4 Oct 2016

Heads Up highlights

Ten days of the best new work across theatre, dance, comedy, music and audio performance.

Heads Up, a bold and innovative festival of theatre and performance, takes place twice a year and is curated by Hull-based Ensemble 52.

From Wednesday 5 to Saturday 15 October, 2016, Heads Up presents 10 days of the best new work across theatre, dance, comedy, music and audio performance, from the UK’s most groundbreaking and thrilling artists, in collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre.

As ever, we present an eclectic programme that includes some of the best contemporary British theatre.

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 who have visited the festival in the past trust the quality of work now, and are keen to return season after season; while those who 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.”

Shows produced in collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) include Conrad Murray’s DenMarked – autobiographical tales from the council estate of dodgy best friends; that rite of passage; your first arrest; dinner with your social worker; and the Christmas dad went to prison – all told through storytelling, singing, rapping and a loop station.

Also LUNG’s The 56 – on the 31st anniversary of the disastrous fire in the main stand at Bradford City’s Valley Parade football ground, this documentary pays homage to the supporters who lost their lives in one of the darkest days in British footballing history, through adaptations of 60 real-life testimonies.

In addition, BAC will present Rhiannon Armstrong’s installation The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid in the foyer of Hull Truck.

Workshops and additional shows will be delivered by Murray, Armstrong and LUNG across Hull in schools, community centres and arts facilities.

Content produced in the region includes new work by: Bellow Theatre – Bare Skin On Briny Waters; and She Productions – featuring a scratch performance of work It’s Different For Girls and Lets Do It: A Tribute to Victoria Wood. This gives you the opportunity to be one of the first people to see this work and, who knows, you could even help shape the way it’s developed for future audiences.

Other festival highlights include a premiere screening of E52 Films’ new short film Nothing, accompanied with a DJ set from The Broken Orchestra which takes sounds, noises and melodies, and blends them all into one. And contributions from arts movement What Next?, which offers an opportunity to take part in a workshop to inform and shape an inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations.

Each and every aspect of the festival programme is unique and will entertain in very different ways.

A broad programme of work also sees playwright John Godber, 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. 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.”

For more information about the festival and to book tickets click here.

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