The weather might be cold and miserable, but the team at Back to Ours have got something to warm you through – their half-term festival, running from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 February.
Now a staple of the city, the half-term festivals bring beautiful shows from all around the world to venues in the very heart of Hull communities. So what’s happening this time?
New Perspectives will be bringing The Giant Jam Sandwich to Wilberforce Sixth Form College, Sirius Academy North and Thornton Village Hall. Based on the children’s book of the same name, how on earth are the inhabitants of Itching Down going to get rid of the four million wasps plaguing their village? There can only be one answer; with a HUGE jam sandwich.
Engaging and interactive, with surprises under seats and a baking song that needs a thump and a bump and a slap on the bottom, this is going to be a firm favourite for all ages.
Back to Ours will also be welcoming back the vegetable-loving Plunge Boom with The Allotment, a veggie nursery full of homegrown offspring for little ones to love and look after.
Everyone’s welcome to get stuck into the daily duties of feeding, bathing and caring for the baby fruits and vegetables. Ever wanted to befriend Barbara the downhill-racing watermelon? Comfort Jessica, the Sweet-Potato beauty queen? Feed David, the rather talented Marrow whose ambition is to become a stage actor? Now’s your chance.
Catch them on their five-day tour across the city at St. Michael’s Church Hall, North Bransholme Community Centre, Sirius Academy West, Hymers College and St. Aidan’s Church.
Hull’s own Silent Uproar will be bringing their award-winning A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) to Thornton Village Hall and Wilberforce Sixth Form College.
Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it.
Written by Olivier award-winner Jon Brittain, A Super Happy Story is a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show; except for the bits about depression…
Delicate Flowers by Single Story Theatre tells the story of Hessle’s own Barbara Buttrick, the iconic boxer and wrestler from Hull who fought her way from fairground boxing booths in France, England and America to win the World Women’s Bantamweight Championship. Narrated by Karen, a young Hull boxer from Hull who wants to use her boxing skills to improve her own situation, this story of persistence, faith, and having heroes will be appearing at Derringham Bank Methodist Church, William Gemmell Club, and Willows Social Club.
Fancy a gig? Of course you do. Britpop favourites Dodgy will be swinging by North Point Shopping Centre for a packed night of live music, playing their classic album HOMEGROWN in full. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of the breakthrough, gold-selling second album, you’ll be treated to favourites like Staying Out for the Summer, In a Room, Good Enough and much, much more.
And last but by no means least, what sort of festival would it be without a Secret Gig? Well this time there’s two, but they’re both on the same night. If you want to know which amazing performers will be gracing the stages at William Gemmell Club and Willows Social Club, you’ll just have to make your choice between East or West…
Festival producer Thom Freeth says;
‘We’re really excited to bring another week of theatre, stories, music and comedy for all the family to 12 venues across Hull. We hope the festival will bring a bit of sparkle to the dull winter months.’
You’ll be able to book tickets online at backtoours.co.uk from Saturday 26 January, as well as in person with cash from a number of community venues specified on the website and in festival newsletters.
‘We really want to make sure tickets are available for the communities the shows are appearing in, so we’re doing things a bit differently this time.
‘You’ll be able to buy your tickets online and from Hull Truck Theatre’ Box Office, but households close to our venues will receive a newsletter telling them how they can buy tickets with cash locally. We try and make the festival as affordable as possible, so most tickets are £3, with the Secret Gigs and Dodgy at £5.
‘We want everyone to be able to come and join us this half-term, and perhaps see something completely new and unexpected.’
For all the details, make sure you visit backtoours.co.uk, and follow the team on Facebook, twitter (@BTOHull) and Instagram.
[Christina Lewis – Back To Ours]