September 2012 will see the return of the Duck's Bill Drama Festivalin Cottingham.
Last year's inaugural event at the Duke of Cumberland, Market Green featured eight performances and was a roaring success as virtually every show was a sell-out, with acts travelling from as far as London to take part.
This year, we at Penny Duck Theatre Company aim to make it bigger and better. Right now though, we are looking for new submissions from companies, groups and individuals. Whether it's comedy, drama, mime or something a little bit different, we want to hear from you.
Pieces need to be original and between 30 minutes and an hour in duration. Writers are encouraged to provide their own cast although help will be given in finding one if needed. Ideally, shows need to be designed for a limited space and few props or set, although we'll aim to find a workaround if required.
The closing date for submissions is 1st April 2012, with the festival itself due to take place on the weekend of
29th/30th September 2012.
At the moment, all we are looking for is a brief outline and technical details so we can plan the format of the festival.
News, Arts Liberation - Three Dozen Writers Showcased from Scratch - At Fruit, Tuesday 11th October 2011
Scratch@Fruit #5, Tuesday 11th October. Tickets £3 on the door (or from Fruit website).
A host of new writing will take centre stage again at the now-regular Scratch@Fruit event. The fifth event takes the total of writers who have had work included as part of the script-in-hand evenings to 36.
Event curator, playwright Dave Windass,
News, Arts Liberation - An evening of Spoken Word at The Ropewalk, Barton-Upon-Humber Saturday 8th October
Introducing Barton Upon Humber's own Lady Blah Blah in an evening of Spoken Word
also featuring Joe Hakim and Mike Watts with support from local poets PLUS Open Mic
Ropewalk, Saturday 8th October, 8pm
Tickets £3 on 01652 660380 Liberation is North Lincolnshire's first theatre based local spoken word night,
News, Arts Hull Film Presents Glimmer 2011
Glimmer 2011 - Hullss 9th International Short Film Festival takes place from 6th - 9th October with screenings and related events in six different venues across the city.
Hull Film located in the Danish Buildings 44 - 46 High Street Hull, is dedicated to the exhibition and creation of short film as a crucial art form in its own right. Each year Hull Film presents Glimmer an International Short Film Festival
News, Arts Hull College Graduate to launch Dance Summer School By Michelle Dee
A Hull based entrepreneur will be running a Glee style Dance Summer School during August, ahead of launching her own Dance Academy. Leanne Kirkhamwho graduated in May 2011 from Hull College with a BA Honours Degree in Dance has worked tirelessly in order to set up the new Professio Dance Academy located in Hull city centre.
Originally from Blackpool,
News - Trekking for Action Medical Research: A New Challenge! By Maria Watt
I came back from an 11 month travelling trip in July 2009 that took me to Africa, Australasia, and South East Asia. During that time, all the creature comforts we take for granted such as clean running water were not guaranteed!
In my time away I worked with HIV orphans in Tanzania and taught in a rural Fijian village school, the less seen side of these popular tourist destinations. Basic healthcare comes at a premium here,
News, Arts Local Musicians Need a Local Business to Help Children's Charity By Dave Fox
When local singer/songwriter Sharron Nicholleasked me if I wanted to help her to record a 5 track CD for a local children's charity, I thought, 'Why not?'. I'd worked with Sharron before in Dance-Fusion band, Hot Minute and acoustic duo, Raw Element s, so we soon fell into a routine and the songs came together in no time.
Most of the recording went without a hitch until we started work on a song
News, Arts Hull Poet, Joe Hakim's Debut Collection Available Now By Tim Roux
Joe Hakimis a performance poet and a writer. He is also involved in Hull Truck theatre with the Write to Speak sessions with Mike Watts, another excellent Hull-based poet.
I have read some of his work on thisisUll.com, and he has a couple of poems in the excellent new poetry collection, Hull Connection, edited by the always superb Peter Knaggs (get hold of copies of his The Slab series - where he calls himself
News, Arts Mapping The City
During the month of May, Leeds based arts company Slung Low will be inviting Hull audiences to a night of groundbreaking immersive theatre. The show called Mapping the City will run for four consecutive nights 4th-8th of May 2011. It has been written especially for Hull, using Hull as its inspiration, by celebrated playwrights, James Phillips, Mathew David Scott and Jenny Worton .
Mapping the City is described in
News, Arts Hull Truck Theatre Responds to ACE Funding Announcement
Hull Truck Theatre has been boosted by news that it has retained full Arts Council England (ACE) funding until 2015, with inflationary increases year-on-year.
The ACE report which recommends Hull Truck for funding provides a ringing endorsement of both artistic vision and the company's business model. It praises the theatre's partnerships and focus on new writing and explicitly recognises the need to sustainably fund change
News, Arts The Momentous Launch of The Hull Connection at The History Centre, Hull - Saturday 12th February
The Hull Connection
The History Centre
Saturday 12th February 2011
2.15pm Admission Free.
A collection of at least a dozen of the brightest stars in the firmament of English poetry will be reading at the launch of a groundbreaking poetry book at The History Centre on 12th February 2011 at 2.15pm. All of the poets have a Hull Connection,
News, Arts Hull's Latest Poetry Anthology - The Hull Connection; Extracting Poetry
New from Muesli Jellyfish, creators of Purple Patch Small Press Publication of the Year - Slab of Fun. A stonewall 100% thoroughbred book of Hullite poetry, quintessentially Hulldonian in outlook and perspective, brimful of loquacious Hullnes: Wilton Carhoot.
This book maps the poetic activity that has taken place in Hull since the publication of the 1982 book book A Rumoured City, which was forwarded by Philip Larkin,
News, Arts Heritage Lottery Fund awards £50k to architecture centre to explore Hull's 'spirit of place'
Arc, the architecture and built environment centre for Hull and the Humber region, has secured £49,700 of Heritage Lottery Fund money to deliver a project exploring the notion of Hullness.
The centre, which is part of a national network of centres across the UK, will be asking - 'Is there such a thing as Hullness?
News, Arts International Poetry Anthology - Voices From Everywhere
Voices From Everywhere, an international poetry anthology featuring work from Belgium, USA, South Africa, Algeria, Holland, Scotland and England has been released, with all of the British contributions coming from Hull. It also includes some pieces of black and white artwork
News, Arts Write to Speak Presents Kate Fox News at Hull Truck on Wednesday 12th January 2011
Write to Speak, Yorkshire's first theatre based spoken word night, returns to the studio space at Hull Truck theatre for its final night of the season on Wednesday 12th January to present Kate Fox News, with support from 4 local up and coming female poets. The evening will be hosted by Joe Hakim and Mike Watts.
News, Arts Hull Poet, Mike Watts' Debut Collection Available Now By Tim Roux
Coming from a street near Mike Watts, I happen to know quite a lot about Hull and the extraordinary artistic
flare up that has happened there over the last 40 years since the arrival of Philip Larkin of Hull University,
John Godber of Hull Truck, and Cilla Wykes of ThisisUll, all of whom have had a major effect on the area
(and if those sound like honorary titles they've got there, they should be).