Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Showcase Announced

5 December 2016

New Diorama and Hull UK City of Culture 2017, in association with Hull Truck Theatre, are proud to announce the full line-up of our London Showcase week, featuring Hull's best emerging companies.

New Diorama has a long-standing, and ongoing, relationship with many early-career theatre companies from around the country and the Hull UK City of Culture 2017: Emerging Theatre Companies Showcase will take place in London from the 31st January to 4th February 2017, with some of the most exciting theatre companies making work in the UK today.

The four companies that have been selected are:

31 January – 4 February, 2017 @ 19:00

Written by Evening Standard Award nominee Jon Brittain and directed by Silent Uproar’s Artistic Director Alex Mitchell, A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) is a fun, silly and sad show about depression. With music by cabaret star Matthew Floyd Jones ('Mannish' from 'Frisky and Mannish').

Silent Uproar is a New Diorama Emerging Company 2016/17 and is a Hull Truck Theatre Supported Company.


1 February, 2017 @ 20:30

Hull Truck Theatre Supported Company Bellow bring their HeadsUp Festival production to New Diorama for its London premiere. Bare Skin on Briny Waters, written by Maureen Lennon and Tabitha Mortiboy, is a show about fresh love, first starts, the stories we tell ourselves, and the stories others tell of us.

Bellow Theatre is a Hull Truck Theatre Supported Company. 


Pub Corner Poet's SAD LITTLE MAN
2 – 4 February, 2017 @ 20:30

Josh Overton’s Sad Little Man is the much anticipated follow-up to his Sunday Times Playwright Award winning debut Angry. Sad Little Man is a stand-up tragedy act, from this Total Theatre Emerging Company of the Year nominated ensemble set in the mind of a young man in shock.

Pub Corner Poets are a New Diorama Emerging Company 2016/17.


3 February @ 15:00

Award-winning theatre company Middle Child return for their third collaboration with writer Luke Barnes, which is to be directed by Artistic Director Paul Smith. It is an anarchic, theatrical epic for a nightclub about the shame of daring to dream and the fear of not fulfilling those dreams. Middle Child won the Musical Theatre Development Award in 2015.

This work in progress reading is the first sharing of Middle Child’s Hull UK City of Culture production, a co-production with The Sesh, and an opportunity to glimpse into the Middle Child creative process.

Middle Child is a Hull Truck Theatre Supported Company. 


New Diorama Theatre’s Artistic & Executive Director, David Byrne, says: “There’s been thrilling work coming out of Hull over the last few years: this London showcase is the perfect spotlight to show off the considerable talent of some of the UK’s best companies. I can’t wait to really see these Hull companies shake up our London audiences.


Martin Green, CEO and Director Hull 2017, said: "Hull 2017 includes a fabulous variety of theatre throughout the year and we are very excited to be working with the New Diorama on the Emerging Theatre Companies Showcase. Hull has a wonderfully vibrant theatre scene, with immensely talented and energetic people creating new work that we want to reach the widest audiences possible. This showcase is a brilliant introduction to some of the terrific companies that Hull is home to."

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