Grow, Hull Truck Theatre’s artist development programme for artists at any age or stage in their career, will include a series of Edinburgh Festival Fringe previews right here, in the heart of Hull.
The previews will kick off on Thursday 11 July with a double bill of back-to back laugh out loud comedy. Winner of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and Chortle Nominee for Best Newcomer 2019, Hull Native Jack Gleadow previews his debut Edinburgh Fringe show following on from performing as part of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve in 2018. Joining him is award winning comedian and Edinburgh award nominee Lucy Beaumont, who is back on the comedy bandwagon as she's now ready for a break away from motherhood and unidentified objects.
The following day, the multi-award-winning physical comedy duo, The Kagools, bring their Cirque du Kagool, a brand new hour of pure joy and anarchic buffoonery “brimming with wit and imagination” ★★★★★ (TVBomb).
On 13 July, Hull audiences have the unique opportunity to experience a day-in-the-life of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with three exceptional shows.
The shows are part of the 2019 Hull Takeover, produced by Absolutely Cultured through their Hull Independent Producer Initiative, in partnership with Middle Child, supported by Hull Truck Theatre and Back To Ours.
The day will start with Slime, a hilarious, surreal show for 2-5 years and their families produced by The Herd. A Hull Truck Theatre Supported Company, The Herd have recently collaborated with the theatre on a popular new Christmas show for younger audiences and their families, The Ugly Duckling: Christmas Special.
The evening will see Hull Truck Theatre Supported Company The Roaring Girls challenge media stereotypes in their fierce, feminist and fun style. The company will present their thought-provoking, defiantly feel-good show Beach Body Ready, which was first seen as part of First Time Out at Grow Festival 2017. Created in The Roaring Girls' semi-improvised style, Beach Body Ready blends impassioned rants with cheesy fitness routines, and live, informal chats with a beach trip on film.
The day will end with a simultaneously vibrant, hopeful, and melancholic piece. Standing Too Close On Our Own In the Dark is Just Club Theatre’s first-ever show, supported by Middle Child’s First Show Fund.
The previews will continue with two performances of The Canary and The Crow on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 July. Produced by the award-winning company behind Us Against Whatever, Middle Child, the show is grime and hip hop-inspired gig theatre about a working-class black kid who’s accepted to a prestigious grammar school. The lyrical, semi-autobiographical piece is written by Daniel Ward with music by Beats Bus producer Prez 96, and James Frewer.
On Wednesday 24 July, Queer artist Nathaniel Hall will present First Time, a funny and frank one-man show about attempting to staying positive in a negative world.
Hull-born comedian Richard Stott will return to Hull Truck Theatre to close the Edinburgh previews series on Friday 26 July with Right Hand Man. Born with Poland Syndrome, the artist recounts in an hour of anarchic storytelling and acidic punchlines how he has learnt to roll with the hand life dealt him and draw humour from what we are told is humourless.