A Powerful Multi-Media Production
In the winter of 1968 three Hull trawlers sank in arctic waters. The loss of 58 men devastated Hessle Road’s close-knit fishing community and prompted the fishermen’s wives to take action.
Led by Lillian Bilocca they marched, campaigned and drew the world’s attention to their cause – the reform of an industry that was killing their men.
Turning the Tide tells the powerful story of the women’s achievement in their own words via spoken word, song, image, film and compelling storytelling. It vividly recreates a period when Hull women stepped out of the shadows, challenged the gender-prescribed roles of an industry, and campaigned with passion and success.
Devised & directed by Rupert Creed, writer of 2017 City of Culture’s opening event ‘Made in Hull’
“A cultural highlight. Poignant, bittersweet and moving.”
“Powerful, haunting and mesmerising.”
“Brilliant. Just brilliant. Completely caught the feeling of the time.”
Following a £9.5 million redevelopment, Middleton Hall re-opened its doors in late 2016 as a 400-seater concert hall. The versatile venue is used for classical music concerts, and with adaptable acoustics, it is also used as a surround-sound cinema and theatre space.