Francesca Beard is a Malaysian writer and performance poet who has been based in London for most of her adult life. She has been the writer-in-residence at the Tower of London and Hampton Court as well as working on her solo shows such as Chinese Whispers.

William Letford, roofer as well as poet, received the New Writer’s Award from theScottish Book Trust in 2008 and has taken part in translation projects throughLebanon, Iraq, and Palestine

LOCATION: Hull Truck Theatre, Studio Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LB
WARNINGS: Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult
ACCESS: There are limited wheelchair spaces available. If you are unable to transfer in to a seat please do not book a ticket online, we have wheelchair spaces held back from general sale for you. Please book by calling 01482 323638. If you are unable to communicate via telephone you can also email boxoffice@hulltruck.co.uk.



“What would dementia look like? It would look like a broken-down cello, all the strings stretched and breaking.”

Hidden is a new theatre piece written by award-winning poet, playwright and performer, Louise Wallwein (MBE), created through a programme of public engagement and creative enquiry into the lived experience of young onset dementia. Hidden addresses the challenges that both people living with young onset and their loved ones are faced with in a powerful and uncompromising piece.

Cast: Susan Aderin, Danielle Henry, Robin Lyons, Alexandra Mathie. Musicians: Jaydev Mistry, Andrea Vogler, Svetlana Mochalova

Writer: Louise Wallwein. Director: Sue Roberts. Lighting Designer: Alastair West. Stage Manager: Caitlin Chatfield. Producer: Jacqui Barnes, Camerata in the Community.

Produced by Manchester Camerata with the kind support of the Wellcome Trust.

RUNNING TIME: 1 hr 30 mins
LOCATION: Hull College, The Horncastle Building, Charlotte Street, Hull, HU1 3DG
WARNINGS: Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult
ACCESS: If you have any access provision requirements, please contact editor@wreckingballpress.com in advance of the event but please book your ticket first.

Front Row

Join the audience for a live broadcast of Front Row, BBC Radio 4’s flagship arts programme and featuring an exuberant mix of interviews, discussion, and performance.

LOCATION: Hull College, The Horncastle Building, Charlotte Street, Hull, HU1 3DG
WARNINGS: Min age 8+ (under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult)
ACCESS: If you have any access provision requirements, please contact editor@wreckingballpress.com in advance of the event but please book your ticket first.



A multi- media performance by students from Sirius Academy West, Ganton School and the Hull Music Service.

Fusing words by the poet laureate Simon Armitage on an intergalactic theme in this year of celebration of the moon landings, with music by award-winning composer and musician John Harle and a light show by Hull-born architect Richard Scott.

With thanks to Wellington College International Shanghai.

LOCATION: Hull College, The Horncastle Building, Charlotte Street, HUll, HU1 3DG
WARNINGS: Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult
ACCESS: If you have any access provision requirements, please contact editor@wreckingballpress.com in advance of the event but please book your ticket first.

Panto of the Dead

From the team that brought you ‘Harry Panto’ and ‘Hocus Panto’ comes a spook-tacular half term treat to die for!

Hold on to your funny bone as we take you on an adventure to the other side. Follow ‘JoJo’ as she searches for the book of the dead to free her family from the clutches of the evil VooDoo Doctor.

A fast paced, highly entertaining Halloween pantomime featuring pop songs, magic and puppets – a guaranteed scream!

New Year’s Speakeasy at Trinity Market

An evening of decadence and debauchery…bring in the New Year with the House of Royale and our Trinity Market 1920s Speakeasy!
Sit back, relax and let our entertainers dazzle and delight you. Then make your own fun and dance the night away once the cabaret finishes.

Dressing the part is positively encouraged, and there will be a prize for best dressed! Think feathers, pearls, suspenders, spats, flapper girls and Gatsby guys.

Food and drinks will be served all evening, including a bespoke New Year’s Eve cocktail menu and special local gins! Bring cash for the raffle and for our vintage photo booth, where you can have your photos of the night permanently etched onto a tin plate keepsake.

Roxie from the House of Royale has gathered a crop of the the UK’s top performers to entertain you for the evening. You can expect to see burlesque, cabaret, stilt walkers, dancers, aerialists, fire breathers, singers, acrobats, and even a giant martini glass, to name a few!

Little Women

Director Jake Smith’s has delighted audiences at ERT over the last two years with shows It’s A Wonderful Life and Goodnight Mister Tom. This Christmas Jake is thrilled to bring another timeless classic to ERT’s stage.

Adapted for the stage by local playwright Laura Turner, Little Women is a classic coming-of-age story written by Louisa May Alcott.  With their father fighting in the American Civil War we follow four young sisters Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth on their adventures as they struggle with family, love, individuality and finding their place in the world as they grow into Little Women.

A warm and heartfelt story, Little Women promises to be a wonderful seasonal celebration for the whole family to enjoy whether you are age 10 or 100.

Adapted for the stage by Laura Turner

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Directed by Jake Smith

Tickets Full £19.50 / Conc. £18.50 / Friends £10% off / Students & U23 £14 / Child £12

I Wanna Be Yours

A Paines Plough and Tamasha production 

Ella is from Yorkshire. Haseeb is from London. They order a pizza. House red for Ella. Hot chocolate for Haseeb. 

“I think I’m falling in love with you.”

People and playlists. Christmas and Eid. Travelcards and Mega buses. London to Leeds. 

Love is more than just a game for two. Especially when there’s an elephant in the room. 

A tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you’ve got. I Wanna Be Yours is the debut play from slam poetry champion Zia Ahmed.

Zia is from North West London. He is a London Laureate, having been shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion.

I Wanna Be Yours was developed with support from the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

Tickets £10/12

The Stephen Frost Improv Allstars

Four brave performers arrive with no script and not the faintest idea of what will happen. Willed on by a supportive crowd (that’s you!), through improvisation they create sketches and comic dramas that are amazingly inventive and sometimes take off into flights of surreal brilliance. Stephen Frost’s Improv Allstars grew out of the popular TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the Allstars troupe has played festivals all over the world.

Tickets £14.50/15.50


Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd & Wednesday 6th November 7.30 pm

It is Cheshire in the 1930s. In the countryside, the tractor is taking over from the horse.

Wilf is a farmer whose traditional methods have served him well all through his hard working life. When his younger brother-in-law Totty insists on introducing new technology into their family business, Wilf fears that the balance of nature will be upset. A family feud develops and things get worse for the family when a mysterious stranger appears in the form of a harmless priest, but the family fear that he is possibly a ghost or an angel or… a Boggart, a spirit portentous of disasters.

They decide to take action and their hilarious ineptitude and the interference of the eccentric busybody Mrs Mayse has dire consequences for the family.

A funny and thought-provoking story from the past which has something important to say about our present concerns for the environment.

Tickets £12-14

The Lightless Pumpkin

29th – 31st October 2pm & 4 pm

Written by Jessica Duffield

In a vegetable patch,
In a nearby town
Lives a little Lightless Pumpkin
Who turned his frown upside down.
He ran away in tears
‘Cause he hadn’t found his light,

But thanks to his new friends he learnt

Being ‘different’ is alright!

The Lightless Pumpkin is back and he needs your help! After realising that not every pumpkin needs to become a Halloween lantern because we are all unique, it is his turn to teach his neighbours to welcome diversity and difference, when a pair of French snails threaten life in the vegetable patch…

Wands at the ready for the next instalment from our favourite veggie!!

The production begins in the East Riding Theatre cafe bar and travels to Beverley Library (100m from the theatre) and back again. The cast and theatre staff will lead the audience in a short procession on an accessible route.

Tickets £5-6.50

Family Ticket of Four £20 (Min of 2 Children and at least one accompanying adult)

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

Saturday 26th October 7.30 pm

“And there’s blood pouring out of this man’s throat. Because these two women are beheading him – did I not mention that?

Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning Breach (Tank, The Beanfield) restage the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi.

Based on surviving court transcripts, this new play dramatises the seven-month trial that gripped Renaissance Rome and asks how much has changed in the last four centuries.

Blending myth, history and contemporary commentary, this is the story of how a woman took revenge through her art to become one of the most successful painters of her generation.

“Consistently exciting…uneasily current”
The Financial Times

“A gripping court drama… it is as if she is roaring down the ages.” The Guardian

“There is little to match this latest piece from the award-winning Breach Theatre.” The Times

Breach is a multimedia performance company founded by Dorothy Allen-Pickard, Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens, and produced by Ellie Claughton. They collaborate with actors to create politically engaged, formally exploratory shows that blend drama and documentary.

Tickets £14-15

This production contains nudity, strong language and scenes some viewers may find upsetting.

Running Time approx 60 mins no interval

The Candlelight Sessions – Leather’o’

Leather’o play tunes and songs from the exciting New Celtic Tradition – they’re festival favourites and are known for their great energy on stage! The standard of their musicianship sets Leather’o apart and they bring a wide range of influences to their playing from folk-rock to classical, jazz to gypsy. The six band members create a rich mix of textures. Based in York, the band has built up their craft through hundreds of performances over the last seven years from their regular pub gigs to festivals and radio appearances. The band’s CD Six was released in 2018 and has been played widely on specialist folk radio shows, including BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio York, Beverley FM and many more.

Tickets £8 in advance / £10 on the door

Compagnie Animotion: The War of the Buttons

Welcome to a tale of squabbles, scuffles…and buttons! George grows grapes. Bessie grows cabbages. One loves the sun. One loves the rain. A petty squabble grows and grows and grows into… the war of the buttons! This is a world where you can eat birthday cake, take sides and where a button can be a kiss, a wish or a trophy of war!

Told through an energetic mix of music, puppetry, clowning, movement and sign language, Compagnie Animotion’s distinctive non-verbal vocabulary creates a show accessible to D/deaf, hearing and international audiences.

Suitable for ages 3-11 and their families. Running time 50 mins.

Old Herbaceous

Pottering amongst the seeds and cuttings at the back of his ramshackle greenhouse in the garden of a Gloucestershire manor house is Herbert Pinnegar. Now in his twilight years he is full of memories and tales of a bygone era. In between potting up and potting on, he recounts his journey from orphan boy to legendary head gardener ‘Old Herbaceous’ and tells of his friendship with the lady of the house, Mrs. Charteris. Sown with seeds of gardening wisdom, this charming one man show is a love story – a humorous portrayal of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants.

“It’s Downton Abbey with gardening tips” The Guardian

The Immigrant

A hilarious and heart-warming slapstick comedy inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s original film. This delightful show tells the story of people starting a new life in a strange place. Based on hundreds of accounts of what it is like to come to live in an unfamiliar culture, the show is about the universal experience of trying to fit in when you stand out.

The performance is non-verbal, making it fully accessible for D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences and those with English as an additional language. The family friendly show has a running time of 70 minutes.

“Beautifully timed buffoonery…skills honed to perfection” The Oxford Times.