Review: Ross and Rachel friends for life
Ross & Rachel

Over the years Heads Up Festival has developed a partnership with Battersea Arts Centre and the Creative Touring Network, which helps companies get their work seen in theatres all over the country.  Michelle Dee catches the first night of two performances of the Motor produced Ross and Rachel, at Riverside Theatre.

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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. 

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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.

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So much more to see at Heads Up Festival
Hekima Asilia and the Flavas. Pic by Jerome Whittingham.

Heads Up Festival got off to a great start with our launch party, which featured Hekima Asilia and the Flavas, and sell-out shows Pale Blue Dot and Hester Arden’s The Ballad Of Paragon Station. And there’s still so much more to come as we enter week two of the festival, with performances every night until Saturday, October 21 […]

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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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Blog: We are loved
We Are Loved Blogpost

With March 2017’s Heads Up Festival over and out, Dave Windass attempts to make sense of it all, helped by memorable closer The Rave Space. So it’s around 36 hours since Heads Up Festival’s eighth season drew to a close. And, as is the usual case around about this time, I’m still attempting to process what […]

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Blog: Shakespeare versus Molière

Dave Windass returned to his old stomping ground and a show he first saw in its development version to experience an important puppet show for our times. A former school in an area to the west of the city of Hull once plagued so much by groups of louts that the only solution to the breakdown […]

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