Dave Windass Talks About Heads Up Festival And It’s Future

Hull playwright Dave Windass has spoken about the upcoming Heads Up Festival which will start on Saturday 5th September as part of Freedom Festival for the third time.

“We’ve been delighted to start Heads Up as part of Freedom Festival which has allowed us to take some really good shows to Freedom, but the festival is going to be restructured from next year,” he said.

Heads Up Festival has always been a twice yearly event every March and September but from next year it will be an annual event with it taking place in March although this doesn’t mean that Heads Up won’t have a bond with Freedom Festival.

“We hope that Heads Up Festival, as a brand, will be able to contribute theatre to Freedom Festival,” he continued.

Talking about the changes coming due to the involvement of Battersea Arts Centre coming to an end as well he said: “We’re in ongoing conversation with Battersea Arts Centre to make sure that Heads Up has got a future so it’s part of a thing called the collaborative touring network.”

Speaking next of future plans for the festival moving forward to 2017 with a purposeful look about him he says, “We’re seeing it as maybe a bit of an international festival, kind of like maybe the Edinburgh Fringe, although that’s a really big ambition.

“The festival was already going before we won City of Culture so Heads Up was a sign of Hull’s ambition, but now we want it to grow and go to other parts of Hull other than just in the city centre.”

We then spoke about what shows that are coming up in September for this Heads Up Festival and the first one that gets mentioned is one written by Mr Windass called Revolutions which has been in development for about two years and is being shown by Ensemble 52 at Freedom Festival first before moving on to a short run at Hull Truck Theatre.

“For me as one of Ensemble 52’s team, and the writer of that show, it’s very exciting to present that show as part of Freedom Festival and at Hull Truck.

“We’ve also got a show at Freedom Festival called At The End of Everything Else which is going to be in the big top and it’s powered by pedal power with the actors actually on bikes to provide the power for the show.

“Wot? No Fish!! Is also a great show that will be on at Kardomah 94 on the 2nd weekend of the Festival.

“The whole festival has some really innovative work that’s really human to the core that people will be really able to identify with.”

Talking about companies that Heads Up would like to forge partnerships with names like Middle Child, Silent Uproar and Pony Express Theatre Company are mentioned along with many others.

“Hull’s theatre ecology is really exciting and I think Heads Up is a really good umbrella for them to present their work.”

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Christmas fun at Kardomah 94

Theatre company Ensemble 52 presented the first of 2 Christmas Cabaret’s last night as part of their Christmas Heads Up Festival, at Hull’s hottest new culture spot Kardomah 94.

Backed by an excellent band, plus a choir from Sirius Academy, entertainers Ian Thompson, Sarah Naughton and Kardomah 94s very own singing chef Amy Dickinson entertained a sell out audience with a variety of different music from West End classics through to Disney films and with a generous mix of Christmas chart songs.

Highlights included a James Bond medley from the 3 main singers, a never to be seen again version of the classic Fairytale of New York, originally by The Pogues and Kirsty McColl, saw Ian Thompson and Sarah Naughton have everybody in hysterics and Amy Dickinson blew the audience away with renditions of One Night Only and All I Want for Christmas is You.

With the night hosted by Ensemble 52 Artistic Director Andrew Pearson, who also joined in with singing some cabaret classics, the company and the venue management provided the perfect start to the Christmas holidays.

The audience were encouraged to dance in the 2nd half and this they did with great enthusiasm.

With the technical support of Matt Lund and a wonderfully intimate venue Ensemble 52 had the perfect setting for just such a show and it is noted with great interest that this will all be happening again at 8:00 tomorrow evening, one can only wonder what treats await then.wpid-20141221_212248.jpgwpid-20141221_212913.jpgwpid-20141223_215000.jpgwpid-20141221_202518.jpgwpid-20141223_190739.jpg