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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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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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Middle Child’s Dick Whittington: wickedly funny and inventive

The principal boy is played by a girl, the dame is played by a boy and there’s many a nursery rhyme surprise, gloriously camp costumes, animal anthropomorphism and buckets of audience interaction. There’s a live band singing and playing, the hits from the charts of yesteryear. All that can only mean one thing… Continue reading

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We can’t wait to show you our Dick!

Middle Child Theatre return to Fruit tomorrow 17 December, with the first public performances of Dick Whittington, their annual affordable, alternative pantomime, until 29 December. Continue reading

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Ten Storey Love Song – Sex Drugs Pigeons and Paint

I walk in and there they are getting mortalled in a club. The sexy blonde giving the Sicilian Lothario the come on… then it’s no holds barred sex until the pills wear off. No. Not a scene from Geordie Shore, these are lads and lasses from Boro like; Smoggies every one.  Continue reading

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Will You Walk Out Of Mercury Fur?

On Mercury Fur’s 10th Anniversary, Middle Child – a Hull theatre company known for creating electrifying performances – present a new version of the controversial play by Philip Ridley. Described as ‘one of the most challenging plays of the 21st CenturyMercury Fur has been relocated and reworked, especially for a Hull audience. Continue reading

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