Hull’s Talented Young Performers Promise Bright Future

Some of the region’s most talented young performers are coming together for an incredible theatrical showcase of local talent, exploring the highs and lows of moving from childhood to adulthood.

We Are the Future! will see hundreds of musicians, dancers and actors aged between 8 and 25 come together at the end of this month for two spectacular performances.

NAPA has teamed up with Hull Music Hub to present an unmissable opportunity for the region’s young people, supported by Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s Creative Communities Programme.

The performances are on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 June at Hull City Hall.

Barbara Dawson, CEO of NAPA said: “We Are the Future! is self-explanatory.

“Our city’s children truly are the future of everything, so they deserve a platform for sharing what it means to be young and free.”

The show also focuses on how the participants envisage the future of Hull and the East Riding. This will be expressed as a musical extravaganza that combines orchestral music, choral singing, dance, drama and musical theatre.

Barbara added: “Children and young adults are naturally adept at achieving their potential and embracing the journey life takes them on.

“It’s a wonderful thing to be young, and NAPA is ready to celebrate it to the full.”

The Albemarle Music Centre’s 60-piece youth orchestra provides a full-bodied soundtrack to complement NAPA’s 200-strong chorus of singers, dancers and selection of brilliant soloists. This collection of talent is working under the expert supervision of conductor Paul Frankish, direct from London’s West End.

Together the performers use music, singing, dance and drama to tell the ups and downs of moving from childhood to adulthood, from your first day at school, to your first kiss.

Barbara said: “This talented array of young performers are the next generation of creatives.

“They will inherit the legacy of Hull 2017 and shape our cultural landscape for years to come.”

We Are the Future is supported by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and is the perfect chance to get a glimpse of the city’s rising stars.

Tickets are £10 and can be booked by calling 01482 300306 or at

Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017, said: “Hull 2017 is not just about this year, it is also about helping to provide a platform and legacy for the future so that young people can achieve their dreams and ambitions. We Are the Future! proves that Hull’s future is a bright one.”

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. 

Download a specification for the role here. -  (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD)

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


Andrew Kingston, Trustee