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Fresh Ink: Hull Playwriting Festival 2024


Written by Marc Graham

The festive season is in its death throes, but for the first time in ten years, everyone’s agreed to spend an evening with Mum. The table is laid and the Christmas decorations are wilting but when the children return to the place they called home, they bring back their past too…

A pressure cooker family drama exploring the intricacies of family life, Isabelle seeks to ask what world we’re leaving our children and whether it’s too late to do anything at all.

Join us in the marquee at Stage@TheDock for a rehearsed reading of some selected scenes from Isabelle, by Hull-based writer Marc Graham.

  • Isabelle will be shared alongside Senzeni Na?, written by Prince Kundai. One will follow the other, with a short interval in-between. Only one ticket is required to see both.

About Marc Graham

Marc Graham is an actor who predominantly works in theatre and has lived in Hull for over half of his life.

After graduating from University of Hull, Marc trained at Arts Educational Schools London. He is a founding member of Middle Child. As an actor Marc has worked extensively with Middle Child across multiple productions and other recent credits include The Climbers (Theatre by the Lake), A Very Expensive Poison (Old Vic), Brighton Rock (UK Tour).

Marc took part in the 2019 Middle Child Writers’ Group and Isabelle is his first commission as a writer.


Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 60 minutes total, alongside Senzeni Na?

Content notes: Strong language, violence, sexual references. See the Senzeni Na? page for content notes and details of Prince Kundai’s play.

20-21 July

Stage@TheDock, Hull

Pay What You Decide


Cast and Creative Team


Kate Hampson


Josie Morley


Emma Bright


Jack Chamberlain


Charlie Blanshard


Marc Graham


Paul Smith


Matthew May


Pay What You Decide (£3-10)

You will be taken to the website of Hull Truck Theatre, who are managing sales, to book your tickets. See our FAQ for more information about Fresh Ink ticketing.

Saturday 20 July

5.30pm (Presented with Senzeni Na?)

Sunday 21 July

12.00pm (Presented with Senzeni Na?)

For help booking tickets, please contact Hull Truck Theatre box office on 01482 323638 or

Seating and Access

Unreserved Seating

Seating in the marquee at Stage@TheDock is unreserved, arranged in rows facing a raised stage, and we kindly ask people to fill from the front upon arriving. If you need to sit in a particular place, such as near the front for lip-reading, please add a note to the access requirements box when prompted at checkout.

Essential Companions

A free, no-questions-asked additional ticket is available for any disabled audience member who requires an essential companion. To book, please order 2x standard tickets, then apply the essential companion discount code on the Event Summary ‘Basket’ page. This will then convert 1x standard ticket to a free one.

BSL Users

The Saturday 20 July performance will be signed by interpreter Vicci Akroyd. Seating with the best view of Vicci will be reserved for BSL users, who can do so by checking the “BSL user” box at checkout.

Wheelchair Users

To reserve a wheelchair space, please book a standard ticket and add a note to the access requirements box at checkout.

Fresh Ink Co-Founder and Producer: Middle Child. Fresh Ink Co-Founder and Sponsor: Wykeland Group. Fresh Ink Supporters: J F Brignall Charitable Trust. Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust. I Am Fund. Two Ridings Community Foundation. The Warren Youth Project. Hull Truck Theatre. Garrick Charitable Trust.