Revolutions Not Fish At Heads Up

Dynamic. Atmospheric. Innovative: three words that describe the performances served up twice a year by Ensemble 52’s Heads Up. September 5 -12 sees the return of the festival of national and locally curated theatre. 

revolutions posterThis year the Revolution is coming, with a truly unmissable new show that brings together activism and party people, set against the backdrop of the collapse of the political establishment in Europe. Revolutions is written by Dave Windass directed by Andrew Pearson presented by Heads Up, in association with Hull Truck Theatre.

In a first for Heads Up, this immersive performance features live art and animation from Illustrator Gareth Sleightholme and an original score by Fila Brazillia’s Steve Cobby. It is all about the music and a movement for seismic change. It is all about then. It is all about now.

Revolutions Trailer 2015 from Ensemble52 on Vimeo.

An Ensemble 52 Production in association with Hull Truck

Written by Dave Windass

Directed by Andrew Pearson

Original score by Steve Cobby (Fila Brazillia)

Live animation and sketching by Gareth Sleightholme

1989: Flames burn across central and eastern Europe. The Berlin Wall is torn down. In Leipzig, 8,000 people crowd into St Nicholas Church, including members of the feared Stasi who are sent to occupy it. Meanwhile, in Britain, warehouses and fields are being filled with all-night parties. 1989: A year of raves and revolutions.

“Breathtaking stuff. Innovative and enthralling.” – Russ Litten, author (Scream If You Want To Go Faster, Swear Down)


Heads Up and E52 hand picks shows from the Collaborative Touring Network – an outreach theatre initiative, set up by festival partners Battersea Arts Centre – and brings them to a Hull audience. This has given opportunities over the last three years for festival-goers to experience cutting edge and critically acclaimed theatre, without having to travel miles to see it.

at the end of everything elseHeads Up@Freedom also features At The End of Everything Else a new show with an eco-twist  by Make Mend and Do written by the award-winning Mark Arends.

At The End of Everything Else is performed with puppetry, animation, music, sound and only the collective energy of everyone on stage, to generate the power needed for the show.

It’s Hull, surely there has to be one about fish. Wot? Not Fish!! premiered at Edinburgh Festival in 2013 to great acclaim. Heads Up are proud to bring you the true story of a Jewish family living in 20th century London. A collaboration between Danny Braverman and Nick Phillipou centred on Danny’s discovery of his Great Uncle Ab’s lost art on 2,000 wage packets. Wot? No Fish!! by bread&circus brings his remarkable story to life, in a captivating performance.

image by Claire Haigh

image by Claire Haigh

Making a welcome return to Heads Up is Christopher Brett Bailey, he won over audiences in Made in China’s jaw-dropping show Gym Party in 2012. This is How We Die is described as being: a motor-mouthed collage of spoken word and story telling.

Looking nearer to home Heads Up and Single Story will pitch sport and theatre together for Burning Bright written by Mark Rees: a timely look at changing attitudes to women in football.

Just like last year theatre fans will be able to make a beeline for the bigtop tent at Freedom Festival 2015 and experience Heads Up@Freedom then in the second week see more performances in venues across the city.

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