Hull 2017 Highlights: 4 – 10 Nov


6-11 Nov, 7.30pm (£16)
Jubilee Central, Hull

The tale of a strong Hull woman who dared to fight for justice and give voice to her community at a time when none were heard. Experience the dramatic and inspirational story of Lillian Bilocca, the courageous figurehead of Hull’s Headscarf Revolutionaries, who campaigned fiercely for trawlermen’s rights at a time when women were expected to know their place in a man’s world.

This stunning performance also features Lil’s Lasses!, a fifty strong group of community players and volunteers. Don’t miss out.


6 Nov- 31 Dec, from 10am (free)
Humber Street Gallery, Hull

After meeting women displaced by civil war in Sierra Leone back in 2007, Hull-born documentary photographer Lee Karen Stow embarked on a project that would see her record the personal stories of female survivors of war and conflict around the world.

For TORN, Lee Karen Stow has collaborated with sound artist Hayley Youell, textile artist Liz Knight and members of the Hull Women’s Refugee Group to create a photographic, sound and mixed media installation that tells some of these key stories. Featuring petals from red, black and white poppies that have been torn apart, it acts as a reminder that everyday women are being torn from their homes, their families, their lives and their futures.


7 Nov, 7.30pm (£10 – £12)
Bridlington Spa, Bridlington

Leeds-based Phoenix Dance explores themes of beauty, duplicity, decadence and eroticism in this thrilling triple dance show. The performance kicks off with Calyx, a new piece for 2017 by company dancer Sandrine Monin, before immersing the audience into the darkest reaches of the mind with Beast, by choreographer Douglas Thorpe. Rounding the night off in style is Aletta Collins’ Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe, using a live microphone to blend movement and voices into a pulsating soundtrack in a work described by The Times as ‘sparky, mischievous…crowd-pleasing’.

An event not to be missed by lovers of contemporary dance.


7-11 Nov, 2.30pm & 7.30pm (£12.50-£35)
Hull New Theatre, Hull

Welcome to The Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s joint where the kids danced the night away whilst its legendary owner, The Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts. Only, that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the stories and the myths. Until now, when three random strangers, tied by nothing more than their hopeless love lives, are inexplicably drawn to the site of the original venue. The Preacher Man is long gone, but his son may just find it in himself to channel his father and give these three lovesick strangers the look of love.

Experience the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, including The Look Of Love, I Only Want To Be With You, Spooky and of course, the classic Son Of A Preacher Man, in this sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical play. Written by renowned writer Warner Brown, this incredible show will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart out to some of the greatest songs ever written.



9 Nov, 7.30pm (£5-£7)
Fruit, Hull

Why choose between a gig or a film when you can have both? No piano solo accompaniment here – silent film is going to get loud.

Veit Helmer’s gorgeous Tuvalu is arguably one of the greatest silent films made in recent years, and now it is being screened with a jaw-dropping live soundtrack by indie electro duo Mr Lee & Ivan Sky. This is only the second time the soundtrack has been performed in the world, and will appeal to fans of alternative live music similar to Arcade Fire, British Sea Power and Sigur Ros.

What’s more, everyone can take part in the soundtrack using their mobile phones, with interactive elements cueing you to cheer, stamp, boo and even gargle as hero Anton attempts to save his beloved swimming pool from closure and win the heart of feisty Eva.


9 Nov, 7.30pm (£5-£28)
Hull City Hall, Hull

Captivating cellist Leonard Elschenbroich performs Tchaikovsky’s Mozart-inspired Variations On A Rococo Theme alongside the romantic melodies and powerful orchestral works of his Sleeping Beauty Suite. Bringing an Oriental feel to the evening is Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative and descriptive Scheherazade, based on the stories and themes of the Arabian Nights, which is guaranteed to capture the imagination of anyone who hears it.

And if you can’t get down to the concert, you can catch the live broadcast on BBC Radio 3.


10 Nov, 7.30pm (£6-£12)
Hull City Centre

The Royal British Legion returns for the seventh year with its Festival of Remembrance. This year The Band of 150 Regiment RLC will be joined by The Band of The Queen’s Division to lead this year’s musical tribute to our Armed Forces past and present. Supported by the Do Re Mi ladies choir, with appearances from the Sea Cadet Corps of TS Iron Duke, this will be a concert with something for everyone concluding with a spectacular last night of the proms finale.


2-22 Nov, various times (£0-£42)
Various locations in Hull City Centre

Hull’s funniest festival returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary, showcasing big names alongside up and coming local comedians.

If it’s show stopping TV talent you’re after, you’ll want to bag yourself a ticket to Joel Dommett: LIVE to experience the wildly energetic star of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here and Sky 1’s Bring The Noise in action. Local funny man Jack Gleadow is also worth a watch, returning to Hull to deliver a work in progress, one-man variety show featuring bonkers sounds, silly stories, one liners and… a scooter.

For those of you looking to try something different, why not give The Discount Comedy Checkout a go? It’s raw improvisation at its absolute best, where suggestions are taken from the audience for hilarious effect and what’s more, it’s a pay what you can show – perfect for those on a budget.

This year’s festival looks set to be one of the funniest yet with over 40 shows spread across the month, so get your tickets booked and prepare for endless belly laughs.