Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer – Altered Skin

IETM Hull 2019 Artistic Programme

In a bedazzling mix of comedy, theatre and dance, Shane Shambhu reveals his journey from a ‘fat kid’ in the cultural melting pot of East London to international performer. Told through a fresh and captivating blend of comedy, impeccable characterisations and mesmerising dance, he rips up ideas of race, language and culture, re-imagining them to leave you with gestures of hope.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artist.

Ladylike – Ella Mesma

IETM Hull 2019 Artistic Programme:

Are you a chicken or are you a heroine? In the wake of #MeToo comes a funny and furious show from Ella Mesma Company.

Fusing dynamic hip hop with the tempestuous and sexually charged Rumba, Ladylike is a new piece of dance theatre which takes a fierce, frank and funny look at the potential and the limitations of gender roles in today’s society.

Based on interviews with young women and female hip hop and Latin dancers, Ella Mesma Company has created a new ritual for women to explore pleasure, consent, and gender roles – purging cliches and celebrating sisterhood.

Fat Blokes – Scottee

A sort of dance show about flab, double chins and getting your kit off in public, Fat Blokes uncovers why fat men are never sexy but are always funny, always the ‘before’ but never the ‘after’ shot.

The show is made in collaboration with Lea Anderson and four fat blokes who’ve never done this sort of thing before. Prepare yourself for a show about pent up aggression, riot grrrl and the hokey cokey.

In 2016, Scottee was included in The Independent’s Rainbow List as one of Britain’s most influential LGBTQI+ people.

“Angry, lovable and tender show… an act of theatrical consciousness-raising” – The Guardian

Fat Blokes is supported using funding from Arts Council England. Co-commissioned by Southbank Centre and Home, Manchester.

Age recommendation: 18+
Haze and flashing lights (not strobe) are used during the performance. There is partial nudity in the show.


Hull Dance Pop Up Studio, everyone is welcome for a host of dance related activities. A variety of classes and chances to watch and make dance. Good for your body, good for your mind, good for you spirit – why not come and join us at 66-68 Humber Street.

An array of dance and movement activities for everyone to enjoy.

Including special family half term activities

Wednesday 20 February The Nonsense Show by Mambo Jambo – songs, raps and dance plus all sorts of general no sense.

Thursday 21 February A chance for adults and children to get creative together and make a dance

There are weekly evening classes for adults as well as short lunchtime sessions to give people a break during a busy day.

Saturday’s is full of activities including our inclusive creative club a lively mix of dance and art activities for young adults 16-18 years old.


Puss in Boots is no ordinary cat. Clever and charming, he takes life in his stride and befriends everyone he meets. The only thing is, he always seems to bring his master, Jack, bad luck.

Join Puss and Jack on their adventure as they meet a flurry of lovable characters, and even come face to face with royalty!

Bringing this much-loved children’s story to life, Puss in Boots is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre.

With sell-out performances and a string of hugely successful CBeebies TV adaptations, Northern Ballet’s productions for children are not to be missed.

This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes.

Book now for this purr-fect family treat!

Anton and Erin

Anton and Erin Those Magic Musicals

Anton and Erin Those Magic Musicals

Join the nation’s favourite ballroom couple in their new, show-stopping dance production. The world of Ballroom meets Musical Theatre with stunning costumes & breath-taking choreography set to iconic theatrical favourites:

The Phantom of the Opera

Mary Poppins • 42nd Street

Hairspray • Cabaret

Wicked • Top Hat

Jersey Boys and many more

Featuring the vocal talent of TV favourite Lance Ellington and the magnificent Manchester Concert Orchestra with conductor Richard Balcombe and a sensational West End dance ensemble.

Brendan Cole

Brendan Cole

Brand new for 2019, Brendan Cole leads his stunning cast in a thrilling extravaganza of music and dance, from beautiful Ballroom to high-energy Latin. The very first winner of Strictly Come Dancing showcases the superb choreography and dazzling performance that has kept him in the public eye for 15 years.


The Dreamboys

Jake Quickenden from X Factor, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Dancing On Ice, joins the show.

Dreamboys are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2018.

The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s most famous and successful show of its kind in history. Their breath taking show spectacular has been perfectly created for hen nights, birthday parties and girls’ nights out with all your friends.

With special guest appearances on some of the UK’s biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, This Morning, Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex, plus massive sold out Worldwide tours, it’s no wonder The Dreamboys are the only show of its kind in history to have celebrity status.

If you’re looking for the very best girls night out in the UK, look no further than these incredible hunks. An action-packed 2 hour show from start to finish, these boys will literally have you begging for more.

Balbir Singh Dance Company: The Telling of Tales

Balbir Singh Dance Company take you on a mesmerising journey inspired by a rainbow of exciting personalities, from Indian Gods to Harry Potter characters, through the dazzling and exhilarating spectacle of Indian classical dance and music. Split into three parts, discover the unique sounds of the tabla, learn about the mischievous and holy Indian Gods and visit the wizarding world of Harry Potter! Running time 1 hour.

“I thought the whole performance was fantastic. To see how other cultures express themselves was really enlightening.” Parent

Verve Nicole Guarino Feat


Adventurous. Athletic. Absorbing. In 2019 VERVE presents an ambitious programme of bold new dance work created by internationally-acclaimed and award-winning choreographers Joan Clevillé, Maxine Doyle and Ben Wright, alongside a restaging of Shutdown by Noa Zuk.

Experience an evening of physically charged and refreshingly original dance, performed by dance artists on the cusp of their professional careers. See where dance is right now, and where it may go next.
The company comprises thirteen exceptional performers, including dancers from Chile, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, and Uruguay; creating a truly international dance company. VERVE is the postgraduate company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance and is led by Artistic Director Matthew Robinson. Age advisory 11+

‘A very talented cast…strong personalities.’ Dance Europe


Jack & the Beanstalk

Jonathan Parker of BBC Radio Humberside’s “Westenders” is bringing his “One Off Productions” version of Jack & The Beanstalk to The Civic Hall this Christmas.

There will be thrills and spills a’plenty (and a cow) as our intrepid hero battles the fearsome giant to try and save his family from financial ruin.

Tickets are on sale now from Barkers of Cottingham, priced £7 for adults, £5 for children.

Remembering The Movies

BBC Strictly Come Dancing ‘s very own Aljaž Skorjanec and Janette Manrara are coming to the Bonus Arena, Hull with their brand new show ‘Remembering The Movies’ on 25th March 2019.

From the Golden Age of Hollywood through to the modern mega musical. Enjoy tributes to Audrey Hepburn, Saturday Night Fever, Gene Kelly, The Greatest Showman, Marilyn Monroe, La La Land, James Bond, Cabaret and many more….

Strap in, hold tight and allow yourself to fall in love all over again with the classic movie songs and dance routines, as Strictly Come Dancing’s favourite couple celebrate the history of the movies.

Diversity 2019


Dance group Diversity will be coming to the Bonus Arena, Hull as part of their 10 Year Anniversary Tour.

In 2009 they entered Britain’s Got Talent and blew the judges away with their dynamic and creative dance moves. The public voted them their Britain’s Got Talent winners, and the group have now gone on to perform all over the world
Creator and choreographer Ashley Banjo said of the forthcoming tour “Born Ready is such an incredibly special tour for the whole Diversity family. 2019 marks 10 years since we won Britain’s Got Talent and since then we have continued to innovate, grow and achieve things that most said were impossible.

‘Born Ready’ will not only celebrate this and look back at some of the iconic Diversity moments over the past 10 years. But it will also look forward to the future, at how Diversity continues to evolve and how we plan to pass what we’ve created onto the next generation.

Be prepared for dance, illusions, mind blowing stunts and inspiring stories that will hopefully leave people amazed!”

Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday 29th November from or alternatively call 0844 8440444* Accessible tickets can be purchased by calling 0800 9884440. *calls costs 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge

The Way We Were

A large-scale mass movement dance spectacle featuring a cast of up to 200 volunteer performers,including 46 World War Two veterans and 30 Polish school children, who will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI and the centenary of Polish Independence at Paragon Interchange, Hull, on Saturday 10 November.

Schoolchildren from Hull’s Polish communities will be performing alongside professionals from the Tenfoot Dance Company, as well as 100 swing dancers from across Yorkshire featuring lindy hop outfit Kingston Swing, former Royal Ballet Company pianist Billy Bowes and Andrew Sisters tribute band, the Andrini Sisters, in The Way We Were production.

For the third year running, The Way We Were will also feature veterans from ballroom and sequence dance groups across Hull, including 93-year-old dancer and former Land Girl, Iris Marie Newbold. They will be joined by first-time actors from an international non-English speaking drama collective, Heal, which is based in the city and will be making their debut performance.

Hull Paragon station will be transformed into a wartime set with exhibits of photographs and memorabilia from two World Wars.Plus two special exhibitions will mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who coordinated the rescue efforts of hundreds of Jewish children to escape the Warsaw ghetto, while another documents the state of Poland regaining its independence.

The Way We Were tells the heart-breaking story of a small loving family separated by the outbreak of war. When father Joseph is enlisted to serve, his wife Alicia and young daughter Erin enter a turbulent future as they try to rebuild a new life together in the hope that Joe will soon return home. The narrative is told through a range of dance styles including ballroom, jive, lindy hop and contemporary.

Freddie Garland, co-artistic director of Ten Foot Dance Company, said: “I am delighted to bring this production back to Hull on a much bigger scale. Last year we had 150 volunteer performers and a live audience of more than 3,000 people, which was wonderful. We had an amazing response with families, some of whom included several generations,returning to the performance.

“This time we’ll be transforming Paragon station into a temporary memorial to all those who have lost their lives fighting to create a better future for us.”

The Way We Were is one of a series of events kick-starting Hull’s first Polish Film Festival, which takes place on Saturday 17 November at Artlink Hull.

The Nutcracker

Christmas isn’t complete until you’ve experienced the magic of Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

Share in Clara’s adventures as she is swept away by her Nutcracker Prince into an enchanting winter wonderland. Don’t miss dazzling dancing snowflakes, the famous Sugar Plum Fairy and the notorious Mouse King in the ultimate festive entertainment.

Performed to Tchaikovsky’s enduring score, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, The Nutcracker awakens childlike imagination in us all.

With everything you expect from this seasonal favourite, The Nutcracker has Northern Ballet’s unique magic scattered throughout.

Book now to see this sell-out success for yourself and guarantee your most magical Christmas yet.

Avant Garde Dance and The Place present Fagin’s Twist

The streets are grim, and fairy-tale endings are hard to find…

Oliver Twist is unraveled and exploded in this edgy hip-hop dance reworking of the classic story.

With a trip-hop soundtrack, breakdancing, drama, greed and ambition, this is the story you definitely haven’t seen yet.