Shiver me timbers and pieces of eight! It's time for a nail-biting tale of derring-do with a festive twist, presented live on stage by the master storytellers at Hull Truck Theatre.
Born and bred in East Yorkshire, playwright Tom Wells returns to his roots with this uplifting tale of three awkwardly "uncool" teenagers.
After intense research into the shipping disaster, reading testimonials and speaking with families, Janet Plater was bound to produce a historically accurate yet heartfelt play. The Gaul went missing on 8 February 1974, along with its 36-man crew, all but two of which were from Hull. There was no mayday signal, no wreckage and no clue as to what actually happened that night for over two decades. On the eve of 2017, Hull Truck Theatre’s The Gaul acts as a beacon to explore possible answers to the mystery of the city’s lost trawler ship.
World-famous and seriously satisfying, Avenue Q is a coming-of-age tale about the ups and down of life, its surprises and disappointments, and the people you meet along the way. It’s an in-your-face musical filled with adult humour, taboo topics and unvarnished honesty, with a porn-obsessed monster and full puppet nudity thrown in for good measure. Essentially, it’s a bloody good night out.
A good friend of mine recently said that he doesn't enjoy directing two-handers, as he feels that shows with only two people can be a bit boring. He knows a lot more about the industry than I do, so whilst I always endeavour to form my own opinion, I was inclined to follow his for the time being.
Two weeks passed and I received an invitation to the press night of Educating Rita at Hull Truck Theatre, and I can now safely state that two-hander shows can be utterly gripping, moving and thought-provoking.
Barely Methodical Troupe bring a composite of contemporary dance, acrobatics, parkour and physical comedy to Hull Truck Theatre, using every cubic inch of space to its full potential.
The first act opens with a sprightly little nun dancing to a song that’s “holy… inappropriate” whilst pouring two pints of Guinness. One of the glasses is for her, Winnie, and the other for her friend Stephen, who compensates for his shyness by being adventurous and obliging with his music. Spirits are high and the black stuff is settling nicely, until a brick comes hurtling through the window, bringing silence to the revelry and spoilage to the drink.
I'd never seen The Hired Man before, possibly because, as its director Martin Beaumont told me afterwards, it's not staged as often as most other musical classics. That in itself made it quite a treat, but even if you've seen this play a hundred times, you won't have experienced one quite like Hessle Theatre's production.
The young actors at NAPA are a multitalented bunch, putting on shows of as high a calibre as you'll find on many London stages. With a range of popular musicals in their portfolio, this year's choice for Hull Truck Theatre's main space is the comically dark and wonderfully gory Sweeney Todd.
Urinetown The Musical is situated in an urban dystopia, with a 1930s feel. After two decades of drought, the people have been subjected to pay-per-use public toilets, monopolised by corrupt politician Caldwell B. Cladwell. Any who fail to pay the ‘fee to pee’ to the headstrong amenity managers, like Penelope Pennywise, end up in Urinetown – a mysterious place for punishment and execution.