Hull UK City of Culture 2017: Emerging Companies Showcase

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and New Diorama, working in collaboration with Hull Truck and University of Hull, present the best and most innovative emerging companies from the city in this showcase of talent as part of its Made in Hull season.

Hull has always been a hotbed of performative talent inspiring the best and most urgent voices in arts and culture from Anthony Minghella to Cosey Fanni Tutti, The Housemartins to Lucy Beaumont, Richard Bean to Rash Dash. This is an opportunity to see the next generation of theatre makers in an extraordinary double bill which promises to be bold, rebellious, immediate and fun.

Supported by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Hull Truck Theatre.



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. 

ABOUT Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 is a 365 day programme of cultural events and creativity inspired by the city and told to the world. Hull secured the title of UK City of Culture 2017 in November 2013. It is only the second city to hold the title and the first in England. Divided into four seasons, this nationally significant event draws on the distinctive spirit of the city and the artists, writers, directors, musicians, revolutionaries and thinkers that have made such a significant contribution to the development of art and ideas.


ABOUT Hull Truck Theatre

Hull Truck Theatre is a producing theatre in the heart of Hull, making thrilling work of exceptional quality with a distinctive northern voice. Inspired by their city, they tell powerful human stories that resonate with our times. They make work with local people, programme the very best in live performance and build partnerships with others to create a vibrant and dynamic cultural hub for Hull that is inspiring, creative and welcoming.