Hull College partners with Mick Ronson theatre show

Hull College Group  is collaborating  with Turn and Face the Strange  - Mick Ronson the Spider from Hull, to deliver the third instalment of the unique theatre show which tells the true-life story of the local lad who went on to become sideman to David Bowie.

Students from Hull College, which provides a wide range of vocational courses for students aged 14-upwards in further education, higher education and adult education, are will be involved in various ways in the production of the ten shows taking place at Hull Truck Theatre  from 25 April to 4 May.

12 further education dance students studying Level 2 and 3 Performing Arts will perform alongside the band for the finale tracks with the dance choreographed by Kerrie Marsh. The dancers will wear costumes designed and made by eight Level 3 Fashion and Design students. Two students from the Foundation Degree Live Events Production will shadow lighting and sound professionals as they set-up the technical requirements for the show. And musicians from Hull College will play in the foyer during a select number of shows.

The work of ten higher education Foundation Degree Fine Art students will be exhibited at the Hull Truck Theatre for the duration of the show and will be assessed as part of their Exhibiting Practice Module. Three, higher education first year Foundation Degree Live Events Production students have created a 30-minute documentary about Mick Ronson.

In addition, the production team is providing a range of masterclasses for Hull College music students including slide guitar and techniques and adapting and arranging music. The show’s writers will be providing a creative writing session to students on the inaugural Foundation Degree in Creative Writing which will commence September 2019.

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Lucy Francis, Director of Faculty in Arts and Creative Industries at Hull College, said:

“As well as providing quality teaching, Hull College has developed strong links with local businesses and organisations to provide students with work placements and live briefs. The collaboration with Turn and Face the Strange is a fantastic opportunity for all students involved to apply their knowledge and skills and gain experience that will prepare them for work.

“The support provided by the production team to the students has been first-class and we’re honoured to be involved with telling the story of one of Hull’s most inspiring and influential individuals.”

Kay Ralphs, Assistant Producer at Turn and Face the Strange said:

“It is an absolute delight to be working with such enthusiastic students and staff from Hull College. Like Mick, the whole cast and crew of our show believe in the value of supporting young people and raising aspiration. The students have embraced the brief of researching about Mick Ronson and are producing some stunning work! We look forward to seeing it come together in and around the show.”

Turn and Face the Strange was conceived as part of Hull's City of Culture events and is a very unique theatre show that tells the true-life story of Mick Ronson. Mick helped change music and cultural attitudes, and worked with some internationally renowned artists (Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Elton John, Morrissey, to name but a few) up until his untimely death from cancer in 1993.  Above all else the show reflects what a warm, generous and revered human being he was.

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