If you’re looking for something for the whole family this October half-term, look no further than Back to Ours festival; from Nanas to newborns, there’s something for everyone.
Avant Garde Dance will be taking over Wilberforce Sixth Form College with their edgy hip-hop reworking of the Dickens classic, Oliver Twist. Coming to the Festival as part of their acclaimed UK autumn tour, the Fagin’s Twist is the untold story of the notorious, complex, and maybe even misunderstood villain. In his world, the streets are harsh and there’s no such thing as a fairy tale ending…
Renown for pushing the boundaries of Hip Hop contemporary dance, Tony Adigun’s dynamic choreography uses dance from the streets to bring this very familiar story a whole new edge.
For the first time the festival brings not one, but two Secret Gigs to tickle funny bones – as always, it’s all top secret, but laughs, surprises and a sprinkle of Back to Ours mischief guaranteed. Previous names to grace the Secret Gig stage have included the Faaaaaaabulous Ceri Dupree, and most recently, the legendary Jimmy Cricket. Grab your tickets quickly, and you might just strike comedy gold.
Britpop legends Rick Witter and Paul Banks will also be performing an acoustic Shed Seven set at North Point Shopping Centre, continuing the ever-popular sell-out live music gigs that have become a mainstay of the festival. Playing an intimate set of all their iconic hits, it’ll be another packed night with enough sing-along anthems to make your throat sore.
The festival also welcomes back Milk Presents, the company who brought Joan to Back to Ours last February.
Based on the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, join a group of dreamers and rebels hoping to blag, pass and gamble their way out of the Labyrinth where the Minotaur lives. When Theseus arrives, determined to kill the creature against all odds, will he succeed? And at what cost? A story about power, love, and not taming the beast within, this show drops a proverbial bull into a china shop and hopes to break everything.
For younger children, leading Polish company Teatr Atofri will be performing the UK premiere of Mr. Satie, an enchanting interactive performance where magical things can happen. Set in a world of paper, imaginations soar as things aren’t quite what they first appear to be.
Hull’s own The Herd Theatre will be performing Slime, getting little hands dirty with the story of two unlikely friends. When Slog the Slug is the only one who can help, will Coco the caterpillar realise that having a slug for a friend isn’t so bad after all?
There’ll also be a stay and play session afterwards, where little hands can get stuck into some VERY squelchy slime.
And if this doesn’t tickle your bare necessities, Kipling classic Jungle Book will be brought to life in an all-singing, all-dancing stage version of the classic story from Gary Starr productions.
Join Mowgli, Bagheera and Baloo through the epic story of survival through the jungle – will they manage to stay safe from the cunning Shere Khan?
Whatever you choose to see, you can look forward to friendly faces, Snack to Ours providing refreshments to enjoy with your show, and the usual dose of Back to Ours, sparkle, mayhem and fun.
Tickets are available from backtoours.co.uk from Saturday 22 October, and half of ALL tickets will be kept back to buy in person from The Pod, Paragon Interchange, on Saturday 6 and 20 October. Cash and card accepted.