THE CANARY

AND THE CROW

PAINES PLOUGH ROUNDABOUT TOUR

Written by DANIEL WARD
Music by PREZ 96 and JAMES FREWER
Directed by PAUL SMITH

Photo by THE OTHER RICHARD

“Coz I know you don’t see what I see, coz our eyes see things differently”

Middle Child present The Canary and the Crow, grime and hip hop-inspired gig theatre about the journey of a working class black kid who’s accepted to a prestigious grammar school.

This lyrical, semi-autobiographical piece from writer and performer Daniel Ward uses original live music from Prez 96 and James Frewer to tell a story of the struggle between a new environment that doesn’t accept you and an old one that has no opportunity.

The Canary and the Crow is part of the Hull Takeover 2019, produced by Absolutely Cultured in partnership with Middle Child, supported by Hull Truck Theatre and Back to Ours.

Guidance

Age: 14+

Running time: 65 minutes

Contains themes of racial identity and class, with some strong language. See our contents note page for a plot summary.

Paines Plough Roundabout

The Paines Plough Roundabout is the world’s first pop-up, plug and play theatre. We’ve performed in it at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the past three years and are thrilled to be joining it on its autumn tour in 2019.

DATES AND TICKETS

The Lowry, Salford

Sat 7th Sept
9pm, £5

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Ramsgate

Sat 14th Sept
8.45pm, £1-5

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Cast, Doncaster

Thu 19th Sept
9pm, £6

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Lighthouse, Poole

Thu 26th Sept
8pm

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LPAC, Lincoln

Sat 5th Oct
7.30pm, £12.50

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Reviews

★★★★★

“The audience was on their feet before the show was even finished”
The List

★★★★★

“[Slams] the racism and classism inherent in the private school system with the power and energy of a backstreet grime concert.”
Broadway Baby

★★★★★

“Stunning, stunning theatre… It is open, energetic, warm and inviting.”
Miro Magazine

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Cast

Rachel Barnes - Performer
Rachel Barnes
Laurie Jamieson - Performer
Laurie Jamieson
Nigel Taylor - Performer
Nigel Taylor
Daniel Ward - Performer
Daniel Ward

Creative Team

Writer – Daniel Ward
Director – Paul Smith
Co-composer – Prez 96
Co-composer and Musical Director – James Frewer
Designer – Natalie Young
Lighting Designer – Jess Addinall
Movement Director – Ryan Harston
Artistic Associate – Matthew May