Building on the huge success of last year’s inaugural festival, we were delighted to partner with the BBC and Wrecking Ball Press to produce the return of the BBC’s national poetry and spoken word festival Contains Strong Language.
As part of the programme we commissioned a new site-specific piece, Home Town Story, a captivating theatrical journey through the back streets of Hull. As we invited people to discover the poetry and voices that shout from the rooftops, whisper round the corners and echo through Hull’s squares.
Audiences gathered to embark on a journey of discovery of Hull’s lesser known places and the stories of its characters along the way, meeting local and international poets, wordsmiths and artists en route who brought the poetry to life.
Written by award-winning poet and playwright Louise Wallwein, and Directed by Mark Murphy, Home Town Story was commissioned and produced by Absolutely Cultured for Contains Strong Language.
Contains Strong Language is the BBC’s national poetry and spoken word festival, with coverage on national and local radio and TV. It is a partnership between the BBC, Wrecking Ball Press, The Arts Council, Absolutely Cultured, 14-18 NOW and The British Council.
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It Takes a Village
States of Play
Home Town Story
Act VII: Land of Green Ginger
John Grant's North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay
Hull Truck Theatre
The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca