Top 6 Activities For Christmas Time

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Who doesn’t love Christmas? It’s my favourite season by far – getting all cosy in a blanket on the sofa with a hot chocolate in hand whilst watching a Christmas film. Or going out and partaking in festive activities!

So here are the top 6 Christmas activities available to you in Hull…

Stick Man
Thursday 7th November 2019 – Saturday 9th November 2019
Hull New Theatre – Adults: £14 / Children: £12

In these uncomfortable, cold weather conditions, why not have a family outing to the
theatre to watch Freckle Production’s adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s
Stick Man? Join Stick Man on his adventure back to his family tree after a challenging
journey filled with unfortunate events.

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A Very Country Lifestyle Christmas
Sunday 17th November 2019 – 10:00am
Cave Castle Hotel – free entry

Attend this rustic and interiors event to create a stunning Christmas with decorative antiques, vintage homewares, exquisite French and country furnishings, floristry, natural decorations, artisan gifts and so much more! Refreshments will be available in the Castle Bistro; there is free onsite parking and entry.

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Scandinavian Christmas Market
Friday 29th – Saturday 30th November 2019 – 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Danish Church – £1.50 entry

What’s not to love about a market? Discover a large collection of Scandinavian Christmas decorations, gifts, candles, and speciality foods; taste the open sandwiches at “The Captain’s Table.”

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Peter Pan
Friday 29th November 2019 – Saturday 4th January 2020
Hull Truck Theatre – from £10


Let original music, dancing, flying, and the magic of your imagination take you on the journey of Peter Pan, tending to that inner-child in your heart. To Neverland to play, make beautiful family memories watching a thoroughly loved Disney classic that warms our hearts and pulls on your heart strings.

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Ferriby Screen Presents: Beauty & the Beast
Friday 6th December 2019 – 7:30pm
North Ferriby Village Hall – £5

Do you remember the joy it brought to see one of Disney’s classics turned into a live action starring the incredible Emma Watson and Dan Stevens? Well you can watch Beauty & the Beast this Christmas at North Ferriby Village Hall! Reminisce in the story of a cursed Prince trying to be freed of his beastly appearance when he falls in love with book-lover Belle, who he imprisoned in his enchanted castle.

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Hull Santa Run
Saturday 8th December 2019 – 11:00am – 3:00pm
Pickering Park – £5 – £12

Within the grounds of Pickering Park, you can take part in dressing up and being involved in an enjoyable activity whilst raising money for a club, school, team or charity! Take part in this 3km course, receiving a medal for your achievement with your Santa Suit already being included in your entry fee. However, places are limited to 500 people so make sure you sign up soon!

Information & tickets >Hullsantarun.org


Jack Whitehall Heading to the Bonus Arena, Hull Next Month!


Award-winning comedian, actor and writer Jack Whitehall has announced two shows at the Bonus Arena, Hull next month.

Tickets for the shows at 3pm and 7.30pm on Sunday, 8 December go on sale on Monday at 10am.

Following two complete sell-out arena tours, Jack Whitehall Gets Around in 2014 and Jack Whitehall: At Large in 2017 (which premiered on Netflix), Jack Whitehall: Stood Up will be Jack’s biggest-ever live tour, now taking in 47 dates and promising to be the most hilarious yet from one of comedy’s most electric talents.

Jack Whitehall said previously: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be going back out on the road. There’s no feeling like standing up on stage in front of an arena full of strangers, and still being able to hear your dad heckle you.”

Widely celebrated for his hit show Travels With My Father (which recently returned to Netflix for a new series), Jack has most recently been seen in Lasse Hallstrom’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms opposite Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman and in Series 2 of Sky series Bounty Hunters, as well as Good Omens (Amazon) opposite Jon Hamm and Michael Sheen. He is also set to star in Disney’s upcoming movie Jungle Cruise opposite Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, which will be released in 2020.

His television credits include: Decline & Fall (BBC), Fresh Meat (Channel 4), and Bad Education (BBC), Backchat, A League Of Their Own (which received a BAFTA Award in 2014 for ‘Best Comedy Entertainment Program’ and was nominated in the same category in 2013), Stand Up For The Week, and Live At The Apollo.

An established presenter, Jack has hosted a number of prestigious award ceremonies and television series, becoming the youngest ever host of the Royal Variety Performance in 2015. He hosted the BRIT Awards for a second time earlier this year and has also hosted The British Fashion Awards in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, and the BAFTA Britannia Awards in 2015, 2017, and 2018. He became the first-ever guest host of The Graham Norton Show in May.

Tickets for Jack Whitehall’s shows at the Bonus Arena on Sunday, 8 December go on sale at 10am on Monday from www.bonusarenahull.com or call 0844 8440444. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.


Deacon Blue Are Coming to the Bonus Arena, Hull in 2020


Deacon Blue will be coming to the Bonus Arena, Hull on 20th November 2020, heading on the ‘Cities Of Love Tour’.

The band will take to the road performing all the hits such as Real Gone Kid, Dignity, Loaded, When Will You and Your Town.

Tickets for this all seated show go on sale at 9am on Friday 15th November.

Long praised for their live performances CITIES OF LOVE will see the band visit more cities in the UK and Ireland than ever before, including seven arena shows and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

CITY OF LOVE is the fourth release of a prolific seven-year period for Deacon Blue. Their last three albums returned the band to the Top 20 of the UK album charts, the most recent posting at No 12, giving them their highest charting album in 23 years.

This has fuelled a creative resurgence which returned the band not only to mainstream radio playlists, but also back into the sort of venues befitting the stature of a chart-topping legacy boasting seven million album sales, two number one albums and fourteen hit singles.

Tickets go on sale from www.bonusarenahull.com from 9am on Friday 15th November. Alternatively call 0844 8440444. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

Accessible tickets can be purchased by calling 0800 9884440.


Cabaret Leaves Audience in Stunned Silence

Wow. Just wow! I have never seen a show which leaves the audience in stunned silence for over 10 seconds at the end. What was the show? Cabaret, showing at Hull New Theatre, starring the fabulous John Partridge, Anita Harris and Kara Lily Hayworth.
Cabaret is set in pre-World War 2 Berlin at the rise of the Nazi party and the decadent thirties.
Partridge opens the show, setting the scene with that classic “Wilkommen” making the audience clear as to the type of club the Kit Kat is.
Cliff (Charles Hagerty) arrives in Berlin and, by chance, meets up with Herr Ludwig who recommends where to stay and what clubs to go to. Cliff takes a room with Frauline Schneider (Anita Harris) and then goes to the Kit Kat Club. A place that is gaudy, bawdy and naughty with mein host Emcee (John Partridge). He meets Sally Bowles (Kara Lily Haworth). Sally is sacked from the club and moves herself in with Cliff even though she has only just met him.
The dancers at the Kit Kat Club are sexy, provocative and athletic with some fantastic choreography and lots of trust between them as they gracefully fall and are caught by one another from height. Swift movement and fleet of foot, the troupe are on and off stage throughout and skilfully dance with amazing but simple moving scenery and props.
Cliff by now living in poverty At Fraulein Schneider’s rooms, With Sally now being pregnant; accepts work from Herr Ludwig, travelling to Paris and bringing back packages. He is not bothered who the packages are for, just the money he will get for being the courier.
In the background is the sweet romance of Fraulein Schneider and local Jewish greengrocer Herr Schultz. The story between these two characters is heartwarming and sweet. They become accidentally engaged when Schneider is confronted by one of her lodgers (a prostitute whom she has repeatedly told not to have gentlemen callers) realises Schneider and Herr Schultz have been together in Fraulein Schneider’s room.
At the engagement party, Cliff returns home from a Paris trip to find a raucous party in full swing. Herr Ludwig comes for his package and removes his coat, revealing that he is a Nazi. Upon discovery that Herr Schultz is Jewish, warns his old friend that she should not marry him.
The next scene is thought provoking and heartbreaking as it opens after Kristallnacht (when Jewish businesses were targeted by Nazi groups). Herr Schultz is clearing glass from the smashed windows together with scattered fruit. He offers his fiancée an orange, which she accepts before she goes on to call off the engagement.
There follows disturbing scenes of violence as Jews and homosexuals from the Kit Kat are beaten up and disappear
Sally is called back to work at the club. Cliff, having read Mein Kampf can sense that danger is coming and wants to flee with Sally, back home to America.
Ludwig wants Cliff to do another Paris trip. Cliff refuses realising he is being used as a courier by the Nazis, he gets into an altercation with Ludwig over this and punches him in the stomach. Cliff is then attacked by the Nazis in a well choreographed, yet uncomfortable timo watch beating.
Sally returns from the doctors having terminated the pregnancy. Heartbroken, Cliff leaves for Home, alone.
The Dancers strip off their clothes at the back of the stage as Emcee, by now taken by the Nazis to a concentration camp, dejectedly speaks to the audience before removing his robe and joins the naked people at the back. They are exterminated in the gas chamber and the scene closes leaving the audience in a shocked, reverent silence. In those quiet seconds, faced only with the opening scenery (Willkommen in huge letters) we sat there in perfect silence. My thoughts went to the millions exterminated by the Nazis. There was total silence that seemed to stretch for minutes before the scenery rises for the curtain call.
Listening to the audience leaving, they were shocked. It had been a brilliant and thought provoking performance. I couldn’t help notice Partridge wipe a tear from his eyes during the curtain call.
Looking at news from Germany in the present day, the intolerance of Jewish groups and the decadence of some groups, I thought that Cabaret could just as easily be set in the present; a chilling thought.
The entire cast were absolutely superb but Partridge stole the show with his portrayal of the sometimes grotesque Emcee. He interspersed most scenes and was mesmerising.
We were treated to songs long familiar, including ’Money makes the world go around’
‘Cabaret’, ‘Wilkommen’ and ‘Two ladies’ to mention a few. My feet were tapping throughout.
I must advise Cabaret is not one for children. There is full frontal nudity, violence and death. It’s a very ‘dark’ production which, as I mentioned, left us all in shocked silence. It is running at Hull New Theatre until the 2nd November and is worth every penny of the ticket price.

Top 6 Acts You Can’t Miss at Hull Comedy Festival


Comedy is one thing I love! And when I say ‘love’, I don’t mean that in the passive way of “oh I love that dress”, I mean I am in love with comedy. I can always count on it to cheer me up when I’ve just had enough. Let’s be honest, comedy is man’s best friend! So here are the top six acts coming to Hull Comedy Festival that you do not want to miss…

Dave Johns
Tuesday 29th October, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

For just £15, you can see this BAFTA winning comedian! Not only has he been touring for three decades with his own one man shows, but he has also been involved in the films: ‘I, Daniel Blake’, ‘Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach’, ‘Two Graves’, ‘Walk Like a Panther’, ‘Ravers’, ‘The Keeper’, and ‘Fisherman’s Friends’, including his new up-coming film in 2020: ‘Blithe Spirit’.

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Jack Gleadow
Friday 1st November, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Born and bred in Hull, Jack Gleadow is back! Don’t miss seeing his show ‘Mr Saturday Night’, from Edinburgh Fringe Festival for just £14. He has also performed in comedy clubs and theatres such as Lloyd Griffith, Carl Hutchinson, as well as performances at Glastonbury and Latitude Festival. A new stand-up comedian who modernises old- school comedy – what’s not to love?

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Lucy Beaumont
Saturday 2nd November, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


Why not go out and support an award winning comedian from Hull whose act is based on stereotypes about Hull and Northern England for £14? Not only was she an Edinburgh award nominee, but she also won the BBC Radio New Comedy Award in 2012 and was a finalist on So You Think You’re Funny in 2011!

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Alexander Armstrong
Wednesday 6th November, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Oh yes, that’s right – for only £29.50 you can see Alexander Armstrong, the BAFTA winning comedian. You may recognise him from the countless films and TV shows he has been in… which are too many to list! From presenting ‘Pointless’ to writing and starring in ‘The Armstrong and Miller Show’, it is easy to say that you don’t want to miss seeing his performance!

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Ed Gamble
Thursday 7th November, 7:30 pm

From £16.50, watch this outstanding comedian who not only co-hosts the Off Menu podcast with James Acaster, but has also had regular appearances on Mock the Week, The Russell Howard Hour, Royal Variety, and Comedy Central at the Comedy Store (the list goes on!) After a sell-out national tour, make sure to book your tickets!

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Romesh Ranganathan
Saturday 23rd November, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Watch Romesh’s new, brutally honest show ‘The Cynic’s Mixtape’, from £26. Who wouldn’t want to see a stand-up comedian best known for his deadpan comedy, who was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Awards? I don’t know what you’re waiting for – start booking your tickets!

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See more acts performing at Hull Comedy Festival 2019 here and check out their website here.


Is Terminator: Dark Fate a worthy sequel?

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By Adam Brannon
Film Reviewer from Movie Metropolis for What’s On Hub

It might sound like we’re damning Terminator: Dark Fate with faint praise by declaring it the best Terminator sequel since T2, however that seems to be the way many Hollywood franchises are going nowadays.

After all, last year’s Halloweensequel was declared the best one yet simply because it retconned the events of its mostly dreadful predecessors and blasted them out of existence. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was declared (by us anyway) the very best sequel the franchise has ever gotten, but The Lost World and Jurassic Park III were hardly critical darlings.

The similarities between the Terminator and Jurassic franchises don’t end there though. You see, in an effort to reboot the flagging sci-fi series, Deadpool director Tim Miller has been brought in with the legend that is James Cameron returning to the franchise in a producing role, similar to how Steven Spielberg still produces the Jurassic movies to this day.

Yes, it appears that ignoring poor sequels allows film-makers to go back to the good old days, rather than trying to shoehorn poor sequel after poor sequel until audiences stop turning up at the cinema. That’s what has happened with the Terminator franchise. Following James Cameron’s incredible first two films, the sequels that followed ranged from dreadful to downright shambolic. But is Dark Fate actually good? Or just better than what came before it?

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Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton returning to the role that defined her career) and a hybrid cyborg human, Grace (Mackenzie Davis) must protect a young girl (Natalia Reyes) from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future.

Seeing Linda Hamilton return to such an iconic role after almost 30 years is a real highlight over the course of the film and she slots back into Sarah Connor’s shoes particularly well. She gets a few clunky one-liners but manages to stop them from sounding too ridiculous.

Elsewhere, Mackenzie Davis is absolutely cracking as Grace, a human-cyborg sent from the future. She’s full of heart and the script allows her to develop more of a personality than we’re used to from this franchise. Grace is a nicely fleshed out character with enough backstory to allow the audience to care for wellbeing.

Of course, Terminator fans are here to see Arnie and although his screen time is more limited than we’d like, it’s nice to see both him and Hamilton squaring up against each other again. We won’t spoil the plot devices used to bring about his return to the series, but they’re very well integrated and don’t feel as clunky as you might expect.

Unfortunately, Natalia Reyes’ Dani is a little more wooden compared to her on-screen co-stars. There’s nothing particularly wrong with her character, but she’s merely there as a plot device and doesn’t really get to do much. It’s no easy feat to go up against Sarah Connor and the T-800 and while she tries her best, she falls a little short.

When it comes to action, Dark Fate pulls no punches. Set piece after set piece after set piece is thrown at the audience in an almost Fast & Furious-like way, but each one is so inventive that the probability of you getting bored is very slim indeed. The film starts with a very nicely choreographed chase on a freeway, culminating in a tense showdown at a power plant.

Dotted in between these rollercoaster moments however are some touching moments and well-timed comedy. While not on a level with Miller’s Deadpool, there are a couple of instances that raised a chuckle from the audience, though most of them involved Arnold Schwarzenegger and his deadpan line delivery.

The CGI is mostly successful, though the lack of practical effects like those we saw in the film’s predecessors does lend an unnaturally glossy and artificial look to not only the Terminators themselves, but some of the landscapes. This is a bit of a shame as CGI body doubles are all too evident from time-to-time, but never does it pull you out of the film completely.

Overall, Terminator: Dark Fate is indeed the best sequel since T2. This is a film that successfully reboots a franchise that had been flagging for decades and is one of the year’s best action flicks. Not only does it bring back two of cinema’s most iconic characters, it places them in a film which is nicely shot, reasonably well-written and absolutely thrilling from start to finish. Now, if only the same winning formula could be applied to the Alien series, James Cameron may able to sleep soundly at night.

Our score: ★★★★

Terminator: Dark Fate is showing now at Odeon Luxe Cinema, Hull

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Classic Musical Blood Brothers – Review from Hull New Theatre


I joined a busy auditorium last night to view this week’s production at Hull New Theatre which is the critically acclaimed Blood Brothers by Willy Russell.  This thrilling musical is a tale about two brothers separated at birth, who later meet up and become friends.

This production is both dark and full of lighter moments. The music was excellent with some catchy tunes all brilliantly sung by all of the cast.

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Lyn Paul (New Seekers and that iconic Coca Cola ad from the 70’s) played the twins mother, Mrs Johnstone. Ms Paul still has that fabulous voice she had when she was younger. It’s matured in a wonderful way and she was a joy to listen to all evening.

A special mention must go out for the narrator Robbie Scotcher. All knowing, enigmatic and with a great voice, he narrates his way through the tale interacting with the other characters.

Mickey was played by Alexander Patmore who I feel had way too much fun playing a ragamuffin seven year old, with his poem about being seven, almost eight. His mannerisms were hilarious, as were those of the rest of the younger cast who played the local children.

Scenery and props were whipped on and off stage, and up and down from the wires with such speed.

Read more: See what’s on at Hull New Theatre

I thoroughly enjoyed this production. It had humour, dark moments, and made you think about how two babies born on the same day could have such different lives. Although tragic, the cast received a long standing ovation and my daughter noted that Lyn Paul and Chloe Taylor wiped a few tears away during the ovation. The ending left the audience talking all the way back to their cars, buses and coaches.

Don’t miss this gripping production while it’s in Hull this week. Tickets are still available at hulltheatres.co.uk and shows are on nightly until Saturday, with matinees on Thursday and Saturday. 


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