The End of the World Party - "bizarre, scary, exciting, surreal, magic"

The End of the World Party

18-20 April 2024
Princes Quay Event Space

Music by Lente Verelst
Libretto by Russell Plows

A moving follow-up to our “More Bumps in the Night”, “The End of the World Party” uses the format of a party to explore how we come together in times of national stress and includes true stories delivered by our amazing volunteer performers.

Young female composer Lente Verelst has created a beautiful new score which guides the audience through a range of emotions as the audience pieces together the mystery at the heart of the night’s events.

This exciting production has been crafted for just 100 guests so please book early to guarantee your place.

Director: Russell Plows
Music Director: Anita Datta
Designer: Liz Dees
Technical Consultant: Ian Mitchell
Lighting: Michael Allen
Sound: Neil Balfour

With: Madeline Robinson, Joanna Gamble, Ralph Thomas Williams, Michael Jones & Neil Balfour

Featuring: Janet Anderson, Ruth Austin, Chris Bennett, Ann Berriman, Paul Bettles, Simon Button, Cath Boury, Katharine Chadwick, Sue Clark, Caroline Dainty, Liz Harper, Sylvia Hodson, Elizabeth Holt, Nicola Kirk, Ian Marriott, Tracy Proctor, Rita Rusina & Jael Williams

New production supported by

Arts Council England logo
The Fenton Arts Trust
The Sir James Reckitt Charity logo
Hull & East Riding Charitable Trust logo
Hull City Council logo

Catch in now on NOW TV

by Lente Verelst & Lena Vercauteren

“A little bit Punch & Judy and a little bit The Shining, it’s a very dark but also very clever a capella micro-opera using all kinds of vocal effects. Well worth the 12 minutes it takes to watch” – Alexandra Coghlan, opera critic.

Our animated Punch & Judy opera was free to view on Sky Arts in the original dark web version featuring Poppy Shotts, Joanna Gamble, Alex Grainger & Neil Balfour and is now available to view on Now TV. It is directed by Russell Plows with animation by Anna Bean & music by Lente Verelst.

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About Hull Urban Opera

HUO takes a fresh view on what opera is, where it happens, who takes part and who watches.

HUO was formed in Hull City of Culture year 2017 by Russell Plows with Ben Newton as Music Director. As Artistic Director, Russell continues to make a case for opera as a universal artform and one which can be enjoyed by any member of society.

Our innovative approach seeks to imagine opera anew with each project. We have presented opera as a guided ghost tour, a mindfulness event, an act of personal storytelling, and we continue to push at the boundaries of what consitutes an operatic work.

HUO’s work is immersive with no barrier between audience and performer. Audience members inhabit the space of action and experience the environment as the performers do. This creates the intimacy and immediacy which powers the journey we make with our audiences.

Our communities can now really experience a new opera from within by working with us as volunteer performers. HUO believes in the raw power and authenticity of community voices and they are an important force and colour within our new work.

Hull Urban Opera is community-led via continual input and feedback from East Yorkshire people who are volunteers, Ambassadors, voluntary performers and audience members. Suggestions are encouraged and those which gain critical mass go on to become HUO Live or HUO Digital projects.

Our work is designed to have a broad appeal via imaginative responses to topical subjects and high-quality production values & performance. Our audiences have comprised more young people recently and future work will focus on children and older people.

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