City of Culture regeneration frustrating resident

A Hull Trinity indoor market regular is fed up of the regeneration work in the City Centre, particularly the orange barriers.

Dave Slinger, of the Old Town, says the delays in the work are leaving people disillusioned.

He said he craves a hometown that he can be proud of.

Regina Monologues- Review

Theatrical company the Chameleon Players have arrived at Kardomah 94 with a very compelling production called the Regina Monologues.

The production, which is masterfully directed by David Burton, is six stories in one, and is very well presented.

Cleverly written by Rebecca Russell and Jenny Wafer with some very strong dialogue, it tells the stories of six women and the effect on their lives of relationships they have had with Henry.

Henry has a profound effect on all the ladies in question, mainly due to his bank balance and his sex drive which seems to rival James Bond as he moves from one to another to another again.

All seven characters are beautifully developed, and the characters that you see on stage are very well established early on, and Henry’s background is extremely well presented by the ladies.

Each monologue is an essential part of each story, in itself and the acting is thoroughly compelling, it doesn’t shy away from some challenging subjects, especially with Katie, who is wonderfully portrayed in exactly the right way by Mandy Timmins.

The effect on later characters from previous ones is beautifully communicated and really adds to the tapestry of the story, which is fantastically woven in front of your eyes.

There is comedy aplenty as well at regular intervals with some delicious one liners that the audience can’t help but enjoy. All the characters are absolutely believable in their own way, and each one is connected in more ways than one in some cases.

The way the story is presented is done with such clarity, and yet keeps asking questions of the audience and each character is masterfully written, directed and acted.

It would be so easy for the character of Henry to be dominant in a production like this, but that danger is easily avoided and the ladies very much have their own identities, which are clearly shown and move the story along at a fantastic pace.

Jane, played beautifully by Helen Robinson, is definitely one that you just want to hug on stage, such is her beautifully naive outlook on life, which is very well acted so as to leave no doubt about her story.

Cathy, played by Sharon Burton, and Annie, played by Louise Brown, genuinely have an effect on each other thanks to their superb acting.

Anna is slightly alternative in a very intriguing way, Miranda Van Rossum is superbly cast in this role, and she carries it off with wicked humour that will tickle your ribs wonderfully well.

Katherine, played by Ailsa Oliver, is the genuine gold digger in the autumn of life, but she does it with just the right blend of sarcasm, practicality and with one eye on what’s to happen after Henry is no longer around without any hint of patronising behaviour.

The original music is also perfectly presented, thanks to the efforts of Maurice Houlden.

Tickets are £6, £5 for concessions, and still available at Kardomah 94 on Alfred Gelder Street or ring (01482) 317941, there are shows on Thursday and Friday at 8pm.

Feedback Email

Ash Foster of Hull FC has sent me an email with the following feedback about my self initiated project:

Hi Ian,

Thanks for sending the link over and finishing the documentary.
On first viewing I have some feedback points which I will bullet point below:
– The content of the JJ Tatten interview is excellent and he speaks very positively about the initiative and Hull FC which is exactly as mentioned in one of our first meetings about promoting Hull FC positively.
– There is a lack of interviews with other people which is partly my time constraints, partly people that were not willing to speak on camera and partly due to technical issues with equipment. I feel that the Mike Smith interview would have added a great deal of value to the documentary but thats an unfortunate accident.
– I feel that there is some great shots that you have got to illustrate the evening events but I feel like it lacks a clear story and links between the images and the programme. The scenes were the bus is driving off and arriving and then the scenes in the lounge before the game, also the cobus advert on the screen could have done with some kind of narration to illustrate the point that it is actually the community champions children that were picking up and then taking to the game and how all these images link to the community champions, even if the narration was in the form of graphics. Also with these shots I felt that some of them lasted a little too long but that may be due to the amount of footage we had I guess.
Overall I am happy with the work and feel like with a few tweaks and some extra footage we could get a great documentary out of it.
Kind Regards

Overall reflection

My self initiated project has been absolutely invaluable for me in terms of what I have learnt from it, unfortunately it has also been massively frustrating at times.

I initially started by working on the HSAD commission for ABP and Green Port Hull, that never really got off the ground and saw me, however risky it was, having to change project to go and work on the community champions initiative.

When I changed to the Hull FC Cobus Communications initiative it was a risk because I was short on time, however Ash Foster put me very much at ease with regular communication by email, in meetings and eventually by phone.

While I recognise the fact that Ash is, undoubtedly, a very busy man I thought communication, which is vital to any project, dried up too much and I was left very much alone and just expected to get on with the project.

I was happy enough to get on with what I was doing but, because of the nature of what work I was doing, contact with Ash was very important, as he could get me access that I needed but couldn’t get without his help.

I believe I have done a very good job for the community champions initiative,especially considering the size of the task and, unfortunately, the lack of interaction I have had from Ash regarding certain vital factors.

Having said that I know Ash has a very wide ranging role with Hull FC so I should also be very grateful for what time he has been able to give to the project.