John Bede Valentine (1941 – 2020) Hull Theatre Photographs
Upper Foyer, Hull Truck Theatre from 11am (Tuesday to Saturday)
An exhibition of photos of Hull Arts Centre, Humberside Theatre and Hull Truck Theatre productions from the early 70s now on display at Hull Truck Theatre.
Hull Truck Theatre’s 50th anniversary programme focuses on all the people who have supported and contributed to the theatre, including the many talented artists who have kept it at the heart of Hull’s creative core for half a century.
One of those talented artists was photographer John Valentine, who left a rich archive of negatives and contact sheets that include photos of many actors at the start of their careers – Richard Beckinsale, Bob Hoskins, Alan Williams, Edward Peel, Illona Linthwaite and Carole Boyd to name a few. Rick Welton, arts producer and Hull Arts Centre’s first employee has presented a small exhibition of John’s work from the early 70s at Hull Truck Theatre. The photographs in the exhibition have been scanned from John’s original negatives, kindly provided by his wife, Sylvie Hannes.
A pioneering theatre with a unique Northern Voice, locally rooted, global in outlook, inspiring artists, audiences and communities to reach their greatest potential. We produce and present inspiring theatre that reflects the diversity of a modern Britain. We provide the resources, space and support to grow people and ideas, are an ambassador for our city, a flagship for our region and a welcoming home for our communities. Through our work with schools and local communities we engage with thousands of young people, disabled groups and adults, offering opportunities to participate in the arts, whether as the first step into a career, a way to build confidence and meet new people, or as part of a rounded education. During our Year of Exceptional Drama as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 we welcomed a record number of 108,000 audience members at our home in Hull and on tour around the UK. We were thrilled to work with a wide range of internationally renowned artists and companies to stage 13 home-produced plays, including 7 new commissions. We have announced our ambitious equality and diversity plans as part of our commitment to opening up access to all aspects of the theatre. The animation below details how and why we will be ensuring our doors are well and truly flung open to all. It was developed by the theatre’s Inclusion Action Group.