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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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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