News and events Stories ‘Hilda & the Northern Powerhouse’ heads to Grimsby Minster It has been announced that the premier of the show ‘Hilda & the Northern Powerhouse’ will take place at Grimsby Minster at 6pm on Saturday, 21st September 2019. It has been said that this new production will explore contemporary debates through the story of the Saxon Abbess St Hilda of Whitby (614 to 680 AD), offering an ‘immersive experience’. “It is time to revisit the story of this charismatic Saxon woman,” says writer Kate Hainsworth. “Her influence has so much contemporary resonance. It is a chance to celebrate a local heroine, and involve our communities in her legacy. We’re thrilled to be working with a trinity of talented female performers.” The production stars Oyin Orija as Patience, who has commented, “As soon as I heard about this production, I knew immediately that I wanted to be part of it. I love what this play stands for, which ultimately conveys the strength, power and influence women possess.” Other members of the cast include Sarah Naughton as Hilda and Alice Palmer as Lucy. Director Amanda Huxtable is known locally as the Arts Council’s Changemaker at Hull Truck Theatre and has been key to shaping this production. Local arts organisation Our Big Picture and Grimsby Minster assisted in developing the production through school and community workshops. These highly successful workshops, which were held in Grimsby Minster in April of this year, involved participants from the Grimsby area and beyond. This project is Arts Council England funded and is being led by writer/producer Kate Hainsworth in partnership with Camille Hainsworth-Staples, Amanda Huxtable, Nick Lane and Natalie Diddams, and is supported by Hull Truck Theatre, the Little Mighty, Our Big Picture and Grimsby Minster. Further information on Grimsby Minster may be found here. Ticketing information, including an Eventbrite link, is available here.