28 Feb 2017

Seasons 2 and 3: Theatre, performance and dance

Gig-theatre, spellbinding spectacles and year-long epics. We’ve got it all

We’ve just announced our next two seasons, Roots & Routes and Freedom, and it’s fair to say you’re in for a right treat.

Roots & Roots will big up Hull’s international links from Rotterdam to Reykjavik, whilst Freedom will explore the city’s pivotal role in the emancipation movement and our relationship with our twin city in Sierra Leone, Freetown.

Below is just a slice of the theatre, performance and dance you can look forward to in the next few months.



Far out on the North Sea a fisherman raises a girl in his net, miraculously alive, from the deep sea. Is she one of the migrants now washing up on English shores? Or someone sent for some higher purpose? One day it starts to rain and no-one knows why. And it doesn’t stop.

Flood is a year-long epic adventure in four parts, created by Leeds-based Slung Low and written by James Phillips. Told through live events in Hull, online and on BBC television, the project is Slung Low’s most ambitious and experimental project to date. Mixing live performance, special effects, film and digital elements, Flood tells the story of what happened when the world was destroyed, and how the people who lived tried to make it new again.

Check out Part One: From The Sea.

Part Two: Abundance will be performed live on Victoria Dock (11 – 15 April) and you can grab your tickets here. Part Three: To The Sea will be broadcast on BBC television in the summer.



If Hull Truck Theatre, the RSC and Hull 2017’s co-production of The Hypocrite got you weak at the knees, there’s another incredible show coming up at Hull Truck. The first Hull 2017 theatre commission of Roots & Routes at Hull Truck Theatre will be Richard III (4 – 27 May), co-produced with remarkable local company Northern Broadsides and directed by the company’s artistic director and founder Barrie Rutter. Guaranteed to wet your whistle.

Also on offer, the world premiere of Mighty Atoms by Amanda Whittington (8 June – 1 July) is directed by Hull Truck Theatre’s artistic director Mark Babych and inspired by Hull’s original Mighty Atom, Barbara Buttrick. The first ever world champion in women’s boxing, Barbara will also appearing at WOW Hull 10 – 12 March. A pretty inspiring lady!

Hull Truck’s Youth Theatre groups will also be uniting their talents to present a world premiere based on Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend (22 – 26 August). Directed by Tom Bellerby, Bryony Lavery’s feisty new script offers a fresh take on the famous novel about friendship, cruelty, money and lack of money.

Later in the year, the Market Theatre of Johannesburg bring their production of The Suitcase to Hull. From the company known internationally the ‘theatre of struggle’, this will be a UK premiere of Market Theatre’s production, following a young couple from the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal who seek a better life in the city (31 Aug – 19 Sept).


Our friends over at The University of Hull will host the National Student Drama Festival on its Hull campus (8 – 14 April) – which will be packed out with 14 productions, 100 workshops, discussions and late night events, the festival offers the perfect opportunity for young people aged 16-25 to watch, discuss, write and experience something completely new.



If you need your dance fill, Hull Dance will host Transgression: Breaking the Rules, a weekend of contemporary dance featuring some of the most incredible dancers from Hull and across the Humber region, from 12 – 14 May.


Transgression Hull Dance © Brian Slater



If you were lucky enough to nab yourselves tickets for the highly anticipated (and some might say highly controversial) Depart – you’re in for a real treat. Inspired by the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, Depart will offer a spellbinding spectacle which will take you on a path through the underworld in the uniquely atmospheric General Cemetery (Spring Bank West) from 18 – 21 May, all from internationally acclaimed circus artists Circa.



Now here’s something a little different. Who’s up for a bit of gig theatre? Critically-acclaimed Hull theatre company Middle Child bring you All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (6 – 17 June), mixing original live music from James Frewer with Luke Barnes’ bold new writing, plus direction from Middle Child artistic director Paul Smith.

The performance is a three-act anthem set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to 2007’s Broken Britain and today’s Brexit Britain. It’s about the world we inherited and the one we’re leaving behind. It’s the story of a million beating hearts and an asteroid with other plans.

This visceral, immersive and anarchic show will be performed at The Welly, one of the city’s best-loved venues, and feature bands from Humber Street Sesh including Chiedu OrakaCHAMBERS, La Bête Blooms, The Holy Orders, Bud Sugar, Emily Moulton, Young Jack, The Hubbards, Black Delta Movement, James Orvis and Endoflevelbaddie.

Tickets available to buy from tomorrow (1 March)

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything © Middlechild



Assemble Fest (3 June) will offer a day’s worth of flashmobs, interactive shows, music, art and dance in a variety of the area’s independent venues, from delis to hairdressers, in the heart of the ever popular Newland Avenue. Supported by Newland’s local and international traders, the festival features new site-specific works from Hull’s burgeoning theatre companies and family-friendly activities along the street.



As we move towards the end of our Freedom season, international pioneers of site responsive performance dreamthinkspeak will present ONE DAY, MAYBE. Conjuring up a kaleidoscopic dreamscape where live performance, installation and cutting edge technology combine, ONE DAY, MAYBE is a vividly dystopian vision of a world spinning thrillingly out of control. (1 Sept – 1 Oct).



The National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), present a new work from guest Artistic Director Damien Jalet staged at Middleton Hall, featuring 40 young dancers in a unique work addressing themes of melancholia, ritual, control and abandon. Their first time in Hull! (20 July).

Intrigued? Keep an eye out for more information about what else we’ve got planned this year, including literature, film, music and cultural festivals.



An extraordinary one-off visit from The Royal Ballet will officially reopen Hull New Theatre on 16 September, with other highlights of the programme including a touring production from the National Theatre, The Kings of Hull, a brand new work from renowned playwright and creative director John Godber (27 September to 7 October), and a residency from the acclaimed Opera North.

Specially curated by the Company’s Hull-born Director, Kevin O’Hare, The Royal Ballet performance brings together artists from Hull with a selection of Royal Ballet Principals and Soloists. Joining The Royal Ballet on stage will be some of the exciting dance talent emerging in the city today as well as Hull’s own Xander Parish, Soloist with The Mariinksy Ballet and Joseph Caley, Principal with Birmingham Royal Ballet.


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