OPINION: Pale Blue Dot… you better not say thought provoking
Pale Blue Dot production image by Anete Sooda

At the beginning of the festival we sent writer and Heads Up’s official blogger Michelle Dee to relive Ensemble 52’s Pale Blue Dot – scratched previously at Heads Up – and performed in 2018 at Blue Dot, the science music, art and culture festival at Jodrell Bank, where it was seen by various audiences including […]

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REVIEW: Scousers made up about Heads Up – From Liverpool with Love
From Liverpool With Love

Smack bang in the middle of Heads Up Festival, Russ Litten – author of Swear Down, Scream If You Wanna Go Faster, one half of Cobby & Litten – invited some of his mates over from across the Pennines for an evening called From Liverpool With Love. Kardomah94 is packed with Friday folk, looking for […]

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REVIEW: Dark Winter – a mind-blowing, surreal experience
E52's Dark Winter. Photo by Anete Sooda

It was an opportunist tweet by Richard Vergette to crime writer David Mark just over two years ago, that became the starting point to explore whether Mark’s popular detective Aector McAvoy, could be adapted for the stage. Last night Dark Winter, directed by Andrew Pearson opened at Hull Truck Studio: a groundbreaking finale for the […]

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REVIEW: What Is Light? Bankside lit up by art collective
What Is Light?

“It is What is, not This is,” says Sarah Mole the founder of What Is? Collective. Inkeeping with the spirit of self enquiry What Is Light? invited various different artists, from different disciplines, to respond to the question of light.

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Review: A Super Mega Rockin’ Rock Show of their own
Kid Carpet's Super Mega Rockin' Rock Show. Photo by Jerome Whittingham.

Kid Carpet was undoubtedly the busiest performer at this season’s Heads Up Festival. Adults were treated to a late-night pub performance and the penultimate night of the festival saw a big turnout for a first performance of The Castle Builder. Kid Carpet’s Super Mega Rockin’ Rock Show gave younger audiences a gig of their own. If this […]

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Review: The unique Almost Always Muddy experience
Almost Always Muddy at Hull Central Library. Photo by Jerome Whittingham.

Coming up trumps as a venue again, Hull Central Library allowed Heads Up Festival to stage a take over of its Children’s Library, with Likely Story and Kirsty Harris transforming this usual den of books into The Story Yard, a place where, for young participants, there are no rules and no limits on imagination. Families […]

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Review: Ross and Rachel friends for life
Ross & Rachel

Over the years Heads Up Festival has developed a partnership with Battersea Arts Centre and is part of the  Collaborative Touring Network, which takes the work of BAC to theatres all over the country.  Michelle Dee catches the first night of two performances of the Motor produced Ross and Rachel, at Riverside Theatre. For a […]

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Review: Thousands turn out for ‘secret’ gig
Kid Carpet & Vic Llewellyn at the OEG. Photo by Jerome Whittingham.

The Castle Builder creators Kid Carpet and Vic Llewellyn performed a ‘secret’ warm-up gig in a Hull city centre pub a mere hour after checking in to their hotel. Dave Windass dropped by for a pint. The Old English Gentleman is no stranger to theatre. The walls of this place are decorated with 10x8s of the […]

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Review: WOW – these women are made for performing
Women of Words - Julie Corbett. Photo by Jerome Whittingham.

Sarah Mole, who recently created the set design for E52’s Pale Blue Dot as well as the productions’s poster, got up close to Women of Words when they scratched their new show The Second Rehearsal at Heads Up. I did not know much about Women of Words – Vicky Foster, Lynda Harrison, Michelle Dee, Julie Corbett […]

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