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Dark Winter Returns to Hull

Dark Winter, an adaptation of bestselling novelist David Mark’s acclaimed debut novel of the same name, returns to Hull Truck Theatre this November, courtesy of theatre company, E52.

The play, adapted from the book by playwrights Richard Vergette (Dancing through the Shadows, As we Forgive Them) and Nick Lane (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, My Favourite Summer), will be staged in Hull Truck’s main house, The Heron, after a sell-out run in March in the Hull Truck Studio.

Dark Winter, running from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 November, is directed by Andrew Pearson.

Playwright Richard Vergette said: “Adapting David’s best-selling novel has been challenging and exciting. Nick Lane and I have had to encapsulate the plot of a complex thriller into a two hour stage show. It’s a fast-moving tale of twists and turns against the background of the city of Hull. We’re really pleased with the outcome and believe the many fans of Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy will be too.”

The story involves an ex-trawlerman from east Hull, an adopted teenager from Hessle and an arsonist from Orchard Park. All of whom are unknown to one another and all, supposedly unconnected victims of brutal murders. But Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy suspects there is a link. However, when you blow the whistle on your boss, no matter how corrupt, no one listens – but they should. If they don’t, the list of victims will get longer. And, for McAvoy, much, much closer to home…

David Mark said: “I still can’t quite believe I have become a bestselling author (and I’m sure lots of other people can’t believe it either) but to have my work adapted by people I trust and admire, and for it to be staged at a theatre where I have had so many wonderful experiences, in a city that inspires me, feels rather splendid.”

Andrew Pearson said: “David Mark’s Dark Winter is a tightly plotted piece of crime fiction. The author battled for a long time to ensure that his story could be told as he intended – set in Hull. The writing is as original and absorbing as we like our theatre, and in Richard Vergette and Nick Lane, Mark has found the perfect team to adapt his words for the stage.”

To book tickets for Dark Winter, click here or call the Hull Truck Theatre Box Office on 01482 323638.

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