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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BLOG POST: Pale Blue Dot writer explains his process…
Pale Blue Dot image

Dave Windass has had a quiet few years. A pinned tweet on his twitter account states that he’s “given up writing to lay one-fingered piano parts over the Amen break.” Yet he’s returned to writing with Pale Blue Dot, a collaboration between E52, illustrator and comic-book artist Gareth Sleightholme, electronic music producers The Broken Orchestra […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Heads Up Festival back with theatre that makes a difference
Heads Up Festival September 2018

Heads Up Festival’s autumn 2018 season will take place from September 12 – September 22 at various venues, including Kardomah94, the University of Hull and Hull Central Library. The festival will include the return to the festival of new E52 production Pale Blue Dot (September 12-14) at Heads Up’s festival hub Kardomah94, as well as the […]

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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: Bill Drummond plays mess with the mind
Daffodils & Death Photos by Anete Sooda

After a series of interventions during 2017 including a stint shining shoes on Beverley Road, Heads Up Festival welcomed the ex-KLF and K Foundation’s Bill Drummond back to Hull. Daffodils & Death is a double bill of off-kilter plays, which play about with the nature of art, the nature of ideas, layers of chronology and […]

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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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OPINION: Time to get squishy with Sponge
Turned On Its Head's Sponge

Heads Up Festival has presented a succession of shows for younger audiences over the last few seasons and we have enjoyed great support from Hull Libraries, who have allowed us to take over the Children’s Library within Central Library in order to transform that wonderful flexible space into all manner of unusual environments. The Adventure, […]

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Ugly Chief : It’s what he would have wanted
Ugly Chief. Photograph by Anete Sooda

Ugly Chief : It’s what he would have wanted If you were to go looking for the perfect father/daughter relationship – you know the sort of thing, the doting Dad who’d do anything for his little girl and loving daughter eyes wide with adoration – you wouldn’t immediately look to Victoria and Mike Melody and […]

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