A Middle Child production

we used to be closer than this

Presented at Creative Hull, delivered by Absolutely Cultured
Written by Natasha Brown, Angelo Irving, Tabby Lamb, Jay Mitra,
RashDash, Leo Skilbeck, Kobby Taylor and Tom Wells

Artwork by Anna Bean

A reunion in the sun. An evening of live cabaret. A celebration of togetherness.

The award-winning Middle Child present we used to be closer than this, a collection of cabaret songs about reconnecting, penned by eight of the most exciting writers from Hull and beyond.

Performed in the open air, under the evening sky in Queen’s Gardens, Middle Child return to the stage this summer with a toe-tapping, hand-clapping celebration of the human touch.

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

With a limited capacity and socially-distanced cabaret tables, audiences will join a cast of actor-musicians for a summer soiree in one of Hull’s most loved parks, in the heart of the city.

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

Guidance

Age: 14+
Running time: 60 minutes

Contains references to covid-19 and drug use.

Dates

Queen’s Gardens, Hull

Fri 16 July – 7pm
Sat 17 July – 3pm* and 7pm*
Sun 18 July – 3pm and 7pm

*BSL interpreted by Steph Raper

Previous cabaret press

“Simultaneously personal and universal”
The Stage

★★★★

“A refrain of hope”
A Younger Theatre

★★★★★

A band play guitars on stage beneath bunting
A Black man in velvet turtleneck and waistcoat sings into a microphone
A white trans woman in black cabaret dress sings into a microphone with huge energy
A Black woman in black cabaret dress sings into a microphone
A sign of the show title on black and white striped background, as part of the set
An audience seated at tables on the grass in front of an outdoor stage

Photos by Jessy Zee

Writers

Cast

Headshot of black woman wearing a yellow t-shirt.

Lauren Azania

A white woman with long brown hair, wearing a black winter coat

Rachel Barnes

A white trans woman with curly dark brown hair, she is smiling with her teeth, and wearing a red sweatshirt.

Tommi Bryson

Headshot of a white woman with long fair hair, wearing a red vest.

Anna Mitchelson

A black man in a green and black cap against a green wall

Kobby Taylor

Production team

Paul Smith – Director
Belle Streeton – Assistant director*
Natalie Young – Designer
James Frewer – Composer and musical director
Jess Addinall – Lighting designer
Adam Foley – Lighting designer
Jay Hirst – Technical stage manager
Oliver Strong – Assistant stage manager

*RTYDS placement

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