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.


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


“Entertaining, funny, emotional and cathartic. I’m so proud that this work is being made and performed in Hull.”

The Hull Story

“The staging was a wonderfully original idea. The second act is a triumph, the climax unforgettable.”

Hull Daily Mail

“An emotional tightrope… I was simultaneously hugging myself and squirming in my seat throughout.”

Michelle Dee


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Photos by Tom Arran

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Elle Ideson as Lucy
Elle Ideson


Creative and Production Team


Maureen Lennon

Composer and Musical Director

Ysabelle Wombwell


Paul Smith

RTYDS Intensive Residency Director

(Funded by the RTYDS Annie Castledine Award)
Rachael Abbey


Matthew May

Set Designer

Bethany Wells


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

Sound Engineer

Jack Pellatt

Front of House Manager

Rachel Clark

Venue Details


Humber St, Hull, HU1 1UU


Car Parking

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


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


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


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.

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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.

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