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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Review: Eco-drama with talking cat charms festival goers
Pale Blue Dot - Photo by Jerome Whittingham

Michelle Dee, brochure in hand, sets off for Kardomah 94 to see the first show of the Autumn Heads Up Festival. You don’t see many plays about talking cats, Michelle thinks to herself. “You don’t see many talking cats,” a voice at her elbow says. Pale Blue Dot, written by Dave Windass and presented here as […]

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Review: Divinity and dance music at The Rave Space
Rave Space Review

Festival critic Michelle Dee’s closing Heads Up duty this season saw her exploring Will Dickie’s The Rave Space. After a hectic Heads Up schedule that has seen the Ensemble 52 led festival provide the theatrical highlights to the Wow (Women of the World) Hull Festival, with world-leading artists deliver a series of challenging workshops and curating […]

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Review: Groundbreaking sound art confronts experience of brain trauma
Reassembled Review

Festival critic Michelle Dee comes to terms with Shannon Yee’s Reassembled, Slightly Askew. “Shannon. Shannon. Can you hear me?” Many people recoil in horror when you begin to describe it. Before seeing Reassembled, Slightly Askew, I’d been carrying a phrase around in my head, something like, “people going to see Reassembled need their head testing.” […]

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Review: Plunger Bailey and amyl nitrate
Neil Shand by Jerome Whittingham

You may not have heard of the name Neil Shand, but if you were one of the millions who have enjoyed comedy shows, on radio and television, during the last fifty years, you are almost sure to have enjoyed his work. In a special one-off event introduced by filmmaker Dave Lee, Neil sat down with […]

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Review: Blazon’s Icons
Icons Review

With all the feminist power surging through the city centre at WOW Hull Michelle Dee headed into the Ferens Studio to find her own inner warrior at Blazon’s Icons, a contemporary re-telling of the Amazonian warrior myths. The term Amazonian warrior conjures up an image of a fiercely proud tribe of buxom fighting women, a bit handy […]

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Review: Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Bucket List

Festival blogger Michelle Dee renews her acquaintance with Theatre Ad Infinitum at Heads Up. Bucket List is an extraordinary tale set on the Mexico border which charts the untold repercussions of the NAFTA agreement; a government policy that opened up free trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Performed by one of the country’s […]

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Review: Heads Up workshops stir body and soul

Alongside the specially chosen live performances Heads Up Festival also likes to offer workshops and classes while the companies and artists are here in Hull. Festival blogger Michelle Dee took her place alongside actors, dancers, choreographers and absolute beginners to embark on a journey of discovery. It is very rare to feel completely at one with your […]

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Review: Indigo Moon’s puppet show with political punch

As a crowd gathers in the west end of Hull, we find Michelle Dee drawn to a theatre space secreted away on a Hull estate to experience a puppet show pitting Shakespeare versus Molière. Presented and performed by collaborating companies Indigo Moon Theatre (UK) and Compagnie Via Cane (France) with (Anna Ingleby) and Jean-Frederic Noa […]

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