Tag Archives: Hull

Our Poster for ‘The Odd Couple’

As rehearsals for our next play continue apace we are pleased to show you our latest poster. These should start to appear on noticeboards here and there during the next week. (We may have a few spares – if you have a noticeboard / shop / public place and would like to display an A4 or smaller A5 poster / handout please get in touch)

Have you booked yet…? Tickets are now on sale.


Tickets Now On Sale!

For those of you champing at the bit, eager to grab those prime seats then we have good news for you: tickets are now on sale. Some seats are already reserved but then that is one of the perks of being a season ticket holder – your favourite seats reserved for all three plays upfront.

If you would like to be a season ticket holder or simply reserve your tickets for our next play go to our Book Tickets page to read about what we have to offer and how to contact us.


  • HAVING THE CORRECT CHANGE – this will help us enormously and speed up the entry process, thank you.
  • IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL OR CAN’T MAKE IT ON THE NIGHT you can help us by contacting us at anytime since we often have people on our reserve list awaiting cancellations

You can also find out what our productions are for the new season by visiting our What’s On Page. And if you have missed our recent blog posts about the three plays then make sure you scroll though our front page.

At the moment we are of course busy with rehearsals for Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (female version) which you can read about here.  Although we had decided to run this play before his death, it will serve as a tribute to Neil Simon who passed away on 26 August at the age of 91. Apart from the Odd Couple, we have enjoyed performing a number of his scripts, especially the ‘Suite’ plays.

The cast of The Odd Couple (female version) on rehearsal night

For those of you who subscribe to the emails, the mysterious arrival of the above photo last week is now explained – a case of premature finger pressing.

Our 3rd play announced…

Our previous posts announced the first two plays of our 2018-2019 season, The Odd Couple (female version) and Double Top (click the links to read the posts).  So, although it seems a long way off to think about it, how will we end our season?

Our third play will be (sound trumpet fanfare):

Take Away The Lady by Jimmie Chinn


This time we drift away a little from our usual fare of comedies and farces and treat you to a crime mystery.  Jayne Hewson will be directing and it won’t be the first time she has put together a Jimmie Chinn production. Three years ago we did Sylvia’s Wedding and we enjoyed his story telling and style. It was this experience that drew Jayne to search for more of his plays during our summer reading and planning period. She discovered that his plays cover a range of styles and subjects and she was surprised to see that he had written what appeared to be a traditional Agatha Christie-ish whodunnit.  “I was intrigued – I read it and enjoyed it and so submitted it to the group” she said, and was pleased to find that the reading went well. “Everyone seemed to enjoy it and it was well received by everyone including our more youthful members so it was nice to see that it could be appreciated by a younger audience too.” 
How so?
“Well, it’s different to our usual plays – not modern but not period. By that I mean some plays seem very dated in the way they are written.” Jayne explained that she had expected the rather stilted feel of a post-war Agatha Christie – its set in a family country house, perhaps in the late fifties / early sixties with a murderer in the midst – but then realised that he had written this in the 1980s in his more natural and observational style, and all the better for it.

A scene from Jimmie Chinn’s drama – Sylvia’s Wedding in 2015

In the play Chinn gives us glimpses into a cupboard full of family skeletons, together with some serious, and not so serious, detective work that keeps everyone guessing until the end:

Returning home from prison, after serving fifteen years for allegedly murdering his mother, Matthew finds his three sisters, his wife and his father waiting for him. Still protesting his innocence, Matthew’s arrival prompts the question, if he didn’t kill Mother, who did – scornful Celia, dotty Emma, cold Lavinia, flighty Gilda or even gentle Father?

As Jayne says “It’s not a comedy but it does have humour. It’s a wonderful gentle thriller with everyone a possible suspect and it has a few nice twists along the way.”

For now the scripts are put to one side as we work through rehearsals for the first play but we feel it will round off the season nicely – a classic big-hit comedy,  then a modern local drama/comedy to the finale of a gentle but intriguing thriller.

See our Whats’ On page here to see our full programme.

Don't forget you can subscribe to receive emails so that won't miss any of our news, updates and box office announcements. Check the side panel (or below on smartphones) for "Follow Us".


Announcing our second play

Last week we told you all about our October play, the first play of our 2018-2019 programme: Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (female version). If you missed our post click here (opens a new tab)

Our second play, due for performance at the end of January 2019, will be….

Double Top

by Ron Rose

This is a modern life-comedy about a ladies darts team in Hull and if this rings a bell for anyone that’s because it was produced at Hull Truck in the glory days of John Godber and Gareth Tudor-Price et al. We’re excited to be putting this on, not least because we think it’s a great play but also because it pushes a few boundaries for us. It contains adult themes and has some true to life language in it – not excessive – but if you prefer your entertainment to be totally expletive free then this might not be the one for you or youngsters. That said.. it would be a great shame to miss it.

Double Top is by Ron Rose, a successful Doncaster based scriptwriter and playwright as well as having run a very successful theatre company in Doncaster for many years. His writing has included episodes for ‘Between the Lines’, ‘The Bill’ and ‘Heartbeat’ as well as the political serial ‘Love and Reason’.

Double Top itself has an interesting history. Ron wrote his original version for a David Leland New Play season at the Crucible back in 1976 with a cast of 9 women and 3 men. That ratio of women to men at the time was pretty revolutionary but Leland had already committed to a play with the more usual male-heavy weighting.

As Ron himself puts it “… and that was the story for the next 28 years. Too many women in the cast to fit your standard Rep company. Double Top became my calling card, and it did get me a lot of work as it became the most popular unperformed play in the country!”

But then, around 2001, he got a call from his old mate, John Godber. Ron related the conversation –

“Does tha remember that darts play?” he asked.
“I do,” I replied.
“Does tha fancy doin’ it.’
“I do.”
“Tha’s got five.”

So John Godber programmed it for performance at Hull Truck in 2002 and Ron had to re-write it for just 5 actors, not 12!  Gareth Tudor-Price, new to Truck at that time, was to direct the premiere. Gareth told us “I cast the play with Ron and we rehearsed it in the old YPI (Young People’s Institute) on George Street.”

It was here that they developed the play into its current form. As Ron put it “I retained the original simple structure, shifted a number of players off-stage, and required one actor to play all 8 men” thus managing to meet the requirement of a maximum five actors. Gareth told us that “Rob Hudson played all the male characters and in the first few performances we had a stage manager on hand backstage to hand him his ‘next’ character’s costumes and props rather than him dashing about wondering who he was going to be playing next!

Asking about their inspiration both Rob and Gareth were keen to tell us of the essential research they carried out that involved (no doubt equally essential) drinking in pubs, research they clearly enjoyed. Gareth takes up the story “we were introduced to a local Female Pub Darts Team (The Norland in Hessle) and we went along with them, in their van, to several pub darts matches and their functions. Huge buffets were laid on in every pub….” Ron summed it up more succinctly: “We said it was “research”, but I had the time of my life…. and I got loads of material!

Gareth told us that the Norland team enjoyed contributing to its development, “they were a really lovely group of ladies who came to see the show five times and became part of the company! None of the actors had worked with each other before, but as you can imagine a terrific ‘company spirit’ quickly established.”

That sounds like a challenge for us then, in fact, it’s an inspiration!

Double Top rehearsals will commence in November, after our current play, and will be performed at the Elloughton Brough Village Hall on 24th, 25th, 26th January 2019. Subscribe to our email or Follow Us on Facebook to ensure you receive updates and announcements of ticket sales.
You can read a little more about the play here.