Arts wizardry – right on your doorstep

Banish the February blues with a healthy dose of Back to Ours – RIGHT on your doorstep.
Banish the February blues with a healthy dose of Back to Ours – RIGHT on your doorstep.

If you fancy a trip down the yellow brick road or an evening jam-packed with surprises, sparkle, mischief and mayhem, Back to Ours has got a couple of things to tickle your fancy this February half term. 

TaleGate Theatre Productions’ Wizard of Oz will be touring around the city, appearing at St. Aidan’s Church (Southcoates Ave), North Bransholme Community Centre, St. Michael’s Church (Orchard Park Road) and Derringham Bank Methodist Church. 

A magical adventure down the yellow brick road, it’s a fast-paced, entertaining family show with songs, magic, puppets, and all your favourite Oz characters.  

There’s also a little something for the grown ups with two Secret Gigs, at William Gemmell Club and Willows Social Club. Anyone who’s ever been to one will know that you might not know who’ll be gracing the stage when you buy your ticket, but you definitely know you’re in for an unpredictable night full of fun: you pay your fiver, you take your chance, and you might find yourself introduced to anything from sword-swallowing to contortionists, comedy to live music, or something else completely… 

Louise Yates, Back to Ours Director, says: “It’s 2020, and we’re hitting the ground running with a family show to put a bit of magic in your day, and two of our now-iconic Secret Gigs. 

“We’re calling the half-term events ‘Back to Ours Right on your Doorstep’, as that’s the biggest element of what we do – bring experiences to venues in the heart of Hull neighbourhoods. 

“We’re now onto our Phase 2 of funding – which is less – so we can’t maintain the sheer volume of events we produced from 2017 to 2019; as much as we love our festivals, we’re moving towards a different model, one that will be more sustainable for years to come. 

“There’s still plenty heading your way – all I can say is watch this space!”

Tickets are now on sale, priced at just £3 for The Wizard of Oz and £5 for Secret Gigs. Some are also available in person with cash from venues as specified at 

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[Christina Lewis – Back To Ours]