Back to Ours, the festival that brings acts from all over the world to stages in the hearts of Hull communities, is back.
A story about a giant jam sandwich, baby vegetables and a 1990s Britpop band are some of the highlights from a diverse programme.
Here is a quick rundown of events being staged as part of the festival.
The Giant Jam Sandwich
New Perspectives’ The Giant Jam Sandwich is based on the children’s book of the same name which sees the inhabitants of the village of Itching Down attempting to get rid of the four million wasps plaguing them.
Shows take place on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February at Wilberforce Sixth Form College, Thursday 21 an Friday 22 February at Sirius Academy North and Saturday and Sunday 24 February at Thornton Village Hall.
Ever wanted to befriend Barbara the downhill-racing watermelon, comfort Jessica, the sweet potato beauty queen or feed David the talented marrow whose ambition is to become a stage actor? Now’s your chance as Plunge Boom presents The Allotment, a veggie nursery full of homegrown offspring for little ones to love and look after.
The event takes place on Monday 18 February at St Michael’s Church Hall, Tuesday 19 February at North Bransholme Community Centre, Wednesday 20 February at Sirius Academy West, Thursday 21 February at Hymers College at Friday 22 February at St Aidan’s Church.
A Super Happy Story
Hull theatre company Silent Uproar presents its award-winning A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad). Written by Olivier award-winner Jon Brittain, it promises to be a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy cabaret show – except for the bits about depression.
Shows take place on Thursday 21 February at Thornton Village Hall and Saturday 23 February at Wilberforce Sixth Form College.
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.
See it on Monday 18 February at Derringham Bank Methodist Church, Wednesday 20 February at William Gemmell Social Club and Thursday 21 February at Willows Social Club.
Britpop favourites Dodgy will swing by the city, where they will play their album Homegrown in full to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their breakthrough gold-selling second album, which included Staying Out for the Summer, In a Room and Good Enough.
The show takes place on Thursday 21 February at the North Point Shopping Centre.
Back to Ours’ Secret Gig has doubled in size, but there’s a slight catch – both shows 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 will have to make your choice between east and west.
Both shows take place on Friday 22 February.
For tickets or more information, visit backtoours.co.uk. Tickets are also on sale at Hull Truck Theatre’s box office, while tickets for some events are available – cash only – from Bransholme, Fred Moore and East Park Libraries. Tickets cost from £3 to £5.