Artwork by Studio Blue Creative

Fresh Ink: Hull Playwriting Festival 2024


Written by Andrew Houghton

Alex and Dad embark on their annual trip to Hull Fair, a beloved tradition despite the increasing distance between them.

When a ride malfunction leaves the pair stranded high in the air, a very panicked Dad requires constant conversation to keep his nerves under control.

Phobia explores identity, family and the gentleness and humour in conversations you’re forced to have when you’re 100ft off the ground.

Join us in the marquee at Stage@TheDock for a rehearsed reading of an early draft of Phobia, by Hull-born writer Andrew Houghton.

  • Phobia will be shared alongside Jack & Gill, written by Grace Waga Glevey. One will follow the other, with a short interval in-between. Only one ticket is required to see both.

About Andrew Houghton

Andrew was born and raised in Hull and loved being part of the city’s arts scene before heading off to university. Since studying at Guildford School of Acting, they have been creating LGBTQ+ focused work with the company they co-founded, Pink Milk Theatre.

The past couple of years have seen Andrew tour their solo show Naughty, about the importance of safe role models for queer youth.

They usually write from experience, with the intent to perform their own work, and Fresh Ink marks their first time stepping away from this, with a completely fictional duologue.


Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 60 minutes total, alongside Jack & Gill

Content notes: Moderate language, discussion of gender identity (See the Jack & Gill page for content notes and details of Grace Waga Glevey’s play)

20-21 July

Stage@TheDock, Hull

Pay What You Decide


Cast and Creative Team


Jo Patmore


Dan McGarry


Andrew Houghton


Rachael Abbey


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.

Saturday 20 July

12.00pm (Presented with Jack & Gill)

Sunday 21 July

5.30pm (Presented with Jack & Gill)

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.