L-R: Sarah, Helen, Sami, Munya, photo credit R&R Studio

L-R: Sarah, Helen, Sami, Munya, photo credit R&R Studio

HIPI Programme

Led by Helen Goodman and assisted by trainee producers Munya Redman-Bayasi, Sami Hindmarsh and Sarah Penney, the Hull Independent Producer Initiative supports and develops Hull’s performing arts sector.

In addition to providing training and mentoring to independent producers, HIPI champions and supports emerging theatre companies and individual artists living and working in Hull.

We recognise that running a project-funded company, being a freelancer or sole trader is not easy. HIPI provides help with a whole range of activities from opportunities to showcase the work, completing funding applications and monitoring and evaluation; all in a supportive, informal and accessible environment. We do this through a combination of one to one advice sessions, training, masterclass events, sector gatherings and through developing networking opportunities.

Previously we have provided support to Silent Uproar with grant applications that resulted in raising over £110,000 as well as helping them to generate an extensive UK wide tour; Middle Child with their NPO bid and Bellow Theatre in securing their first funding to make work. HIPI has also supported Ensemble 52, Apus Productions, Roaring Girls, She Productions, Pub Corner Poets and The Herd.

Supported by HIPI, Hull theatre companies toured their work and showcased at New Diorama Theatre in London, selling out 90% of the shows; and initiated a ‘Hull Takeover’ at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, where the companies picked up numerous awards and rave reviews.

If you are a professional theatre or dance artist living and making performance-based work in Hull, sign up to our Absolutely Cultured newsletter and follow our social media channels to find out about HIPI opportunities. HIPI would love to hear from you too, for more information or to organise a chat, contact helen.goodman@absolutelycultured.co.uk.

HIPI is an Absolutely Cultured project, funded by Arts Council England, Hull City Council Arts Development and Back To Ours, with support from Hull Truck Theatre.

Current HIPI Opportunities


We are asking for Hull based companies that are already planning to go to Edinburgh for a minimum of 1 week between the dates of August 2 – 27 2019 to apply to be part of the Hull Takeover 2019.

More information and details on how to apply can be found here. Deadline for application is January 2 2019.

Expressions of interest

Equal opportunities monitoring form

Made in Hull: Proud to support emerging theatre companies and artists.

HIPI Programme

James Mulkeen