The History Troupe has an ambitious programme and so far we have generated 7 pieces of theatre based on original writing, musical composition and visual representation. We are keen to engage with partners to advance our work in the community.
Our sponsors for the Sharp Street Performances this November include: BP; MKM; Archomai; The Renewables Network; Hull Kingston Rovers; John Good Travel; The Freedom Centre, Preston Road, Hull; Quality Personnel. Their help is much appreciated.
We are working closely with: (alphabetical order)
- Arras Tourist Board and, the Wellington Quarry. We are collaborating on a venue for the History Troupe performance of Oppy Wood in May 2014. Other projects are being discussed in support of the centenary of both the Arras Front and Oppy Wood in 2017. Watch this space.
- Business Culture Hull. The Business Culture Hull is a new organisation that unites Hull’s business community with the cultural scene by providing an online networking forum and regular meet-up events.
Tony Bowler, is the founder and Director of The Business Culture Hull, whose vision is to connect businesses in Hull and surrounding areas through an all-inclusive positive dynamic group, sees the value of two communities working together for a common cause.
- Carnegie Heritage Centre, Hull. Located in an amazing building that opened in 1904, this now volunteer run centre is a resource that can be accessed by people with an interest in both Local and Family history. The centre has a huge wealth of data about Hull’s history and people’s memories of it. The History Troupe are collaborating on street shrines and stories. Watch this space;
- Duveen Gallery, Humber Street. Born on English Street, Hull Joseph Duveen became the most spectacular Art Dealer of all time. Buying up Art works from a British aristocracy suffering from inheritance taxes and a fall in agricultural income and selling to the nouveaux riches of America, Duveen created the world Art market as we now know it. Today, Geoff Rhodes is developing a superb homage to this hidden history. The History troupe are collaborating on several exciting projects.
- Freedom Centre, Preston Road, Hull. We are working on a number of projects related to the East Hull area. For example, Marfleet Lane will be staged in November and this is an adapted version of Sharp Street. In addition, we are working on the Cargoes Project – to explore the hidden histories of everything from camel bones and timber to fruit and natural oils. These efforts link with local schools.
- Fruit Trade Music, Humber Street. We have recorded some tracks from the poems from Reaching for the Land of Green Ginger. More to follow …
- History Centre, Hull. This superb local history archive works closely with The History Troupe on images supporting the performances and, archival material to support research into the scripts. We have collaborated on Acoustic in the Archives – a song writing workshop led by Dave Gawthorpe and featuring Mick McGarry, Lloyd Dobbs and Jody McKenna on using history as a trigger for musical composition.
- Hull Civic Society. Hull Civic Society is working in partnership with a number of other organisations, to develop projects that will benefit the city of Hull. Hosting talks on Sharp Street and the Migrants Tale, the Civic Society offer a useful platform for The History Troupe to reach a wider audience.
- John Good & Co. 2013 is the 180th anniversary of this remarkable trading company with offices across the UK and global network links – especially the Baltic. The History Troupe are collaborating on Oppy Wood and the Migrants Tale project.
- Oresome Gallery, Humber Street. The History Troupe champion craft skills and the creativity and innovation that comes from this. This is not a better yesterday; this is a route to opening out skill and self expression. Migrants carried tools with them; were on the look out for opportunity. We are working with this innovative workshop to explore the migrant story in both a figurative and crafts based way. Watch this space.
- St Marys College, Hull. This award winning school has a fine drama heritage and currently works with The Royal Shakespeare Company on an exchange project with the RSC performing in the school and at Hull Truck over a three year period. We are working on a WW1 Street Shrine Project with St Marys students combining Drama, History, English and Art disciplines to stage their own performance of Sharp Street in 2014. The History Troupe team will support the project.
- Thieving Harry’s, Humber Street. This has been a pivot in the development of the Humber Street Artist Quarter for the past two years and many of the ideas that have gone into the making of the History Troupe have been hatched here. As Thieving Harry’s refurb their place overlooking the Marina, THT are in discussion on the creation of reading groups etc. Watch this space.
- WISE (Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation). Based at the University of Hull, this world renowned Institute was founded in 2007 to celebrate William Wilberforce. Rob Bell has worked closely with Dr Nick Evans on the migrants tale and other ideas are in the pipeline.
- Wrecking Ball Press. The name says it all. WBP have developed an International reputation for challenging writing and are working with The History Troupe on a History Series to accompany the work.
Other Partners (including Schools) will be announced shortly. Watch this space.
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