One week to go until the international arts community arrives in the city

The Money – Kaleider

Next weekend, join an inspiring, thought provoking, moving and challenging journey through the best of the UK’s theatre talent as the city welcomes the international performing arts community to Hull.

Over one incredible weekend and part of IETM, Everyone and Anyone is a timely programme of theatre and dance work by leading local, regional and national contemporary performing artists centred around diversity and will explore the theme of inclusion. 

The Money – Kaleider  

29 March, 7.30pm / 30 March, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, The Guildhall From £10

From the makers of Pig, which came to Hull for Freedom Festival 2018, The Money is Kaleider’s hit show game that has toured to five continents and played at prestigious venues such as Sydney Opera House and the Houses of Parliament. A cross between a game and a theatrical performance, it will play out in Hull’s historic centre of power, The Guildhall. 

Become a Player by donating as much as you can and work with other Players to decide what to spend the group’s money on. You have one hour to come to a decision. If you don’t decide unanimously in the allotted time you relinquish your privilege to spend the money and the money rolls over to the next group of Players.

Silent Witnesses watch as the group of Players attempt to decide how to spend the money. If you want to voice your opinion, you can buy your way in and become a Player. Voyeurs watch but have no way to influence the conversation.

The playful premise of Kaleider’s renowned work sets the stage for one of the most memorable conversations you will ever have or witness, as altruism butts heads with personal interests, personalities clash and hierarchies are upended. Spend the money on whatever you want. Be as creative as you like.

Face In / Let’s Talk About Dis – Candoco Dance Company 

28 & 29 March, 7.30pm, Middleton Hall, University of Hull, £12.50

Candoco Dance Company created a sensation last year performing to over 10 million people on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. The renowned company of disabled and non-disabled dancers continue to offer profound, boundary-pushing experiences in its latest double bill, Face In by Yasmeen Godder and Let’s Talk About Dis by Hetain Patel.

Set to an urban indie score, Face In invites you to bask in a wild fictional world that feels uncomfortably familiar yet strangely distorted. Patel’s Let’s Talk About Dis challenges audiences to think beyond surface appearances, exposing hidden prejudices and absurd political correctness. 

Man on the Moon – Keisha Thompson 

28 March, 7.30pm, Ferens Gallery, £10

In this award-winning solo performance, which takes you n a journey through space and time, fuelled by love, fear and Afrofuturism, Keisha communicates with her reclusive dad through books, letters and symbols. But when the letters stop coming, she is forced to venture into his world. 

With the use of poetry, looped sounds and storytelling, Man on the Moon explores the impact that mental health can have on the family dynamic, particularly within the context of the Black British experience.

No Kids – Ad Infinitum 

28 March, 9.30pm, Hull College Riverside Theatre, £10

No Kids is the latest energetic, hilarious, moving and thought-provoking play from the multi-award-winning Bristol-based company, Ad Infinitum.

Should we have kids, or not? George and Nir are a real-life same-sex couple trying to answer a question many of us face. Every consideration – adoption, surrogacy, co-parenting, the environmental impact of childbirth, the fears and anxieties, how the past affects parenting and much more – brings with it a succession of ethical challenges. 

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer – Altered Skin  

29 March, 9.30pm, Hull College Riverside Theatre, £10

This is no Bollywood rags to riches story, this is the real deal. In a bedazzling mix of comedy, theatre and dance, Shane Shambhu reveals his journey from a ‘fat kid’ in the cultural melting pot of East London to international performer.  From being an unlikely Indian-dance student to a ‘rude boy’, and a marketing manager to international performer, Shane’s story reflects on how race, language, cultures and identity have defined him and his career. 

Told through a fresh and captivating blend of comedy, impeccable characterisations and mesmerising dance, he rips up ideas of race, language and culture, re-imagining them to leave you with gestures of hope. 

This is Not a Safe Space – Jackie Hagan

29 March, 7.30pm, Ferens Gallery, £10

Jackie Hagan is a working class, queer amputee. She has a council estate heart and a jumble sale soul but cut her and she bleeds hummus. 

Annoyed by the media portrayal of her kind, Jackie interviewed 80 people living on disability benefits and interweaves snippets of these conversations with her own experiences in this hilarious and poignant solo show exploring our attitudes towards class and disability.

Winner of the Saboteur Award in 2018 for Best Spoken Word Show, The Stage describes This is Not a Safe Space as “Politically Urgent.”

Us Against Whatever – Middle Child

28 & 29 March, 7.30pm / 30 March, 2pm & 7.30pm, Hull Truck Theatre, £12.50

Setting fire to expectations of what a night at the theatre can be, Us Against Whatever is the latest play by Hull’s award-winning gig theatre company, Middle Child. 

From Pride in Poland to City of Culture to Brexit Britain, Us Against Whatever is an electrifying cabaret about the places we keep in our hearts. Anna is starting to think she made a mistake in moving to Hull. Steph sees her city changing and misses her dad. Both are looking for somewhere to call home and something to believe in. 

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) – Silent Uproar

29 March, 8pm / 30 March, 2.30pm & 8pm, Hull Truck Theatre, £10

Winner of Best Musical Award at Edinburgh Fringe, the hilarious cabaret musical about depression, from Hull theatre company Silent Uproar, explains, sings and throws glitter about how it’s OK not to be OK. 

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) is a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show (expect for all the bits about depression). 

Ladylike – Ella Mesma Company

30 March, 7.30pm, Ferens Gallery, £10

Are you a chicken or are you a heroine? In the wake of #MeToo comes a funny and furious show from Ela Mesma Company. Fusing dynamic hip hop with the tempestuous and sexually charged Rumba, Ladylike is a new piece of dance theatre which takes a fierce, frank and funny look at the potential and the limitations of gender roles in today’s society. 

Based on interviews with young women and female hip hop and latin dancers, Ella Mesma Company has created a new ritual for women to explore pleasure, consent and gender roles – purging cliches and celebrating sisterhood. 

Fat Blokes – Scottee and Friends Ltd

30 March, 9.30pm, Hull College Riverside Theatre, £10

A sort of dance show about flab, double chins and getting your kit off in public, Fat Blokes uncovers why fat men are never sexy but are always funny. 

Prepare yourself for a show about pent up aggression, riot grrl and the hokey cokey. 

All venues are wheelchair accessible and all performances feature accessible showings.

Tickets can be booked online at Hull Truck Theatre Box Office, by phone 01482 323638 or in person via the theatre in Ferensway. 

Produced by Absolutely Cultured in partnership with Arts Council England and British Council. With support from Creative Europe, Flanders State of the Art, Hull City Council and Visit Britain.

[Laura Andrew – Home PR]