People view Hull as ‘’The worse place to live in the UK’’. Do they know what we have to offer?! City of Culture hasn’t harmed us that’s for sure but do people really know what amazing theatre companies are here? Or did people just go and see RSC’s ‘The Hypocrite’ at Hull Truck?
Here is who you should be watching out for!
The Roaring Girls
These ladies make theatre that brings you to tears whilst putting a smile on your face. Displaying huge topics like depression and body image, set in intimate spaces they leave you with a personal connection to the subject matter and often dancing out of the theatre.
This theatre company make some serious noise with ground breaking concepts, and at the same time their shows are affordable and accessible for all people. Their ethos is gig theatre and more often then not set the shows in clubs, bars and old office spaces. With many of there shows receiving awards at Edinburgh Fringe Festival they are a cultural gem for Hull.
These guys make beautiful theatre that is playful for the audience which gets people to engage with serious conversations. Whilst often modest in set and costume it makes up for it with its charm, wit and music. These guys recent show, ‘A Super Happy Story (About feeling super sad)’ has blown audiences away and has UK tour soon, followed by Broadway and Adelaide-Australia.
What do you think of the arts scene in Hull? #rachelrants
Humber Street in Old Town is one of my favourite hidden gems in Hull, and the first place I take any friends that visit. The cobbled street is lit up by fairy lights that line the row of bars, restaurants and quirky boutiques. The refurbished fruit market warehouses add such a unique vibe to the area, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend a visit! Here are just some of the things you can do in the area.
Dine in one of Hull’s top-rated tapas restaurants – Ambiente offers a wide range of tapas and I also love their wine and cocktail menu! Check their menu out here.
Check out the fantastic range of vintage clothing at Hull’s very own Poorboy Boutique, who knows what unique pieces you’ll find!
Ever asked yourself if there’s an interactive dinosaur experience in Hull? Well, surprisingly there is. Dinostar sits in Humber Street offering interactive dinosaur exhibits. Who knew Hull had it’s very own Natural History Museum?
The City Speaks – For the city of culture year, a steel lectern was installed at the marina end of Humber Street. This platform records your speech and displays the text on the tidal surge barrier at the other end, lighting up Humber Street.
For many Hullensians, football will never compare with rugby league. The thirteen man code (as opposed to the fifteen men a side in rugby union) is a fast game that at its best shows an enjoyable momentum on the pitch that few sports can equal.
Hull is a great place to get into rugby league as it is the only city in the country with a proper derby – that of Hull Kingston Rovers (the Red and Whites) versus Hull FC (the Black and Whites). Traditionally support is split by the River Hull running through the city – FC is west and KR east of the river – and families are often a mix of the two, which has given the game a reputation as a friendly derby.
There is an added spice to proceedings now as well, after the events of last season – KR losing a relegation play-off in farcical fashion to go down, just weeks after FC won arguably the greatest game in their history, finally winning the Challenge Cup at Wembley after eight failed attempts. That local lad and former captain Lee Radford coached FC to victory made it all the sweeter (three guesses as to my team!).
With KR aiming to get promoted at the first attempt and FC looking to continue their huge improvement over the last few seasons, now is a fine time to start following the sport. Not only is it a huge part of Hull’s culture – it’s also an exciting way to spend eighty minutes.