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


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“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.


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.


Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Thu 7-Fri 8 May 2020

Hull Truck Theatre, Hull

Sat 9 May 2020

Spiegeltent, Nottingham

Mon 11 May 2020

Rotunda Theatre, Brighton Fringe

Wed 13 – Sat 16 May 2020

Birmingham Rep, Birmingham

Wed 20-Sat 23 May 2020

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Old Fire Station, Oxford

Tue 26 May 2020

Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Thu 28-Sat 30 May 2020

Streatham Space Project, London

Tue 2-Sun 7 June 2020
£10-15 / Pay What You Can

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GlassBox Theatre, Gillingham

Tue 9 June 2020

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York Theatre Royal, York

Fri 12-Sat 13 June 2020

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The Place Theatre, Bedford

Wed 17 June 2020

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The Hat Factory, Luton

Thu 18 June 2020

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Norwich Playhouse, Norwich

Fri 19 June 2020




“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



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