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A small bonfire in the middle of a field at night. Text overlay: Signal Fires

Middle Child to light a Signal Fire in Hull in November

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This autumn, fires will light up across the UK with people sharing in one of the original forms of theatre: storytelling around a fire.

The Signal Fires will signal the vibrancy of touring theatre – and the threat our industry continues to face.

From spectacular bonfires to digital blazes, the nation’s leading touring theatre companies, including Middle Child, will present a series of performances across the country, in celebration of our fundamental need to tell stories.

  • See the full list of participating companies on the Signal Fires website.

Our Futures is Middle Child’s contribution to the project, a collection of eight short plays, written during lockdown in the spring, to be told beneath the stars at Humber Street Gallery, in Hull, on Bonfire Night (Thursday 5 November).

Our Futures is eight shots of hope that draw on the transformative potential of rage, family, lentils and stopping to draw breath.

Tickets are free but limited, so we’re holding a ballot to ensure that everyone who would like to see the work has a fair chance of doing so.

See our Signal Fires event listing for more details about the performances and to enter the ballot for tickets.

Us Against Whatever

Stream Us Against Whatever on YouTube

By | Shows

Following the huge demand for All We Ever Wanted Was Everything on YouTube last week, we are excited to now share with you a recording of Us Against Whatever from Hull Truck Theatre in 2019, available for one week only.

Written by Maureen Lennon in collaboration with Nastazja Somers, with music by James Frewer and lyrics by Paul Smith, this is an electrifying cabaret about the places we keep in our hearts.

From Masuria in Poland and Greenwood Ave in HU6, to a karaoke bar on the night of the EU referendum, via Deano’s volley and a decade of austerity, Us Against Whatever asks what it means to make Hull our home, together.

Stream it now until midnight on Monday 27 April.

If you enjoy the show we would hugely appreciate any donations you can make to our Hull Artists Coronavirus Fund, to support freelancers in the city who’ve lost work due to the pandemic.

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Stream All We Ever Wanted Was Everything on YouTube

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For one week (and a bit) only, you can now stream a recording of our award-winning production of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything online.

Written by Luke Barnes, with music by James Frewer, this show tells the story of Leah and Chris, two ’90s kids from Hull who are promised the world.

But what happens when childhood dreams don’t become reality?

Set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to Brexit Britain, amid the backdrop of an asteroid heading for Earth, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, before transferring to London’s Bush Theatre in 2018.

This recording is from a performance at The Welly Club during its original Hull run, in June 2017, as part of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 programme, before it was adapted for conventional theatre spaces.

Stream it now until midnight on Friday 17 April.

If you enjoy the show we would hugely appreciate any donations you can make to our Hull Artists Coronavirus Fund, to support freelancers in the city who’ve lost work due to the pandemic.

The Canary and the Crow Edinbrugh Festival Fringe 2019

Three Offie nominations for The Canary and the Crow

By | Awards, Shows
The Canary and the Crow Edinbrugh Festival Fringe 2019

Laurie Jamieson (l) and Daniel Ward (r) in The Canary and the Crow. Photo: The Other Richard.

The company of The Canary and the Crow has been nominated for three Off West End Theatre Awards, also known as the Offies, following its run at London’s Arcola Theatre.

The whole cast have been nominated for Best Performance Ensemble, while writer and performer Daniel Ward has been nominated for Best Performance Piece

Performer Laurie Jamieson has also been nominated for Best Supporting Performance in a Play.

The Offies were launched in 2011 to help raise the profile and status of independent theatres in London, by giving them greater power to promote their work individually and collectively and to reward the new talent that they nurture.

The awards cover a calendar year and the winners are announced in the spring of the following year.

In January 2020 Daniel Ward won a Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play for Young Audiences for The Canary and the Crow, while the show also won the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019.

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