Hull Truck Theatre have announced a new line-up of special events for everyone to enjoy this summer, and goes on sale on 13 April, and includes a wide range of drama, family events, music and comedy.
Starting the summer season is The Ballad of Paragon Station (21 June – 22 June) by Hull-born writer and actor and ex-Youth Theatre member Hester Ullyart. It’s the middle of the night and four people lie awake in a forgotten city. One is escaping, one is returning and two are former lovers.
This is a moving, intimate story of life’s everyday magic for a generation of millennials trying to find the everything in nothing much.
The Wardrobe Ensemble will present Education, Education, Education (5 June – 6 June), taking us back to May 1997. Tony Blair has won the election, Channel 5 is a month old, and no one knows who Harry Potter is. Britain is the coolest place in the world.
Education, Education, Education is The Wardrobe Ensemble’s love letter to the schools of the 90s and asks big questions about a country in special measures, exploring what we are taught and why, and where responsibility lies.
Theatre company LipService return with Mr Darcy Loses the Plot (8 June – 9 June), a madcap twist on Jane Austen’s famous novel. Jane Austen is in the middle of dreaming up the character of Mr Darcy when her sister interrupts her writing, so Mr Darcy takes matters into his own hands to finish his story.
Hailed as ‘Britain’s favourite literary lunatics’ by The Independent, LipService specialise in creating original comedies from a distinctly female perspective.
Hull Truck Theatre will also open their doors for their annual Family Open Day (2 June), a day of free activities and fun for the whole family. Last year’s open day included storytelling, face painting, balloon modelling and tours of the theatre.
Dinosaur fans aged 5 – 11 are invited on an exciting pre-historic adventure in hit stage show So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs? (23 June). Pitting the knowledge of parents against their all-knowing kids, dinosaur expert Dr Ben Garrod presents an interactive, educational and highly entertaining show using footage from BBC documentary Planet Dinosaur.
Saxophonist Snake Davis (Sat 30 June) and his band return to Hull Truck Theatre with jazz, blues and rock and roll classics, such as Young Americans, Will You, and Walk on the Wild Side. They also share some fascinating facts and insights into the music they know and love.
Liza Pulman celebrates one of the finest singers of all time in Liza Pulman Sings Streisand (7 July), featuring new arrangements of Barbra Streisand’s classic songs such as The Way We Were, Second Hand Rose and People You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.
Sharply dressed stand-up comedian Tom Allen, known for his appearances on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and BBC’s Mock the Week, visits Hull with his debut solo show Absolutely (20 June), whilst Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel pay homage to Morecombe and Wise in An Evening with Eric and Ernie (16 June), full of the comedy duo’s most loved routines, songs and sketches.
Writer Germaine Greer (The Female Eunuch, White Beech) comes to Hull Truck Theatre with her talk Women for Life on Earth (27 June), where she discusses the idea that feminists will always be linked with the environmental movement. She suggests that women can be found wherever the planet is in trouble, whether its shepherding sea life back into deep water, standing in front of lorries on their way to abattoirs, or lobbying against the threat of fracking.
For more information and to buy your tickets, head to hulltruck.co.uk.