Hundreds experience live drama thanks to theatre’s gift campaign

Hull Truck Theatre.

Throughout the year, donations to Hull Truck Theatre’s Give the Gift of Theatre campaign help to support the theatre’s engagement work with local communities, particularly those experiencing disadvantage who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a transformative visit to the theatre or opportunity to take part in the arts.

The campaign is particularly important at Christmas, when it supports young people and their families to experience a festive treat together. 

Thanks to donations made last year, hundreds of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have attended performances at Hull Truck, who would not otherwise have been able to afford to visit. Many of these visits were part of school groups, organised in partnership with Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University. 

Over the last year, donations from members of the public and support from our Spotlight corporate partners have been used to:

  • Enable people from disadvantaged areas of Hull to visit the theatre, often for the first time.
  • Deliver half-term workshops for 3 – 6 year olds in Orchard Park and Thornton Estate.
  • Live stream performances into hospitals and care homes.
  • Support children aged 3 – 6 from disadvantaged areas of Hull attend Great Adventures in Storyland with their families.
  • Provide bursaries for young people aged 8 – 21 to join our youth theatre.
  • Help school groups from disadvantaged areas of our region attend our Christmas show.

Davide Calogero, Director of Development at Hull Truck Theatre, said: 

“The Give The Gift of Theatre scheme is close to our hearts at Hull Truck Theatre. Although the scheme has run year-round for the last few years, last year’s Christmas campaign saw our biggest result yet and this year we hope it will continue to grow. We really love working with local charity, Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University and hope that this years’ campaign will encourage people to give more than ever before so that we can provide as many children as possible the opportunity to experience the magic of live theatre.”

Natasha Banke, Director of Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University, said: 

“Each year Hull Truck Theatre is able to provide us with hundreds of tickets that we then give to children living in foster care and schools in areas of disadvantage. These children have never been to the theatre before and it’s an incredible opportunity for them. A person who visits the theatre as a child is twice as likely to return as an adult, so this programme really does give children the gift of theatre for life.” 

Donations can be made online at, or over the phone or in person at the Box Office.

[Paul Watt – Hull Truck Theatre]