A Pop-Up Playhouse for the People

Shoppers in Hull will soon be able to add theatre to their shopping list when a unique project opens its doors next month. Pop-up Playhouse – Hansel And Gretel aims to bring theatre to the people, from its shop location, Taboo Youth Initiative in Holderness Road.

The vision is director Matilda Harper’s, from theatre company No Twaddle, who wants to make theatre more accessible.

She said: “We want to remind people that theatre, like fairytales, belongs to all.

We’re using the shop space because it makes it instant and accessible.

The project, part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s Creative Communities Programme, will be a fully immersive and sensory experience. The production encourages participation, inviting the audience to step into this unique take on Hansel And Gretel.

Audience members will determine the choices of the characters by casting their vote, in person during the performance, and through social media. Followers of No Twaddle on social media (Twitter and Facebook) will play a decisive role in the final scenes, by voting for what they want to see happen online. The cast could go without knowing their final scene even an hour before the performance, making for truly unpredictable and exciting theatre.

This will create fresh twists and turns, reinvigorating the classic fable. Matilda says “The audience is a constant part of the progression of the story so they will often be addressed directly and constantly made to feel a part of it.”

Martin Green, director of Hull 2017, said: “One of the things we wanted to do this year was take culture and surprises out around the city and to people’s doorsteps and this is another great example of that.”

If you want to be part of the story, the Pop-up Playhouse opens on Thursday 22 June and runs until Saturday 3 July.

Family-friendly performances will be available during the day, there will also be selected relaxed performances. A special performance, Grimms Tales Lates, will be available for over-18s.

There will also be BSL-interpreted talks on Friday 23 June, at 4pm and 6pm.

Tickets are on sale now.