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Audience photos from There Should Be Unicorns

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Down at Stage @TheDock in Hull this past weekend, Middle Child premiered their latest production, a hip-hop family musical, There Should Be Unicorns.

Centered around superhero loving and unicorn obsessed 11-year-old Jasmine Littlehorse, this heartwarming story teaches us how to be our truest and most authentic selves through becoming our own superheroes.

And you did! Thank you to everyone who showed up and became their own superhero – you all looked lovely doing it.

We had such an amazing time this weekend and can’t wait to bring There Should Be Unicorns back to Hull this August for the Freedom Festival.

Photos by Studio Blue Creative. More photos available on our Facebook page.

Photos from Out Loud: Casino

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Last month we took over Humber Street Gallery, along with Silent Uproar, for three nights for the return of Out Loud, our scratch programme for new writers.

This time we presented a script-in-hand sharing of Casino by Larner Wallace-Taylor, a play about the impact of northern soul in Wigan during the 1970s.

Thank you so much to everybody who turned out to support Larner and contributed so generously to the post-show discussions. Every night was a treat!

Photos by Anete Sooda.

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There Should Be Unicorns to open in Hull

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Flutter your capes and zhuzh up your rainbows – we have a new show coming to town!

There Should Be Unicorns is a hip hop family musical coming to Stage @ The Dock in Hull from 7-8 May, made in association with Beats Bus.

Join 11-year-old Jasmine on an adventure to make the world a better place, powered only by her imagination and a belief in unicorns.

Come dressed as the superhero version of yourself and help Jasmine take on the bullies, villains and ideas that shape the world around her.

There Should Be Unicorns is inspired by the story of Beats Bus co-founder, Steve Arnott, who was the subject of Sean McAllister’s 2018 documentary, A Northern Soul.

Steve stars as Jasmine’s dad, alongside Beats Bus co-founder Kobby Taylor, who you may also recognise from The Canary and the Crow and The Little Mermaid.

In the show Jasmine’s dad inspires her to rebel against the pressure to conform and put herself first as she gets ready to move to senior school.

We’d love to see families from across Hull turn out in fancy dress to support Jasmine in her quest and free face painting will be available all weekend, from Fantastic Faces.

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Kobby Taylor leading a Beats Bus workshop

Free tickets, available 30 March

Free tickets have been made possible thanks to the support of Wykeland Group, Without Walls and Freedom Festival Arts Trust.

They go on-sale through the Middle Child website at 12 noon, Wednesday 30 March.

For the first time at a Middle Child show we are providing integrated audio description in all performances, alongside BSL interpretation on Sunday 8 May.

The venue also opens an hour before the show and you’re welcome to bring in food from the many independent shops and cafes around the Fruit Market.

There Should Be Unicorns premieres in Hull, before heading on a national tour of outdoor festivals, including a return to Freedom Festival, so come join us for a kick-ass opening weekend!

There Should Be Unicorns is supported by Wykeland Group, Without Walls, Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Hull City Council, Foyle Foundation and Garfield Weston.

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Tickets on-sale for Out Loud at Humber Street Gallery

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Pay what you decide tickets are now available for a ‘scratch’ performance of a new play set in the world of northern soul.

We take over Humber Street Gallery from 24-26 March to share a lo-fi version of Casino, by Larner Wallace-Taylor, set on the dancefloor of Wigan’s most famous nightclub.

Casino follows friends Linda and Tina as they discover soul music, fashion and amphetamines, in a time of strikes and power cuts.

These short, ‘scratch’ performances will feature professional actors, but no set, props or costume.

Casino is part of Out Loud, a Middle Child and Silent Uproar programme that supports writers to stage new plays, without the stress of creating a polished show.

Pay What You Decide tickets are now on-sale, with a BSL performance on Thursday 24 March.

Plus: Soul Syndicate DJs will be spinning classic northern soul in the bar after the show, on Sat 26 March.

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Middle Child return to the stage with a summer cabaret in Hull

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After more than a year away from the stage we make our long-awaited return with a brand new cabaret, celebrating connection and togetherness, as part of Absolutely Cultured’s Creative Hull festival in July.

we used to be closer than this features songs by writers Natasha Brown, Angelo Irving, Tabby Lamb, Jay Mitra, RashDash, Leo Skilbeck, Kobby Taylor and Tom Wells, with original live music by James Frewer.

Performed outdoors under the sun in Queen’s Gardens, audiences will be seated cabaret style, around socially distanced tables of four people, with a limited capacity of 100 per show.

we used to be closer than this runs from 16-18 July and pay what you can tickets, for all performances, are now on sale through Absolutely Cultured.

Alongside our first live performance in 18 months, budding songwriters can also take part in our free Writing Songs for the Stage workshops, on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July, as part of the festival.

Bring along a piece of writing – be it a play, a piece of poetry, or anything in between – and work with our musicians and composers to create an original song, that will be set to live music.

  • See the Absolutely Cultured website for more information about Creative Hull.

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

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We’re hosting the City Arts Forum in February

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Join Hull City Council’s Arts Development Team for their next online City Arts Forum, hosted by Middle Child.

We’re hosting the next City Arts Forum on Thursday 4 February (2-4pm) and would love for artists in Hull to join us, with all of our core team in attendance.

Paul Holloway, arts and culture manager at Hull City Council, will chair the meeting, which is an opportunity for artists, arts organisations, and anyone interested in the arts in Hull, to share work, thoughts, ideas and updates.

It’s also an opportunity to ask any questions you may have, to the council and wider artistic community

Registration is free but you must book in advance via Eventbrite. A link to join the discussion will then be sent out 24 hours before the event.

If you would like to discuss an issue, please send your agenda items to by Monday 1 February.

Out Loud scratch night heads to Freedom Festival

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Middle Child and Silent Uproar are delighted to announce the four writers who have been selected for the Freedom Festival edition of Out Loud, our scratch night for Hull playwrights.

Niall Ransome and Hannah Scorer will both have excerpts of their work brought to life in one-off video recordings, to be made available on the Freedom Festival website next weekend.

Niall Ransome’s Alligators is about a young girl living on a council estate who is caught trying to steal who an old woman’s house and is sentenced to look after her a few times a week.

Hannah Scorer’s Can We Be Friends? is about a five-year-old who wants to meet her dad and takes matters (and her mum’s phone) into her own hands.

See these exciting new pieces of work-in-progress on the Freedom Festival website from 4-6 September.

Out Loud is kindly supported by the Split Infinitive Trust