‘Turn and Face the Strange’ is back at Hull Truck in April 2019. The powerful multi-media show tells the story of Hull born Mick Ronson who played alongside David Bowie as one of the Spiders from Mars, and became a world-famous musician, arranger and album producer.
The show was originally commissioned as part of Hull’s City of Culture year playing to sell-out audiences at the Freedom Centre in August 2017, followed by a further sell-out run at Hull Truck in February 2018. In August a specially adapted version of the cult show opened the new Spiders from Mars stage at the annual Sesh Festival wowing an audience of thousands. It’s back at Hull Truck with an ever growing team of talented performers, crew and volunteers.
Rupert Creed, co-writer of the production says: “We fully expect the show to sell out again at Hull Truck so early booking is advised. Turn and Face the Strange features a powerful rock band alongside a classical ensemble offering a stunning sound and visual experience mixed with personal stories of Mick’s life and music career.”
The show has attracted sponsorship from local partners including Hull College, Kexgill, and the Hilton Doubletree Hotel. The company will be working with Hull College to develop educational opportunities for students in music, fashion and design. The Hilton Doubletree Hotel in Hull will be offering special discounted rooms for ticket-holders, so visitors and locals alike can enjoy a really special night out.
Helen Symonds, Director Sales & Marketing at the Doubletree Hilton writes: “We very much look forward to working in partnership with Garry Burnett, Rupert Creed, and their teams as we welcome cast and crew of Turn & Face the Strange next year. The Story of Mick Ronson – The Spider from Hull – is a brilliant story of a local lad brought up on a Hull Estate that came to be a rock superstar, inspiring a whole world of new music and social culture we can celebrate together. Welcoming guests to Hull & Hull Truck Theatre for this event, to stay, dine & party with us will be our absolute pleasure.”
Richard Stott, Group Managing Director of Kexgill and the University Quarter is delighted to be a partner on the production: “Creating the Spiders from Mars house in Hull’s University Quarter was our opportunity to create a lasting tribute to the band. We are thrilled an acoustic set will be performed there by the participants of the brilliant Turn and Face the Strange. Supporting the present vibrant Hull music scene and influential worldwide heroes of the past is so important culturally to our proud City”.
Turn and Face the Strange will play Hull Truck’s main Heron Auditorium for two weeks from April 25th to May 4th 2019 with additional matinee shows on both Saturdays.
Tickets are available from Hull Truck Box Office on 01482 323638 and online at www.hulltruck.co.uk. You can find out more and book a show-discounted room at the Hilton Doubletree on www.turnandfacethestrange.co.uk
Written by Garry Burnett and ‘Made in Hull’ writer Rupert Creed, the show features a vivid stage design by Ed Ullyart, powerful film content by Anna Bean, and stunning lighting by Jason Addison.
The stellar line-up of talent includes rock musicians who played with Mick Ronson and David Bowie, with Keith ‘Ched’ Cheesman (The Rats) John Cambridge (The Rats & The Hype), John Bentley (Squeeze), alongside Kristian Eastwood, Bobby Joyce, Rachael Jarvis & Phil Keech. With a string quartet of classically-trained young musicians ‘Turn and Face the Strange’ tells the real story of the Man Who Changed the Music World.
“Incredibly moving and exciting show”
“Absolutely stunning. From the stories to the music it was amazing”
“Energetic and emotional. Never seen anything like it. Truly great”
[Rupert Creed – for Turn and Face the Strange]