Hull Truck Theatre’s studio theatre renamed the Godber Studio

30 May 2022 | General News

John Godber was the artistic director at Hull Truck Theatre for 25 years from 1984, now he has reimagined his play Teechers for the school leavers of 2022 as part of Hull Truck Theatre’s 50th anniversary programme.  

To celebrate John’s achievements and legacy, Hull Truck Theatre have honoured his work by naming the current ‘Stage 2 studio’ after him – the Godber Studio. The announcement and reveal of the new signage was made on Tuesday 24 May, 7pm, on opening night of Teechers Leavers ’22, a co-production between Hull Truck Theatre and John Godber Company, directed by Mark Babych. 

From a broad variety of visiting shows to community workshops, youth theatre to Act III over 55s performances, children’s great adventures to film screenings, the Godber Studio will cater for an exciting, diverse programme. With 135 seats, a retractable seating bank, Dolby surround sound and a full lighting rig, the Godber Studio is an accessible and versatile space accommodating drama, comedy, music and first-outing opportunities for new and emerging artists and writing. Teechers Leavers ‘22 speaks out about the need to teach Drama in schools. The Godber Studio provides a space where children can experience theatre and be inspired to create their own drama, reconnecting the values that John Godber has expressed through his work.  

Professor John Godber OBE, writer, said: 

“I’m humbled that a theatre space in Hull bears my name. Coming to Hull in 1984 changed my life, and I hope that the work that goes on and in The Godber Studio can do the same for other emerging playwrights from the region.” 

Mark Babych, artistic director at Hull Truck Theatre, said:  

“As part of our 50th birthday celebrations, we wanted to acknowledge the huge role that John played in the history of the company in celebration of his prolific 26 years with the company and huge contribution to theatre. The Godber Studio will continue to be a home for a diverse range of contemporary work, creative learning, and talent development where the next generation of theatre makers can cut their teeth and continuing the company’s long held commitment to growing people and ideas”.  

John Godber And Mark Babych (Godber Studio Naming 24.05.22)

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