Sally-Ann Brown

Heads Up Festival returns to Hull

2 March 2018

Heads Up Festival returns to Hull tonight for its’ tenth anniversary with theatre, comedy, poetry and music throughout the city.

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The first live theatre show takes place at Hull Minster. Ugly Chief, written and performed by Victoria Melody, is the opening show of the festival. Victoria, an award-winning British performance artist, teams up with her father, TV antique dealer Mike Melody, for this comedy.

It is based on true-life events. Mike was diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2013 and Victoria was put in charge of planning his funeral. Ugly Chief plays out two funerals – the one Victoria planned and the one her dad really wanted.


During Ugly Chief there will be an opportunity for you to get your ‘antique’ items valued. Mike will be running his own version of the Antiques Roadshow during the show.

The festival includes the world premier Dark Winter, an adaptation of bestselling novelist David Mark’s acclaimed debut novel. The drama takes place in Hull and has been adapted by E52 the creative production company who organise Heads Up Festival.

Andrew Pearson, film maker and producer at E52, said:

“David Mark’s Dark Winter is a tightly plotted piece of crime fiction. The author battled for a long time to ensure that his story could be told as he intended – set in Hull. The writing is as original and absorbing as we like our theatre, and in Richard Vergette and Nick Lane, Mark has found the perfect team to adapt his words for the stage.”

Other programme highlights include Heads Up Introducing: Lyn Acton and a double bill of new plays titled Daffodils & Death by Bill Drummond at Kardomah94. Sponge will be presented at Hull Central Library for the younger audience. There will also be various events, panels and workshops.

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Dave Windass , festival organiser, said:

“This is the tenth Heads Up Festival in five years. I can honestly say that I think we’ve brought some of the best performances and productions that have ever visited Hull. We’re all very proud of what we’ve done.”

Here are the venues and links for tickets:

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