Hull Truck Theatre is working with Back to Ours to take snippets of their new production TWO to pubs and clubs around the city next week.
Both Hull-based arts organisations share a commitment to bringing communities together to enjoy cultural experiences, often for the first time. By presenting theatre in familiar places in the heart of Hull neighbourhoods, the project aims to engage with new audiences on their doorsteps.
Written by Jim Cartwright and set in a northern local, TWO sees two actors (Nicola Stephenson and Matthew Wilson) play Landlady, Landlord and all the customers and characters across one busy night.
Back to Ours definitely know how to throw a party, and they’re working closely with the landlords and landladies of Southcoates Club, Ryder Club and The Abbey Hotel to get a local crowd in for a right good Do.
The actors, along with Back to Ours Hub members and Hull Truck ambassadors, will be travelling across the city by bus on a pub crawl that will see both actors performing a short excerpt from TWO in a one-night only whistle-stop tour.
Mark Babych, Artistic Director at Hull Truck Theatre and Director of TWO, said: “It’s great to be able to take TWO out to local communities in Hull and we’re delighted to be working with Back to Ours, who bring people together to experience great entertainment on their doorstep.
“I’m hoping those who come out to the pubs will be able to identify with or recognise some of the characters that Nicola and Matthew play in the snippets of performance. We recognise that there can be multiple barriers to attending the theatre, and by taking it out of the building I hope we can reach new audiences who otherwise wouldn’t see the show.
“We recently took a team from Hull Truck Theatre, including myself and the cast, down to Back to Ours’ Living Room at North Point Shopping Centre in Bransholme for a cup of tea. It was a wonderful experience for all of us involved, meeting members of the community and hearing their stories – we can’t wait to work with them again on these events.”
Louise Yates, Director of Back to Ours, said: “It’s great to work alongside Hull Truck, bringing our expertise together to engage new audiences – people who might not consider going to Truck or seeing TWO.
“It all starts with that initial invitation to one of those first three Do’s at Southcoates Club, Ryder Club and The Abbey Hotel, which’ll be cracking nights out with local DJs, singers, and radio presenters coming RIGHT to people’s doorsteps.
“I want people to enjoy themselves and to discover something new – seeing the actors perform a piece from Two will hopefully leave people wanting more and they’ll buy a ticket to see the full show at Hull Truck.
“It’s the start of a new journey with us and it’s sure to be a lot of fun.”
[Paul Watt – Hull Truck]