HULL’S Heads Up Festival returns to the city in October.

The twice-yearly event presents some of the most exciting, challenging theatre and is produced by Ensemble 52 in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre. The festival runs from October 5 to October 15, 2016.

This season’s programme of work includes work originally developed at Battersea Arts Centre alongside some of the most exciting work produced out of the city.

Ensemble 52’s artistic director Andrew Pearson said: “As ever, we present an eclectic programme that includes some of the best contemporary British theatre. We are now in our seventh season and audiences for the festival continue to grow. People that have visited the festival in the past trust the quality of work now and are keen to return season after season, while those that come to the festival for the first time are always highly impressed by the standard of what we offer. We’re really looking forward to the festival getting under way again.”

BAC shows include Conrad Murray’s DenMarked, LUNG’s The 56 and Rhiannon Armstrong’s installationThe International Archive of Things Left Unsaid. Murray, Armstrong and LUNG will also deliver workshops and additional shows in Hull at schools, community centres and arts facilities as part of their Heads Up commitments.

Content produced in the region includes new work by She Productions and Bellow Theatre.

The festival also includes new E52 Films’ short film Nothing, as well as contributions from arts movement What Next? and playwright John Godber. A broad programme of work also sees National Poetry Day and Marcel Craven’s new art exhibition included in this season’s Heads Up.

Festival co-producer Dave Windass added: “We’re already looking ahead to two festivals in 2017 during Hull’s year as UK City of Culture and, beyond that, planning for 2018 and 2019. However, this season’s line-up is as great as ever and each and every aspect of the festival programme is unique and will entertain in very different ways. We can’t wait to get audiences in front of it all.”

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