REVIEW: The Land’s Heart -Burden Of Generational Hurt Or Joy Of Coffee With Friends
REVIEW: Paper Cinema’s Macbeth – Is This A Paper Dagger I See Before Me?
As we wrap up Heads Up Festival on Day 4, we find Michelle Dee between worlds, simultaneously in the past, the present and the future. Ivo Theatre’s The Land’s Heart is Greater Than Its Map speaks on many levels. It is a film/installation located in a fictional city called Yaboos while represented on screen by […]
REVIEW: Now Is The Time To Say Nothing – What Does The TV Want Me To Do?
Michelle Dee is in Hull Minster on Day 3, rocking out to Black Sabbath, ‘storm coming you better hide’; a fitting choice seeing as she is here to see The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth. A stage and screen has been set up in the nave, the stage is strewn with lamps, light boxes instruments and the […]
REVIEW: Is He On The Line…? Inklings of Sexuality
We catch up with Michelle Dee sitting very still in a seat in the library, she is in something of a daze and trying to process all that she has just witnessed. Now Is The Time To Say Nothing, such a provocative and accusatory title for an incredible project conducted over five years, by a […]
REVIEW: Race Cards – Question Everything, Believe Nothing
At the end of day two of Heads Up Festival, we find Michelle Dee back at Kardomah 94 asking festival goers, ‘Have you any clue what it will be?’ Commissioned by Einkofi and debuting at Heads Up, Is He On the Line? is a new music theatre piece created by British visual artist Jez Dolan […]
REVIEW: Dean Wilson & Dave Lee’s East Coast Fever – Quietly Beautiful
Michelle Dee visits Race Cards by artist Selina Thompson, the highly visual work about identity politics currently housed in Hull Central Library. Pinned on the walls are a 1000 handwritten numbered cards. Each card contains a question written by Selina over 24 hours, in three sittings across one weekend in Edinburgh. The questions range from […]
REVIEW: Heads Up Festival 2018 goes out with a bang with the provocative Foreign Radical
And we have lift off! Heads Up Festival’s 12th season sets out on a four day mission to bring joy, excitement, pose questions and enthral audiences once more. Michelle Dee settles in her comfy seat at the front, pint of local ale in hand, to watch the highly anticipated premiere of Dean Wilson: East Coast […]
INTERVIEW: Michelle Dee on over five years of Heads Up
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 […]
REVIEW: Ground Control – the future planet looks rosy
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 […]
REVIEW: What is … Earth? Turns out it is a whole bunch of things but not flat!
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 […]
What is Earth? For the fluid group of artists that make up What Is? Collective it is telling tales to a willing crowd and vegetables; it is listening to troughs of topsoil and worms. Worms underground, worms on walls, and hedgehogs on walls hibernating. It is sparkly blue, poetry performance and circular paintings – like […]