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Gypsy Queen – Hull Truck

Writer: Rob Ward Director: Adam Zane Reviewer: Ron Simpson First of all a grumble at a company that mostly deserves high praise. The notable absence of a cast list, both on the night and/or digitally on the website (at the time of writing this review), is disappointing. No mention of the actors or the tech team are given – and sound ...

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Jack Lear – Hull Truck

Writer: Ben Benison Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Kate Unwin Lighting Designer: Aideen Malone Composer: Eliza Carthy Reviewer: Ron Simpson Barrie Rutter has played King Lear twice, very successfully – and now this is his second crack at Ben Benison’s modern Hull-based version of the story. The first performance at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre was in 2008, since when the play ...

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The Suitcase – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Es’kia Mphahlele Adaptor and Director: Sibongeleni James Ngcobo Composer: Hugh Masakela Designer: Nadya Cohen Lighting: Wesley France Reviewer: Ron Simpson Hull Truck deserves huge credit for bringing to the North of England this production by one of the world’s iconic theatre companies. The Market Theatre of Johannesburg was founded in 1976 and built a reputation equally for artistic excellence ...

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The Gaul – Hull Truck Theatre

The loss of the Gaul was the greatest single-trawler tragedy in UK history

Writer: Janet Plater Director: Mark Babych Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson The loss of the Gaul and all 36 of her crew in 1974 is regarded as the greatest single-trawler tragedy in UK history. It has left a permanent mark on the former Hull fishing community: only two years ago a memorial service commemorated 40 years since the sinking. ...

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Jumpers for Goalposts – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Toms Wells Director: Chris Lawson Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Tom Wells’ hugely engaging Jumpers for Goalposts blasts its way into the Oldham Coliseum with flair and grace and a story that cannot fail to resonate. The squad of Barely Athletic invite us in to the world of post-match team talks about football, love, loss, relationships, hopes and dreams and most ...

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Dancing through the Shadows – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Richard Vergett Director: Mark Babych Designer: Dawn Allsopp Reviewer: Ron Simpson Dancing through the Shadows is billed as “a story of love and family from the heart of the Hull Blitz” and indeed Hull Truck does the city proud in commemorating one of the most devastating, but under-reported, series of attacks on a British city in World War II. ...

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Behind the Scenes: Northern Ballet – Inside 1984

By Rich Jevons Before the creative team behind Northern Ballet’s 1984 gave a day-long exposition of the thinking behind their modern masterpiece based on George Orwell’s dystopian novel, we are asked to consider what we would put in Room 101. Quite flippantly, I think of celery and the complete works of Xenakis on a loop. But more seriously, we think ...

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Three Men in a Boat – Hull Truck Theatre

Book: Jerome K Jerome Writer and Director: Craig Gilbert Designer: Victoria Spearing Lighting Designer: Alan Valentine Reviewer: Rosie Revell Since its publication in 1889, Jerome K Jerome’s comic masterpiece Three Men in a Boat has amused and enchanted readers so much so that it has been voted the 33rd greatest novel ever published. This all new theatre production sails into ...

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