Hull UK City of Culture 2017 has started with a bang. Looking ahead to the yearlong programme of work that will take place in the city, from 31 January to 4 February there will be holding a London Showcase at the New Diorama Theatre.
This will offer up an opportunity to see work by some of the most exciting emerging theatre companies working in Hull today, and has been created in collaboration with Hull UK City of Culture, Hull Truck and theUniversity of Hull. The New Diorama (Regents Place, London, NW1 3BF) is a theatre space dedicated to working with early-career theatre companies from around the country.
The showcase will present a diverse mix of young theatre makers, pushing fresh and essential voices to the fore, who bring theatre to unconventional spaces in Hull and present stories that are both urgent andrelevant. All based in Hull, they are young companies who continue to live and work in the city, creating and performing their work regularly to Humberside audiences.
Those taking part are:
2 – 4 February, 2017 at 20:30
Josh Overton’s much anticipated follow-up to his Sunday Times Playwright Award winning debut Angry. Sad Little Man is a stand-up tragedy act, from this Total Theatre Emerging Company of the Year nominated ensemble set in the mind of a young man in shock.
3 February at 15:00
An anarchic, theatrical epic for a nightclub about the shame of daring to dream and the fear of not fulfilling those dreams. Award-winning theatre company Middle Child (Musical Theatre Development Award 2015) return for their third collaboration with writer Luke Barnes, which is to be directed by Artistic Director Paul Smith. This work in progress reading is the first sharing of Middle Child’s Hull UK City of Culture production, a co-production with The Sesh, and an opportunity to glimpse into the Middle Child creative process.
31 January – 4 February, 2017 at 19:00
Written by Evening Standard Award nominee Jon Brittain (Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) and directed by Silent Uproar’s Artistic Director Alex Mitchell, A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) is a fun, silly and sad show about depression. With music by cabaret star Matthew Floyd Jones (‘Mannish’ from ‘Frisky and Mannish’).
1 February, 2017 at 20:30
Bellow bring their HeadsUp Festival production to New Diorama for its London premiere. Bare Skin on Briny Waters, written by Maureen Lennon and Tabitha Mortiboy, is a show about fresh love, first starts, the stories we tell ourselves, and the stories others tell of us.