13 Sep 2017

Powerful street performance to take place in Hull’s old town

The emotive performance draws links between the slave trade and the repression of those living with a disability.

A theatrical production performed by adults with learning difficulties will take place in Hull’s old town this Friday as part of the Culture of 5, Hull’s Alive! project supported by Hull 2017’s Creative Communities Programme.

Slave To The Senses offers a factual and contemporary take on life with a disability and tells a story through drama, poetry and dance, with guest performances from Search For A Star winner Casey Adams, Tre Amici tenor Leroy Vickers and local African musician and storyteller Hekima.

This will be the second show in the Culture of 5, Hull’s Alive! trilogy and follows on from the hugely successful Senses of the Sea, which reimagined the story of Hull’s triple trawler disaster.

Each of the one-off shows in the programme are created, produced and performed by the students and staff of the 5 Senses charity – an expressive arts and education centre for adults with learning disabilities based in Hull.

The students, who live with sensory impairments, have also been busy creating stunning abstract artworks, which will be on display before and after the performance.

Kate Howell, CEO of 5 Senses and project manager, said: “Slave to the Senses is a powerful production which explains parts of both our distant and recent history in a simple but engaging way.

Our students have created thought provoking pieces of abstract art which would not look out of place in a modern art gallery.”

Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017, said: “During our third season we have been celebrating Hull’s long and proud connection to freedom with a string of amazing events and exhibitions such as Bob and Roberta Smith’s Freedom of Expression Centre, LGBT 50 and the Freedom Festival.

“Slave to the Senses is the latest event exploring the theme of freedom and yet another example showing that Hull 2017 is inclusive and gives the opportunity for anybody to get involved in this fantastic year.”

The final show in the trilogy, We Are 5 Senses, takes place on Friday 17 November at the Freedom Centre on Preston Road. 

Slave to the Senses is a free performance and takes place on Friday 15 September at 1pm in the Museums Quarter Gardens on High Street. Limited space is available so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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