Hull Truck Theatre have today announced a whole raft of new shows for 2018, including world premieres, classic comedies and new work from local artists.
2018 at Hull Truck kicks off with a world premiere of The Culture – A Farce in Two Acts (26 Jan – 17 Feb) by Hull alumnus and Olivier-nominated playwright James Graham, directed by Hull Truck Theatre’s artistic director Mark Babych. Set in the offices of Hull 2017 on the day of the ceremonial handover to the next UK City of Culture, the production takes a satirical look at our year in the spotlight. James was given special behind the scenes access when writing this new play, so it’s safe to say we’re looking forward to seeing this one…
Hull Truck Theatre, Oldham Coliseum and New Vic Theatre present an all-female production of Compton Mackenzie’s classic comedy Whisky Galore (2 May – 12 May). When the islanders of Great and Little Todday discover their whisky supplies are running out, it seems like the end of the world. Directed by Oldham Coliseum’s Kevin Shaw, this new production, set in 1955, is a tribute to the all-female touring theatre companies of the post-war years.
Hull Truck Theatre present the world premiere of Clown Klub (14 June – 7 July), a dark comedy from award-winning Hull comedian Lucy Beaumont and directed by Mark Babych. 63-year-old North Hull resident Keith is given the chance of a lifetime – he’s going to be on the biggest TV talent show in the world. But he told a tiny white lie, and how he’s got to recruit (and train) a clown troupe worthy of the million-pound cash prize.
Hull Truck Theatre’s Supported and Associate Artists take centre-stage in 2018, with Silent Uproar and The Roaring Girls both presenting new work. The multi award-winning company Silent Uproar present The Bold Knights of Britain (20 – 24 Feb), a raucous comedy about what it means to be British, following their successful Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 run of A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad). The Roaring Girls’ are getting Beach Body Ready (18 – 19 July) in a night of stigma-breaking, patriarchy-smashing body positivity.
Meanwhile, Hull Truck Youth Theatre’s 16+ groups will join force with several of Hull Truck’s Supported Companies. The result will be three unique productions celebrating the diversity of work being made in Hull: with Bellow Theatre (8 – 10 Mar), with The Roaring Girls (8 – 10 Mar), and with Silent Uproar (5 – 7 Apr). The 14 – 16 Youth Theatre groups present a double bill of Bryony Lavery’s It Snows (12 – 14 April) and Judith Johnson’s The Willow Pattern (12 – 14 Apr).
Act III over 55s theatre makers present Are We There Yet? (28 – 30 June), a new show exploring some of the momentous social changes the performers have lived through.
Local theatre companies and artists including Ensemble 52 (presenting Dark Winter from 13 – 17 Mar), Chameleon Players (Too Clever By Half, 10 – 14 July) and NAPA (Thoroughly Modern Millie, 4 – 7 Apr) have a key role to play in 2018, while visiting shows from across the UK (including Eclipse Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Theatre’s Black Men Walking, 27 Feb – 3 Mar) mean that 2018 is guaranteed to be a smash hit at Hull Truck Theatre.
For more information about Hull Truck Theatre’s 2018 season and to buy your tickets, head to hulltruck.co.uk