Hull Truck Theatre & Hull UK City of Culture 2017

TheCulture-AFarceinTwoActs

BY JAMES GRAHAM

DIRECTED BY MARK BABYCH


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Hull Truck Theatre & Hull UK City of Culture 2017

The Culture - A Farce in Two Acts

BY JAMES GRAHAM

DIRECTED BY MARK BABYCH

January 2018, and a busy day at the offices of Hull 2017. Today is the ceremonial handover to ambassadors from Coventry, the next UK City of Culture. Meanwhile, the monitoring and evaluation team have to present The Audit – a measurement of the impact ‘the culture’ has had on the city. Can their logic models, outcome evaluations and statistical analyses really measure its impact on the people of Hull? The visiting Minister from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport certainly expect so.

What could go wrong…?

Only, perhaps, Dennis, an average citizen who arrives into the offices of Hull 2017 on lowgate to register a complaint but accidentally finds himself at the centre of events that could bring the whole thing to its knees

The Culture is a satirical farce in two acts, examining the inner workings of the Hull 2017 project. Perfect for lovers of our 2017 production The Hypocrite, BBC's W1A or Twenty Twelve.

Writer James Graham (writer of Ink and Labour of Love which ran concurrently in the West End in 2017; This House nominated for the Olivier Best play award; and The Vote, nominated for a BAFTA) was granted behind the scenes access to the running of the year-long festival.

Recommended 14+ due to some strong language and sexual references.

Pay What You Can: Fri 26 Jan, 7.30pm
Audio Described performance: Thur 8 Feb, 7.30pm
(Click here to listen to the audio intro)
Post-show Q&A: Wed 14 Feb, 7.30pm
Captioned performance: Thur 15 Feb, 7.30pm
Relaxed performance: Sat 17 Feb, 2pm

Cast

Andrew Dunn

Dennis

Amelia Donkor

Lizzie

Martin Hyder

Gerald / Clive

Nicola Reynolds

Janice / Fleur / Imelda

Jordan Metcalfe

Josh / Dwight / Dixon

Matt Sutton

Ash / Tony

Creatives

Mark Babych

Director

Sophie Phillips

Set and Costume Designer

Adam Foley

Lighting Designer

Mathew Clowes

Sound and AV Designer

Thanks to our special guests so far

Gemma Oaten

Anne-Marie Tasker

Paul Martin

Alan Johnson

Kofi Smiles

Burnsy

Tommy Coyle

Mark Charnock

Jeff Hordley

Lizzie and Carl

Amy Thompson

Keeley Donovan

Rosie Millard

Sally Fairfax

The Bee Lady

Martin Green

‘affectionate, intelligent and fast-moving’

The Stage

‘ends what has been a remarkable year for Hull on a high’

Whats On Stage

‘raucously funny’

Hull Daily Mail

‘a knockabout celebration of Hull’s tenure as UK city of culture’

The Guardian