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.

Come dressed as the superhero version of yourself 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, after premiering 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, Without Walls, Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Hull City Council, Foyle Foundation and Garfield Weston.


All tour dates in 2022 will include BSL-interpreted performances.

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.


Hat Fair Festival, Winchester

Sun 3 July

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Victoria Park, Swinton

Sat 23 July

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Freedom Festival, Hull

Sat 27 – Sun 28 August

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Show Photos

Photos by Tom Arran. View the full gallery.

Audience Photos

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

Three women and one man smile at the camera wearing large paper unicorn horns decorated with shiny tape and glitter.
Two children make superhero poses for the camera. The child on the left has rainbow face paint and is down on one knee with one arm raised in the air. The child on the right has dalmatian face paint and is stood with one arm raised in the air.

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.

We’ll have a photographer at all four performances to capture you in full HD, with photos shared on Facebook later that weekend.

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

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