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About The Event
Local legends, actor and director Barrie Rutter, award-winning folk musician Eliza Carthy, original Hull Truck member and actor Alan Williams, Hull’s fourth best poet Dean Wilson and actor Rachel Dale will combine forces to present a unique evening of story telling, poetry and music based around a maritime theme. From classic poems about sailors, fishermen and the sea, tall ships to trawlers, tall tales to sea shanties, anecdotes to ballads, this power ensemble promise to entertain.
Born in 1946, the son of a fishworker, Rutter grew up in a two-up two-down on the Hessle Road, the fish dock area of Hull. His acting career began colourfully, invited by an English teacher into the school play because he “had the gob for it”. He has appeared in many films and television programmes and his career in theatre has taken him from the RSC and the National Theatre, where he first worked closely with Tony Harrison and discovered a passion for performing in the Northern voice, to establishing his ground breaking theatre company, Northern Broadsides.
If there is one musician who embodies the dynamism and vitality of the current English folk revival, it’s Eliza Carthy. Beloved of staunch traditionalists and iconoclasts alike, Eliza’s music effortlessly crosses boundaries of genre and style. Whether performing a centuries-old ballad or a self-written song, her powerful, nuanced voice, fiercely beautiful fiddle playing and mesmerising live performances have influenced a whole generation of young musicians. Describing herself simply as a “modern English musician”, Eliza Carthy is one of the most recognisable faces in British folk. Born into a formidable musical dynasty, her mother Norma was one of The Watersons and her father Martin Carthy is a hugely influential singer and guitarist.
Alan is a British actor and playwright, who has performed in film, television and theatre in both the United Kingdom and Canada. He was an original member of Mike Bradwell’s Hull Truck theatre company. Theatre includes Under The Whaleback, Black Milk, Terrorism, Crave, Open Court Weekly Rep, Stoning Mary, Lucky Dog, Local (all Royal Court); Three Sisters, Mary Stuart, The Jew of Malta (Almeida); The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Krapp’s Last Tape (Hull Truck); Faith, Hope & Charity, As You Like It, Here We Go, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, War Horse (National); A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, The Birthday Party (Lyric, Hammersmith); A Number (Abbey); Comfort Me with Apples (Hampstead); The Scarlet Letter (Chichester Festival). Television includes: Grantchester, Cold Feet, The Capture, Chernobyl, Father Brown, Doctors, Casualty, The Crown, The Coroner, SunTrap, The Guilty, Endeavour, Starlings, Utopia, Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, Luther, Rome, Shameless. Film includes: Grow Your Own, All or Nothing, Among Giants, Triple Word Score, Peterloo, Ich War Zuhause, The Dreamlike Pass, Trespass Against Us, War Horse, London Boulevard, Vera Drake, The Life & Death of Peter Sellers, Bright Young Things.
Dean Wilson is Hull’s fourth best and Withernsea’s second best poet, a daily collector of pebbles and an enigma wrapped in rhyme. His poetry collections Take Me Up The Lighthouse, WITH and Sometimes I’m So Happy I’m Not Safe On The Streets are published by Wrecking Ball Press.
Rachel is a writer, actor and character comedian from Hull. Theatre credits include ‘Absolute Hell’ at the National Theatre & ‘The Hypocrite’ for the RSC/Hull Truck. Also for Truck includes ‘The Gaul’ and ‘Pub Quiz is Life’. She has previously frequented the Wrecking Ball stage in ‘Rembrandt in Hull’ and ‘DeanWorld’. Recent TV includes: Hullraisers; Four Lives; Coronation Street; The A Word and Girlfriends. Her comic characters can be found on her Youtube channel and various other corners of the internet and the occasional pub back room. She is a regular performer and dramaturg for the children’s charity Scene and Heard.
57 people are attending Ship to Shore at Wrecking Ball Arts Centre