A while ago I spoke about my love for the Arts in an article called ‘Theatre in Hull – A Lifelong Passion'. The piece concludes that in order to flourish, theatre-makers must keep innovating, challenging audiences and companies alike while finding a sustainable balance between populist and specialist work.
Since the article was published (in print Hull Daily Mail and online ThisisUll.com), The Other Space, a joint venture between
Dave Windass (Scratch Theatre), Andrew Pearson (Ensemble 52) and Malcolm Scott (Fruit Trade Music) announced itself on the theatrical landscape.
The Other Space, situated on Alfred Gelder Street in Hull, is a versatile, multi-purpose venue with much promise due to the capacity,
development potential and central location.
The new addition recently hosted a theatre-makers' concourse (highfalutin term for a meeting of arty types involving speakers, nibbles and wine) where, among other agenda items, persons from all different artistic spheres introduced themselves and the work they do to the assembled guests.
So, with the city all a buzz after the unprecedented success of Humber Street Sesh in early August, the shortlist announcement for City of Culture (#2017Hull) and the pending three day celebration of the Arts that is the annual Freedom Festival, it
is now the turn of the theatre-makers in Hull, who have been busy strengthening ties, sharpening scripts and wowing audiences with dazzling, original work.
The Heads Up Festivalis the result of cards falling into place with talent, opportunity, new partnerships and the current air of optimism. It is the right time to launch this bi-annual showcase of all that is great about theatre and performance.
The theatre extravaganza takes place in September and features renowned artists, critically acclaimed writers and individual talent.
The first weekend 7th – 8th September sees Heads Up taking place as part of the Freedom Festival, with critically acclaimed
Paper Cinema's Odyssey which The Telegraph described as 'A delicately executed piece, which is bound to delight'.
Also, Polarbear's Mouth Open, Story Jump Out children's show of which the Irish Times said:
'The audience were thoroughly invested in Polarbear's tale, fighting over small details and full of questions
at the end.'
Sitting alongside these two events will be the theatre development night special, scratch@freedom>.
During the weekend 27th -28th September, Made in China present Gym Party.
Fresh from rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Gym Party is an epic tale of hopeless
determination and the brilliant, terrible, universal human desire to win, and go on.
Entertaining, thoughtful and anarchic, Gym Party speaks to anyone who frets about the state of the
world and how we treat each other – then gets distracted by a dumb celebrity tweet. With Tim Cowbury
and Jessica Latowicki.
Made In China's boisterously interactive show…a beauty contest that covers some of the same territory as
Ontroerend Goed's Fight Night at the Traverse, but with infinitely more vim, honesty – and pain, both mental and physical.'
**** The Guardian
Gym Party is developed at and commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre.
Hull performance poets Joe Hakim and Mike Watts from Write to Speak will present their own irreverent
brand of performance poetry in the formidable Holy Trinity Church.
In addition to the plays and performances, Heads Up will feature workshops, exhibitions and
opportunities to get in on the act.
City Sketch by the award-winning company Ensemble 52 is the first part of a larger
work conceived and created by Dave Windass, Richard Vergette and Andrew Pearson.
Audiences are invited to experience a museum of the human condition in their own time
and in any order, within an unassuming office building.
Be part of the board meeting that will decide the fate of many, be the voyeur as a couple reach the endgame of their affair and meet the security guards who look down on it all from their own personal Mount Olympus. And all surrounded by urban soundscapes.
So you wanna be a crime writer? a series of workshops and discussions hosted by Nick Quantrill
featuring renowned authors of the genre.
The Other Space will also be playing host to a special exhibition by the
surrealist artist Anna Bean from the 6th – 28th September.
There are those that talk and ponder endlessly on Art in the city, how to engage audiences, bring new names to the city, nurture and retain homegrown talent… and then there are those that get out there make it happen. I know which I'd rather do.
Get full Heads Up Festival programme details and tickets Here
News - Well I Never Knew That - Guided History Walks With Barry Leonard By Michelle Dee
Photos Courtesy Gavin Hewitt
Reconnect with past through a season of guided tours around historic Hull.
Well I Never...! invites walkers to explore the Old Town in the company of Barry Leonard who is stoutly passionate about his hometown.
Beginning his working life in the early seventies, the young Barry spent four years at RP Carmichaels, where he worked alongside
Hugh Rice and John Fearnley.
News, Arts Hull Poet, Mike Watts' Latest Collection Available Now
Published by Burning Eye Books
Slip Between The Covers Of A New Collection Day and Night in the Damaged Goods Factory is the new collection of poetry from Hull writer Mike Watts.
Available now from Amazon, Burning Eye Books and Waterstones Hull.
Raw and heartfelt, this uncompromising poetry is about fighting your corner, counting down the hours and dreaming of making it to
the end of the week. Cynical, yet celebratory, Day and Night in the Damaged Goods Factory is about surviving and savouring each moment.
News, Arts - Three Million Pound Boost to City's Cultural Economy
By Michelle Dee
Creative industries in Hull will be celebrating tonight at the announcement of a three million pound grant from Arts Council England.
The Creative People and Places program was set up to aid more people to experience and be inspired by the arts irrespective of where they live or their social background.
Hull's bid aims to build upon existing arts provision while finding new ways to engage people in arts and culture activities.
News - Former BAE SYSTEMS Brough employee to reinvent the fishing trip
A new website aims to become the definitive website for the fishing community.
www.fishingadviser.co.uk was launched by a Brough-based businessman, Martin Credland on 1st May with a passion to reinvent the way that people plan and organise their fishing trips.
The site will become realised with the help of Martin's project partner Breon Snowdon of Real Design Studios of Hull who is providing specialist design and website support.
News, Arts - Dale Theatre Company presents New Hull Drama Double Bill at The New Adelphi from Wednesday 15 May 2013
Two new Hull plays that pack an entertaining, emotional punch will open in the city during May.
One act plays; A Delicate Man, by Beverley writer Joanna Morris and 7Iron, by Hull-based Julian Woodford
premiere at the New Adelphi on May 15 for a limited run, along with new music by local songwriter Martin Clappison.
'A Delicate Man is about a brilliant, creative academic who ends up homeless and unable to live within
News, Arts - Neil Cook Digital Photographer - One of A Kind Casting a digital eye over the city of Hull
I can't recall the first time I noticed Neil Cook's images on my newsfeed, but for the past half year I've enjoyed a steady stream of
city-views, urban landscapes and quieter, introspective photographic studies.
The city of Hull has many familiar landmarks, whether it is the iconic Humber Bridge; the jutting prow of The Deep;
the Wren-inspired domes on City Hall or the Queens Court Fountain radiating outwards.
News, Arts Write to Speak presents Northern Elements with Kate Fox - Sunday 3rd March 2013 at Fruit
An evening of spoken word featuring a headline set from Radio 4 Saturday Live regular
Kate Fox, Write to Speak presents: Northern Elements is part of a pioneering Arts Council initiative to develop spoken word throughout the North.
Produced in conjunction with Fruit and the ARC in Stockton-on-Tees, this special show is part of a series of events that will be taking place at different venues throughout the North during March.
News, Arts New Media: Old Ideas Collide On Six Degrees of Harry Campaign By Michelle Dee
Hull based Film company One For Courage Productionsare using converging marketing techniques to raise awareness and promote their debut Short Film, Harry's Ransom.
The promotion campaign for the film is called Six Degrees of Harryand uses real life and online connectivity to generate interest
in the new work scheduled for release in Spring 2013.
News, Arts Lucy Beaumont Wins Top Comedy Award By Michelle Dee
Lucy Beaumont from Hull has won BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award 2012: the nationwide search to find the best new stand-up comedy talent in the UK.
The heats for the annual competition were held in venues across the country between August and October 2012. Lucy Beaumont made it all the way to the finals
held at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool.
News, Arts - Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations at The Humber Mouth Literature Festival 2012 - 23rd June 2012 to 7th July 2012
Fresh Ink and Write to Speak in association with Hull City Council, Hull Truck, Fruit and thisisUll.com present:
Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations is a series of spoken word events and workshops that will take
place between 23rd June and 7th July at the Humber Mouth Literature Festival 2012.
Featuring performances from punk poetry pioneer, John Cooper Clarke, American bard of the factory
worker, Fred VossRead more...
News, Arts - Poetry/Spoken Word - Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations Performance Poetry Workshops
Calling all poets...
Would you like to take part in a bold series of poetry events as part of the Humber Mouth Literature festival?
Would you like the opportunity to perform your work at Hull Truck?
Would you like the opportunity to see your work published?
Fresh Ink and Write to Speak present: Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations,
an ambitious poetry initiative to encourage a new generation of spoken word talent.
News, Arts - Poetry/Spoken Word - Tuesday 26 June - Dreadlockalien School Slam Workshop at Hull Truck Inter@ct
As part of The Humber Mouth Literature Festival, Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations
invites local primary schools to attend the Dreadlockalien School Slam Workshop at Hull Truck Inter@ct
.We are seeking to engage with groups of Year 5 pupils, along with a teacher from each participating school.
A special one-off event designed to introduce Hull schools to slam poetry in education, and delivered by