REVIEW: Heads Up Festival 2018 goes out with a bang with the provocative Foreign Radical
Foreign Radical at Heads Up Festival

Michelle Dee just loves these immersive theatre shows. Last time she found herself thrust into the limelight she unexpectedly became Madam President in ‘The Situation Room’ (Oscar Mike 2012) and promptly took everyone to war. With Foreign Radical by Theatre Conspiracy (Vancouver) the end game isn’t quite so final. Or at least it wasn’t for […]

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INTERVIEW: Michelle Dee on over five years of Heads Up
Michelle Dee. Photograph by Anete Sooda.

Michelle Dee has been a part of Heads Up Festival every step of the way. Since day one, Michelle has joined us as both an audience member and a critical voice, providing a host of blog posts and reviews along the way, and keeping the festival organisers’ egos in check. It’s impossible to imagine Heads […]

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REVIEW: Ground Control – the future planet looks rosy
Ground Control at Heads Up Festival

  While Heads Up’s adult audiences were being asked to consider the implications of surveillance, cyber security, freedom of movement, whether honesty is the best policy, the right to associate with whoever you choose, spying on each other and making arguments for and against placing people on terrorist watchlists at Theatre Conspiracy’s mind-blowingly thought-provoking Foreign […]

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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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