Hull to host Heads Up Festival

Published: Friday 13th March 2015 by KCFM

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The Heads Up Festival starts tonight and offers lots of opportunities across the city for people to experience something new.

A Hull playwright is hoping to encourage people who don’t normally attend theatre to give it a go this month.

The Heads Up Festival begins tonight and aims to encourage people who wouldn’t usually visit the threatre to try it out.

Producer of the festival and playwright Dave Windass hopes people in the city will embrace their culture by attending the series of events set up for this years festival.

“Any contact that people come into with the arts, of whatever form that might be, of course we should encourage that. But everybody’s touched by culture. Whether that’s attending a sporting event, talking in the playground or coming to show or going to see a gig. You can’t escape culture, it’s everywhere really.”

He says it’s really important to reach out to those who wouldn’t normally go to the theatre:

“In Hull there’s a lot of talk about the City of Culture and what difference that might make to peoples lives. And the thing about theatre is it makes you think and it also makes you feel in ways that other art forms don’t. So hopefully a couple of people will come that have never been to a show before and it will transform how they think and feel.”

Dave says they’ve used alternative venues to make the arts more accessible:

“It’s part of our remit to just use spaces that aren’t really fit for theatre and then you have to transform them. We’ve done stuff in sheds, we’ve done things on moving trains. I’ve done events at Hull Central Library and I know what a great, inspirational space libraries can be.”

The fourth season kicks off with an interactive mystery story for children, encouraging youngsters to get involved in theatre and let their imagination run wild.

It’s hoped “The Adventure”, taking place in Hull Central Library, will provoke an audience into exploring a world inspired by the Famous Five stories.

Producer Paul Jellis says it’s important theatre appeals to all types of ages to keep the arts alive:

“The nature of it being interactive is something which is immediately appealing because you know that it’s going to be a different type of experience than sitting in a dark theatre, not being able to talk and having to behave yourself, and all of those things that probably aren’t very appealing to a hyperactive seven-year-old.”

Artistic Director Dan Bird says the idea is to lose yourself within the story:

“There are puzzles to solve and there are games to play. There’s a journey that the characters go on, trying to solve a mystery in a famous five style. And it requires the young people in the audience to be brave, and have ingenuity and to look after each other.”

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Published: Friday 13th March 2015 by KCFM

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