A near capacity audience at the Spring Street Theatre attended the twentieth anniversary performance
of John Godber's Rugby League comedy on Tuesday evening.
A remarkable testament to the extraordinary
pulling power and appeal of his work.
There was an audible buzz of excitement among the crowd as we sat down to enjoy the latest
offering from Hull Truck.
The show opens with an energetic Cheerleader dance routine by Hull University Sharkettes who were
warmly received by the audience. Using Shakespearean style verse we are told the outline to the story.
The narration was necessary to move the plot along but did upset the character development and overall
momentum of the play. Arthur Hoyle played by Iain Rogerson is the painter and decorator with dreams of winning.
He makes a bet that he can take any amateur Rugby sevens team, train them in six weeks, then beat the
Arthur's foolhardy wager is readily accepted by Reg Walsh, played by local actor Martin Barrass.
The unscrupulous Reg chooses a team that have never won and don't even have seven players.
We are introduced to the unlikely team in the confines of the changing room.
We soon learn that they are a group of well meaning likeable chaps but they are sadly
lacking in motivation and hopeless on the rugby field.
Their fatalistic working class attitudes shine throughout like the lighthouse on top of Flamborough Head.
They are duped by Hoyle and begin the rigorous training regime with more than a little reluctance.
Hoyle's salvation comes in the form of Hazel Scott owner of the local gym, played by Kate Baines,
when he meets her down by the river training. He explains to her his monumental task and persuades
her to train his motley crew.
Together they prepare for a showdown not seen since David met Goliath and cobbed a stone at him.
The story then picks up pace and the gags come thick and fast.
Top comedy honours have to go to Rob Angell's portrayal of Frank.
His dry wit is delivered with unerring comic timing and just the right amount of measured mournfulness.
Of course Godber has gone back and rewritten a lot of the original script in this new version
but it still needs the acting talents of those like Angell to bring it to life and the audience
to their knees.
The second half is not as broken up by narration and you start to roll in the aisles as
the lads try to get fit before your very eyes.
The only girl in the troupe had her work cut out for her.
The Humber Mouth 2004 - Benedict Allen at Hull Truck Theatre Friday 25th June by Michelle Dee
It is not often you get to see a truly awe-inspiring person. Benedict Allen is a pioneer of exploration and adventure, pushing the boundaries of human endurance to their outermost limits. His desire to make home in some of the most inhospitable places in the world could be viewed as sheer
The Humber Mouth 2004 - Sufi Poetry and Music night at the EICH Gallery, 19th June by Michelle Dee
People were greeted by a thunderous drum call as they entered the performance space of the EICH gallery.
Oluseyi Ogunjobi, Fosuwa Andoh and a girl of barely ten brought the audience to attention, playing
pounding rhythms on African drums.
The night's proceedings were introduced by Toyen, resplendent in
Hull Truck Theatre - presents the 20th anniversary production of.. Up n Under - Written and directed by John Godber Thursday 8th - Saturday 31st July, 8.00pm
Hull Truck Theatre are celebrating John Godber's 20-year anniversary as Artistic Director
by staging his Olivier award-winning play, Up n Under.
Godber joined the company in 1984, bringing with him his unique brand of accessible
comedy / drama which catapulted Hull Truck TheatreRead more...
The Humber Mouth 2004 - The Blockheads New Writing Festival
Hull Truck Tue June 22nd by Lee Cassanell.
Special Guest Reviewers - Jenna Jameson - Adult movie Starlet, Jesus Christ - The son of God ™ and He-Man - Master of the Universe A pale faced prostitute (Louisa Hutchinson) is torn between a sexually deviant superstore manger (Lee Green) and a Sean Connery impersonating pimp
Diary of Events - The Humber Mouth 2004
Complete listings of the Humber Mouth 2004 Festival 19th June to 4th July.
Many events are FREE so take advantage of what Hull has on offer for you..
and send in your reviews for publishing on thisisUll.com.
Reviews, Theatre - Be My Baby at The Hull Truck Theatre Saturday 12th June By Cilla
I'm not a regular theatre goer. Not at all. It's like a different world to me. And frankly in
the past I'd say that overall I felt disappointment and (perhaps imagined) exclusion from that
scene. My sister could appreciate it, enjoy it even but I always thought of myself as not
the type to go
Articles - Made In Hull - Part 3 The Calm before, (The Storm) By Maurice Fairfield
Things which happened in the thirties flutter by me like calendar leaves in an old movie
and I try to catch some of them as they fly.
There was the Graf Zeppelin which flew over Hull in 1932 as part of a goodwill tour.
Many people believed that its crew were photographing the docks and industries
Going Down - World Music Day at Queens Gardens Saturday 19th June By Jane Foster
I'd been praying that the rain would hold off for this very special event at Queens Gardens.
Luckily it did for most of the day, and with bands from as far afield as Zimbabwe and Afghanistan,
we all ended up dancing our little socks off..
The day was organised by Chris Smith at the Warren centre, and hats off to
him for putting on a great event
Articles - My Special Memory By John Firth
I saw your stories on the site and it brought back so many memories of me home town Hull.
I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana now and haven't been home for 15 years but I still have me
Hessle Road accent and attitude well intact.
My grandma owned a fish shop on Redbourne Street and as a little lad
Articles - Stranger in a Strange Land By Rich Mills
Concrete kid. That's what I told her I considered myself. Bollocks to the countryside. The fresh air would probably kill me! Urgh and the smell of cow-shit! Ah, how wrong could I have been?
We travelled up to the Dales, far up in the north of our great county. A place where they have proper hills like! Not flat-land like 'ere! Dry-stone walls, sheep,