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See what’s on at Hull Truck Theatre this September

Hull Truck Theatre are proud to present a variety of exciting visiting work in September, from musicals to stand-up comedy and thought-provoking contemporary drama – there’s something to appeal to all arts and culture lovers as we step into the new season. 

Continuing their long-standing collaboration with the award-winning international arts festival Freedom  Festival, Hull Truck Theatre will play host to two of their extraordinary shows that will form part of the festival’s wider 5-day programme for 2023.  

Instant Loneliness (Wednesday 30 August – Friday 1 September), presented by Via Berlin & Cello  Octet Amsterdam, is the UK premiere of a musical theatre production that takes audiences from  loneliness to connection. A remarkable guide leads audiences through a landscape of dreams to an  intimate musical concert of life, performed by eight cellists, an actor, and a dancer. Not to be  missed!  

In addition, a ‘work-in-progress’ sharing of Keli (Friday 1 September), presented by Martin Green  and Emma Rice with Lepus Productions invites audiences to listen to a story that follows a  prodigiously talented, but highly volatile teenager who plays in a brass band. This performance is a  “work in progress” sharing and is a Pay What You Can (PWYC) performance. The creative team will  present sections of the play which will be followed by a Q&A, allowing audiences to really step inside  the creative process of a very exciting piece of work in development, a convivial theatrical moment  for avid theatre fans. 

Mikey Martins, Artistic Director and CEO at Freedom Festival Arts Trust said: 

“We’re delighted to continue our partnership with Hull Truck Theatre to present the extraordinary  virtuosic show ‘Instant Loneliness’ – a UK premiere, and to also work together to support the new  Theatrical work titled ‘Keli’. This is a real example of two local cultural organisations working  together to raise the bar of the cultural offer we have in this city.”

Grease (Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 September) is the classic rock and roll musical that is bursting with  your favorite hits, including ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Greased Lighting’, and ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’.  Join Hessle Theatre Company in their presentation of this amateur production as they take you back  to the electrifying 1950’s! 

If you are a musical theatre fan, then in addition, State of The Arts Academy will present Les  Misérables Schools Edition (Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 September). Based on the novel by Victor  Hugo, this epic, grand and uplifting musical packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all  over the world. Performed entirely by students, they hope to leave you wanting more ‘at the end of  the day’.  

Hull Independent Cinema will present another stellar line up of film, starting with Hello Bookstore (Friday 15 September). This is the story of a small-town who rally together to protect a beloved local  bookstore in the shadow of the pandemic. This intimate portrait of the Bookstore and the family at  its heart offers a journey through good times, hard times, and the stories hidden on the shelves and  in the hearts of its owner, staff and customers. Age Rating: PG. 

Scrapper (Wednesday 27 September) is a film that follows twelve-year-old Georgie whose mother  has just died, leaving her living alone in a London flat. She manages to fill her life with magic only to  have it turned upside down by the return of her estranged father, himself a dreamer who never  grew up but has realised it’s time to reconnect with his daughter. A charming, energetic and funny  coming-of-age story from debut director Charlotte Regan. Age Rating: 12A. 

With an outstanding cast including Christopher Maltman (Wotan) and Christopher Purves (Alberich),  The Royal Opera House present the encore screening of Das Rheingold (Friday 22 September).  Audiences are invited to embark on a spectacular journey into the world of myth, dream and  memory, with the figure of Erda – Mother Earth herself – at its centre. Don’t miss this theatrical  screening where Wagner’s Ring Cycle boasts some of the greatest music ever written for the  operatic stage.  

After a sell-out West End run, the record-breaking production of the million-copy bestselling novel by Hanya Yanagihara, Little Life (Saturday 30 September) starring James Norton (Happy Valley, Grantchester and Gerwig’s Little Women), will now be available to watch on screen. Following four 

college friends in New York City: Will ambition, addiction, and pride threaten to pull the group  apart? 

If you’re looking for something to lift your mood, then look no further than Hull Truck Theatre’s  hilarious line up of comedy shows. Award-winning comedian, tap dancer and Talksport radio host  Charlie Baker will bring an hour of ‘genuinely funny entertainment’ to the Godber Studio in his show  Charlie Baker: 24 Hour Pasty People (Saturday 16 September). As seen on The Last Leg, House of  Games, Harry Hill’s Tea Time, Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, The Great British Bake-Off: An  Extra Slice, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala.  

After 76 sold out shows across the country Jen Brister: The Optimist, will be on stage at Hull Truck  Theatre on Thursday 21 September. Jen Brister is a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian and  writer who has been seen on BBC’s Live at the Apollo, Frankie Boyle’s New World OrderHypothetical, QI and Mock the Week

Andy Parsons: Baffling Optimistic (Friday 22 September) is stand up show by multi-award-winning  comedian who become one of the main writers on the ground-breaking Spitting Image satirical  puppet show. As well as being a regular on Mock The Week for ten years, Andy has performed on  numerous radio and TV shows including Live at the Apollo, QI, Saturday Live, The Stand-Up Show,  The Comedy Store, The PMQ Show, Scrooby Trevithick, and Parsons and Naylor’s Pull-Out Sections

For fans of true crime, and those with a curious mind, you’re invited to explore the cases, the  circumstances and the detective’s perspective on what really went on, the early warning signs and  the clues behind The Makings of a Murderer (Tuesday 19 September). Join The Scottish Detective,  David Swindle, for a chilling, thrilling, night at the theatre. 

Back by popular demand, audiences can also enjoy and experience Art of Believing: Special Edition (Saturday 23 September), presenting unseen pieces of music, singing and dance. The award-winning  Daniel Martinez Flamenco Company returns to Hull with another spell-binding flamenco show. 

Daniel Martinez, Founder, Composer and Musician at Daniel Martinez Flamenco Company said: 

“We are so excited to return to Hull in September, last time we sold out, so this time we are coming  back with two showings of our Special Edition show which will have extra dance pieces that audiences will absolutely love!’

For fans of the latest cinematic blockbuster ‘Oppenheimer’, The Mistake (Thursday 28 September),  presented by Michael Pears explores the events surrounding the catastrophic ‘mistake’ that  launched our nuclear age in a compelling and thought-provoking new drama. Two actors, one  British, one Japanese, enact the compelling stories of a brilliant Hungarian scientist, a daring  American pilot and a devoted Japanese daughter, in a fast-moving production about the dangers  that arise when humans unlock the power of nature. 

A Good Neet Aht (Friday 29 September) uses popular performance forms to explore class, identity  and belonging. Travelling through time and place, it’s at turns comic, reflective, celebratory and  occasionally abrasive but always heartfelt. Join Phil Green as he presents a show about the places we  grow up in and the traces they may or may not leave, finding, losing and re-discovering roots. 

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