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Middle Child return to the stage with a cabaret in Queen’s Gardens, as part of Creative Hull

Eighteen months after their last live performance, Middle Child will return to the stage this month with a brand-new cabaret, performed outdoors in Queen’s Gardens.

we used to be closer than this is a cabaret of songs about reconnecting, written by Natasha Brown, Angelo Irving, Tabby Lamb, Jay Mitra, RashDash, Leo Skilbeck, Kobby Taylor and Tom Wells, with original live music by James Frewer.

  • we used to be closer than this celebrates reconnecting after lockdown
  • The outdoor show runs from 16-18 July, as part of Creative Hull
  • Pay what you can tickets are on sale now through Absolutely Cultured

The show will celebrate people coming together again, in-person, after the series of lockdowns that have closed many performance spaces and moved much of theatre online.

It will be performed at Absolutely Cultured’s Creative Hull festival, from 16-18 July, with BSL-interpreted performances on Saturday 17 July.

Paul Smith, Middle Child artistic director, said: “we used to be closer than this brings together a diverse group of writers, from a variety of backgrounds, to stage a summer cabaret that asks how we can reconnect with each other.

“We have all gone through different experiences over the past year, and this is our way of sharing some of those stories, while celebrating what we love most about live performance – bringing people together, in the same space.

“Lockdown took this away from us, but now we’re back and we can’t wait to celebrate with a Hull audience in-person.”

Middle Child last took to the stage with The Canary and the Crow at London’s Arcola Theatre, in February 2020.

The show, written by Daniel Ward with music by Prez 96 and James Frewer, has since earned its writer and cast multiple awards, including the George Devine Award for most promising playwright.

The cast of we used to be closer than this start rehearsals today in Princes Quay and pay what you can tickets are available now, from the Absolutely Cultured website.

Capacity is limited with socially distanced tables seating four people each, so audiences are encouraged to attend with their household, family or with friends. 

See absolutelycultured.co.uk for more details about the show and to buy tickets, or visit middlechildtheatre.co.uk for more information about the company.

we used to be closer than this is supported by Absolutely Cultured, Arts Council England and the Cultual Recovery Fund.

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New Bawdy Farce Brilliant Theatre

Rembrandt in Hull written by Dave Lee, opened the new performance venue on Whitefriargate above Wrecking Ball Music & Books. The play imagines, or re-interprets, a meeting between the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn and the then standing MP for Hull, 17th Century poet Andrew Marvell with politics and painting, poetry and social hierarchy all ripe for skewering.

You could see the actors were having fun with the story, revelling in being back on stage after however long, and the audience too were transformed from obedient lambs, doing all that was asked, into an uproarious bunch erupting into gales of laughter, hooting and hawing at the glorious inventions and the multitude of midden jokes.

I haven’t opened the wax-sealed envelope with my name on it presented me on arrival – a smart touch – which I daresay has all the cast names inside and whatnot, for it is a social artefact, a memento of the much anticipated return of live theatre and theatregoers. It has to be said that all were skilled players, adept in lyrical jousting, the art of the undercut, the disguise, playing to the crowd, and the odd moments of improv just to keep everyone guessing.

It doesn’t matter that at this very early stage it is a script-in-hand performance, or that the cast have had but a few days to rehearse, it is simply brilliant fun, with enough literary humour and historical in-jokes for the bookworms, and more colourful language for those with more ribald taste: who knew that 17th Century Hull folk conversed with such a rich and passionate vocabulary eh? A fresh and hearty historical farce: just what the doctor ordered after month upon month of lockdown. Sure to become a local favourite in the ensuing years.

A play in two acts with an interval, where the audience could stretch their limbs, pick up pre-ordered refreshments from the bar downstairs… and be assured sanitising stations and one-way systems were in place, mask wearing when moving about the space and social distancing in the auditorium as and when the occasion dictates.

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Inmates

Young actors take lockdown to the extreme as Inmates the new online drama from Park Street Performing Arts Centre premieres Thursday April 30 at 7.30pm.     Continue reading

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Female- led Festival celebrates local artists this July

East Riding Theatre’s Company in Residence, She Productions, are hosting their first festival She Fest this summer, creating a platform for other local female talent. Continue reading

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23 April Paragon Dreams opens at Hull Truck Theatre

Hull Truck Theatre and homegrown artist Hester Ullyart team up to present a new one-woman tour-de-force.  Continue reading

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Heads Up Festival back with theatre that makes a difference

Heads Up Festival’s autumn 2018 season will take place from September 12 – September 22 at various venues, including Kardomah94, the University of Hull and Hull Central Library. Continue reading

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Heads Up Festival hits the big 10 

Ten seasons over five years and a ton of shows later, Hull’s Heads Up Festival, is celebrating with a sit down show on anthropology and antiques, a Hull-noir novel staged live, stand out plays around death and daffodils, the contemplation of light, a love letter from Liverpool And a disco with sponges for the under 5’s. Continue reading

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City comes out in support of Lil’s Lasses

‘That lass playing Lil Bilocca’s good ‘int she?’ I say. ‘Yeah she is and she’s got all her mannerisms an’ all,’ this comes from a woman who used to see Mrs Bilocca on road.  Continue reading

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All we ever wanted was… gig theatre

Stamp the back of my hand, straight in to see the band, at the bar a tog grabs me for an All We Ever Wanted Selfie. Buy a drink and to the front to dance and sing to the best band in the city. This is a nightclub; this is Welly and this, this is gig theatre. Continue reading

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‘Girls aren’t the delicate flowers they used to be’

Delicate Flowers written and directed by Mark Rees of Single Story Theatre Company tells the story of Barbara Buttrick, a Hull woman who has rapidly risen to iconic status, through the telling and re-telling of her achievements in women’s boxing. Born in an era when women were expected to play the good housewife, have tea on the table, look pretty for their man, Barbara proved with her determination and fighting spirit, that women should be allowed to box, finally winning the Women’s Bantamweight Championship. ‘Not bad for a girl from Hull’ says Karen, a young boxer inspired by Barbara’s story Continue reading

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