Modest, a new show about Elizabeth Thompson

By 22 November 2022News, Shows

Hold tight, Hull – we’re back at Hull Truck Theatre in 2023 with a brand new show, produced in collaboration with the wonderful Milk Presents.

Music hall, theatre and drag king cabaret erupt as Modest brings you Elizabeth Thompson – megastar of the Victorian art scene.

In 1874 Elizabeth stuns the Royal Academy with her painting, Roll Call. Five years later, she falls two votes short of becoming the first woman elected to the academy.

In between, she must shoulder the hopes and dreams of women across the country, while fighting for her place at a table full of top hats, ties and mutton chop beards.

Performed by a cast of actor-musicians, this punk-spirited show will break your heart and start a revolution.

Written by Ellen Brammar (I Hate Alone) with music by Rachel Barnes, Modest is a good night out co-directed by Leo Skilbeck (Milk Presents) and Paul Smith (Middle Child), heading to Hull and then out on tour.

It features movement direction by Tamar and Jo, set design by QianEr Jin, costume design by Terry Herfield, sound design by Eliyana Evans and lighting design by Jessie Addinall.

Modest is a collaboration with Milk Presents, developed with the support of the National Theatre’s Generate programme.

Dates for our run at Hull Truck Theatre will be announced soon, while tickets are now on-sale for performances at the New Wolsey theatre in Ipswich from 16-17 June 2023.