Honouring one of Hull’s trailblazers who battled to improve safety on North Sea trawlers, Hull Truck Theatre and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 premiered The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca during the final season of Hull 2017, Tell the World.
Written by Maxine Peake, directed by Sarah Frankcom and Imogen Knight and with an original live score by folk’s finest – The Unthanks – the unique site-specific production took audiences on an unforgettable journey. Using music, storytelling, movement and performance, the show celebrated an inspirational period in Hull’s history and a force for change that resonated far beyond the city.
As audiences followed Lillian Bilocca and her crew of head-scarved revolutionaries through Hull’s historic Guildhall, they were transported back to 1968 to witness the Three Day Millionaire’s riotous return home from the wet and wild west and dance at the ghostly Silver Cod Ball, the trawler owners’ annual slap on the back.
The immersive piece of theatre allowed the audience to become part of Hull’s fishing community, celebrating the vivid and dangerous lives of its trawler men and uniting against the feudal power of the ship owners.
Installation view, 2020. Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2020. Photo by Jules Lister.
Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love
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Frances Disley, The Cucumber Fell in the Sand. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. ©Jules Lister
Frances Disley: The Cucumber Fell In The Sand
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Ella Dorton, Journey to the Centre of the Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas). Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
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IETM Hull 2019 Artistic Programme
Measures of Life by The Lumen Prize for Digital Art
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Installation view, 2020. Lucy Clout, ZZZ. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2020. Photo by Jules Lister.
Lucy Clout, ZZZ
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© Chris Pepper
Hull Takeover: Previews
Image: Athena Papadopoulos, A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale-Heart, courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist 2019. © James Mulkeen
A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale Heart, Athena Papadopoulos
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Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit
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Act VII: Land of Green Ginger
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Hull Truck Theatre
The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca
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Image: Installation View. Mike S Redmond and Faye Coral Jones (MSR FCJ), Ecstatic Rituals.
Emerging Cultural Leaders Mobility Bursary 2019 - Information Event
PRS Foundation New Music Biennial 2019
Image: Cut, Humber Street Gallery 2019. ©James Mulkeen
Cut, Richard Houguez & Graham Jones
Candoco Dance Company Face In by Yasmeen Godder Photography by Hugo Glendinning
IETM Hull 2019 Plenary Meeting
Urban Legends: Northern Lights
Home Town Story
It Takes a Village