Travis Alabanza
Fresh Ink: Hull Playwriting Festival 2024

Fun with Form

Travis Alabanza

Travis Alabanza has made a play that was a cooking show, a monologue in a bathroom, and a drag cabaret that one reviewer called a play and the other reviewer called a circus. They don’t take form lightly, but they also do.

This workshop aims to encourage playwrights to think beyond what is a “play” and what isn’t, using writing exercises and conversation to be imaginative about how our words can appear. From text messages to TikToks, to apology letters to plays, playwriting doesn’t have to be a script.

About Travis Alabanza

Travis’ writing has appeared in the BBC, Guardian, Vice, Gal-Dem and previously had a fortnightly column in the Metro.

After being the youngest recipient of the artist in residency program at Tate Galleries, Alabanza’s debut show Burgerz toured internationally to sold out shows in Southbank Centre, Sao Paulo Brazil, HAU Berlin & won the Edinburgh Fringe Total Theatre award in 2019.

Their writing has appeared in numerous anthologies including Black and Gay In the UK. In 2020 their recent theatre show Overflow debuted at the Bush Theatre to widespread acclaim and later streamed online in over 22 countries.

Other works for theatre and live performance include Royal Court Living Newspaper, Paines Plough, Free Word Centre, Glasgow Transmission Gallery and more.

Their work surrounding gender, trans identity and race has been noted internationally, giving talks at universities including Oxford, Harvard, Bristol and more.

Noted for their distinct voice, in 2019 the Evening Standard listed them as one of the 25 most influential under 25 year olds, as well as being listed in the Dazed100, The Guardian asking if ‘they are the future of theatre’ and recently being listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

More details on this workshop will be released soon.

Sat 20 July

Pier Street





You will be taken to the website of Hull Truck Theatre, who are managing sales, to book your tickets.

Saturday 20 July


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

Seating and Access

Unreserved Seating

Seating at Pier Street is unreserved, arranged in a relaxed layout with tables and chairs. If you need to sit in a particular place, such as close to the facilitator 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.

Access Requirements

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

For any other access requirements, please 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.