Hull Takeover at Edinburgh Festival Fringe © Josh Moore

Hull Takeover

This summer, Hull headed back to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as Absolutely Cultured’s Hull Independent Producer Initiative, in partnership with Middle Child, supported by Hull Truck Theatre and Back to Ours, supported shows by five, highly acclaimed and exciting theatre companies from Hull.

The Hull Independent Producers Initiative supports and develops Hull’s performing arts sector through training and mentoring, along with championing emerging theatre companies living and working in the city.

Taking place from 2 to 26 August, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival witnessed a Hull Takeover as Hull-based theatre companies The Herd, Middle Child, Roaring Girls, Just Club and international acrobats Casus Circus, commissioned by Back to Ours took to the stage to show the world what Hull is made of.

Three of the visiting companies – The Herd, Just Club and The Roaring Girls – received financial support from Absolutely Cultured. In addition all companies benefited from in-kind support including PR and marketing from Absolutely Cultured as well as wellbeing support from Middle Child. The Herd, Middle Child, Roaring Girls, and Just Club were also supported by Hull Truck Theatre to preview their shows as part of their ‘Grow’ season and benefited from the peer support they provided each other. Both Middle Child and Casus offered the benefit of their previous successful experiences at Edinburgh fringe to the other companies in the Takeover programme.