This weekend is going to be a big one. Like a sneak preview of 2017, there’s art and culture all across the city this bank holiday – and none of it as surprising and eclectic as Assemble Fest this Saturday.
Assemble kicks off a summer of incredible theatre in Hull, as performers take over the whole of Newland Avenue to tell stories, play games and share memories. This is interactive and immersive theatre at its finest, filling shops, cafes and even moving taxis with live performance.
The festival is a celebration of Hull’s talent, with Hull-based theatre companies like Middle Child Theatre, The Roaring Girls and Broccolily Theatre all performing throughout the day.
For Square Patties and Other Scraps, Broccolily Theatre have been working with Untold Hull to gather true tales of growing up on Newland Avenue in the 1940s and ‘50s. They’ll be in Trinity Methodist Church from 10am, sharing stories about chasing the milk cart down the street, eating square patties and enjoying street parties with neighbours.
Hull Truck Theatre Associate Artists, Middle Child Theatre, are bringing a one-woman show to Assemble this year, written by Loren O’Brien. Tomorrow Never Happens is an unforgiving dark comedy about Cara, a frustrated almost-28-year-old aspiring musician. Minutes away from missing her chance to join the famous 27 Club of bright stars who died before they turned 28 (think Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, etc.) Cara reflects on her prospects. Expect a wry look at fame and celebrity, with live music from James Frewer. Shows from midday at Tofts, 64-70 Newland Ave.
RU OK, Robert Fish? from Theatre on the Edge tells the story of a man struggling to get back on his feet after a head injury, as he starts a new job in a recycling firm. The audience join Robert on his first day in The Yard, as he finds his new colleagues can give him some much needed support in his time of crisis. Shows start at 11am in The Yard, 204 Newland Ave.
You can get tickets for individual shows from the Assemble website here, although full day tickets are now sold out. But even if you’re not looking to see a show, there’s plenty of extra activity happening all day that’s totally free. There’ll be science talks, swing dance flash mobs, samba, pies and poems for anyone and everyone to enjoy.
Hull 2017 will be there too, with some of our team heading to the Hub Space drop in at Level cafe / bar to chat about what we’re up to before 2017. Hull Truck Theatre and Arts Council England will be there too to discuss funding and opportunities for artists in the city. Find out more about the Hub Space drop in here.