With the help of the UK City of Culture 2017 team and Hull City Council’s Arts Development unit, the cast of local theatre company ‘Silent Uproar’ will perform Pig – their latest production – at the New Diorama Theatre London between Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 September.
Written by playwright Alex Oates, Pig is a response to anonymous interviews with both serving police officers and those coming into contact with the force. A dark comedy with live music, it looks at how the world either side of the thin blue line isn’t simply black and white, but many shades of grey.
Alex Mitchell, Artistic Director at Silent Uproar, said: “This is an amazing opportunity for us The New Diorama is a theatre whose programme always contains work from some of the country’s most exciting companies so it is an amazing compliment to be asked to open their next season of work.
“It has also been fantastic working with both Hull City Council and Hull City of Culture 2017 as our work is made for and in Hull. It’s very humbling that the city and its representatives are helping us to make a big fuss down south in the big smoke. This will allow us to help wave the Hull flag in the capital whilst building new audiences who wouldn’t have previous access to our work.”
Martin Green, Chief Executive of Hull, UK City of Culture 2017, said: “A key part of our work as we build towards 2017 is to support the development of Hull artists and help them take their work to a wider audience. There is wealth of talented young theatre-makers in the city and providing opportunities for them to stage work in London is just one way that we can do that.
“This is a great opportunity for them.”
Hull City Council’s Arts Development team have supported Silent Uproar since the company’s inception, helping them to become an established theatre company and bring their identity and vision to life.
Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure, said: “Hull has a rich history of nurturing local talent. The Council is committed to supporting the development of arts and culture in the city and finding new ways of showcasing it to a much wider local, national and international audience. This is particularly important as we prepare to show the world what Hull has to offer 2017 and I wish Silent Uproar every success with their London shows.”
Hull City Council’s Arts Development Officer, Louise Yates, added: “Silent Uproar are an exciting young theatre company and we have supported the company since their first performance in the upstairs of a pub on Beverley Road. Since then they have come a long way but have never lost that intimacy with their audience. Performing in London is a fantastic opportunity that will help take them to the next level.”