LIL SHOWCASE

Presenting Northern Writers, Poets and Actors.

Join our SPECIAL GUESTS for a “FREE” nights entertainment as they share their personal stories, creative insights, body of work and future projects. Along with readings and scenes of related work performed by our Talent Bank of local Actors along with our LIL’S LASSES! 

Each night offers a different experience as you get to know the guest. You can be sure that whatever night you choose you will be surrounded by people with a sincere appreciation of the challenges, inspiration, highs and lows of creating stories.

See the current Guests list for September 2018 below.

These intimate nights of entertaining talks and performances support Hull’s Old Town and its new little Drama company!

SEPTEMBER

NICK TRIPLOW

TUES 4TH & WEDS 12TH SEPTEMBER
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7.30 - 8.30PM

Our talk with Nick, covering his writing career, creative insights, interests and advice for budding writers. Including Q&A session.

8.30 - 9pm

Interval and a chance to chat with the writer and mingle with our audience members. Or a swift visit to Ye Olde Black Boy, 30 yards away!

9 - 10pm

Selected quotes and readings performed by Nick and our Acting Talent Bank, including LIL’S LASSES.

| Nick Triplow – Readings from various books including his latest: Getting Carter – On Ted Lewis And Birth Of Brit Noir.

| The Women They Left Behind – Stories from Grimsby’s fishing Families

| The Pattie Slappers – From the book and exhibition of the same name about Hull’s Premier Pattie makers!

About Nick: Nick is the writer of south London set crime/noir novel Frank’s Wild Years. He has written a number of pieces of short fiction and is an oral history specialist.

He is the author of the social history books, The Women They Left Behind, Distant Water and Pattie Slappers.

He co-wrote the script for Ted’s Return Home, a short film about Ted Lewis, author of classic British crime novel Jack’s Return Home (filmed as Get Carter).  His latest biography Getting Carter – Ted Lewis And Birth Of Brit Noir, (who lived in Barton Upon Humber) is receiving much attention. Nick is also working on new fiction.

Originally from south London, now living in Barton upon Humber.

DAVE WINDASS

WEDS 5TH & TUES 11TH SEPTEMBER
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7.30 - 8.30PM

Our talk with Dave, covering his writing career, creative insights, interests and advice for budding playwrights. Including Q&A session.

8.30 - 9pm

Interval and a chance to chat with the writer and mingle with our audience members. Or a swift visit to Ye Olde Black Boy, 30 yards away!

9 - 10pm

Selected monologues and readings from our Acting Talent Bank also including LIL’S LASSES. 

Ballroom Blitz – Monologues from the Play.

| Sully – A play about local Rugby League legend Clive Sullivan. 

About Dave: Dave Windass is a writer based in the city of Hull. For Hull Truck he has written Ballroom Blitz (2012), On A Shout (2008), Sully (2006) and Kicked Into Touch (2005). 

Recently, he has worked with Ensemble 52 to create a number of unique site-specific productions, performed on trains, in disused offices and empty warehouses; The Whitsun Weddings (2014), City Sketch (E52, 2013) and Euphoria (E52, 2012). Other plays include Legerdemain (E52, 2014), Revolutions (E52, 2014), Hot Zone (E52, 2013), Firestarter (E52, 2012), Thinspiration (Humber Mouth, 2010), Gagging For It (Humber Mouth, 2009) and The Worst Seat in the House (Humber Mouth, 2004). He has written three Christmas shows for Middle Child Theatre Company. 

For radio, he recently wrote Yearning Hearts (BBC, 2014).

Film includes It’s My Party (Screen Yorkshire/Global Stories, 2007). Dave is a director of theatre company Ensemble 52. For E52, in addition to writing, he co-organises the Heads Up Festival, produced in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre. He co-founded city centre venue and E52′s base The Other Space (now Kardomah94) in 2013.

He founded the long-running theatre development night Scratch@Fruit in 2010. He was a founder member, in 2003, of Hull Truck’s Blockheads, which aimed to develop and explore skills in writing for the stage. He has facilitated creative writing workshops for a wide range of organisations, including Hull Truck, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Sheffield Young Writers, the University of Hull and Hull School of Art & Design.

He led Hull Truck’s successful PlayWrite course in 2011.

He was script consultant on Cascade Arts’ Dickens-inspired interactive storytelling project Open Threads (2012) and, for Collaborate, Create, Engage and Future Ferens he co-created the Gypsy & Traveller exhibition To Be Able To Pull Up and Sit and Have a Chat Around The Fire (2012) with Matt Stephenson.

He has introduced and compered a number of Humber Mouth and Head in a Book literary events. He frequently works as a dramaturg and new writing mentor. As a journalist, he wrote countless articles for a host of publications.

He was a theatre critic for The Stage and whatsonstage.com, arts correspondent for Artscene and a regular contributor to The Big Issue in the North. He was a lecturer at Hull School of Art & Design from 2009-2014.

PETER KNAGGS

WEDS 6TH & THURS 7TH SEPTEMBER
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7.30 - 8.30PM

Our talk with Peter, covering his writing career, creative insights, interests and advice for budding poets. Including Q&A session.

8.30 - 9pm

Interval and a chance to chat with the writer and mingle with our audience members. Or a swift visit to Ye Olde Black Boy, 30 yards away!

9 - 10pm

Selected readings from Peter’s previous and new work, performed by Peter. And from fellow poet Andy Fletcher. Plus a reading from our Acting Talent Bank,  including LIL’S LASSES. 

| Poetry is Sacred – Peter Knaggs

| About a bomb – Andy Fletcher

| Land Of  Soap and Glory – Lils Lasses

About Peter: Peter Knaggs is the author of two poetry collections, a tutor for The School of Poetry, and has been Writer in Residence at Sirius Academy West in Hull.

Founder of the small press Muesli Jellyfish, Peter is editor of The Slab journal and The Hull Connection.

He has taken prizes in many competitions, including being a prizewinner in The National Poetry Competition twice and a prizewinner the Bridport International Poetry Competition, twice.

Widely published, he has had poems in The York Evening Press, The Hull Daily Mail, The Morning Star, The North, The Reater and The Banana Shovel.

In 2017, ‘You’re So Vain You Probably Think This Book is About You,’ was longlisted for The Forward Poetry Prize. ‘Sunburnt Bollock,’ is forthcoming.

VAL HOLMES

THURS 13TH & FRI 14TH SEPTEMBER
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7.30 - 8.30PM

Our talk with Val, covering her new writing career, creative insights, interests and advice for budding storytellers. Including Q&A session.

8.30 - 9pm

Interval and a chance to chat with the writer and mingle with our audience members. Or a swift visit to Ye Olde Black Boy, 30 yards away!

9 - 10pm

Selected monologues, scenes and readings from our Acting Talent Bank also including LIL’S LASSES. 

Based around Vals Play and the Hull Fishing Community:

LIL  – The Story of Lillian Bilocca.

| Elsie  – A new short play based on a story by  George Venemore.

| The Ice Bell – A Poem by Roy Bainton. 

About Val:  Val Holmes was for many years a Ward Sister in Princess Royal Hospital. As a child she loved to write and collect stories. Like most Northern working class families, this was thought not to be a very sensible option as a job. Forty years later after retirement, she took up the urge again and joined several local writing groups and created storylines and scripts for local amateur dramatic groups.

In 2013 she came across the story of local Hessle Road heroine Lil Bilocca and wrote her first full length play. For over two years she looked for a theatre company willing to stage it. In 2015 she met Paul A Dennis who was also looking for the right local story for his first professional production.

In November 2017 and March 2018 the newly formed LIL DRAMA COMPANY staged twelve performances of “LIL” to record audiences at the Jubilee Central venue in King Edward Street, Hull (capacity 550 seats).

It is a simple, occasionally humourous and penetratingly incisive play about working class womens struggle to be heard against the backdrop of the social and industrial challenges in the late 1960’s. It has options for a large community element and uniquely, a strong central role for a female actress. Although a local story, we believe it has appeal to a wider national audience.

The future of #LILthePLAY, is now being explored as to how it can be interpreted in larger theatres around the country in a more suitable touring format. 

Here is a link to the performance programme pdf and the website. LIL a Play by Val Holmes.

Val is passionate about encouraging other writers, especially those with similar years of life experience as herself to keep writing and dreaming.

OCTOBER

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