Meet the team behind Made in Hull

Made in Hull is a spectacular trail where the streets speak and the buildings tell stories.

Discover the story of our city from the devastation of the Second World War, through the good times and the bad. Explore Hull’s heritage and its characters at work and play.

Our core team, along with a wider group of artists, have worked in the city centre to create large-scale projections on buildings, illuminate skylines, build soundscapes, shop windows and live performances to celebrate the past 70 years of life in the city.

Sean McAllister – curator

Sean McAllister is best-known for his Bafta-nominated film A Syrian Love Story, a moving fly-on-the-wall documentary that follows a family from war-torn Syria to Europe over the course of five years. Released in 2015, the film continues to collect awards all over the world. As creative director of Made in Hull, Sean returns to his roots, to the city where he grew up and where he learnt his craft.

I’ve tried to make each of the pieces in Made in Hull adventurous, exciting and full of wow.

– Sean McAllister

Rupert Creed – writer

Rupert Creed traded Brighton for Hull when he moved here to study Drama and German at Hull University in 1974. Hull has been his adopted city now for more than 40 years. Rupert worked with Hull Truck in the 1970s joining the creative team under founder director, Mike Bradwell. Hull was (and is) a great place to do your own thing, in the 1980s, Rupert created Remould Theatre, which ran for 16 years, producing documentary plays such as The Northern Trawl and the first large-cast community plays in the city and region.  He has also worked as producer for the BBC in Hull on the community storytelling project Telling Lives, has written plays for Hull Truck Theatre and directed productions there.

Ala Lloyd – production designer

Ala Lloyd is a production designer, and RIBA chartered architect. She has worked on a huge range of international creative productions and construction projects throughout her career. As founding director of Lloyd Live Design, she brings these experiences together to deliver a variety of complex and bespoke projects for live events.

Previously, Ala has worked with Mark Fisher OBE, Will Alsop, Rem Koolhaas, and was head of design for London 2012 Ceremonies Ltd.  She was nominated as Set Designer of the Year by Total Production in 2014 and 2015, and was honoured to be creative director of HRH 90: The Patron’s Lunch on the Mall in 2016.

Durham Marenghi – lighting designer

Durham Marenghi has designed the lighting for theatre, opera, dance, trade, concert and television productions, and is the first British lighting designer to have lit the opening and closing ceremonies of an Olympic games.

You may also have seen the Hull lighting designer’s work at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Light and Fireworks Extravaganza in 2002, and at many Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, most recently the ceremonies in Rio in 2016.

Dan Jones – composer and sound designer

Dan Jones is a Bafta and Ivor Novello winning film composer and theatre sound designer who regularly works in film and television for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. His recent work includes his score for the BBC’s critically acclaimed Shakespearean epic The Hollow Crown, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and is working with Massive Attack on songs for their forthcoming album. Some of his works as a film composer include the Oscar-nominated Shadow of the Vampire, The Tonto Woman (Oscar nomination for Best Short) and the Bafta-winning dramas Appropriate Adult, as well as David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals.

Dan regularly produces large outdoor artworks and audio installations and is joint artistic director of the Sound And Fury Theatre Company. He co-directed its productions of War Music, Going Dark, Charlie Ward and Kursk, with his sound design for this receiving the first Special Jury Prize for Sound Design at the Prague Quadrennial.

Niccy Hallifax – producer

Niccy Hallifax is creative producer and project director with more than 15 years of experience in directing and delivering large-scale, high-profile, cultural events, exhibitions and projects with a strong emphasis on concept and narrative. In this time, she has produced installations such as The Hive at the Botanical Gardens at Kew in London, as well as GREAT, the festival of creativity in Shanghai, and the global launch of FormulaE across Westminster Bridge. While leading live project teams, Niccy has directed and produced world-class events and projects for the cultural, entertainment, film (premieres), music, art and design, architectural and sporting festivals, Olympic and Paralympic sport and also marketing corporate sectors.

Made in Hullis free, unticketed and suitable for people of all ages. Take to the trail for an hour, spend the whole evening, or come back for more.