A staple of the Hull Half-term calendar, Back to Ours is renowned for bringing acts from all around the world to stages in the hearts of Hull communities and this February is no different.
These are the acts coming to the East Yorkshire city:
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 depressio
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 are 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…
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.’
‘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 are on sale online at www.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 backtoours.co.uk for all the up-to-date information, or follow the team on Facebook, Instagram and twitter (@BTOHull).
Monday 18 February – St. Michael’s Church Hall
Tuesday 19 February – North Bransholme Community Centre
Wednesday 20 February – Sirius Academy West
Thursday 21 February – Hymers College
Friday 22 February – St. Aidan’s Church
Monday 18 February – Derringham Bank Methodist Church
Wednesday 20 February – William Gemmell Social Club
Thursday 21 February – Willows Social Club
Giant Jam Sandwich
Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 February – Wilberforce Sixth Form CollegeThursday 21 & Friday 22 February – Sirius Academy North
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 February – Thornton Village Hall
Super Happy Story
Thursday 21 February – Thornton Village Hall
Saturday 23 February – Wilberforce Sixth Form College*
Thursday 21 February – North Point Shopping Centre
Friday 22 February – William Gemmell Club
Friday 22 February – Willows Social Club