Hull theatre companies prepare to take over Edinburgh


To show the world the exceptional work being created in Hull, local theatremakers are preparing to take over Edinburgh.

The Hull Takeover, organised by Hull UK City of Culture, presents five unmissable shows by five amazing companies, each performed throughout August at the Edinburgh Festival.

Together they represent the huge range of new writing, exciting styles and exceptional talent that we have right here in Hull and East Yorkshire.

“We can’t wait to go to Edinburgh,” says Alex Mitchell, Artistic Director of Silent Uproar. “It’ll be an awesome experience anyway, but being part of a showcase that celebrates our home really is an honour.”

Each show has a very different topic and mood, from physical theatre to super happy songs. Read on to find out more and book your tickets before they sell out.

Bellow Theatre

Bare Skin on Briny Waters follows the story of two women trying to escape and survive. Beginning on a cliff top, the audience will wonder who these characters are, and worry about their intentions.

Bellow Theatre is well known for its intimate style of theatremaking, which uses a heavy DIY aesthetic to tell stirring tales about strong women.

Venue: Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker 1

Tickets: From £7

Silent Uproar

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) is a cabaret musical about depression. The protagonist, Sally, is a happy person who gets on with life, yet she has an illness that stops her from being the person she wants to be.

Having worked with City Health Care Partnership and Mind, Silent Uproar commissioned Olivier award winner Jon Brittain to write this fun, sad and silly show. Following sell-out performances in Hull and London, more people are due to find out that it’s OK not to be OK.

Venue: Pleasance Courtyard, Above

Tickets: From £7, book now

Middle Child

Having grown up on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that they would be special, two young people discover that dreams don’t always come true.

Taking place over three decades, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is gig theatre with musical influences that range from Cool Britannia to Brexit Britain.

This is Middle Child’s fifth appearance at Edinburgh Festival, and their show is sure to resonate with young audiences.

Venue: Roundabout @ Summerhall

Tickets: From £10, book now

Curious Directive

A coming-of-age supernatural thriller experienced wearing VR headsets, Frogman is set to be a truly memorable experience.

Bridging science and art, Curious Directive have created the show in co-production with Hull UK City of Culture 2017, The Deep and The Old Market. They also worked with Brisbane Powerhouse and The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, resulting in a very well-developed piece of theatre.

Venue: Traverse at CodeBase

Tickets: From £9.50, book now

The Pub Corner Poets

Sad Little Man is a standup tragedy act set in the mind of a young man in shock. Combining multimedia, spoken word, performance poetry and physical theatre, The Pub Corner Poets present a moving autobiographical piece of new writing.

Set over four seconds, which is the time it takes for the protagonist to process the suicide of his girlfriend, the show was called “shatteringly beautiful” by New Diorama Theatre.

Venue: Paradise Green, The Vault

Tickets: From £5, book now

If you’re going to Edinburgh Festival, support these shows that were made in Hull and make sure to spread the word.

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