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Hull Truck Theatre announce packed programme for Autumn-Winter 2017

Hull Truck Theatre have revealed their plans for the rest of 2017, announcing brand new productions plus work from local artists, touring drama, comedy and more.

The season begins with The Suitcase (31 Aug – 9 Sep) from Market Theatre Johannesburg, presented in partnership with a consortium of theatres across the north and the midlands, and premiering in Hull as part of Freedom Festival.

Based on the true story of a young couple who leave their rural village in search of a better life in the city, The Suitcase is adapted and directed by Market Theatre’s Artistic Director James Ngcobo from the novel by Es’kia Mphahlele and features live music composed by legendary South African musician Hugh Masekala.

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (22 Sep – 14 Oct) is a world premiere production from Hull Truck Theatre and Hull 2017, based on the best-selling novel by Marina Lewycka. Adapted by Tanika Gupta and directed by Hull Truck Theatre’s Artistic Director Mark Babych, this family comedy tells the story of retired Ukrainian engineer and tractor historian Nikolai and gold-digging bombshell Valentina.

Ending the year with a fresh take on a classic story, A Christmas Carol (1 Dec – 6 Jan) swaps Victorian London for Hull in a reimagining of Dickens’ festive tale. Adapted by playwright Deborah McAndrew and directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse Associate Director Amy Leach, this new production is presented by Hull Truck Theatre and Hull 2017.

Hull Truck Theatre Artistic Director Mark Babych and Executive Director Janthi Mills-Ward said:

‘This season we celebrate the many and varied journeys that people make towards a better life. Tales from South Africa, Ukraine and Dickensian Britain all combine to tell a story of hope, transition and change.

Highlights of the Freedom season include the opportunity to see the world class piece The Suitcase from the Market Theatre of Johannesburg, and a world première based on Marina Lewycka’s novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian.

As we reach the second half of what has already been an extraordinary year for the city of Hull, we hope the season reflects this spirit of optimism and renewal that we hope will carry us forward into a brighter and more unified future.’

Hull Truck Theatre are also putting the spotlight on local theatre companies and artists with their upcoming season, including Hull-based new-writing company Bellow Theatre, who present their new production Bare Skin on Briny Waters (6 – 7 Oct).

Pub Corner Poets return with stand-up tragedy Sad Little Man (27 – 28 Oct), recently featured as part of the Hull 2017 Emerging Theatre Companies Showcase at the New Diorama Theatre in London. Script Club present a new one-man music comedy Drip (9 – 10 Nov) from award-winning local playwright Tom Wells, while Hull Playgoers return with Beautiful Thing (17 – 21 Oct).

Touring work heading for Hull Truck Theatre includes Growth (3 Oct) from Paines Plough, Mia (13 – 14 Sep) from renowned learning-disabled theatre company Mind the Gap, plus a captivating reimagining of Medea (24 – 25 Oct) from dancer and vocalist François Testory.

For audiences with additional access needs, there are a number of audio described, accessible and captioned performances coming up – see the Hull Truck Theatre website for more information about these.

There are some stand-out family shows coming up too, including the popular interactive performance Finlay McGuigan’s Great Adventures in Storyland (30 Sep, 14 Oct, 25 Nov) and The Gruffalo’s Child (2 – 4 Nov), presented by Tall Stories Theatre Company.

The comedy programme will bring some popular names to the city, including Rich Hall, Phill Jupitus and Andy Parsons. While the Hull Truck Screen and Hull Independent Cinema programmes mean that film fans definitely have something to look forward to.

The Hull Jazz Festival winter edition returns (16 – 18 Nov) for its 25th anniversary year, plus The Hull Dance Choreographic Prize (11 Nov) promises an exciting evening of dance from companies across Yorkshire and the Humber.

For more information about Hull Truck Theatre’s programme visit www.hulltruck.co.uk.