Boathouse Reunion


April 28 to May 14 at Ground (60 Bev Road): Arrowsmith, Burwell and their friends (exhibition)

April 29 at Ground: Boathouse Reunion (performance and music)

April 30 at Ground: A Burwell Beltane – Brian Gilson will be screening videos and burning stuff out the back – maybe more music and performance

May 1 at Ground: possible Mayday Treats


War Stops Here


Hull has its proud history of activists who worked tirelessly to abolish the slave trade (working alongside many slaves who freed themselves through rebellions and direct action of various kinds). Today, lets put Hull on the map again, but this time for striving to abolish the arms trade.

If you are interested in getting involved (in whatever way works for you) in developing a Hull response to one of the world’s largest arms-fairs, called DSEI, (that has in the past been exposed selling torture equipment amongst other things) that happens in London every two years, then please come along to the Annex (The Hive @ The Annex, Community Enterprise Centre, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU5 2DH) on Thurs 23rd Feb at 8pm, to begin a conversation of how we can help CAAT in their protest of DSEI this September.

If you are interested we will also be holding a Quaker style meeting (an egalitarian/democratic silent gathering where anyone is free to speak into the silence if they feel so moved) from 6pm-7pm and then have a veggie bring and share meal from 7pm-8pm.

War starts here. Lets stop war here!!!


The Hull Fringe Launch Event – @ O’Riley’s – 3rd February 2017.

Produced By Les Drake and his team at Digital Creations.

A superb record of The Hull Fringe Launch event at O’Riley’s, Beverley Road, Hull

The film says it all really so no need to waffle on here except to say all involved were a pleasure to work with and a fabulous
testement to the talent in our city.

Hull Photos

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Still Occupied…

a View of Hull

I will add a ‘new’ picture of Hull from the 1980s every day throughout 2017 (and beyond) to this web site of my pictures. There are currently around 185 pictures on the site, from all areas of Hull, arranged roughly by area.

From the middle of the 1970s I worked on a photographic project on Hull, making regular visits to the city, and culminating in a show at the Ferens Art Gallery in 1983, though I’ve continued to visit the city and to take photographs since then.

They concentrate on the physical fabric of the city which was then in the throes of a massive redevelopment. It seemed to have learn nothing from the mistakes I had seen and fought against in the previous decade in Manchester and to be a city that had largely turned its back on its heritage.

Although most of the 146 images from the show will be on the site, many of the pictures that I will be posting have not before been published or exhibited. I am also visiting Hull again this year, (starting net week) and hope to give some presentations and/or workshops later this year, as well as possibly exhibitions and working on a new photographic project in the city.

The pictures include the one from Argyle St in 1979 which provided me with the title for the exhibition and book.


The Dry Bar @ BRiCWorks Hull

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Bricworks is situated on Story St, town centre of Hull. It is a community and recovery Hub which is just re-launching Dry Bar nights to provide an alcohol-free environment for people to get a drink, enjoy each-others company or grab a bite to eat without breaking the bank. Come along, sit back and enjoy the evening, play a few songs or take part in the entertainment on the night. Aiming to have a rolling list of entertainment, the Dry Bar will run every Friday evening from 6pm-10:30pm. All welcome!




Now|Then is a performance that takes you on a journey through the streets of Hull, where your home is the backdrop, the live city is the stage, and your memories are the story.

Through your window, somewhere amongst the passing images of the buildings, the statues, and the fountains, beyond the rivers, the gardens, and the bridges, there is a little boy, and he’s walking. He is alone, lost, and searching, and as his journey becomes your journey something will change.

The sights that you once knew will become unfamiliar. The memories you once had will become uncertain. But the city, this city now, will become yours.

Now|Then is a twenty-minute taxi ride that can accommodate up to six people. Beginning and ending at Victoria Pier, passengers will be driven around the city in a performance that literally puts the theatre in to Hull. Each individual Now|Then journey is informed by the memories and stories of its new set of passengers, accompanied by a soundtrack that blends music, narration, conversation, and observation.

The performance can be experienced with the soundtrack alone or, alternatively, with the addition of a live performer and can be booked throughout the ‘Roots and Routes’ season of the City of Culture year.


A CROOKED STAR by Aidan Thompson-Coates

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The performance on the 6th February will be on a ‘Pay What You Can’ scheme
The performance on the 7th February will culminate in a cast Q&A
The performance on the 8th February will be STREAMED INTERNATIONALLY

Take advantage of the 4 tickets for £40 offer on the 7th and 8th February performances.

Following two sell-out productions in its short existence, ApposArt Theatre Company returns to the stage with its first 2017 production, A Crooked Star. A world premiere of the first Hull production ever to be streamed internationally. Combining theatre, cinema and live music, there is definitely something for everybody to enjoy!

Successful film actor, Alfie Brooks has returned home to Hull to embark on his debut theatrical role, questionably turning down London and Broadway in the process. Before he arrives, rumours arise about his love-life and the media is relentless in broadcasting the dark details of Alfie’s past, regardless of if it’s true or not. Apart from the support of his secret girlfriend, it’s not the homecoming he anticipated, especially given his inability to control his drinking. Instead, his harrowing past and uncertain future seem to be out to get him in the worst possible way.

Based on real experiences, A Crooked Star promises to take you on an emotional journey and an evening full of blood, sweat and tears, as well as laugh-out-loud moments and heart-warming happiness. Partnered with Humber Film, it is a chance to support two thriving local companies. EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISED!

This production is in aid of Survivors UK, a male sexual abuse charity and takes place during ‘Male Sexual Abuse awareness week’


Hull Heard Event


A night of eclectic live local music including amazing Ellie Pollard’s voice, tribal drum rhythms from Althea Sound, dub from Slim Tubby and the Vitamin D3’s and sound art from Electro Furnace. Only £2 (or whatever you can afford) entry plus a donation to this events charity – Taboo Youth Initiative. There is also a collection for the local food bank if you can spare a tin of beans!


Rectifier, Octopus, Resonance & Harrison Rimmer


O’Rileys, 83 Beverley Road, Hull
Thursday 2nd February

Rectifier – great young indie rock band from Hull

Octopus are a three piece grunge band based in the underbelly of Hull. After playing together for nearly 10 months they have created something truly unique that nobody should miss out on. They manage to meld bass, drums and guitars together while drawing influences from modern blues, and 90’s grunge. Citing Jack White, Wolfmother, Nirvana and Pearl Jam as influences on their sound. With lyrics focusing on the darker sides of life, and the accompanying music being based around huge riffs and massive drums. Octopus truly are a force to be reckoned with.

4 piece rock/pop punk band breaking out of Grimsby

Harrison Rimmer
The up lifting sounds of Bruce Springsteen sung similarly to Alex Band from The Calling all combined with the power and noise of Nirvana.- York Calling.


Slim Tubby & The Vitamin D3’s – The One – The Only – The Mighty


Slim Tubby & The Vitamin D3’s
The One – The Only – The Mighty

New Single Available @bandcamp

Photography – Ronnie Soak

Appearing with
Live and Direct
Les Marchands Etrangers

The Immigrants – Dubungle – Rosemary’s Baby – Corona Smith
@ O’Rileys, Beverley Road, Friday 3rd February 2017
Doors Open 7.00pm
£3 At The Door
All proceeds to The Hull Fringe Support Fund


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