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:
- Freedom Festival – Sun 28 Aug, 12pm and 3pm
- Greenwich + Docklands International Festival – Sat 3 Sep, 1pm
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.
Performances at Freedom Festival and Greenwich + Docklands International Festival are free and unticketed – just turn up on the day.
Performances in Swinton are free but ticketed and you must book in advance.
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
Hip Hop Advisor
Deputy Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Company Stage Manager
47 Queen St, Hull, HU1 1UU
Available in the Fruit Market multi-storey car park, opposite the venue, accessed via Blackfriargate. Limited on-street parking is also available.
The nearest bus stop is the Old Harbour stop, next to the venue. This stop is served by the number 20 bus.
Toilets are available at Nibble.
Food and Drink
Refreshments are available from the many independent businesses around the Fruit Market area and you are welcome to bring food and drink into the venue.
There Should Be Unicorns at Stage @TheDock, May 2022. Photo by Tom Arran.