When a sell-out play about Hull’s Triple Trawler Tragedy is returning to the city

Source: Hull Daily Mail, Wednesday 31st January 2018

A sell-out production telling the story of Hull’s Triple Trawler Tragedy is coming back to Hull Truck Theatre this month.

Turning The Tide will be honouring the 50th anniversary of the local disaster from February 6 to 10, with tickets for last year’s shows flying out of the box office.

Brought to Hull by the Centre for Contemporary Storytelling, the production has played at the Ferensway theatre for the past three years to critical acclaim.

The show is devised and directed by Hull Truck Theatre associate artist Rupert Creed, writer of Made in Hull, City of Culture’s opening event.

He said: “February 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Hull’s Triple Trawler Tragedy, so it felt timely and appropriate to re-mount the show, as it vividly portrays the events of that traumatic time, and the amazing achievement of the women of Hessle Road who brought about positive change to the way the fishing industry was run.

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“The show is a living testament to that achievement, and is told authentically & honestly through the voices of the women and men directly involved.”

In the winter of 1968, three Hull trawlers sank in arctic waters, and the loss of the 58 men devastated Hessle Road’s close-knit fishing community.

For the first time the fishermen’s wives took action. They marched, campaigned and drew the world’s attention to their cause – the reform of an industry which was killing their men.

A powerful multi-media production with spoken word, song, image, film and compelling storytelling, Turning The Tide vividly recreates a period when Hull women stepped out of the shadows and moved beyond grief to campaign with passion.
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The production features live music from folk singing duo Hissyfit, whose songs are inspired by the people of Hull and its fishing industry, and acclaimed storyteller Shonaleigh, who was the UK’s Deputy National Storytelling Laureate from 2010 until 2012.

Turning The Tide also features original audio recordings made with the Hessle Road women who campaigned in 1968, including Lil Bilocca, Christine Smallbone, Yvonne Blenkinsop and Mary Denness.

Their stories and memories offer an authentic testimony of the events of that time told with passion and determination.

Tickets for the shows at Hull Truck are available from the Hull Truck Box Office. SOLD OUT


Read The Original Hull Daily Mail Article which features archive images and video.