and the Crow
Written by DANIEL WARD
Music by PREZ 96 and JAMES FREWER
Directed by PAUL SMITH
Photo by THE OTHER RICHARD
Award-winning grime and hip hop-inspired gig theatre
The Canary and the Crow is award-winning 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 play 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.
Originally written in 2014, Daniel developed the script with Middle Child during a week-long residency in 2018. Middle Child then produced and premiered the show at Hull Truck Theatre in 2019.
The Canary and the Crow toured to Latitude Festival, then the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and an autumn tour with the Paines Plough Roundabout, followed by a run at London’s Arcola Theatre in early 2020.
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, Hull
Paines Plough Roundabout, Edinburgh
31 Jul-25 Aug
Paines Plough Roundabout, Tour
Arcola Theatre, London
16 Jan-8 Feb
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