Hull Truck Theatre presents


By Richard Vergette

Directed by Mark Babych

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Hull Truck Theatre presents

Dancing Through the Shadows

By Richard Vergette

Directed by Mark Babych

World Première

It’s a long way from Hessle to Hessle Road. When Tom and Sylvia meet on the dance floor in 1938 they begin a romance that crosses the class divide. Tom’s aspirational mother Grace is horrified that her son has taken up with a girl who works in the fish house, whilst Sylvia’s brother David has no time for her daft bank clerk boyfriend.

That’s until the divided families are thrown together when the Second World War reaches Hull. Suddenly class means nothing and all that matters is surviving. As the Blitz shatters their world apart, Tom and Sylvia struggle to hold their relationship together.

A new play from local playwright Richard Vergette, inspired by his own family and experiences, this is a very human story from the heart of Hull.

Dancing Through the Shadows is Part I of The Hull Trilogy – a trio of exciting commissioned plays which examine how the city’s past has shaped its identity and its capacity for survival and renewal.

Creative Team

Richard Vergette


Mark Babych


Dawn Allsopp

Set and Costume Designer

Douglas Kuhrt

Lighting Designer

Mathew Clowes

Sound & AV Designer

Jon Beney

Movement Director

Tom Bellerby

Associate Director

Rowan Rutter


Fran Maskell

Production Manager

Sian Thomas

Wardrobe Supervisor

Amy Clarey

Technical Manager

Kirk Production

Set Build

Rich Marr & Kate Morton

Scenic Artists


Laura Aramayo


John Elkington

Maurice / Gilbert

Jim English


Marc Graham

Tom / Brian

Christine Mackie


Community Ensemble

Leah Andrew, Sophie Bevan, Denise Dalton, Thomas Jagger, Annie Lishman, Paige Mackenzie, Finlay McGuigan, Laura Meredith, James Thomas Newton, Rebecca Stewart

‘north-east coastal town back on the map’

The Guardian

‘a fitting tribute to Hull's Blitz’

Hull Daily Mail

‘a haunting glimpse of real life’

The Stage

‘Hull Truck does the city proud’

Public Reviews

‘performed superbly, directed with passion... an outstanding Hull production in the best Hull Truck traditions’

York Press

‘an exceptional cast...Dancing Through the Shadows ticks all the boxes for a good night out’

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