What is gig theatre?
At its most basic, a gig that tells a story. We like to take the best bits of theatre and live music and mix them together, so our cast not only act but also play instruments.
One minute there may be some dialogue between two characters with a guitar riff in the background, the next everybody is playing a banging tune as a band.
So it’s not a musical?
No, this is very much like going to a gig instead. Grab a drink, stand with your mates, have a dance, find the sweet spot between the speakers and get close to the performers.
How are the Humber Street Sesh bands involved?
A different band will perform at Welly each night, playing three mini sets at different points throughout the night.
How long is it?
Two hours. There are three acts of the play, each 25 minutes long and the supporting Humber Street Sesh band will play for 15 minutes before each of the three acts.
Doors open at 7.30pm and it starts at 8pm, apart from our matinee on Saturday 10 June, when doors open at 2.30pm and the performance starts at 3pm.
What’s it actually about?
The story follows two families from Hull over three decades as they try to realise their dreams, against the backdrop of an asteroid heading for Earth.
Each of the three acts is set ten years apart, so act one takes place in 1997, act two in 2007 and act three in 2017.
What happens after the show?
If you go on a Thursday or Saturday you can stay for Jelly or Shuffle at Welly as your ticket gets you free entry!
On the other nights the bar will stay open and we’ll have Welly DJs playing tunes to carry on the party. On Tuesdays we’ll all head over to The Sesh at The Polar Bear on Spring Bank.
Where in Welly does it take place?
In the main room, downstairs. The lounge bar that you enter when you arrive at Welly will also be open.
Is it seated?
No, there will be various stages around the main room and the audience will be able to move freely around the space, however if you require a seat or stool we can provide one. Please contact Hull Box Office if that's the case.
We also have a relaxed performance on Saturday 10 June at 3pm, which will have some seating available with the lights up and the music at a lower volume. This is particularly suitable for people with sensory or communication needs.
Are there any performances planned for people with special access needs?
Yes - we have a relaxed performance, which is seated, with the lights up and the volume down, including acoustic music from Emily Moulton on Saturday 10 June at 3pm.
We also have a BSL interpreted show on Tuesday 14 June, with live music from The Hubbards, whose set will also be signed by a BSL interpreter.
Will this show be performed outside of Hull?
We are taking the show to Latitude Festival on Sunday 16 July; Reading Fringe Festival on Thursday 20 July and Edinburgh Fringe from 4-27 August. However these performances won’t feature the Humber Street Sesh bands.
Can we sing and dance?
Absolutely! Get to know the tunes before you go by listening to our free EP.
Can we take pictures and film it on our phones?
Yep! Although we think it’s best to live in the moment and enjoy it there and then, we’d also love you to share the experience with your friends and family.
We'll have a photographer at every night too with photos of the crowd shared on social media the following day.
When will I receive my tickets?
We don’t send any tickets out, but your name will be on the door.
I’m driving, is there anywhere I can park?
There is limited street parking around the venue. We would recommend taking public transport or parking at one of the city centre car parks and walking to the venue (about 15 minutes away).