Theatre companies from across Hull to represent the city at the world’s biggest arts festival.
Hull 2017 is supporting five highly regarded and exciting theatre companies as they head to the Edinburgh Fringe this year, including four Hull-based companies: Middle Child, Bellow Theatre, Pub Corner Poets, Silent Uproar, plus the internationally-acclaimed, Norwich-based curious directive with their Hull 2017 commission, Frogman.
Never afraid to tackle hard-hitting issues head on or push the boundaries of theatre, these companies all serve up form-busting shows, from intense drama laced with original music to live theatre fused with virtual reality.
Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017 said: “Hull is a hotbed of creative talent and its exciting theatre scene is one of the reasons it was awarded UK City of Culture status. These terrific theatre companies are already making waves and the Edinburgh Festival is a fantastic opportunity to perform to new audiences and bring some of the buzz of Hull 2017 to this world-renowned event.”
Award-winning theatre company curious directive will premiere Frogman at the Traverse Theatre’s new venue CodeBase, in a co-production with Hull UK City of Culture 2017, The Deep aquarium in Hull and The Old Market, in association with Brisbane Powerhouse and with guidance from The Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Known for making work that bridges science and art, Frogman is a coming-of-age thriller set on the Great Barrier Reef in the 1990s, told through live theatre and 360° film in Virtual Reality. The company have previously won The Scotsman Fringe Firsts for Pioneer (2014) and Your Last Breath (2011). Tickets range from £9.50 to £19.50 and are available to book now.
Middle Child will perform All We Ever Wanted Was Everything at Paines Plough’s award-winning pop-up and plug-in Roundabout venue at Summerhall. The show, a Hull 2017 commission and one of the highlights of our second season, Roots and Routes, was written by award-winning writer Luke Barnes with original live music by James Frewer. A timely piece of gig-theatre, the production is a three-act anthem set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to 2007’s Broken Britain through to today’s Brexit Britain. This will be Middle Child’s fifth appearance at Edinburgh Fringe, with previous shows including Weekend Rockstars (2015) and Ten Storey Love Song (2016). Tickets are available from £10 to book now.
Bellow Theatre return to the Edinburgh Fringe with Bare Skin on Briny Waters at the Pleasance, following the success of Billy Through the Window in 2015. Led by Maureen Lennon and Tabitha Mortiboy, Bellow are Supported Artists of Hull Truck Theatre and a New Diorama Theatre Emerging Company 2017/18. Bellow are renowned for their intimate shows and DIY aesthetic, telling brave and stirring female-centric stories. Originally developed for Hull’s Heads Up Festival, the play explores survival and escape in forgotten seaside towns, with a pair of young women struggling to keep their heads above water. The show features live original folk music and is designed by Naomi Kuyck-Cohen with lighting design from Will Monks. You can book tickets now from £10.
Pub Corner Poets, who are also New Diorama Theatre Emerging Artists, will be making their Edinburgh Fringe debut with Sad Little Man, a stand-up tragedy told through the mind of a young man in shock, performed at The Vault. The company are a theatre and poetry collective dedicated to using the arts to challenge and overcome social boundaries and to give young people a chance to voice their opinions. Written by Josh Overton, winner of The Times Playwriting Award 2015, Sad Little Man is a multi-media spoken word spillage, fusing performance poetry with physical theatre. An autobiographical piece of new writing set in the four seconds of cognitive dissonance – the time it takes to process the suicide of his girlfriend. Tickets are £5 – £10 and are available to book now.
Silent Uproar, will make their Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut with A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) at the Pleasance after a sell-out run at the New Diorama Theatre. Written by recent Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho), this is a fun, silly, cabaret musical about depression, with music and performance from Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish). Silent Uproar is a new writing company renowned for confronting uncomfortable issues affecting people today. They are supported artists at Hull Truck Theatre and emerging artists of New Diorama Theatre, and you can book tickets now from £7.
To bring the spirit of Hull City of Culture 2017 to the Edinburgh Festival, Hull 2017 will also take members of its volunteering team up to Edinburgh on Monday 7 August to flyer for the theatre companies and promote what Hull has to offer visitors on the city’s most iconic street, The Royal Mile.
Head to the Edinburgh Fringe website to see the full programme and find out more information.