Sell-out production Turning the Tide returns to celebrate International Women’s Day

Hull’s Headscarf Revolutionaries

Hull’s Headscarf Revolutionaries are to be celebrated as part of Hull University’s events to mark International Women’s Day with a special one-off performance of the hit show ‘Turning the Tide’.

In the winter of 1968 three Hull trawlers sank in arctic waters, and the loss of 58 men devastated Hessle Road’s close-knit fishing community. The fishermen’s wives took action. They marched, campaigned and drew the world’s attention to their cause – the reform of an industry that was killing their men. In the space of a few weeks the wives achieved a remarkable victory bringing much needed change to safety on board trawlers.

‘Turning the Tide’ is a powerful multi-media production with spoken word, song, image, archive film and compelling storytelling.  It vividly recreates a period when Hull women stepped out of the shadows and moved beyond grief to campaign with passion. 

‘Turning the Tide’ is written by Rupert Creed – the writer of ‘Made in Hull’ the opening event of Hull’s 2017 City of Culture. The show features the testimony of the Hessle Rd campaigners of 1968- Lil Bilocca, Yvonne Blenkinsop, Christine Smallbone & Mary Denness. It is their story told in their words. The show also features live music from folk singing duo Hissyfit, whose songs are inspired by the people of Hull and its fishing industry.

Rupert Creed writes: “The achievement of these passionate determined women marked a sea-change in the way the fishing industry was run, not only in Hull but across the whole country. Their campaign was instrumental in saving many lives at sea. I’m delighted that their story is being presented to mark International Women’s Day. They are part of that long journey to recognise and celebrate the power and achievement of all women past and present”.

“A cultural highlight. Poignant, bittersweet and moving.”
“Powerful, haunting and mesmerising.”
“Brilliant. Just brilliant. Completely caught the feeling of the time.”

6.30pm Sunday March 10th Middleton Hall Hull University

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[Rupert Creed]