City of Culture 2017 – Back to Ours Festival

As a part of the City of Culture 2017 celebrations, Archbishop Sentamu Academy has signed up as an official venue partner for the “Back to Ours” Festival.

As a partner venue, the academy will welcome various performances consisting of touring music, theatre, film, dance and cabaret into our theatre, studio and open spaces. The project is made up of four separate festivals, each run during the three half-term holidays this year (February, May and October) and one additional festival in February 2018 as part of the legacy aims of Hull 2017.

“There’s a buzz in the air as we bring award-winning shows to every corner of Hull, with big names sharing the stage with familiar and favourite local artists. We’re transforming venues in the heart of local communities; from schools to shopping centres, there’s a festival hotspot right on your doorstep.

We’ve got something for everyone as we shine a spotlight on comedy, music, circus, theatre, cabaret, dance and film. There are stories that will bring a tear to the eye, belly-laugh jokes and magical moments. So what are you waiting for?

Bring a friend. Bring your parents. Bring your kids.

Heck, bring everyone Back To Ours”.


Wednesday 22nd – We are all dreamers of dreams, so there is no better way to spend your half term than diving into the magical world of Roald Dahl. Leeds International Film Festival will be showing Willy Wonka, Matilda and Fantastic Mr Fox in our theatre.

For more info and tickets:
Willy Wonka –

Matilda –

Fantastic Mr Fox –


Thursday 23rd: 3:30pm – Meet Fred (age 14+) We meet Fred, the 2ft-tall cloth puppet who fights prejudice every day. He just wants to be a regular guy, part of the real world, to get a job and meet a girl, but when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to spiral out of his control.

For more info and tickets:
Meet Fred:

Thursday 23rd: 7pm – Joan (age 12+) Following 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival 2016,  This is an earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, this is Joan of Arc. Performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, history’s greatest gender-warrior takes to the stage, dragging up as the men she defies in this multi-award winning show. Packed with guts, heart (and some well-placed couscous), it asks the question what happens when a disguise soon becomes something a lot more real and you have to fight for who you really are? Following this performance, the night doesn’t end there… stick around for live music from African musician, Hull’s own HEKIMA.
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Friday 24th: 7pm – Mark Thomas: The Red Shed (age 14+). Multi-award winner Mark Thomas tells the story of where he first started to perform, a red wooden shed aka Wakefield’s Labour club, in celebration of its 50th birthday. The show will involve the audience (in a nice way) to recreate the shed and its inhabitants. Part theatre, stand up, journalism and activism, it’s the story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community in a small wooden shed.

For more info and tickets:
Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

Saturday 25th: The Story of Mr. B – 11am & 2pm (age 3+). This surprise-filled puppet show, set in a giant pop-up book, tells the story of Mr Bumblegrum. This grumbling character goes on a colourful journey through the seasons, as we turn from one page to the next. With tenderness and humour, nature tries to cheer him up. Trees play, mushrooms talk and the sun sings. Eventually Mr Bumblegrum realises he wants friendship again. Will you help him to blow away the clouds? Will you be his friend? One to bring your little ones to.

For more info and tickets:
The Story of Mr. B

Saturday 25th: The Pigeon Detectives – 7:45pm (age 14+).

*Live at The Freedom Centre*

Ahead of the release of their new album Broken Glances, platinum-selling Leeds indie band The Pigeon Detectives are coming to a venue near you, where they will perform exclusive material.

Friends since school, the band, which formed in 2002, enjoyed a meteoric rise in the UK music scene. Signed to local Leeds label Dance To The Radio, their first record Wait for Me went on to sell more than half a million records, charting at number 3 in the UK album chart.

Standing tickets only.

For more info and tickets:
The Pigeon Detectives