Heritage Event At Annison Building And Courtyard

Hull’s most haunted building has flung its doors open to invite the public in to see round the building and a display of artwork by local artists as part of the campaign to save the iconic Lord Line Building.

Tony Hutchinson, owner of the Witham Pharmacy and Danielle White, Events Coordinator for the building invited guests including Lord Mayor Councillor Anita Harrison, BBC Radio Humberside presenter David Burns and local poet Audrey Dunne to a preview event last night.

The display in the hayloft of the building included work such as a massive model of St. Andrews Fish Dock and surrounding area, a fishing vessel and pictures of the Lord Line Building along with merchandise from Action For Hull who are campaigning to save the Lord Line Building.

Music was playing in the courtyard and there was some artwork set back a bit that can be seen while you’re there.

Other attractions during the heritage days that run until Saturday are guided tours which have been pre-booked and Bee Lady Jean Bishop will open the final day at 10 o clock on Saturday morning.

There is also a sneak preview of what is to come with the Hull Dark History Museum which is currently being expanded within the building by owner John Hemingway.

It is also known that Burnsy has suggested to City of Culture that they should go and see the building with a view to using it as a performance space.

Mrs White and Mr Hutchinson are also promoting the venue as a performance space with many events lined up for the remainder of this year and into 2016 including an alternative nativity play written by Pony Express Theatre Company.

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Q and A With Dave Windass About Heads Up Festival

IPJ. You said in a recent interview “We’re developing a bad habit of shunning conventional theatre spaces” will this continue?

  1. I would like to think we’ll continue to explore other spaces in the future, it keeps you on your toes but is very expensive, it is very fashionable to do work in these site specific spaces but also it does restrict audience numbers sometimes.

IPJ. How important are places like Hull Truck to Ensemble 52 and Heads Up Festival?

  1. Hull Truck is a partner this year because Battersea Arts Centre approached them 2 years ago so they’re very important.

IPJ. Do you personally have any out of the ordinary spaces that you would like to take Heads Up Festival to in future?

  1. I would like to use the Lord Line Building, the Rank Hovis Building and the swing bridge in the old town but that’s not to say that we would create work specifically for those spaces it would still be a case of ‘Where would this piece of work fit?’

IPJ. Will Heads Up Festival ever venture outside Hull to places like maybe Beverley or Cottingham?

  1. No because of the partnership with Battersea Arts Centre we have to keep it inside Hull but we’ll try and take it as far and wide as possible from one end of Hull to the other, we’d like to reach out to disengaged audiences.

IPJ. Do any of the upcoming events particularly stand out to you personally?

  1. I’m excited about The Adventure which is an immersive story for kids that’s showing at Central Library, I would love to go and see that, Lorraine and Alan and also Gloriator, which is a female version of Gladiator also look very good.

IPJ. What about Penny Duck Theatre?

  1. We’ve worked many time with Andy Wilson who is one of the founder members of Penny Duck, they’re doing a double bill so people are getting two for the price of one, one is called Hair of the Dog and the other is Deja Shoe and knowing them as well as we do we know laughs will be guaranteed.

IPJ. What is happening with Ensemble 52 about 2017 now?

  1. We want Heads Up to be sustainable by 2017 because the agreement with Battersea Arts Centre comes to a close in 2016 so if it is we’ll hopefully attract some international acts then.

IPJ. Were you happy with how the production of Yalda went this week?

DW. Yes, Yalda is a piece in development, we know it requires further work, it gave us opportunity to see if we want to continue with it, the next version will have more action, more movement, more dance and a bit more physicality.