honey (2 - 3 Sept), an audacious mix of poetry, comedy, circus, striptease and song from a group of phenomenal women smashing stereotypes in a celebration of differences and similarities. Hull Truck Theatre and Freedom Festival are also presenting White Rabbit Red Rabbit (2 - 3 Sept), a show with no rehearsals, no director, a sealed script and a different performer each night.
Contemporary drama includes performances from two of Hull Truck Theatre’s Supported Artists; Norris & Parker and Silent Uproar. Norris & Parker’s See You At The Gallows (14 - 17 Dec) is a sordid soiree full of wild, dark and ridiculous sketches. Silent Uproar present a dark adult fairy-tale about feeling angry, feeling disillusioned, and what it means to be British in The Bold Knights of Britain (7 - 10 Sept).
The comedy line-up includes the award-winning Russell Kane with his new show Right Man, Wrong Age (20 Sept), stand-up comic Mitch Benn (17 Sept), and comedy troupe Kill The Beast’s Don’t Wake the Damp, a twisted tale inspired by 80s sci-fi, 90s gaming and superhero theme-tunes (10 - 12 Nov).
Dance includes the return of the prestigious Hull Dance Prize (23 Nov) with showcases from emerging dance talent in East Yorkshire. Ballet Lorent present their family friendly dance adaptation of Snow White (14 -15 Sept), the second in a trilogy of fairy tales retold by Poet Laurette Carol Ann Duffy. And Yorkshire Dance present Things Stack Up from performance artist Grace Surman (30 Sept).
Hull Truck Theatre deliver a varied music programme this season, with Leeds based band Hope and Social (18 Sept), folk group Acoustic Strawbs (24 Sept), and Hackney Colliery Band, whom audiences will recognise from the Olympic Closing Ceremony and Brit, MOBO and Mercury awards (6 Nov).
Hull Jazz Festival (15 - 19 Nov) returns with performances from internationally acclaimed vocalist Stacey Kent (15 Nov), and the Robert Glasper Experiment (18 Nov) which sees Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper team up with a DJ to showcase material from forthcoming album Blue Note.
Family shows include Mimika Theatre’s Landscapes (23 - 24 Sept), a unique wordless theatre presentation set inside a white dome, using puppets, visual effects and an immersive soundtrack to take audiences on a journey of the natural world. Broccolily Theatre Company tell fantastical stories in Ten Foot Tales (24 – 26 Oct), a play created from the vivid imaginations of children from Hull. Families are also invited to enjoy a behind the scenes experience at Hull Truck Theatre on Heritage Open Day (10 Sept), with a morning of activities, tours and events.
Hull Truck Screen continue to present the best independent films and live event screenings from around the world. Highlights include RSC Live screenings of King Lear (1 Nov) and Cymbeline (1 Oct), as well as The Entertainer (27 Oct) from Kenneth Branagh Company. Hull Independent Cinema present classics such as The Shining (31 Oct) and international films including thriller The Neon Demon (19 Sept).
Hull Truck Theatre are committed to being as accessible as possible for their audiences, and so have introduced a new pricing strategy to fit every pocket. This season they are giving bookers more choice with a range of ticket options, multibuy savings, concessions, discounts and Pay What You Can nights.
Offers include the Perfect Package (a ticket, two courses, parking and a programme at a discounted price), Dinner and a Show (a ticket and a main course meal), and the popular Drama Deal which gives audiences the chance to see more shows for less.
Friends of Hull Truck Theatre will benefit from priority booking for the theatre’s Hull UK City of Culture 2017 programme, which is announced this September.