Back To Ours: Ten different shows, eight venues, six days

Award-winning aerial acrobatics, stand-up comedy for kids, poetry, interactive theatre, live music and singalong films are coming to the heart of Hull’s neighbourhoods for the second in our Back To Ours series of ground-breaking, half-term holiday festivals.

We’re excited to announce the line-up for the next hotly anticipated Back To Ours (30 May to 4 June) ahead of tickets going on sale on Thursday 27 April.

This follows the success of sell-out shows such as The Pigeon Detectives, Mark Thomas and Ceri Dupree at February’s Back To Ours festival.

The success of our first festival in February shows there is a real appetite for this kind of stuff so once again we are inviting people from all corners of the city Back To Ours.
– Louise Yates, Back To Ours artistic director, Hull 2017

Once again, Kingswood Academy, North Point Shopping Centre, Winifred Holtby Academy, The Freedom Centre, Archbishop Sentamu Academy, William Gemmell Club, Hymers College and Sirius Academy West will open their doors to welcome world-class performers alongside local talent.

Tipping Point, pictured, which combines circus and visual theatre, promises to be one of the highlights of the programme. Performed by the UK’s leading aerial theatre company Ockham’s Razor, the show draws the audience close to the acrobatic action, which veers from catastrophe to mastery.

The Boy Who Bit Picasso is an interactive theatre show for young children aged three and over, based on the true story of a young boy who became friends with the greatest artist who ever lived.

We’ve got a stand-up comedy show for children aged six and over, The Funny Thing About, which sees James Campbell make fun of everything from couscous to penguins. Founder of Comedy 4 Kids, author of Boyfaceand as seen on Blue Peter (CBBC), James’s jokes are written and performed to get children and parents laughing out loud.

Following the feast of Roald Dahl films at February’s Back To Ours, Picture House will return. Sing along to Hakuna Matata and Circle of Life during The Lion King, or You’re the One That I Want and Greased Lightning at Grease. Prior to the screenings, expect to meet your favourite characters, do vocal warm-ups and of course a hand-jive competition. Fancy dress is encouraged!

Music comes in the form of local bands Life, who are performing ahead of their appearances at Reading and Leeds festivals, and Black Delta Movement and Audio Subscene, who recently performed onboard P&O Ferries’ Made In Hull mini cruise.

Our Word On The Street spoken-word event, which premiered at last year’s Freedom Festival, is aimed at over-14s and brings spoken word – poetry at its most striking, fun and colourful – to every corner of Hull. Don’t go expecting scarves and berets, this is more noise and belly laughs as some of the country’s best live poets tell tales.  Features Manchester’s Thick Richard, whose cynical, lyrical, jet-black humour has earned him support slots for Kate Tempest and BBC 6 Music, and Poetry Slam champ Vanessa Kissule as heard on the BBC, Radio 1&4.

Another show for over-14s is Yvette – a one-woman performance with original music about a teenage girl trying to make sense of her crush on Lewis, friends, virginity and garage remixes alongside a stolen childhood and growing up with a secret.

Everyone should have access to great art and culture, regardless of where they live.
– Pete Massey, director, Arts Council England North

Louise Yates, Back To Ours artistic director at Hull 2017, says: “The success of our first festival in February shows there is a real appetite for this kind of stuff so once again we are inviting people from all corners of the city Back To Ours.

“While it’s important that the city centre has loads on offer, we are committed to ensuring that everybody has the chance to participate in the year, regardless of accessibility needs or financial circumstances. With this in mind, Back To Ours delivers an eclectic mix of low-cost, quality entertainment practically on your doorstep.”

The festival is supported by Arts Council England, Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, The British Film Institute and Spirit of 2012. The programme has been developed in partnership with China Plate, Leeds International Film Festival, Film Hub North and Revolver.

Pete Massey, director, Arts Council England North, says: “Following the success of the first festival earlier this year, I’m delighted the Arts Council is continuing to support Back To Ours. We believe that everyone should have access to great art and culture, regardless of where they live. Back To Ours is a fantastic example of this – bringing world-class entertainment at an affordable price to every corner of Hull, meaning residents from across the city can enjoy and take part in this exciting year.”

Back To Ours festival tickets start from as little as £2.50 up to a maximum of £7.50 and will be available online from Thursday 27 April.