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Music Reviews - Wonderland in HU5 at Union Mash Up - Saturday 23rd November 2013 By Michelle Dee
Thank you for the invite to Wonderland in HU5 at Union Mash Up, and I'm sorry if I didn't appear to be on best form. I know now that I was coming down with something - today I feel woozy and have a sore throat.
I was also sorry to miss Marie Rickard's vocal performance - I was told repeatedly how good she was. Alas, I will have to wait a little longer for that pleasure.
Music News - Foolish Atoms Sign To Adult Teeth and Launch New Album By Michelle Dee
A Crack In The Glass Eye by Foolish Atoms is the latest album from the DIY hub
of musician/composer/writer Chris Norrison. Released on an unsuspecting world, the second Foolish Atoms
disc has been garnering the odd review in the past month, some more strange than others.
Setting himself a challenge during Summer 2013 - giving himself a week - Chris decided he wanted
to have something
Reviews, Theatre Tracks by Open Umbrella Theatre at The Brolly, Scrapstore Studios - 7th to 30th November 2013
By Michelle Dee
Sitting in The Brolly, I'm reminded of the tentative steps made by the acclaimed Hull Truck Theatre Company when it
began all those years ago. With singular ambition, the traveling company used local support to put on shows for the community of Hull.
At the core of Open Umbrella Theatre is the unshakable community-minded belief that theatre must be for everyone.
Music Reviews - Friday October 4th - Alan Clayson and Friends at Adelphi By Michelle Dee
Intricate finger picking, complicated patterns, coupled with a deceptively powerful and mature singing voice this is Holly Blackshaw's first real gig, as she makes her debut at The Adelphi Club.
Opening for the Sounds of the City show, her voice ebbs and flows with a distinctive and engaging style, refrains that rise and fall, in the now becalmed club. Holly's vocal
the notes languid,
Reviews, Art Saturday 28th September 2013 at Heads Up Festival at Trinity Church - Cruel Theatre Leaves Critic Traumatised By Michelle Dee.
How had this happened? All eyes on me. Me, casting my eyes about wildly, looking for the great big hole to swallow me up. Immediately I'm transported back,
more years than I care to mention, to the school play.
There I am in my jester's costume, tumbling around the good-looking lead playing the King, and my nerves get the better of me and with each
jolly bell rattle, there's another, slightly
Music Reviews - Tuesday 8th October 2013 - RM Hubbert and Friends at the Adelphi By Michelle Dee
'Start with 'A' minor and then anything after that,' he says with a wry smile. What to expect? Expect the unexpected. A cliché maybe, but of course it is all improvised, so he really doesn't know himself.
The old Adelphi speakers awaken with a dull crash and a series of oddball digitized sounds meld and merge.
The creator stands behind a trestle table of electronic instrumentation and gadgetry, that gives Phill WilsonRead more...
Reviews, Art Trinity Church Showcases Hull Poetry at Heads Up Festival - Saturday 28th September 2013 By Michelle Dee.
They've performed everywhere from the Boathouse to the Hotel Tower Ballroom (maybe not, that was Jake and Elwood), five have taken part in the Edinburgh Fringe, and between them they have amassed seven published works, in a relatively short space of time.
Reviews, Arts Hull Dance Prize 2013 - Big Hit with Audience at Hull Truck Studio Theatre - Thursday 3rd October 2013 By Michelle Dee
Hull Dance Prize 2013, organised by Hull Dance, saw six Contemporary Dance performers/companies battling it out in the
Studio Theatre at Hull Truck, to a capacity crowd.
Hosted by the jovial 'he gets everywhere' David Burns from the popular BBC Radio Humberside programme, The Burnsy Show.
The winners would be decided by an expert panel of judges and receive a cheque for £1,500.
Reviews, Art So You Wanna be a Crime Writer? at Heads Up Festival - Saturday 28th September 2013 at The Other Space By Michelle Dee.
Michelle Dee enters the grisly world of crime fiction, a place where a black inkwell resides at the heart of every writer, and attempts to piece together, from the thoughts expressed by a select gathering of authors, a rough guide to crime writing
Reviews, Theatre City Sketch Heralds a New Dawn for Storytelling in Hull - At The Other Space, Hull By Michelle Dee
City Sketch is a site-specific theatre work that takes place inside The Other Space, a
converted office block at No 94 Alfred Gelder Street in Hull city centre. Unusual theatre, immersive theatre,
interactive theatre is making all the traditional theatre practitioners sit up and take notice.
Just as audiences want to interact with news and entertainment online, so they want to be part of the story in theatre.
News, Arts - Hull: City of Culture 2017 By Michelle Dee
Well, well, well. Hull City of Culture 2017. You did it folks. We are Hull. We are proud.
We at http://www.thisisull.com/ have been celebrating Hulls many achievements and saying #HullYes for 10 years. We are thrilled at this morning’s announcement.
Here we are, in the foyer of Hull Truck Theatre, with two hundred or more early risers, all waiting for 7.45am.
Reviews, Art Ghost Ship by Dorothy Cross By Michelle Dee.
I walk softly across the darkened exhibition gallery, towards a corner, illuminated only by the light coming from the projected image on screen. I sit myself down in one of the low seats provided. The other seat, beside the one I'm in, is occupied.
A quick glance out the corner of my eye reveals a man, possibly in a dark jacket and jeans, possibly with short hair. It's difficult to work out in this half light.
Reviews, Theatre Monday 14th October 2013 - Last Orders by Martin Breathnach at Fruit
By Michelle Dee
Last Orders is a play with community spirit at its heart. Set in a northern town within the confines of that rare thing, the local pub,
untouched by the ticking of the developer's clock.
It's the kind of place you've quickened your pace as you walk past, yet inside, whole lives are playing out in rudely vivid colours, scripted by heavy local venacular.
The new play written and directed by Irish playwright Martin Breathnach,
News, Arts - Lou Hazelwood: Memory and Magic By Michelle Dee
The work of visual artist Lou Hazelwood revolves around memory - in particular, creating images that appear familiar and evoke a sense of nostalgic comfort or provoke feelings of uncertainty and unease.
The current works are suggestive of magic lantern slides of British and Germanic origin, the sort that were the height of entertainment and fascination during the Victorian era.
News, Arts - Heads Up Festival
By Michelle Dee
A while ago I spoke about my love for the Arts in an article called ‘Theatre in Hull – A Lifelong Passion'. The piece concludes that in order to flourish, theatre-makers must keep innovating, challenging audiences and companies alike while finding a sustainable balance between populist and specialist work.
Reviews, Art Breakthrough for Community Art in Hull By Michelle Dee.
It does feel like something of a breakthrough; Community artists gaining recognition through having work displayed in the
same way countless established artists have before them. I am of course talking about Hull Art Top 20 Exhibition,
showing at Art Link on Princes Avenue until 24th August 2013.
Reviews, Theatre Adelphi Club Stages Theatre Double Bill By Michelle Dee
Crisis can strike at any time as the television is so fond of telling us.
It can take many different forms but the important thing is how you respond. Do you have the tools in the locker to manage the crisis to recover; to survive?
Joanna Morris' A Delicate Man explores the unknowable quantity that is human nature.
What is an all too familiar set of circumstances: a family torn apart
Poetry - Sundays By Michelle Dee
They tell me there is a deer, roaming free
in the graveyard - I've never seen it.
I've seen a muddy dog haring, all paws and playfulness,
the dry husk of a fallen seed, now skeletal and fruitless.
A forgotten garden-seat swinging, couple-less in the breeze.
The aching of a stout ship, full sail behind a dusty pane. Read more...
Reviews, Theatre Michael Black's New Play Pride Debuts at Adelphi - Tuesday 18th June 2013 By Michelle Dee
'No-one will love you - you will be alone forever'
The new play Pride by Michael Black conjures up images of the barbaric treatment of homosexuality in the latter half of the 20th Century; a play that explores issues of societal division, segregation and rejection which are as relevant today as they were then.
It is appalling to think that from 1950 and then for the next three decades, Behavioural Aversion Therapy was being administered to homosexuals in NHS hospitals across the country.
Reviews, Books - Day and Night in the Damaged Goods Factory by Mike Watts Reviewed by Michelle Dee
Day and Night in the Damaged Goods Factory crashes through life in quick-fire stanzas that whack the unsuspecting reader over the head.
This, his second anthology available now at Waterstones Hull, sees the popular writer flexing muscles, girding loins, easing into the
self-made role of Hull street poet.
The poems are accessible, something you can pick up during a cigarette break and immediately share in a sense of solidarity.
You and he versus the rest of 'em.
Album Reviews - I am an Invisible Man by Tim O'Connor Reviewed By Michelle Dee
Like some kind of mischievous sprite, with its double meaning and suggestive refrains the song make it happen reminds me of a saucy number
This Need In Me by folk duo harriWattsband: it could be an earnest song about striving to better oneself or more likely an ode to amour
with whistles adding to the playful air.
Album Reviews - Spillway by Royal Forest Reviewed By Michelle Dee
It was morbid curiosity that drew me to Royal Forest the first time. The track John Denver, filmed and performed in the confines of a small four-seater light aircraft - had they
recreated the fateful flight, would they crash, would the ghost of the all-American country singer re-appear... was I reading too much into the track title?
Now with Spillway the latest album by Texan hazy psych-rock four piece Royal Forest in
News - Well I Never Knew That - Guided History Walks With Barry Leonard By Michelle Dee
Photos Courtesy Gavin Hewitt
Reconnect with past through a season of guided tours around historic Hull.
Well I Never...! invites walkers to explore the Old Town in the company of Barry Leonard who is stoutly passionate about his hometown.
Beginning his working life in the early seventies, the young Barry spent four years at RP Carmichaels, where he worked alongside
Hugh Rice and John Fearnley.
News, Arts - Three Million Pound Boost to City's Cultural Economy
By Michelle Dee
Creative industries in Hull will be celebrating tonight at the announcement of a three million pound grant from Arts Council England.
The Creative People and Places program was set up to aid more people to experience and be inspired by the arts irrespective of where they live or their social background.
Hull's bid aims to build upon existing arts provision while finding new ways to engage people in arts and culture activities.
Articles - Theatre in Hull; A Lifelong Passion
By Michelle Dee
I started going to Hull Truck Theatre in its Spring Street days. I had a very switched on drama tutor at high school and saw
gritty Remould Theatre productions such as Steeltown, In Blackberry Times, Streetbeat and more.
As a young adult I remember seeing dance productions such as Orpheus in the Underworld and then Woza Albert by a Zimbabwean
company, as well as a host of John Godber shows, Wuthering Heights, Up n Under etc.
Reviews, Art Book Launch - Swear Down by Russ Litten at Pave - Wednesday April 10th 2013 By Michelle Dee.
If it is possible for poetry to rock a room, then on Wednesday Joe and Mike did just that.
It was author Russ Litten's book launch and a crowd of authors, poets, theatre-makers, movers and shakers from the Arts scene in Hull
including local press and radio, all gathered to celebrate the release of Swear Down, Litten's second novel,
but his first foray into crime-writing. The night was held at the popular drinking emporium,