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.

BSL

The following performances will be BSL-interpreted:

  • Freedom Festival – Sun 28 Aug, 12pm and 3pm
  • Greenwich + Docklands International Festival – Sat 3 Sep, 1pm

Audio Description

There Should Be Unicorns includes integrated audio description.

Guidance

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.

Tickets

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.

Hull Dates

Freedom Festival

Sat 27 Aug – 12pm; 3pm
Sun 28 Aug – 12pm; 3pm

Free, unticketed

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Tour Dates

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, London

Fri 2 Sep – 2pm; 4.30pm
Sat 3 Sep – 1pm; 4.30pm

Free, unticketed

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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.

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

Lyrics

Beats Bus and Paul Smith

Direction

Paul Smith and Maureen Lennon

Movement Direction

Ryan Harston

Design

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

Venue Details for Freedom Festival

Stage at the Dock and Fruit Market logos
Address

47 Queen St, Hull, HU1 1UU

Car Parking

Available in the Fruit Market multi-storey car park, opposite the venue, accessed via Blackfriargate. Limited on-street parking is also available.

Bus

The nearest bus stop is the Old Harbour stop, next to the venue. This stop is served by the number 20 bus.

Toilets

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.

An amphitheatre in a dry dock surrounded by new office buildings, with the set of There Should Be Unicorns in the middle

There Should Be Unicorns at Stage @TheDock, May 2022. Photo by Tom Arran.