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A brave and brilliant festival that takes place twice a year, curated by Hull-based Ensemble 52.

In collaboration with London’s Battersea Arts Centre, Heads Up presents 10 days of the best new work across theatre, dance, comedy, music and audio performance, from the most innovative and thrilling artists.

Presented in popular established venues such as Kardomah 94, as well as the most surprising, everyday spaces across the city, Heads Up should not be missed.


Theatre Hullabaloo presents Spirits of the Sea

14-15 Feb, Hull primary schools

An enchanting theatre experience for 6-10 year olds from the North East’s leading children’s theatre company.

Via Cane and Indigo Moon Theatre present Shakespeare Versus Molière

8-12 Mar, from £5, Indigo Moon Studio Theatre at Scrapstore Studios

What if Shakespeare and Molière were our contemporaries? What would they write about migrants come from the world over? A wave of migrants has landed on French and English shores, all hoping for a better life. Grandeur and decadence, social upheaval and love affairs are brought to life by a puppeteer from each country, each playing the role of a border guard. A highly visual bilingual production bringing classic texts into a very contemporary context.

Tom Penn and Battersea Arts Centre present Neverland

9-11 Mar, £10, Hull Central Library

Step into a tented den and discover a magical world to explore and play in. Inspired by J.M. Barrie’s Neverland in Peter Pan, this immersive new show for children aged 1-3 uses beautiful 360 video projections, original music and performance to tell the story of a child’s imagination.

Theatre Ad Infinitum present Bucket List

10-11 Mar, from £10, Ferens Art Gallery

When her mother is murdered for protesting corporate and governmental corruption, Milagros finds herself with only a bloodstained list of those responsible. Determined to make them pay, Milagros embarks on a passionate quest for justice, no matter the cost. Using physical storytelling, live instrumental music and song; multi-award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum unfolds a story about love, loss and revenge.

Please note: the 10 March performance is BSL Interpreted.

Blazon Theatre presents Icons

11 Mar, £5, Ferens Art Gallery

Part of WOW Hull (Women of the World). The world has changed. The future is uncertain and nothing has been learned from the past. Grown out of the chaos is a tribe led by four warrior sisters. Displaced through war, the tribe settle where they can – until outsiders interfere. How does the tribe survive when each of the sisters meets her greatest challenge yet?

A bold modern re-telling of the Amazon warrior myths, ICONS pieces these fractured stories together to re-build an extraordinary timeless world of sisters, survivors and strength.

An Evening with Neil Shand

12 Mar, £8, Kardomah 94

During his illustrious career, Neil Shand wrote for and worked with some of the greatest names in British comedy history. From Spike Milligan to David Frost, from The Two Ronnies to Bob Monkhouse, Neil has been at the heart of some of the best-loved comedy shows ever made. As part of the Heads Up festival, he’ll be in conversation with writer and critic Louis Barfe.

Shannon Yee presents Reassembled, Slightly Askew

16-18 Mar, from £8, Hull Central Library

An autobiographical, audio-based artwork about Shannon’s experience of falling critically ill with a rare brain infection and her journey of rehabilitation with an acquired brain injury. Audience members (six per show) experience Reassembled, Slightly Askew individually, listening to the audio via headphones while lying on hospital beds. A story of terror, discovery, humour, but above all, hope.

Will Dickie presents The Rave Space

18 Mar, from £8, The New Adelphi Club

Enter The Rave Space. Live art meets club culture. Performance and DJ set. Dance floor ritual with MCs, monks, bouncers, you and the rave crew. One DJ’s search for freedom in the breaks, tripping on ecstasies, lost in beats.

As drug use and club closures divide us once more, The Rave Space stands, looking for togetherness. It’s a jungle night that wants to know: How does the DJ reach the massive? Why do the ravers point to the sky? When are we many and when are we one?


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