Red Riding Hood

Leave the kids at home for a night of live music, theatre and comedy

Written and directed by Paul Smith
Chosen by You

Christmas 2023. A full moon is a-rising. Trouble is on the way…

Red Riding Hood and granny, Pattie Breadcake, have their hands full at the Buns of Steel bakery.

The people of Hull depend on their delicious free food, but the bakery stands in the way of Baroness Scrimp’s evil empire.

Enter news reporter Rupert Scaremonger, famed hunter Colonel Blowhard and a werewolf on the streets of Hull. Awoooo!

Will Red Riding Hood and Pattie Breadcake see off Scrimp’s wicked ways? Or will her beastly plan make for soggy bottoms at the Buns of Steel?

Find out in Hull’s alternative Christmas night out, featuring live music and raucous comedy from the award-winning Middle Child.

First performed in 2011, our alternative panto is a homegrown hit, with a different story chosen every year by our audience.

Catch us down Humber Street this Christmas to join the gang and kickstart a new tradition.


Running time: 2hrs, including an interval

Age guidance: 18+. The late-night show is the same script as the family version, with a few more adult-only jokes and ad libs from the cast. ID may be required for late-night shows and anyone under the age of 18 will not be admitted.

Lights and sound: contains flashing lights and a disco ball, but no strobes, with loud, amplified live music.

Dates & Tickets

Social, Humber St, Hull
Thu 21 Dec – Fri 29 Dec

Concession – £16.50
Standard – £19.50

(No booking fee)

Family Shows

Fri 29 Dec – 9.30pm

Sold Out


Audio description

All performances feature integrated audio description, in which actions are described within the characters’ dialogue. Listen to Pattie Breadcake’s audio description intro below to learn more about the set, characters and costumes.

Wheelchair users

To book a wheelchair space please purchase a disabled ticket and contact the box office, run by Hull Truck Theatre, 01482 323638 or

Relaxed performances

All of our performances are relaxed, meaning that noise and movement is welcome during the show. However we do not offer quiet performances and this production contains amplified music.

Photos (2022)

A fat white woman with red hair in bunches dressed as Red Riding Hood dances with arms outstretched. In the background a panto dame plays guitar.
A white woman in drag as a male lumberjack, in a check brown shirt, yellow beanie and denim shorts.
Blowhard the hunter wears a wolf mask and appears in an old-fashioned television screen frame.

Photos by Tom Arran


Red Riding Hood

Sarah Penney

Pattie Breadcake

Marc Graham

Baroness Scrimp

Alice Beaumont

Montgomery Blowhard

Jack Chamberlain

Jack Lumber

Josie Morley

Reluctant Stage Manager / The Moon

Andy Ross


Oliver Strong

Rupert Scaremonger

Kobby Taylor

Piano Natalie

Natalie Walker

BSL Dave

Dave Wycherley

Creative Team

Writer and Director

Paul Smith


Matthew May

Musical Director

Natalie Walker


Jon Beney

Set, Props and Costume Designer

Natalie Young

Costume Maker

Katie Lee Price

Lighting Designer

Adam Foley

Production Team

Production Manager

Emily Anderton 

Stage Manager

Andy Ross

Stage Manager

Anja Bryan-Smith

Deputy Stage Manager

Jay Hirst

Sound Designer and Engineer

Tom Smith

Front of House Manager

Rachel Clark


Jessie Addinall, Matt Pilsworth, Maya Carpenter, Marcus Davies and Zack Sultana-Bartlett

Thank You

Red Riding Hood would not have been possible without the support of the following people and organisations: Social; Alex Brook and the University of Hull drama department; Hull Truck Theatre; HEY Volunteering; Amber Wiles; Natalie Driffill; Matthew Booth; Alex Bennett; I Am Fund; Back to Ours; and our Middle Child Mates.

Ticket Details

Tickets for Red Riding Hood are managed by Hull Truck Theatre. For help buying tickets, please contact their box office team directly on 01482 323638 (Tue-Fri, 11am-5pm) or

Concessions – £16.50

Students, including 18 year olds still in compulsory education; NHS; disabled; income-related benefits; over 65s.

Adults – £19.50

Anyone else over the age of 18.

Essential Companion – Free

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

Unreserved Seating

Your ticket does not reserve a specific seat, however spaces will be reserved for wheelchair and BSL users. We please ask that our audience fill seats from the front upon arrival. If you require specific seating for other access needs, such as lip reading or an aisle seat to access the toilet, please contact the box office team.

BSL Performances – 23 Dec

The late-night performance on Saturday 23 December (9.30pm) will be interpreted by Dave Wycherley. Seating with the best view of Dave will be reserved for BSL users and their guests. For some sold out shows we have reserved a number of seats for BSL users and their guests – please contact audience development manager Jamie Potter to book them.

Wheelchair Users

Wheelchair spaces are available at various spaces throughout the venue. To reserve a wheelchair space, please purchase a disabled ticket and contact Hull Truck Theatre box office on 01482 323638 or

Venue Details


63 Humber St, Hull, HU1 1TU



Car Parking

Available in the Fruit Market multi-storey car park, a one-minute walk away, on Blackfriargate. Limited on-street parking is also available.


The nearest bus stop is the Old Harbour stop, next to Stage @ The Dock, a one-minute walk away. This stop is served by the number 20 bus.


Social includes a cloakroom, buggy storage, accessible toilet and baby-changing facilities.

Robin Hood is supported by: