REVIEW: The Orchidian – A Glorious Triumph
The Orchidian

by Michelle Dee Photo by Anete Sooda Dave Lee’s writing debut for the stage is a delightful satire on English village life with a healthy sprinkling of  intrigue and murder. ‘More mulch than murder,’ as someone later said. The Orchidian is a verbose monologue told in direct address with considerable skill and devilish charm by […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Countdown to Heads Up Festival #12

The 12th Heads Up Festival is now just over one week away. Heads Up Festival’s 12th season will take place from March 27-30 at various venues, including Hull Minster, Hull Central Library and Kardomah94, Heads Up coincides with IETM Hull, which will see delegates from the informal theatre and performance network heading to the city from […]

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FESTIVAL BLOG: Never organise anything, ever
Now Is The Time To Say Nothing

With little over a week until the 12th Heads Up Festival, producer Dave Windass shares what’s on his mind. My advice to wannabe producers, event organisers and promoters is fairly consistent: “Never organise anything, ever.” For, as much fun as pulling events together might look when you attend, say, four days of theatre, performance and […]

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FESTIVAL BLOG: Five reasons to kickstart your cultural year at Heads Up
Paper Cinema's Macbeth - Photo by James Allan

We challenged festival blogger Michelle Dee to tell us why she is kickstarting her cultural year in style, with the twelfth Heads Up Festival March 27-31.  After initially being struck by the international flavour of the festival – with representation from Iceland, Syria and Palestine as well as the UK – she found Five Really […]

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PRESS RELEASE: New work added to festival line-up
Race Cards

Heads Up Festival is delighted to announce two additions to the festival’s artistic programme for the 12th season of Heads Up, which will take place at various venues in Hull from March 27-30, 2019. Race Cards (March 28-30 at Hull Central Library) takes place in a room containing 1000 questions about race, written by Selina […]

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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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