REVIEW: Heads Up Festival 2018 goes out with a bang with the provocative Foreign Radical
INTERVIEW: Michelle Dee on over five years of Heads Up
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 […]
REVIEW: Ground Control – the future planet looks rosy
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 […]
REVIEW: What is … Earth? Turns out it is a whole bunch of things but not flat!
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 […]
OPINION: Pale Blue Dot… you better not say thought provoking
What is Earth? For the fluid group of artists that make up What Is? Collective it is telling tales to a willing crowd and vegetables; it is listening to troughs of topsoil and worms. Worms underground, worms on walls, and hedgehogs on walls hibernating. It is sparkly blue, poetry performance and circular paintings – like […]
REVIEW: Scousers made up about Heads Up – From Liverpool with Love
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 […]
REVIEW: Dark Winter – a mind-blowing, surreal experience
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 […]
REVIEW: What Is Light? Bankside lit up by art collective
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 […]
REVIEW: Lyn Acton – women in music are holding their own
“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.
Review: A Super Mega Rockin’ Rock Show of their own
“It’s not often you get to introduce someone who has made you laugh, cry and sweat and still be able to look them in the eye,” says Dave Windass welcoming Hull’s First lady of Soul to the Kardomah94 stage.
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 […]