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Hull Truck Theatre Reopens with Trilogy of Monologues



Hull Truck Theatre are delighted to open their doors with an exciting new programme of socially-distanced shows as part of their Homecomings Season.

Hull Truck Theatre will be safely welcoming audiences back to their Ferensway home with a summer programme of drama, music, comedy and family shows, following a year of closure.   Headlining the Homecomings Season are three powerful monologues focused on love, loss and identity. All three of the monologues will also be available online, both as live streams and on demand, ensuring all audiences continue to have access to great theatre.

The theatre have been working hard behind the scenes to introduce new measures to ensure that audiences feel safe, secure and comfortable in order to fully enjoy their visit. Measures include socially distanced seating, staggered arrival times, sanitisation and increased ventilation. For full details on the safety measures visit: keeping audiences safe.

The Trilogy of Monologues

The first of these three unique monologues will be The Greatest Play In The History of The World, starring BAFTA nominated Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch), presented by Tara Finney productions in association with Hull Truck Theatre.

Playing from 7 – 12 June, it is a universal love story that celebrates the human race in all its glorious messiness, confusion and joy. This acclaimed one-woman show is a tour de force performance that won The Stage Edinburgh Award and was a 2018 Fringe sell-out show.

It’s wonderful. I loved the play before, but it feels so unbelievably relevant now with its themes of loss, isolation, and connection. I think (hope) it’ll take on a new depth of meaning as we come out of lockdown, even though the play isn’t about the pandemic and

pre-dates it by years. It just feels like the perfect show to bring socially distanced audiences back into regional theatres.” Performer, Julie Hesmondhalgh

From 17 – 26 of June Hull Truck Theatre present the world premiere of Everything I Own, written by Daniel Ward (The Canary and the Crow, for which he won a Writer’s Guild Award), directed by Amanda Huxtable (Abigail’s Party, previously Artistic Associate and Change Maker at Hull Truck Theatre).

Errol lost his savvy, music-loving Dad to Covid last year. Listening to his old man’s Spotify playlist of reggae, ska and rare groove, Errol sorts through his possessions and celebrates the man who moved his family from Jamaica to Hull and grafted hard to give them a new start. 

Between tots of rum he remembers his Dad’s passion over the 1981 Brixton uprising and his certainty that change was round the corner. Errol’s own son is fighting in the Black Lives Matter movement, focusing his pain and anger into action.  

Errol is tired of the fight. What good does it do to unpick the scars that have taken generations upon generations to heal? Unless this is it – the moment when to be young, gifted and Black will be the moment to define history. 

This is a beautiful play full of fun as well as loss and healing. It’s a play written for this moment and for our times.Director, Amanda Huxtable

From 1 – 10 July, Hull Truck Theatre present a second world premiere, Hull & High Water, by Hull-born playwright Janet Plater (The Gaul) and directed by Associate Director Tom Saunders.

Frank Piddock is on the run. As he hitches his way around Hull, each familiar landmark sparks a memory and the chance to crack a joke. Taking the kids to the Fair…playing for Hull KR at Wembley…standing on the pier with his wife Sylvie…but then the journey starts to take some twists and turns he’d rather forget.

When all the hopes, chances and broken dreams of past and present begin to blur, there’s only one thing Frank can be sure of – his city.  

Frank will be played by John Middleton, most recognised for playing vicar, Ashley Thomas in Emmerdale – who left the show in 2018 after 21 years in the role.

See more for less with the Hull Truck drama deal…

To welcome everyone back, Hull Truck Theatre are offering a great deal on tickets for all three shows. Pay just £14 a ticket when you purchase tickets for all three of these unique monologues. Or see two shows for £30 and save up to £19! Click here for details.

(This is a promotional article on behalf of Hull Truck Theatre. Please support our sponsors and advertisers who help keep Hull What’s On running)

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