It would appear that December is a busy month. There’s a few opportunities to come along and see some things I’ve written, if you’d like to (I know you’re busy Christmas shopping and stuff, but it would be nice to see you at all of these).
First up, on Friday December 11, at Awayke 4 at Thieving Harry’s, Rachel Harris is performing as Tilda in Blacks and Greys, a monologue about a young woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder (yes, I know how to lift the festive spirits!).
Here’s promoter Martin Lewsley’s official missive: “AWAYKE Presents the 4th Instalment of Aceness. Yayyyy… Starring from The City of Hull The Dyr Sister. From Manchester Ruby Tingle. From that there London Tsinder Ash…. and Rachel Harris, performing a Blacks and Grey’s written by Hull playwright Dave Windass. Michael Anthony Barnes-Wynters shall be doing the DJ things. AWAYKE is an array of highly original and innovative performers of music and theatre. 11th December at Thieving Harry’s Humber Street Hull £5 on the doors, which open at 7.45pm.”
The following night, Saturday December 12 and on the afternoon of Sunday December 14, Charlotte Sellers (pictured above), Bellow Theatre member who, along with Rachel Harris and a few others, donned a pair of thick-rimmed glasses and read some Philip Larkin poems for E52 beneath a big floating Roots & Wings toad in summer, will be reading Fluidity, a monologue about a young woman (Meg) who is pondering her ennui, despair and the reasons she cries (yes, I know how to lift the festive spirits!). This is part of All will flow – a collision of artforms, a happening, event, exhibition, shindig in a pop-up gallery on Princes Avenue (which also includes art by Sarah Mole, live acoustic stylings from a Speak Easy musician and mulled wine). Pop down to Home Hopper Lettings, Princes Ave, Hull (next door to Bait) on Saturday at 7-10pm or Sunday at 1-4pm. Charlotte’s reading at 8pm on the Sat, 2pm on the Sunday. It’s free, as is the mulled wine. You should be able to have a look at the facebook event page here.
And, on a more serious, depressing note, after the above fun, there’s panto again. For the fourth year, I’ve been lucky enough to have written the script for Middle Child’s alternative, affordable pantomime down at Fruit. This year it’s Aladdin and as well as the familiar MC faces, unfeasibly ambitious and handsome Northern rapper Nineties Boy is threatening to steal the show. Middle Child do a quite outstanding job of taking the addled mess that I submit to them and turning it into a brilliant night out. So don’t miss it. It’s on December 21-29, is complete and utter fun for all the family if you have one, and there are a few adult shows throughout for the late night hardcore. You can book online at Hull Box Office (£8 standard/£10 adult/£6 concession/£24 family).