Photo by Tom Arran

There Should Be Unicorns

Rules are made to be broken, so 11-year-old Jasmine is going to break them all. And be back in time for tea.

Hip hop, dance and theatre collide in this new outdoor musical from Middle Child, in association with Beats Bus.

Join Jasmine on an adventure to make the world a better place, powered only by her imagination and a belief in unicorns.

Learn the superhero dance and help Jasmine take on the bullies, villains and ideas that shape the world around her.

There Should Be Unicorns is a free outdoor show touring festivals across England in 2022, that premiered at Stage @TheDock in Hull on 7 May.

Beats Bus is a Hull charity that provides hip hop workshops to school children in Hull, which build confidence and give young people a voice.

There Should Be Unicorns is written by Luke Barnes, with music by James Frewer and Kobby Taylor.

There Should Be Unicorns is supported by Wykeland Group and Without Walls, and commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Brighton Festival, Salisbury International Arts Festival, part of Wiltshire Creative and Hat Fair, with further support from Arts Council England, Hull City Council, Foyle Foundation and Garfield Weston.


The following performances will be BSL-interpreted:

  • Greenwich + Docklands International Festival – Sat 3 Sep, 1pm

Audio Description

There Should Be Unicorns includes integrated audio description.


Running time: Approx. 1hr 5 mins, no interval

Age guidance: 6+

Themes include bullying, with mentions of parental divorce and serious illness of a parent. See our content notes page for full details, including a summary and visual story.


Performances at Freedom Festival and Greenwich + Docklands International Festival are free and unticketed – just turn up on the day.


This show has now finished, after visiting the following locations in 2022:

Stage @TheDock, Hull – 7-8 May

Brighton Festival, Crawley – 14 May

Brighton Festival, Brighton – 15 May

Hat Fair, Winchester – 4 Jul

Victoria Park, Swinton – 24 Jul

Freedom Festival, Hull – 27-28 Aug

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, London – 2-3 Sep

Show Photos

Photos by Tom Arran. View the full gallery.

Audience Photos

Photos by Jessica Zschorn (Studio Blue Creative). View the full gallery.

Get Involved

A white woman with long dark hair, in lilac dungarees, yellow jumper holds a pink cape

Join in the fun and come dressed as a superhero version of yourself and learn the Superhero Dance, which you can do at the end of the show.

Stuck for costume inspiration? Follow Jasmine’s simple guide for coming up with a superhero persona.

Please note: for performances at Freedom Festival and the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, seating is unticketed and unreserved, meaning attendance is not guaranteed.

Cast and Production Team


Beats Bus and Paul Smith


Paul Smith and Maureen Lennon

Movement Direction

Ryan Harston


Natalie Young

Audio Description Script

Matthew May

Hip Hop Advisor

David Okwesia

Deputy Stage Manager

Danielle Harris

Assistant Stage Manager

Andrew Ross

Company Stage Manager

Jenni Harrison

Sound Engineer

Jack Pellatt

Production Manager

Sarah Follon

Acting Coach

Marc Graham

Mixing and Mastering

Eddi Pickard