Illustration of a white bride with blonde hair, in a white veil and dark smuged eye make-up. She is holding a glass while male hands pour champagne into the glasses, which is overflowing. The bride is also wearing a navy blue man's wedding jacket.

Baby, He Loves You artwork by Jemma Klein

A Middle Child production

Baby, He Loves You

Written by Maureen Lennon
Music by Ysabelle Wombwell
Directed by Paul Smith

How well do we know those who love us the most?

Bride-to-be Jodie is enjoying a rollercoaster of engagement parties and hen dos as her big day approaches. But when skeletons begin to tumble out of the closet, she must finally question what it means to love your family, no matter what.

Baby, He Loves You is a new play by Hull writer, Maureen Lennon, that brings together original music, aerial acrobatics and storytelling under the intense gaze of a wedding party on Stage@TheDock.

Get your glad rags on and join your fellow guests in a decked-out marquee by the Humber for a wedding unlike any other.

Baby, He Loves You features original music by Ysabelle Wombwell and is directed by Paul Smith, with choreography by Danielle Clements, set design by Bethany Wells, costume design by Sian Thomas, lighting design by Jessie Addinall and sound design by Tom Smith.

It is Maureen Lennon’s first full-length commission with Middle Child since Us Against Whatever in 2019, which ran at Hull Truck Theatre and the Liverpool Everyman.

Guidance

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 2hrs 15m, including an interval. This has been revised since rehearsals started.

Content warnings: strong language, misogyny, sex, discussion of sexual assault and sexual harassment. See our content notes page for a more detailed plot summary.

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19-28 April

Stage @TheDock, Hull

Pay What You Decide
Suggested price: £20
Available from: £15

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Cast

Elle Ideson as Lucy
Elle Ideson

Lucy

Creative and Production Team

Writer 

Maureen Lennon

Composer and Musical Director

Ysabelle Wombwell

Director

Paul Smith

RTYDS Intensive Residency Director

(Funded by the RTYDS Annie Castledine Award)
Rachael Abbey

Dramaturg

Matthew May

Set Designer

Bethany Wells

Choreographer

Danielle Clements

Costume Designer

Siân Thomas

Sound Designer

Tom Smith

Lighting Designer

Jessie Addinall

Company Stage Manager

Shona Wright

Stage Manager

Sarah Goodyear

Deputy Stage Manager

Jay Hirst

Front of House Manager

Rachel Clark

Tickets

Pay What You Decide

Suggested price of £20, available from £15.

You will be taken to the website of Hull Truck Theatre, who are managing sales, to book your tickets.

Friday 19 April

7.00pm (Doors 6.15pm)

Saturday 20 April

1.00pm (Doors 12.15pm)

Saturday 20 April

7.00pm (Doors 6.15pm)

Sunday 21 April

1.00pm (Doors 12.15pm)

Sunday 21 April

7.00pm (Doors 6.15pm)

Tuesday 23 April

7.00pm (Doors 6.15pm)

Wednesday 24 April

7.00pm (Doors 6.15pm)

Thursday 25 April

7.00pm (Doors 6.15pm)

Friday 26 April

7.00pm (Doors 6.15pm)

Saturday 27 April

1.00pm – BSL (Doors 12.15pm)

Saturday 27 April

7.00pm – BSL (Doors 6.15pm)

Sunday 28 April

1.00pm (Doors 12.15pm)

Sunday 28 April

7.00pm (Doors 6.15pm)

Ticket Details

Hull Truck Theatre are selling tickets on our behalf. If you have any issues booking tickets, please contact the box office team at Hull Truck Theatre on 01482 323638 or boxoffice@hulltruck.co.uk.

Standard

We are trialling a pay what you decide ticketing system for this event, with no concession prices. Our suggested ticket price is £20, however you can choose from £15 upto £100. Those who are able to pay extra will help us to make tickets available for those who can’t afford the suggested price. Read more about this model in our blog post.

Affordable Ticket Draw

We recognise that even £15 is not accessible for many people, so have reserved a number of tickets for each performance, which we will offer for free or £5 each through a random draw, dependent on us securing funding. Enter the draw.

Essential Companion – Free

A free, no-questions-asked additional ticket for any disabled audience member who requires an essential companion. To book, please order 2x standard tickets, then apply the essential companion discount code on the Event Summary ‘Basket’ page. This will then convert 1x standard ticket to a free one.

Unreserved Seating

Seating is unreserved, with guests sat around tables, like at a wedding. Large groups may be separated: if you need to sit with your group for any access requirements, or because of the nature of the show’s content, or if you need to sit near the stage for lip-reading, please add a note to the access requirements box when prompted at checkout.

BSL Performances – 27 Apr

The 1pm and 7pm performances on Saturday 27 April will be interpreted by Sarah Cox. Seating with the best view of Sarah will be reserved for BSL users, who can do so by checking the BSL users box at checkout.

Wheelchair Users

To reserve a wheelchair space, please book a standard ticket and add a note to the access requirements box at checkout.

Seating plan of the venue, featuring tables placed around a central stage, with two additional smaller stages.

Venue Details

Address

Humber St, Hull, HU1 1UU

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Car Parking

Available in the Fruit Market multi-storey car park, a one-minute walk away, on Blackfriargate.

Bus

The nearest bus stop is the Old Harbour stop, next to Stage@TheDock. This stop is served by the number 20 bus.

Toilets 

Toilets, including accessible toilets, will be available at all times at Nibble, next to the venue.

Bar 

A bar is available inside the marquee, run by Taphouse, of Humber Street.

Audience Resources

Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP) – 01482 318759

Hull Women’s Aid – 01482 446099

Preston Road Women’s Centre – 01482 790310

The Survivors Trust – 0808 801 0818

Rape Crisis – 0808 500 2222

Samaritans -116 123

Shout (24/7 text service for mental health support) – Text 85258

DAP Domestic Abuse Men’s Practitioner – 01482 613978

Mental Health Advice and Support – 0800 138 0990

Strength to Change (working with perpetrators of domestic abuse) – 01482 613403

See Also

Q&A with Maureen Lennon

We sat down with Hull playwright, Maureen Lennon, to find out more about her inspiration and writing process behind Baby, He Loves You.

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Aerial Hoop in Baby, He Loves You

Rehearsal diary

Assistant director Rachael Abbey shares her reflections from the first two weeks inside the rehearsal room.

Read more
On theatre funding and ticket prices

Theatre funding and ticket prices

Audience development manager Jamie Potter writes about the challenge of making tickets affordable, in the current climate of theatre funding.

Read more
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