Do You See What I Mean?

A unique show has been created by Barrie Wheatley and NAPA with the support of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 to showcase the wide-ranging talent of visually impaired people in Hull and East Yorkshire.

Based on ideas gathered through workshops, Do You See What I Mean? combines music, song, drama, projections and comedy in an artistic revue from members of NAPA’s Visually Impaired Group.

“This is the perfect time to demonstrate to the world what visually impaired people in Hull can create,” says Barrie. “The show has been devised to offer a totally different view of sight loss, providing food for thought as part of a very enjoyable event.”

Barrie has worked with visually impaired performers at NAPA for some time, helping individuals to learn and develop a range of writing and theatrical skills. The show aims to offer information into the condition and challenge stereotypes in modern day society.

With a cast of 17, including four helpers who are experienced performers, it’s all set to be a clever and energetic experience for all. Included in the cast is a refugee who has lived in Hull for three years, plus Queenie the guide dog, who travels from Bridlington especially for the show. One of the sets takes the form of an impressive dance routine using long white canes, conceived with the help of expert choreographer Jon Beney.

Prior to the Friday show there will be representatives from HERIB, Guide Dogs, Hull City Council’s Sensory Team and Hull College offering information, advice and opportunities for visually impaired people and their families.

“Through drama, music, dance and song, we break down barriers to artistic development,” says Barbara Dawson, CEO at NAPA. “This is entertainment at its most stimulating and makes for a truly inspiring show.”

Do You See What I Mean? will be performed four times in September:

Saturday 23rd at 7:30pm at NAPA

Sunday 24th at 2pm at NAPA

Wednesday 27th at 2pm at Hull Minster

Friday 29th at 2pm at NAPA

The show takes the form of two 40-minute acts with an interval in-between. The first three performances are priced at just £5 a ticket. Entry to the final performance works on a donation basis and people can pay what they decide, with funds going to the local branch of HERIB.

Tickets can be booked via Hull Box Office on 01482 221113 and at

Open Auditions – “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

NAPA is proud to announce this amazing opportunity to star in a production of the fantastic Musical Comedy ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ at Hull Truck Theatre in April 2018.

Following hit productions of ‘Betty Blue Eyes’ , ‘Sweeney Todd’ & ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ this is NAPA’s fourth visit to Hull Truck Theatre, and we can’t wait to get started!

We are looking to fill all male and female roles. There are a lot of smaller named parts and character parts up for grabs as well as the core principle roles outline below.

Pre Audition Sing Through

Sunday 3rd September 3.30pm – 5.00pm

Come along meet the company and the director and sing through the audition pieces.


    • Friday 8th September – 4.00pm onwards  at  NAPA
    • Ages 13 -25
    • Sing the vocal selection of the role you are auditioning for.  

Audition Pieces

Ensemble – All smaller roles and featured chorus members and dancers.           

 “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Bars 63 – 97 (Click to download sheet music)


 Principle Roles:

Millie                           ‘Gimmie Gimmie’ (Click to download sheet music)


Jimmy                          ‘What do I need with love.’ (Click to download sheet music) 


Dorothy                       ‘How the other half lives.’  Bars 1 – 67 (Click to download sheet music)


Mrs Meers                  ‘They don’t know’ (Click to download sheet music)


Mr Graydon                ‘The Speed Test’ Bars 1 – 40 (Click to download sheet music)


Muzzy                          ‘Only in New York’ Bars 27 – 71 (Click to download sheet music)



    • Saturday 9th September – 3.00pm onwards.
    • Repeat of previous day’s material and then character workshop and pairing.


    • The rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings 5.30pm – 7.30pm, costing £6 per lesson.
    • Starting Thursday14th September – (Additional rehearsals may be scheduled with prior notice.)
    • Please only audition if you’re available at this time.


Show Week:   Easter Holidays April 2018

For any more information and to register your interest please contact

Katie Wright.   Telephone: 01482 310690


NAPA is seeking a new Chairperson


Situated in the heart of Hull, the Northern Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) is a unique and innovative charity operating from the city of Hull.

We are dedicated to providing innovative, quality, affordable performing arts training for young people and to delivering exceptional opportunities for people of all ages in Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. NAPA also runs a successful outreach department, taking our expertise into schools and communities throughout Hull and the East Riding; providing classes and workshops that complement the existing curriculum.

NAPA is proud both of its exceptional professional standards, excellent reputation, its track record for success and its caring ethos.

NAPA is seeking a dynamic Chair to lead its Board of Trustees into the next exciting phase of the charity’s development. This rewarding volunteer opportunity sees the Chair in a strategic role, helping to develop, shape and deliver an exciting and ambitious business plan and to provide direction and support to the Trustees and staff members who deliver the work of NAPA to the very highest standards.


Please download an APPLICATION PACK below to find out full details of the role and how to apply.



If you would like to discuss the role further with a Trustee, please contact:                

Andrew Kingston, Trustee