Hull City of Culture’s Family Festival ‘Back to Ours’ is Back!
Back by popular demand, Hull 2017’s incredible festival is returning to a neighbourhood near you to keep the whole family entertained during February half term.
Back To Ours Director Louise Yates said: “Back To Ours was one of the success stories of last year. We are delighted to be back transforming community venues into big tops, theatres and comedy clubs again. From aerial extravaganzas to family-friendly shows about giant loo rolls and amazing bubbles, this year expect even more magical moments and laughs for the whole family.”
Let Louis Pearl, The Amazing Bubble Man, enchant, delight and amaze you with his unique show. From square bubbles, bubbles in bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, caterpillar bubbles and even people inside bubbles, The Amazing Bubble Man guarantees shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from everyone. He’s been wowing audiences around the world for 30 years, so prepare to float away in a world of incredible artistry, comedy and magic with bubble volcanoes, rocket ships and maybe even a flying saucer or two taking flight in the most unusual of places.
Thrillingly spectacular circus skills blend seamlessly with charm, physical comedy, clowning, juggling, theatrical storytelling and slapstick in Hotel Paradiso, a colourful, loud and funny show. Meet Madame and the charming staff of the quirkily ineffective Hotel Paradiso and their arch enemy, the dastardly Banker, who schemes to repossess the hotel. The cast of six highly skilled acrobats, clowns and jugglers tell the story of how the tenants battle to save their home and livelihood. Will they manage to stay open, or will they be forced to move on? Produced by Annabel Carberry for Lost in Translation Circus, one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies, Hotel Paradiso features a specially written musical score by renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Roger Eno.
Step into the magical, animated world of Claymation with two of Nick Park’s best-loved films, Chicken Run (U) and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (U). Join Lucky the chicken to earn your wings by taking part in workshops and activities. Make your own Claymation character in an animation workshop and attend flight school before sitting down to see if Ginger and Rocky the Rooster can escape a grisly fate in Chicken Run. Watch the marvellous minds of Wallace & Gromit in Curse of the Were-Rabbit, immerse yourself in the wonderful world of inventions and become a member of the Inventor’s Club! Help a team of inventors solve many veggie-troubles in their ideas factory and make your own clay bunny in an animation workshop.
Sheffield-based rock band Reverend and The Makers will be shaking Back to Ours up with their distinctive fusion of indie rock, electro and dance. Formed by vocalist and songwriter Jon McClure – mentor to Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys fame – the band’s debut album The State of Things made them a household name, with UK Top 10 anthemic single Heavyweight Champion of the World shaking the music world by the scruff of the neck.
Adapted by the original book by Nicholas Allan, The Giant’s Loo Roll tells the story of one giant’s runaway toilet roll which has gone bouncing down the hill heading straight towards the villagers living in the town below his house. Luckily, the townsfolk find lots of uses for runaway loo paper – but what about the giant? Doesn’t he need any loo paper? Well the ingenious townspeople have an answer for that too! Watch out for some frightened sheep, lots of excited children and a fantastic amount of toilet paper in this rip-roaring children’s musical.
Jed Salisbury and Gary Jennison from Hull Comedy Festival promise to keep the whole family laughing and entertained with Jeddybears and Gary’s Picnic.
And if that wasn’t enough, William Gemmell will be playing host to another critically acclaimed comedy character at their Secret Gig.