The History Troupe devise content from a clear sense of place. A sure grasp of our community roots and heritage offers a strong platform to understand and build towards a viable and sustainable future. Award winning exhibitions and an extensive repertoire of exhibitions, plays and performances offer something for everyone to inform, entertain and challenge an audience from all walks of life.
This content is proving of real value to Regions and their communities as part of the cultural offer. Heritage adds value for visitors and locals alike and can be a destination magnet for inward investment. People do not come to live and work behind solely a desk; they want to have a rich variety of activities to enjoy and The History Troupe seeks to work with partners across the community to make heritage happen and open out the options.
And then there is Education. It takes a village to raise a child is an African proverb that sets the scene for The History Troupe’s work in community engagement.
Numerous studies in the USA, Germany and the UK highlight the significance of parental background on further study choices and career pathways. All the more reason to engage across the community with content that can raise aspirations and match potential with appropriate rather than potentially ill informed choice. Heritage events build footfall and have people coming back for more and the stories can trigger memories and a thirst for discovery.
‘Sharp Street’ tells the story behind the memorial that is located on its namesake, off new land avenue. This remembrance performance combines the poems from the book written by Rob Bell. Join us for an evening of stories, poetry and songs as we remember the remarkable and tragic loss that this street suffered during the First World War. The History Troupe players will be accompanied by The Hillbilly Troupe.
From 1880 to 1914 over 3 million people passed through Hull from Europe in search of freedom and opportunity in the Americas. This is a story exploring where they came from, why they left, their experience on the quaysides of Hull and where they go to. This piece has been used by several schools to explore Values and contemporary challenges. The story unfolds in words, images and song.
The Box is a story of life on the East Hull docks in the 1970’s. This fictional tale is rooted in the banter and the cargoes of that time. Rucksack, the chargehand “always on your back”; Trot, the shop steward; Jack the Lad, Jockey and College deal with containerisation in their own ways. Q&A’s have been lively!
A mother and daughter deal with life ashore with the men away on the trawlers. Both women confront their secrets surrounded by the demons of a life on tick.
Madam Clapham ran a Haute Couture Salon for royalty and the establishment before WW1. This is a story of how this formidable matriarch of the sewing rooms in Hull faces up to the challenge of independent women and easier style.
The Mystery of Ravenser Odd is the story of the once great port at the mouth of the Humber that foreshadows a potential fate for the rest of the Humber. Performed in the streets of Hull by our very own band of travelling minstrels and strolling players.
Based in a working man’s club we are introduced to Hull FC legends Jack Harrison and Billy Batten. A world full of banter and competition is tipped on its head as WW1 approaches, the events that follow shake everyone and you are left wondering who the hero is?
Every migrant sets out in search of safety, freedom and opportunity but no two journeys are the same. These castaways are trapped between a past that haunts them and a future that is, at best, uncertain.
In the season before WW1 Jack Harrison scored a record 52 tries including the winner in the Challenge Cup for Hull FC. This is the story of how this legend met his fate and was awarded the VC running for another line - a line of machine guns at Oppy Wood.
It is 1927 in a village called Oppy near Arras, France. A woman is busy with her sandwiches and another arrives from a charabanc with her pack up. Lotti is an English teacher from Bavaria and after marrying a Trawlerman, Mina became a fish filleter on Hessle Road, Hull. They begin to talk and over the next few years their friendship as penfriends builds against a backdrop of the tough interwar years and then the Nazi take over.
Aubrey has been away and returns to tell the history, the craic and the soundtrack of Beverley Road - entrance to Hull for 700 years. The Hillbilly Troupe provide the songs and…Aubrey will be there. From the thirsty of Blundell’s corner and the tannery on Bankside; from a King sent packing to the Singing Nun the Bull has stared down passengers on the double-decker buses - all the way to the bar! Come – dress to tell! Language is a skin – come tattoo the hours.
A new script-in-hand performance, 'The Cobbler and a Trawlerman' - a story of an unlikely friendship between an anarchic Jewish cobbler and a young, cocksure trawlerman in the heart of Hull's fishing community - Hessle Road.
This is the story of a formidable woman. Friendship with three fellow crossword black belts in a well known local bar lasted for years. The clientele were regaled and lacerated by their caustic wit night after night. The years pass and Mabel Thunder has the honour of giving the eulogy at funerals. This raging monologue sees Mabel, after her last performance at the crematorium, return for the wake all guns blazing. This is a cross between mastermind, I’m a celebrity get me out of here, Saville Row elegance and Primark realities.
The ABP Alexandra Dock Pump House was open as a Pop-Up Gallery from 3rd November through to 10th December. Accessed via vintage double-decker buses from various points in Hull City Centre, the exhibition comprised of three rooms covering the Roots, Heritage & Future of Hull as a Port City. A fourth room also played host to an excellent Arts Programme of spoken word, theatre, music and workshops.
The History Troupe worked with Marc Cooper, Head Teacher of The Marvell College and Associated British Ports, to build links between the port and the wider community. Large scale photographs of the docks from the 1950s were placed around the school with no explanation. Curiosity grew as students wanted to know more about their roots, heritage and futures.
Between 5th and 20th of July, InPort Stories’ photographic pop-up exhibition moved into unit 15 of North Point Shopping Centre in Bransholme. Over the course of these two weeks, hundreds of local residents passed by the exhibition to see our collection of images for themselves, and to share personal stories and familial anecdotes about the docks. Their contributions brought the pictures to life, and helped to celebrate such a vital element of Hull’s history.
A pop-up exhibition telling to story of the region's railways in Paragon Station. Hull Connected charts the development of the railway network in Hull and across East Yorkshire. Featuring photographs from the Hull Live archive, it occupies one of the currently empty retail units on the main station concourse next to Starbucks.
The History Troupe Presents an Evening of Poetry in Translation: A jukebox of poems, songs and stories from a collection of countries. Guest speakers and musicians will present key, influential and provocative pieces from a catalogue of Global culture. At a time when the world is seemingly growing apart this evening celebrates our common humanity in language and music that will echo into the night…
An evening celebrating the poetry of women from the lyric poetry of the Ancient Greek Sappho to modern contemporary pieces. Accompanied by music and song.
This is a story of a war that wrecked a generation. Many of us are familiar with the British perspective, but what about the heart-wrenching stories across the globe? Armenia to Bombay; Cape Town to Dortmund; Istanbul to Rome. Warring cousins from antique lands played a pivotal role in the first world war. Let’s hear their stories too. As we remember their tales, the history troupe players will be accompanied by The Hillbilly Troupe for an evening of stories, poetry and songs.
Come and join ourselves on this very poignant day to remember those lost at sea and to focus on our Roots, Heritage and Future of Hull, the Port City.
We will be joined by The Fishermen's Mission and The Marvell College Choir.
It's 1918 in Hessle, old-time Music Hall is the rage. War is over and performers give a free show in celebration and remembrance of the brave sons of Hessle. Following the Armistice Remembrance parade in Hessle Square and Prestongate earlier in the afternoon attention moves to the Foreshore. Join East Riding's Town Cryer when he introduces several performers who take us through WWI in Hessle with music and variety. The event concludes with the lighting of Hessle's beacon join others across the nation following the lead of the Beacon at The Tower of London.
Hull is more than a story of fish now long gone. Trade and cargoes in everything from wine, hides and timber to wool, coal and migrants triggered the building of staithes and docks to handle sailing ships, steamships and turbines down to now. This Exhibition explores the roots, heritage and future of Hull as a port city.
In 2001 archaeologists found a number of skeletons neatly buried close to Athies near Arras – these were Grimsby Chums who fell on the Arras Front in 1917. This play traces the story from the footings of a BMW factory to the battle ground. Rob Bell worked with the Arras Archaeology Services on the details that went into this harrowing tale.
On Hengate, Beverley there is a statue in the Memorial Garden to the fallen of the East Riding in combat. Four women are seated, staring into a middle distance with toylike symbols in their laps. A small tank represents the Army; a small ship, the Navy; a bi plane, the Air Force... This is a Memorial to the fallen of the First World War. Statues Cradling Toys explores what lies behind their impassive stare. Rob Bell and Dave Gawthorpe weave a narrative of words and music to conjure universal truths from the local impact of the First World War.