Hull’s Angel. Written by Janet Plater. Directed by Matt Jamie 19th – 24th December, Kardomah 94, Hull. Following the recent success of her critically-acclaimed play, The Gaul (**** The Guardian), Janet Plater serves up a festive treat to delight both Hull and Newcastle audiences (13th – 16th December, Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle)
The Hull-born, Newcastle -based writer is bringing back her popular 2013 festive show, Hull’s Angel, which opened at Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre, before returning to the home of its premiere production, Kardomah in Hull.
Set in the current day against the backdrop of 2017’s City of Culture, Hull’s Angel is a new take on the nativity story, with songs and comedy celebrating the down to earth personalities of northern folk.
While scientists are predicting an unusual star is going to shine over the city, Mary, a young woman living in Newcastle, receives an intriguing message from a stranger. She is told that she has been chosen to give birth to the new saviour of the world! She tells him to nick off.
Still, it’s quite a shock when Mary finds she is expecting a baby.
Meanwhile, there’s talk of a special event due to take place in Hull, the hometown of Mary’s boyfriend Joe. So, they pack their bags and set off down the M62. But guess what, there’s no room at the inn!
After searching the city high and low, Mary and Joe manage to find refuge in the shed behind the Star Inn. But it’s pretty packed. And what with the shepherds and Prince Harry turning up…
Janet Plater says, ‘It’s a different take on a Christmas show. I’m delighted we’ve been asked to return to Hull and also to bring the play to Tyneside for the first time.’
The play sparkles with Plater’s passion for Hull and Newcastle and her obvious love of northern culture. After enjoying a happy childhood living in Hull’s Avenues area, Plater spent nine years in London before moving to Newcastle upon Tyne, where she now lives and works. Her plays have been performed for BBC Radio 4, at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle, the Arts Theatre London and at several Hull venues including Hull Truck, Fruit and with Ensemble 52 as part of Hull’s Freedom Festival.
Hull’s Angel features a cast of six including Newcastle’s Christina Berriman-Dawson, who has recently enjoyed international success touring with the award-winning play, Key Change from Open Clasp Theatre. The cast also features Hull actors Bruce Khan and Jacqueline Rodgers, stalwart actor and Coronation Street writer, Phil Woods, as well as Samantha Phyllis Morriss (TVs the Dumping Ground, New Writing North’s Hey Presto and Plater’s Gaslight on Grey Street) and Matt Jamie (TV’s Scott and Bailey and Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing, Live Theatre) .
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