The programme announcement was last week, giving eager buyers a chance to plan their Back to Ours half-term experience in plenty of time.
Libraries and venues across the city are gearing up for a busy Saturday morning as festival tickets officially go on sale at 10am on 26th January.
Now a staple of the Hull calendar, Back to Ours is renowned for bringing high-quality acts from all around the world to stages in the hearts of communities, at affordable prices. Venues for the forthcoming festival include; Wilberforce Sixth Form College, Derringham Bank Methodist Church, Hymers College, Willows Social Club, William Gemmell Social Club, Thornton Village Hall, St. Aidan’s Church, St. Michael’s Church Hall, Sirius Academy North and Sirius Academy West, North Bransholme Community Centre, and North Point Shopping Centre.
Thom Freeth, Festival Producer, said:
‘We’re all about bringing national and international quality events to people in their neighbourhoods. Working with our amazing partner venues we take over their spaces and transform them, whisking people away into another world.’
The much anticipated programme for February includes:
New Perspectives’ The Giant Jam Sandwich. 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.
Plunge Boom and 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.
Hull’s own theatre company, Silent Uproar with their award-winning A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad).
Written by Olivier award-winner Jon Brittain, it’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy cabaret show; except for the bits about depression…
Delicate Flowers by Single Story Theatre, telling 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.
Britpop favourites Dodgy 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 now-iconic Secret Gig? Well this time there’s two, but there’s a slight catch – 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…
‘We’re excited to be working alongside Hull Culture and Leisure to sell tickets through local libraries for the first time, enabling people to buy tickets in person as well as through our website.
‘This time of year can be pretty miserable. The days are dark, the weather’s cold, and Christmas seems like years ago; we want this festival to put a spring in people’s step and warm the winter up a little.’
Back to Ours festival tickets go on sale from 10am online at backtoours.co.uk, in person with cash or card at Hull Truck Theatre’s Box Office, or, depending on the event, in person with cash only from Bransholme, Fred Moore and East Park Libraries. Ticket prices range from £3 to £5 per person.
Check Back To Ours website for all the up-to-date information, or follow the team on Facebook, Instagram and twitter (@BTOHull).
[Christina Lewis – Marketing Manager for Back To Ours]