As part of the programme of amazing theatre in 2017, Hull’s turn as UK City of Culture, we were honoured to return to The University of Hull to work with the current students and Dr Amy Skinner on a contemporary retelling of Women of Troy, written for us by the fabulous Zodwa Nyoni.
The show was a cosy, conversational, and tea-infused intimate piece of storytelling, complete with a Greek Chorus, against a beautiful backdrop of makeshift shelters and paper birds.
Tell me more…
If your home was destroyed, what would you take with you? If you had to flee, where would you go? Which memories would you keep alive, which stories would you tell?
Acclaimed Leeds-based poet and playwright weaves a beautiful story about being what it means to call a place ‘home’. Based on Euripides’ The Women of Troy, and set across four time zones, Weathered Estates follows four Hull women in the aftermath war, with four stories of conflict, survival, and hope.
Featuring playful scenery, music, and puppetry, these four women reach out through time to share the stories of where they’ve been, and their fears over their uncertain futures, in this provocation about the effects of war and violence.
What did the audience say?
“Tea, biscuits, tears and beautiful performances!”
“…the most moving theatre I’ve seen in ages.”
“…a beautiful thing – full of love and loss and lyricism, grit and cups of tea.”
Fancy a peak behind the scenes?
We gave the BBC’s Kofi a tour of the set.
Weathered Estates was a collaboration between The Roaring Girls, writer Zodwa Nyoni, director Amy Skinner, and Drama at the University of Hull. Originally performed at the Donald Roy Theatre in February 2017, Weathered Estates was also part of Hull’s Women of the World festival at the Ferens Art Gallery.
It’s not over! Hull City of Culture continues – click here to find out what is still to come this year in Hull!