Casting on Humber: Musical Theatre on Hull Marina

Casting on Humber presents HERE, a bold and ambitious theatre project, set to dock in Hull Marina next week, playing out on board the keel barge and beside it.

The venture is a collaboration between The Sobriety Project and Castaway Goole – Accessible Music Theatre, directed by the award-winning Sarah Louise Davies, founder of Hull theatre company Park Bench.

Described by Sarah as “our most daring and adventurous project yet”, the project is one of 60 funded by Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s Creative Communities Programme, delivered in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund.

Castaway Goole is a provider of music theatre opportunities for adults and young people with learning and physical disabilities. Fifteen of its members will take to the stage (or deck!) alongside fellow actors.

The Sobriety Project works with disadvantaged people in deprived communities, offering projects that impact positively on people in the Goole community and surrounding areas, placing heritage and culture at the heart of what they do.

This exciting cast includes members of community groups, who have been participating in workshops in Hull and Goole, Hull 2017 volunteers and professional performers.

The production draws on the Humber estuary Roots and Routes connection of Goole to Hull, and will use interactive theatre techniques to create a daring and impulsive spectacle.

Castaway Goole Music Theatre member Anna said: “We know what we’re doing. But we don’t know what will happen.”

Another cast member, Richard said: “Come and see us because this is something different. You are going to be amazed. This is something out of the ordinary.”

Devised by the group’s 15 actors for performances on the barge and on shore, Casting on Humber: HERE will go on evolving right through three lively days of performances and pop ups.

The production also marks the barge’s 107th year in true unique fashion: through theatrical exploration of the space on board and quayside in Hull.

Martin Green, director of Hull 2017, added: “The Creative Communities Programme champions projects that are adventurous and unique but most importantly connect communities to create incredible experiences and iconic memories. This project brings together two social inclusion charities to transform a historic vessel into a pop-up creative space in one of the city’s most well-known landmarks, Hull Marina.

Casting on Humber will run on Tuesday 30 May, Thursday 1 June and Saturday 3 June, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Performances with audio description will run at 3pm.