Blog: Finding Your Voice workshop with Tom Penn

In Hull and hitting Heads Up Festival with Neverland, Tom Penn took the time to lead a vocal workshop. One of the festival’s producers – Dave Windass (not known for his dulcet tones) – joined the participants in order to find his voice. I was chatting to Tom Penn about 90 minutes before the Finding Your Voice workshop […]

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Reassembled, Slightly Askew: A new kind of storytelling

Reassembled, Slightly Askew is an autobiographical, audio-based artwork about Shannon Yee’s experience of falling critically ill with a rare brain infection and her journey of rehabilitation with an acquired brain injury. The production will be part of Heads Up Festival March 16-18, with performances each day at 2pm, 4pm and 7.30pm. Part of Hull’s Central […]

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Bucket List: Powerful tale of revenge

Following a hit Edinburgh Festival Fringe run at the Pleasance Dome where it won a Spirit of the Fringe Award, the internationally acclaimed Theatre Ad Infinitum bring the epic tale of one Mexican woman’s fight for justice to Heads Up Festival on March 10 & 11) as part of the Women of the World (WOW) […]

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Heads Up Festival returns in March 2017

Hull’s Heads Up Festival returns on March 8, with a heady mix of the most exciting, challenging theatre and peformance. The festival runs until March 18 and also includes special festival preview production Spirits of the Sea (February 14 and 15). Heads Up is produced by Ensemble 52 in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre and sees […]

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Review: Whistles and cheers for She Productions

There are two things guaranteed to pull a Hull audience, writes Michelle Dee, and that is local heritage and local music. So it seems with a packed house for the final night of Heads Up before the festival looks to 2017. It’s Different Girls is a new musical about Hull group Mandy and the Girlfriends […]

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Review: ‘Nothing’ explores the issue of teen suicide

Responding to Hull’s new status as a filmmaking hub, Ensemble 52 – traditionally a theatre company – has taken a move closer to the world of film, writes Michelle Dee. The company’s short film debut ‘Nothing’ featuring Christopher Colquhoun begins to explore the issue of teen suicide, from the viewpoint of those left behind. Inspiration […]

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Review: Twisting turns of Bellow Theatre

You never see the twist coming, mark of a good storyteller that, writes Michelle Dee. On one side of Bellow Theatre’s Bare Skin on Briny Waters, is the rather fanciful ‘Sophie’ played by Maureen Lennon. Sophie is wrapped up in fabled tales of Scheherazade with a marriage steadily going south. On the other side sits […]

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Review: Heads Up Introducing with John Godber

Which film would the third most performed playwright in the country pick as the one that has influenced him the most? The voice of Hull culture Michelle Dee went along to Kardomah 94 to find out. Apparently the smart money had been on Sharknado 2. I’m sorry shark fans but that was never going to […]

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Review: The 56 moves audiences to tears

Michelle Dee reviews The 56. “Nobody dies at football matches in fires. It doesn’t happen.” On May 11th 1985 at 3.40pm a small fire broke out on the main stand during Bradford City’s last game of the season. Thousands watched the events unfolding at Valley Parade, live on Grandstand. Lung is an award-winning company who produce verbatim […]

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Review: Emotional connection to art explored

You could reasonably expect a workshop called Making Art out of the Everyday, to be a crafty cotton reels, silver foil, washing up bottle kind of affair. Michelle Dee went down to Artlink, all ready to get busy with the sticky-back plastic. What she found when she arrived was that this was going to be […]

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