Our show-stopping Back To Ours festival returns this October half-term, and boy have we got plenty in store! A bedtime story told through mesmerising acrobatics, a one-man musical comedy and Shaun Ryder’s hit band Black Grape are the first shows to be revealed from the next Back To Ours festival, which runs from Tuesday 31 October until Sunday 5 November.
Funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group and Spirit of 2012, Back To Ours will once again see schools, shopping centres and social clubs transformed into cinemas, theatres and big tops for the third instalment of our family-friendly extravaganza.
Circus theatre pioneers Upswing bring two spectacular shows to Hull, with the award-winning Bedtime Stories coming to Hymers College on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November. The show will see family audiences tucked up in bed as a magical story unfolds around them in a mix of dance, acrobatics and projected illustrations.
Meanwhile, Upswing’s second show Once Upon a Pillow Fight will be at Kingswood Academy on Tuesday 31 October and Archbishop Sentamu Academy on Wednesday 1 November, combining breath-taking partner acrobatics with bedtime stories and interactive playfulness to create an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
Drip is a musical comedy based on Tom Wells’ book about a boy who signs up for Hull’s first ever synchronised swimming team, despite being unable to swim. The show will be coming to Sirius Academy West on Wednesday 1 November, Kingswood Academy on Thursday 2 November and Archbishop Sentamu Academy on Friday 3 November.
And last but not least, North Point Shopping Centre will provide the venue for Black Grape’s unmissable gig on Friday 3 November. Formed in the early 90s following the demise of the Happy Mondays, the Shaun Ryder-fronted Black Grape went on to release the platinum-selling album It’s Great When You’re Straight …Yeah which featured classics tunes like Reverend Black Grape and In The Name of the Father. Now, the band are back together for the release of Pop Voodoo, their first album in 20 years, and this is a rare opportunity to see them in all of their glory.
Back To Ours producer Louise Yates said: “As the summer holidays draw to a close, we are already looking ahead to the next schools holidays when families can expect more high quality entertainment right on their doorsteps. And as people have come to expect from Back To Ours, there is something for everyone from comedy for the kids to music for the grown-ups.”
She added: “Everybody should be able to access arts and culture but we know that some people may struggle to make it into Hull city centre let alone go to the likes of Edinburgh Festival or Glastonbury so we are committed to working with our venue partners to offer an eclectic mix of low-cost, quality entertainment in every corner of the city.”
More entertainment including film, comedy and music at Winifred Holtby Academy, The Freedom Centre and William Gemmell Club will be announced soon.