Review of Us Against Whatever at Hull Truck Theatre

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From the high of Hull City AFC’s Premier League promotion to the turbulence of Brexit, this energetic, moving drama packs a lot in.

Ranging from 2008, when the Tigers finally reached football’s top flight, to the tension of the 2016 EU vote, it explores the intertwining lives of one Hull family, and a Polish brother and sister who’ve arrived in the city for work.

In what’s become a house style for Middle Child – the Hull company behind this show – it’s staged in a cabaret style, with a keyboard and drums accompanying its original songs.

But against this dynamic, and initially humorous, atmosphere, Maureen Lennon’s script also explores the darker elements unleashed by the Brexit vote.

Fronted by the compelling Emma Thornett as the show’s MC – who reminds of Liza Minnelli in Cabaret – the production has a swagger and also moments of great tenderness.

It’s not often you leave a theatre feeling both entertained and wrung-out, but this superb production is one that will linger in the mind for a long time.

Until Wednesday, April 3. Hull Truck Theatre, Ferensway, Hull. Tickets £10-£18. Visit www.hulltruck.co.uk



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