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


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

Middle Child present The Canary and the Crow, brand new gig theatre about the journey of a working class black kid who’s accepted to a prestigious school.

This lyrical, semi-autobiographical piece from writer and performer Daniel Ward uses grime, hip hop and theatre to tell a story of the struggle between a new environment that doesn’t accept him and an old one that has no opportunity.

The Canary and the Crow is the latest show at Hull Truck Theatre from the company behind the “electric” (★★★★ The Stage) and “truly immersive” (★★★★★ A Younger Theatre) Us Against Whatever.

See our two Edinburgh preview shows in the round at Hull Truck as part of the Grow Festival. The Canary and the Crow is also part of the Hull Takeover 2019.

What’s a preview?

Previews are the first showings of a new piece of work. Performing to an audience for the first time means that the cast and creative team can see how a show works ‘in real life’.

We learn from these performances and how an audience responds to them so that we can polish the show ahead of its full run or tour. We’d love for you to join us and play a part in making our next touring show, with a post-show Q&A on each night.


Age: 14+

Running time: 70 minutes

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


Hull Truck Theatre
Main Space

Tue 16 July 2019
Post-show Q&A with Kofi Smiles

Wed 17 July 2019
Post-show Q&A with cast and creative team


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Latitude Festival
Town Hall Stage

Fri 19 July 2019

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Edinburgh Fringe
Paines Plough Roundabout @ Summerhall

Wed 31 Jul-Sun 25 Aug 2019

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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