Hull starts its year as the UK’s City of Culture by sending work from a line-up of its emerging theatre companies to be showcased in London at the New Diorama Theatre from the end of this month.
The five-day event, the Hull UK City of Culture 2017: Emerging Theatre Companies Showcase, will be hosted by New Diorama and Hull UK City of Culture 2017, in association with Hull Truck Theatre, and is designed to bring Hull-based theatre companies to wider audiences.
The initiative will take place in London from January 31 to February 4, with some of the most exciting theatre companies making work in the UK today.
Taking part in the initiative will be Silent Uproar, Bellow Theatre, The Pub Corner Poets and Middle Child.
New Diorama Theatre’s artistic and executive director, David Byrne, said: “There’s been thrilling work coming out of Hull over the last few years and this London showcase is the perfect spotlight to show off the considerable talent of some of the UK’s best companies. I can’t wait to really see these Hull companies shake up our London audiences.”
Martin Green, CEO and director Hull 2017, said: “Hull 2017 includes a fabulous variety of theatre throughout the year and we are very excited to be working with the New Diorama on the Emerging Theatre Companies Showcase.
“Hull has a wonderfully vibrant theatre scene, with immensely talented and energetic people creating new work that we want to reach the widest audiences possible. This showcase is a brilliant introduction to some of the terrific companies that Hull is home to.”
Silent Uproar stages A Super Happy Story About Being Super Sad (Jan 31 – Feb 4).
Written by Evening Standard Award nominee Jon Brittain and directed by Silent Uproar’s artistic director Alex Mitchell, A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) is a fun, silly and sad show about depression. With music by cabaret star Matthew Floyd Jones (‘Mannish’ from ‘Frisky and Mannish’).
The production will also play Greenwich Theatre, London: Feb 7-11, and Fruit, Hull, Feb 13-15.
Bellow Theatre’s Bare Skin on Briny Waters (Feb 1)
This HeadsUp Festival production, written by Maureen Lennon and Tabitha Mortiboy, is a show about fresh love, first starts, the stories we tell ourselves, and the stories others tell of us.
Pub Corner Poets’ Sad Little Man (Feb 2-4)
Josh Overton’s Sad Little Man is the much anticipated follow-up to his Sunday Times Playwright Award winning debut Angry. Sad Little Man is a stand-up tragedy act, from this Total Theatre Emerging Company of the Year nominated ensemble, set in the mind of a young man in shock.
Middle Child, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (Feb 3)
Award-winning theatre company Middle Child returns for its third collaboration with writer Luke Barnes, which is to be directed by artistic director Paul Smith.
It is an anarchic, theatrical epic for a nightclub about the shame of daring to dream and the fear of not fulfilling those dreams. Middle Child won the Musical Theatre Development Award in 2015.
This work in progress reading is the first sharing of Middle Child’s Hull UK City of Culture production, a co-production with The Sesh, and an opportunity to glimpse into the Middle Child creative process.