Heads Up Festival back at Hull Minster
Victoria and Mike Melody in Ugly Chief

Ugly Chief by Victoria Melody Where: Hull Minster When: March 2 & 3,  7.30pm Tickets: £15/£10 Heads Up Festival, now in its tenth season, is making a return to Hull Minster. The festival previously sent ripples through the historic church – then Holy Trinity – with Made In China’s Gym Party at the first-ever Heads […]

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E52’s Dark Winter at Hull Truck
E52's Dark Winter

E52’s new production – an adaptation of bestselling novelist David Mark’s acclaimed debut novel Dark Winter – will receive its world premiere at Hull Truck Theatre as part of Heads Up Festival (March 13-17). The book has been adapted by playwrights Richard Vergette (Dancing Through the Shadows, As We Forgive Them) and one of the most […]

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Bill Drummond to present double bill of new work
Bill Drummond Credit: Tracey Moberly

Bill Drummond (The KLF, The K Foundation), responsible for twinning Hull with Your Darkest Thought, is making a return to the city with a double-bill of new work for the stage presented at Heads Up Festival. Drummond was last seen in Hull in 2017, when he presented Your Darkest Thought at the New Adelphi Club […]

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Artistic talent join forces to ask What Is … Light?
What Is ... Light?

What Is … Light? When: At Heads Up Festival, Wednesday 7th March 2018 Where: An intimate space and secret location in Hull’s Bankside industrial estate. An event that brings together a host of artists will take place at Hull’s Heads Up Festival. What Is … Light? will see visual artists, photographers, musicians, audio artists, writers, […]

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Press Release: It’s festival number 10 for Heads Up
E52's Dark Winter at Heads Up Festival

Heads Up Festival’s spring 2018 season – the 10th Heads Up Festival – will take place from March 2 – March 17 at various venues, including Kardomah94, Hull Minster and Hull Central Library. The festival will include the world premiere of new E52 production Dark Winter at Hull Truck Theatre (March 13-17. SOLD OUT), award-winning […]

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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. The blurb says the play is ‘inspired by Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood’ and conceptual portrait photographer […]

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Revolution number 9: Heads Up Festival is back
Heads Up Festival is back

The ninth Heads Up Festival takes place in Hull from October 12-21, 2017. The revolutionary festival, produced by E52 in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre, is a heady mix of the most exciting, challenging theatre and performance. A host of shows head to Hull twice a year as part of BAC’s Collaborative Touring Network, with the programme also […]

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Review: Divinity and dance music at The Rave Space
Rave Space Review

Festival critic Michelle Dee’s closing Heads Up duty this season saw her exploring Will Dickie’s The Rave Space. After a hectic Heads Up schedule that has seen the Ensemble 52 led festival provide the theatrical highlights to the Wow (Women of the World) Hull Festival, with world-leading artists deliver a series of challenging workshops and curating […]

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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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Review: Groundbreaking sound art confronts experience of brain trauma
Reassembled Review

Festival critic Michelle Dee comes to terms with Shannon Yee’s Reassembled, Slightly Askew. “Shannon. Shannon. Can you hear me?” Many people recoil in horror when you begin to describe it. Before seeing Reassembled, Slightly Askew, I’d been carrying a phrase around in my head, something like, “people going to see Reassembled need their head testing.” […]

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