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IMPACT REVIEW

JANUARY - DECEMBER 2017


WELCOME.

Reflecting back on the incredible experience of 2017 it is hard to imagine Hull as a place where art and culture wasn’t such a fundamental and visible part of who we are and where we live. As a theatre we have benefitted hugely from the support and investment of Hull2017, enabling us to raise the bar of our ambition to develop a programme of exceptional theatre for the widest possible audience. As we transition into our ‘new normal’, our values of inclusion, innovation and integrity will drive our future artistic ambitions to build a theatre that reflects the diversity of a modern Britain. The pride and passion of artists, audiences and communities who turned out to support our work has been truly inspiring and renewed our determination to build on this spirit of optimism and ambition for the future. Our thanks to everyone who have supported us and most of all to the incredible Hull Truck Theatre team who have gone above and beyond to deliver this most inspiring of years. Mark Babych, Artistic Director Janthi Mills-Ward, Executive Director (Joint Chief Executives)

HULL TRUCK THEATRE

WELCOME

Being a lead partner in Hull2017 was transformative for Hull Truck Theatre and a year we won’t forget in a hurry. It gave us the opportunity to look afresh at our creative programmes and let our ambition loose. We came up with new ideas for rip‑roaring shows that filled the theatre, we had standing ovations and fabulous casts, we took work to estates, community centres and even into the Guildhall. We flung our doors open wide and invited the world in. It was a headlong, dizzying dash across a year that has given us huge pride for the City of Hull and all those who live, work and play in it. As a consequence our ambition is stronger and more certain than ever and we have a vision for the future that will make Hull Truck Theatre a fabulous home for audiences, communities and artists alike. This annual report tells the story of Hull Truck Theatre in 2017. Read it, enjoy it and join us on our exciting journey over the coming years. Al Dix, Chair of the Board


Hull Truck Theatre thanks the following for their generous support: HULL TRUCK THEATRE MAIN AUDITORIUM SPONSOR:

SPOTLIGHT PARTNERS Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

CAPITAL SUPPORTER

OFFICIAL SUPPLIERS

TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation


AN EXCEPTIONAL YEAR

IN NUMBERS. 3,500 hours

of time were given to us by Volunteers

88,376 PEOPLE EXPERIENCED OUR WORK IN HULL

91 members of Youth Theatre and Act III over 55

2,610 PEOPLE OF ALL AGES PARTICIPATED IN WORKSHOPS, DISCOVER EVENTS AND INCLUSION GROUPS

theatre makers presented 6 productions

45% WERE FIRST TIME BOOKERS

20,669

more people saw our work on tour around the country

EVERY £1 INVESTED BY HULL CITY COUNCIL GENERATES £10.53 OF ADDITIONAL INCOME

£3.6 Million Annual Turnover 2017

£

£

AN AVERAGE PRICE OF £12.17 MEANT THAT TICKETS WERE AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE HULL TRUCK THEATRE

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A YEAR IN NUMBERS

245 children from disadvantaged areas of Hull saw A Christmas Carol as part of our Give The Gift of Theatre scheme, supported by Spotlight and our corporate partners

55

We welcomed visiting productions The number of productions we staged The number of in house shows which were new commissions

3,253 people took advantage of our Pay What You Can scheme, paying an average of £5.66 per ticket


We presented

459 performances

97% WE ATTRACTED AUDIENCES FROM 97% OF ALL UK POSTCODE AREAS

5,000

people from our local community took part in our Community Dialogues project.


AN EXCEPTIONAL YEAR

ON STAGE.

The Hypocrite

Great Adventures in Storyland

“EXTRAORDINARILY VIBRANT, HUGELY ENJOYABLE AND RIOTOUSLY FUNNY HISTORICAL ROMP” i on The Hypocrite

HULL TRUCK THEATRE

ON STAGE

Defiance 1 – 25 March The Hypocrite Hull Truck Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 By Richard Bean Directed by Phillip Breen Various Dates Great Adventures in Storyland Hull Truck Theatre Devised by Finlay McGuigan

22 – 25 March Defiance Hull Truck Youth Theatre, Act III over 55s theatre makers and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Directed by Tom Bellerby and Rupert Creed


“FRASER’S PORTRAYAL IS ONE OF CONFRONTATIONAL FORCE, EXUBERANT” The Times on Richard III

The Chrysalids

Remote

Richard III 12 – 13 April The Chrysalids Hull Truck Youth Theatre Adapted by David Harrower From the novel by John Wyndham Directed by Finlay McGuigan 20 – 22 April Hull Truck Youth Theatre Remote By Stef Smith Directed by Lizi Perry

This Changes Everything

20 – 22 April Hull Truck Youth Theatre This Changes Everything By Joel Horwood Directed by Alice Palmer 4 – 27 May Richard III Hull Truck Theatre, Northern Broadsides and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 By William Shakespeare Directed by Barrie Rutter


Mighty Atoms

“HAS A STRENGTH AND POWER THAT IS REALLY QUITE INCREDIBLE”

8 June – 1 July Mighty Atoms Hull Truck Theatre and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 By Amanda Whittington Directed by Mark Babych 16 – 19 August Our Mutual Friend Hull Truck Theatre and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Based on the novel by Charles Dickens Adapted by Bryony Lavery Directed by Tom Bellerby

Yorkshire Post on Mighty Atoms

Our Mutual Friend

31 August – 9 September The Suitcase The Market Theatre Johannesburg Based on the novel by Es’kia Mphahlele Adapted and Directed by James Ngcobo Featuring Live Music Composed and Written by Hugh Masekela

The Suitcase

HULL TRUCK THEATRE

ON STAGE


A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian 22 September – 14 October A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian Hull Truck Theatre and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Based on the novel by Marina Lewycka Adapted by Tanika Gupta Directed by Mark Babych 1 – 4 November The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca Hull Truck Theatre and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 By Maxine Peake Live Music by Adrian McNally and The Unthanks Directed by Sarah Frankcom 1 December – 6 January A Christmas Carol Hull Truck Theatre and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Based on the novella by Charles Dickens Adapted by Deborah McAndrew Directed by Amy Leach

The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca

“EXHILARATING AND MOVING, A SHOW MADE FOR AND WITH THE PEOPLE OF HULL” The Guardian on The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca A Christmas Carol


PART OF OUR

COMMUNITY. Working with and being part of our local community lies at the heart of everything we do. Through Community Dialogues, our research and engagement project funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, 1,115 theatre tickets were used by residents of two areas of low arts engagement in Hull, Orchard Park and Thornton Estates. 4,561 people from these areas also participated in creative activities. In October we hosted a symposium to share learning from the project and discuss next steps for community engagement in Hull.

HULL TRUCK THEATRE

PART OF OUR COMMUNITY

The cast of The Hypocrite rehearsed at Holy Apostles Church on Thornton Estate as part of a partnership with the Goodwin Development Trust.

“I FELT DIGNITY – WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT DOWN WE WERE ALL THE SAME” ANDREW, THORNTON ESTATE RESIDENT


HULL TRUCK THEATRE

PART OF OUR COMMUNITY


550 adults with severe mental and physical disabilities took part in workshops throughout the year, aimed at using drama as a tool to increase communication and social skills and as an opportunity for self-expression. DramaJam, funded by Children in Need, gave 172 young people who do not have chance to participate in the arts outside of school the opportunity to take part in creative activities.

Great Adventures in Storyland, our interactive craft and storytelling sessions for children ages 3 – 6 and their families, was attended by 49 children on Orchard Park and Thornton Estates.

An opening night event for The Suitcase saw invited audiences from BAME communities and residents of Orchard Park and Thornton Estates, alongside regular bookers, enjoying music, themed food and a vibrant atmosphere at the theatre.

“MOVING AND FANTASTIC... STAFF WERE WARM AND FRIENDLY AND I WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK” TONY, FIRST TIME VISITOR


TAKING PART

IN AN EXCEPTIONAL YEAR. Everyone should have the opportunity to participate in the arts, whether as the first step into a career, a way to build confidence and meet new people, or as part of a rounded education. Our Youth Theatre presented work in The Heron auditorium as part of our Year of Exceptional Drama. 52 young people performed in an ambitious new adaptation of Our Mutual Friend, to a sell out audience. 35 members of Senior Youth Theatre and Act III over 55s theatre makers presented Defiance at Hull’s Guildhall. A partner project to The Hypocrite, this devised piece explored what it meant for two generations to be defiant in 2017. Community companies played a key role in productions throughout the year. 32 roles were taken by community members of all ages in The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca and A Christmas Carol, and nine community drummers created the soundtrack to the battle scene of Richard III.

HULL TRUCK THEATRE

TAKING PART

Throughout the year, people of all ages had the opportunity to learn and gain experience with the support of industry professionals.

“WORKING ON DEFIANCE HAS OPENED MY MIND TO A DIFFERENT GENERATION, AND HAS MADE ME SEE THE SIMILARITIES AS WELL AS THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN US” BRANDON, YOUTH THEATRE MEMBER


HULL TRUCK THEATRE

TAKING PART


340 young people from 12 local primary and secondary schools came together in July to share their versions of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Associate Schools Festival. We continue to work with the RSC and St Mary’s School to deliver the Associate Schools Programme, including running workshops and INSET days for teachers to support creativity in the classroom. Students from the Pupil Referral Unit at our partner school Ashwell Academy attended workshops throughout the year, aimed at using drama skills to support social and personal development and wellbeing. Throughout the year, 200 adults and young people attended Discover events, gaining insight into how a Hull Truck Theatre production is made.

“ST MARY’S STUDENTS ARE INSPIRED AT EVERY LEVEL AND IN EVERY DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE” NEIL WOOD, DIRECTOR OF PERFORMANCE AT ST MARY’S COLLEGE


GROWING TALENT. Hull Truck Theatre supports artists and their ideas through Grow, our artist development programme. Grow Festival 2017 celebrated new work and ideas firmly rooted in Hull’s vibrant artistic scene. Highlights included: four of the city’s finest playwrights performing their own pieces about Hull, in collaboration with Paines Plough; 28 local artists creating four new plays in 24 hours; and 105 people attending networking events and workshops by led James Graham and BBC Writersroom. Working with the British Council, three of our Supported Artists accompanied our Associate Director to Freetown to collaborate with local artists in a cultural exchange project. We also welcomed Russian director Kira Malinina, who shadowed Mark Babych in rehearsals for A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian.

HULL TRUCK THEATRE

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

As part of our dedication to addressing both gender inequality and training opportunities for directors, we employed 7 Assistant Directors across the year, 6 of whom were female.

“[HTT’S] INPUT HAS BEEN INVALUABLE TO OUR PROGRESSION AS A COMPANY” PUB CORNER POETS


Pub Corner Poets and Bellow Theatre took part in our Be Our Guest residency scheme, supported by Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. The week-long residencies provide artists with financial support, time, space and professional advice to develop work. The Foundation’s support also enabled our Supported Artists to see new work around the country via a Go See Fund. We supported seven companies to create new work, including Silent Uproar, Bellow Theatre and Pub Corner Poets, who were all part of the successful Hull Takeover at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We led a partnership with Derby Theatre and Live Theatre, Newcastle, supported by Hull UK City of Culture 2017, to pilot Regional Young Actors Ensemble. 30 young actors aged 18-25 received vocational training to which they may not otherwise have had access, before coming together to stage a street theatre performance in Hull, directed by Sarah Brigham.


FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES

IN AN EXCEPTIONAL YEAR.

2017 was an exceptional year in every sense, including financially. Turnover increased substantially and the company succeeded in stepping up its earned income percentage by 3-4% compared to the previous two financial years, demonstrating an ability to upscale sustainably when activity and investment are increased.

Income notes: • Exceptional investment from Hull2017

By the end of the 2017/18 financial year, the theatre’s general reserves are projected to represent a reserves base of around two months’ expenditure, which will support the company as it enters what looks set to be a challenging period financially, with static subsidy and rising costs. By 2022 the theatre is budgeting to achieve an earned income percentage of 58%.

BOX OFFICE AND THEATRE TAX RELIEF 38%

enabled an enhanced programme of productions

• Income generated from the government’s Theatre Tax Relief scheme has been invested in the future resilience of the theatre

• Income from trading subsidiaries includes catering and hire of theatre space/facilities

HULL CITY COUNCIL AND ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND 30%

• In addition to the fundraising

EARNED INCOME 46%

income shown, £243k restricted project income was raised

HULL UK CITY OF CULTURE 2017 24%

HULL TRUCK THEATRE

FINANCE

FUNDRAISING 3% TRADING SUBSIDIARIES 3% HIRES & OTHER 2%


The graphics below are an unaudited summary of Hull Truck Theatre’s financial activities for the 2017 calendar year. They represent income, expenditure and transfers in respect of the company’s unrestricted general funds and incorporate restricted income and expenditure in relation to contributions from Hull2017. Further detail can be found in the theatre’s audited accounts which are made up to 31 March each year and available publicly from Companies House and the Charity Commission.

Expenditure notes: • Over £1.9m was spent on theatre productions during 2017

• The cost of operations was OPERATIONS 31%

PRODUCTION 54%

approximately equal to the combined investments of ACE and HCC

• Designated projects include plans to mark the tenth anniversary of the theatre building in 2019

TO RESERVES 4%

DESIGNATED PROJECTS 6% MARKETING 4% ENGAGEMENT, LEARNING AND ARTIST DEVELOPMENT 1%


PARTNERSHIPS. Working closely with a wide range of creative partners, and in particular with Hull UK City of Culture 2017 as co‑producing partners throughout the year, has enabled us to increase the ambition, profile, scale and diversity of our work, and build wider, deeper relationships with audiences, artists and communities. Partnerships with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Northern Broadsides and the National Theatre Studio all offer opportunities for continued collaboration. Our partnership with Market Theatre Johannesburg on their tour of The Suitcase enabled us to pilot a model of a northern touring consortium.

In March 2017 we hosted No Boundaries, alongside HOME, Manchester and in partnership with Arts Council England and the British Council. This high-profile conference was attended by 503 industry leaders, was live streamed between the host venues and featured a diverse line-up of speakers on topics such as Disruptive Influences, Internationalism and Citizenship. We have welcomed 6 organisations and individuals to SPOTLIGHT, our new corporate scheme, through which partners can develop their brand and directly support cuttingedge drama and community engagement. We continue to work with our main auditorium sponsor, Heron Foods, to engage communities and maximise marketing opportunities. As a successful recipient of Arts Council England’s Change Maker’s fund we are working with Amanda Huxtable (Director and Producer of Yorkshire-based Hidden Gems Productions) as Artistic Associate and member of the Strategic Management Team. We are part of Slate, a consortia of 12 organisations led by Eclipse Theatre, and are host to Enabler Melanie Abrahams, whose role is to support Black Independent Artists by increasing access to local, national and international networks.

HULL TRUCK THEATRE

PARTNERSHIPS


IN 2018/19

WE WILL...

Produce and present work that reflects the diverse communities and artists that populate our nation, including ensuring that across a season of work HTT productions have a 50/50 gender balance across our creative teams. Maintain the confidence gained through Hull2017 to be bold and brave in our ambition, continuing to grow our national reputation and creating exciting new work with exceptional artists. Continue to develop audiences from areas of low arts engagement, building relationships with residents and organisations on Orchard Park and Thornton Estates. Embed learning and participation work at the heart of the organisation, through more connectivity and crossover to the work produced on stage and increased staff involvement in community engagement. Strengthen our talent development programme in order to better serve and support Hull independent artists, opening out the schemes to support a more diverse group of artists. Open up access to roles in the industry to those currently underrepresented, including piloting a funded Technical Training Programme with 50% of places going to those from a protected characteristic.

IN 2018 WE WILL...

HULL TRUCK THEATRE


Main Image Credits (In order of appearance)

The Hypocrite PETE LE MAY

Richard III

NOBBY CLARK

A Christmas Carol

ANDREW BILLINGTON

Family Open Day TRICIA BOULTON

Great Adventures in Storyland KARL ANDRE

Our Mutual Friend JOSH MOORE

Schools workshop KARL ANDRE

Regional Young Actors Ensemble DANNY KNIGHT

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian ANDREW BILLINGTON

No Boundaries KARL ANDRE

HULL TRUCK THEATRE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES SUPPORT FROM:

01482 323638 / www.hulltruck.co.uk Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull HU2 8LB Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in England No. 1210050, Registered Charity No. 269645, VAT Reg No. 219938372

Hull Truck Theatre Impact review January – December 2017  
Hull Truck Theatre Impact review January – December 2017