THE CANARY

AND THE CROW

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

Photo by THE OTHER RICHARD

The 2020 spring/summer tour has sadly been cancelled due to the pandemic. Please see individual venues for more information about bookings.

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

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 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 was awarded the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019, and Daniel Ward the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play for Young Audiences in 2020.

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.

DATES

2020

16 Jan-8 Feb – Arcola Theatre, London

2019

16 Jan-8 Feb – Paines Plough Roundabout, Tour
31 Jul-25 Aug – Paines Plough Roundabout, Edinburgh Fringe
19 Jul – Latitude Festival
16-17 Jul – Hull Truck Theatre

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

Video

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