Festivals and comedy clubs collide with community projects and exhibitions in this action-packed week.
12-21 Oct, Various times (£0-£10)
Hull City Centre
This popular Hull theatre festival returns for a second time this year, showcasing some of the best homegrown and international talent over 9 days.
Highlights include: Ross & Rachel (19-20 Oct), a one-woman show giving us some hard truths about what happens when a couple who were always meant to be together, stay together; The Castle Builder (20-21 Oct), telling the true story of a Norweigan psychiatric inmate who spent 5 years secretly building a castle on a remote headland and Almost Always Muddy (21 Oct), an interactive storytelling experience for the whole family where you’ll create a magical world from recycled items before a team of improvisers craft an adventure story around it.
14 Oct, 7.30pm (£14)
Hull City Hall
If you’re in the mood for a good giggle, head down to the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, compered by the quick-witted Damion Larkin. With special guests that often make it onto the telly, you’re guaranteed a quality night.
This month’s line-up includes: Mancunian funny man Mike Newall, known for his breezy, casual storytelling style, the award-winning Marvyn Dickinson, star of the BBC’s BAFTA nominated DNN and improv master Michael Legge, the writer behind numerous BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and MTV shows and co-founder of the cult comedy sketch show The Real Daniel O’Donnell Show.
18 Oct, 6.30pm (Free)
With a truly impressive career in the art world dating back to 1972, which has seen him ascend from junior curator at the Tate to crafting the Tate’s learning, national and digital programmes and subsequently directing the National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne is uniquely positioned to discuss the key issues facing the industry in this extraordinary lecture.
18-21 Oct, 2.30pm & 7.30pm (£6-£36.50)
Hull New Theatre
The heart wrenching story of an unlikely friendship between two young boys against the backdrop of World War II is retold by the UK’s foremost narrative ballet company, Northern Ballet.
Divided by a barbed wire fence, Bruno doesn’t understand anything about where Shmuel lives, or who he is. To him, he’s just a new friend – a boy wearing a pair of striped pyjamas. But as Bruno’s curiosity strengthens, things take a devastating turn.
19 Oct, 8pm (£5)
The New Adelphi Club
Put on your dancing shoes and get down to Adelphi on Thursday for a night of indie pop with Bradford five-piece Fling. Having created a sound of their own that captivates and entertains crowds, the band have recently teamed up with Lee Smith at Greenmount Studios (who have produced tracks for The Cribs and Pulled Apart By Horses) to record a number of new songs to be released throughout 2017.
Listen out for those and prepare for a brilliant show at one of Hull’s best-loved venues.
— University of Hull (@UniOfHull) October 12, 2017
20 Oct-26 Nov, 10am (Free)
Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull
Taking a satirical look at the Government Art Collection, from 18th century caricatures by James Gillray to videos works by Simon Faithfull and Wood & Harrison, An Eyeful Of Wry was born out of a realisation that works in the vast collection can be paired together for humorous effect.
Whether it’s a slapstick comedy film or a subtler pairing, the exhibition is bound to put a smile on your face. And while you’re on campus, why not seek out the striking Cairns sculpture trail by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir (which has been extended into December)?
20 Oct, 7pm (£15-£50)
Hull City Hall
For one night only, G4 frontman Jonathan Ansell, rapper NB and Britain’s Got Talent finalists The Garnett Family lead 60 hospital staff and 240 children in a breath-taking musical celebration of Hull.
Every city needs a song, and the group invite you to hear theirs, written and recorded after months of workshops and rehearsals that have truly brought the community together for a truly magical evening.