Hull Truck expands senior team before £13.8m move

Nuala Calvi

Hull Truck Theatre has boosted its senior management team in preparation for its move to a £13.8 million venue, which begins construction this month.

Writer and director Nick Lane has been appointed associate director, Steven Jon Atkinson will take on the role of literary development manager and current associate artistic director Gareth Tudor Price will share joint responsibility with John Godber as artistic director.

Executive director Joanne Gower said the changes were needed to meet the demands of programming two spaces at the new venue, which comprises a 440-seat main auditorium and a 136-seat studio space.

The company plans to present more visiting shows, particularly comedy and music, in the space, as well as continuing its produced programme.

Gower said: “The biggest change people will see immediately is the expansion of our visiting programme of work. We’re looking at comedy, world music – we already do a jazz festival and our Comedy Sundays sell out on a regular basis – so that’s something we’d like to expand.

“The space will give us a greater degree of flexibility and we’d also like to do a much wider programme of work that’s of interest to a family audience.”

Meanwhile, the contractor chosen to undertake the multimillion pound project has been announced as Quarmby Construction Company. Work is expected to take 18 months, with the theatre set to open in spring 2008. Hull Truck is currently based in converted church rooms in Spring Street.

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