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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Review: Come and See Vincent’s choice

Heads Up Introducing is the event in the programme where somebody working in the Arts industry shares with the festival audience, the film that most inspired them. After an introductory chat everyone then gets to see the film, anticipation and speculation builds as people try to guess what film the guest will have chosen. Michelle […]

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Review: Let’s get ready to Rumba

Heads Up Festival prides itself on bringing great performances to audiences, it also believes that festivals should offer opportunities for people to participate. So it is that we join Michelle Dee at her very first Salsa class with Humba Rumba.  With my comfort zone beating a retreat along with, I might add, my Heads Up […]

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Review: First class performance The Ballad of Paragon Station

Continuing the practice of bringing new theatre-works to Hull audiences, Heads Up Festival presents The Ballad of Paragon Station written and performed by Hester Arden. Michelle Dee slips past the ticket inspector and settles in for the ride. The blurb says the play is ‘inspired by Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood’ and conceptual portrait photographer […]

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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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