Wow, how time flies when you're part of a group that's assembling theatre companies and businesses for a collaborative festival taking place down an avenue that's an intrinsic part of Hull's social, cultural, economic and historical infrastructure. (It also flies when you're having fun doing it.)
It seems like only yesterday that we were making merry at the Assemble Fest launch night, when a variety of enthusiastic thespians and dramaturgs came together over a pint or two to hear what the next few months have in store. It's fifteen days later and, having received a bunch of applications, we've just held the selection panel at Hull Truck Theatre, with candidate theatre companies pitching why they believe they should be involved. Due to matters of confidentiality, I won't say which companies were in attendance; however, I'm well within my rights to let you know who comprised the panel. So, in alphabetical order by surname (I'm so diplomatic), they were:
All four of us were very impressed by the passion, creativity and unique angle that each applicant brought to the table, and we're now working hard to decide which pieces will be performed at this year's festival. The successful companies, their pieces and allocated venues will be announced on this blog and via social media the week commencing 3rd March. Don't know about you, but we're on tenterhooks!
On a personal side note, though I make sure to surround myself with artistic and innovative people on a daily basis, I must say that this event made me realise just how lucky I am to live in Hull. This is a city that has often been overlooked and is only just receiving the limelight it deserves; a city filled with focused imaginations and boundless potential; a city at the end of the line and greatly detached from its neighbours, yet which warmly invites the world to share in its celebrations.
Assemble Fest is only a small part of a large success story, but mark my words, we're going to make a big noise come Saturday 3rd May.
Author: Rich Sutherland, Marketing Manager