Hull 2017 Highlights: 22 – 28 April

We’re sure a lot of you are exhausted from the busy holiday period (fancy a holiday to recover from the holidays, anyone?) but we’ve got plenty to entertain and captivate you this week. Feast your eyes on this.

Claire Barber: The Train Track and the Basket

Free. Friday 7 April to Thursday 29 June. Hull Paragon Interchange, Ferensway, Hull.

If you’ve been to the train station recently you may have noticed Claire Barber’s installation The Train Track and the Basket.

Part of the Look Up programme, Barber’s work explores ideas of transmigration and the notion that skills and belongings are brought over with people, and it’s pretty fantastic. Its fusion of textiles, train lines and the transmigration history of Hull is impressive. You can find the striking work encircling the main entrance and exit of Paragon Interchange, so head over to absorb the sight and atmosphere.

The Empty Nesters’ Club

Tickets £12-£22.50. Tuesday 18 April to Saturday 22 April. Hull Truck Theatre, Ferensway, Hull.

Looking at what happens when your kids leave home for university, this play from the John Godber Company is a glimpse into family life and goodbyes, telling tales of empty bedrooms, fresher’s flu, motorway stations and trips to Ikea.

Vicky Barret’s story is shared with a ‘blunt, ruddy Yorkshire humour’ (York Press), and paired back staging to make for a strong, engaging performance. If any of this sounds familiar, join Vicky Barret’s Empty Nesters’ Club.

On Wednesday 19 April there will be a post-show Q&A.
Please note: This show contains adult humour.

Remote & This Changes Everything

Tickets £8. Thursday 20 April to Saturday 22 April. Hull Truck Theatre, Ferensway, Hull.

This double bill of theatre from Hull Truck’s Youth Theatre companies packs a punch.

Written by Stef Smith, self-proclaimed writer and feminist, and directed by Lizi Perry, Remote is a play about protest, power and protecting yourself. Set in an unknown city, in the middle of a park with rusty swings, a girl called Antler climbs a tree. Finding Antler’s mobile phone smashed into pieces on their doorstep, Antler’s sister sets out to find her, but Antler doesn’t want to be found. She doesn’t want to be part of this world any more.

In this play about finding your voice in a world you feel remote from, Antler watches from above as the lives of the teenagers in the park intertwine.

And Joel Horwood’s This Changes Everything asks ‘what kind of world would you like to live in?’ as the play follows a group of disillusioned young people as they attempt to form their own society on a platform out to sea.

“We can’t change things, that’s the whole point, no one listens to us or cares, the only way we’re gonna change things is by going somewhere else, starting afresh.”

Politically charged and raising questions about how we might change the world we live in; this performance directed by Alice Palmer, is nothing if not timely.

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SKIN: Freud, Mueck and Tunick

Free. Thursday 22 April to Sunday 13 August. Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull.

This brand new exhibition of work from internationally acclaimed artists Lucian Freud, Ron Mueck and Spencer Tunick explores the naked form and the way that skin continues to captivate us.

SKIN aims to get us all thinking by bringing together ideas about the ways skin can transform landscapes, reflect histories and convey powerful psychological depth.

Tunick’s highly anticipated photographs from Sea of Hull 2016 (officially the largest nude installation in the UK!) will be on display for the first time, too, and we can’t wait to see them.

BBC Radio 3: Exposure Hull

Free. Sunday 23 April. Fruit, Humber Street, Hull.

This weekend, Humber Street hotspot Fruit will host BBC Radio 3’s Verity Sharp for Exposure Hull. Get set to experience an assortment of weird and wonderful sounds as experimental music takes centre stage.

Highlights include sound artist and improviser Jez riley French and artist Pheobe riley Law who promise an intuitive performance using objects, zithers and playback devices, incorporating sounds of the locale. You can catch them, plus artist, singer and composer Jayne Dent, aka Me Lost Me (I Lost My), with saxophonist and improviser Martin Berger.

Completing the bill is the duo of hang player Tariq Emam and composer Brett Gordon, featuring live electronic processing of this distinctive steel percussion instrument. This one’s set to be an auditory adventure.

Sound of Noise

Tickets £6–£7. Wednesday 26 April. Vue Cinema Hull, Princes Quay shopping centre, Hull.

If you’re into your film, Hull Independent Cinema’s screening of Sound of Noise should be right up your street. This imaginative Swedish musical crime comedy sees a band of outlaw musicians wreak havoc with bizarre guerrilla gigs, transforming their city into a canvas – something that will be familiar to many of us in the UK City of Culture. As the Audience Award Winner at Leeds International Film Festival, this is one to watch.

Please note Sound of Noise is an unrated film, so strictly over-18s only. 

Cairns at University of Hull

Free. Friday 28 April to Sunday 8 October. University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull.

If you fancy stretching the legs and enjoying the spring weather, why not explore the University of Hull’s campus, where a new exhibition of life-size sculptures by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir is on show?

The figures are linked with cairns, common objects in the Icelandic landscape, used as landmarks for people to find their way from one place to another. Thórarinsdóttir’s striking figures reflect the historic connection between Iceland and Hull, celebrating Hull’s international links for our Roots & Routes season.

You might recognise Thórarinsdóttir’s work, since her spectacular sculpture Voyage stands proudly at Victoria Pier overlooking the River Humber. We invite you to come and find your way around the university campus and take a moment to contemplate what we have in common.