Cultural Highlights: 3 – 9 Feb

Ivo Graham: Educated Guess

Sat 3 Feb, 8pm (£12-£14)
The Ropery Hall

Kickstart your weekend with rising comedy talent Ivo Graham who’s taking a break from his busy London schedule to stop off at Barton upon Humber. Since starting out in stand-up in 2009 at the age of 18, the award-winning comedian has built up a following from his sets which exhibit his awkward charm and crafty, self-aware wit.

The self-deprecating Eton and Oxford alumnus has made appearances on multiple TV and radio shows including Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, As Yet Untitled, Live From the BBC and Fighting Talk, so don’t miss your chance to see him in the flesh.


Fat Friends The Musical

Sat 3 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.30pm (£14-£47)
Hull New Theatre

If you want to see a feel-good show brimming with hope and humour then look no further. This hilarious new touring musical has been adapted from the early noughties hit TV show, following the same group of lovable foodies on a quest to ditch the spare pounds at their local branch of Super Slimmers.


Hull Independent Cinema: Brexitannia

Sat 3 Feb, 7pm (£6-£7)
Hull Truck Studio

Why did Britain vote to leave the European Union? Timothy George Kelly’s powerful documentary explores the wider issues behind the referendum vote of June 2016. This potent snapshot of a divided nation brings issues of class, environment, landscape, and opportunity to the forefront in the wake of the most momentous event in modern British political history.


For What It’s Worth

Tues 6 Feb, 8pm (PWYF)
The Adelphi Club 

Discover fresh music talent with this quirky new gig concept from The Adelphi Club. Audiences are invited to watch a line-up of four live music acts and are encouraged to pay what you feel the entertainment was worth.


Hull Independent Cinema: Happy End

Tues 6 Feb, 7.30pm (£6-£7)
VUE Princes Quay

Hull Independent Cinema present another indie gem. Directed by the master auteur Michael Haneke, this biting satire is set in the shadow of the European refugee crisis and based on bourgeois family values.

The Laurent family – wealthy, neurotic and self-obsessed – own a lucrative construction company and live in a sprawling mansion house, waited on by servants. But trouble is brewing, as a series of inter-generational back-stabbings threaten to tear the family apart.

The Royal Opera House: Tosca (Live-stream)

Wed 7 Feb, 7.15pm (from £16.54)
VUE Princes Quay

From the initial opening chords, Jonathan Kent’s production of Tosca will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.

Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work remains one of the most performed operas of all time, ever since it premiered to audiences in the 1900s. The production captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800, conjuring up a world of civic instability and menace. This evening of explosive opera is live-streamed to audiences across the UK from the prestigious Royal Opera House in London.


Inspired in Hull with James Graham

Thur 8 Feb, 6.30pm (Free)
University of Hull

If you’ve been pondering over how to kick-start your career in script writing pay close attention to University of Hull alumnus James Graham. The critically acclaimed playwright for the stage, film and television returns to the university to reflect upon his career. Take note from his trials and tribulations along the way and the inspiration that he carried forward from his time spent at Hull as a student.

Graham’s latest work The Culture: A Farce in Two Acts is currently staged at Hull Truck and takes a satirical look at Hull’s phenomenal year in the spotlight.



Fri 9 Feb, 7.30pm (£5-£6)
University of Hull

This captivating solo performance developed in Hull and Vilnius, Lithuania, combines contemporary dance with cutting-edge technology to create an unrelenting sensory experience. Live movement and choreography is illuminated through an accompanying tracking projection, which explores the introspective narrative of the development of communication.