What's on/Brighton Fringe 2020/The Canary and The Crow

Middle Child present award-winning, grime-inspired theatre about a working class black kid who’s accepted to a prestigious grammar school.


This lyrical, semi-autobiographical show from writer and performer Daniel Ward uses grime, hip hop and theatre to tell a story of the struggle between a new environment that doesn't accept you and an old one that has no opportunity.


Featuring original live music by Prez 96 and James Frewer, The Canary and the Crow won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play for Young Audiences in 2020 and the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Middle Child are a Hull-based company creating gig theatre that brings people together for a good night out with big ideas.


"The audience was on their feet before the show was even finished.” - The List



★★★★★ The List

‘The audience was on their feet before the show was even finished in this outstanding piece of politically charged theatre.’


★★★★★ A Younger Theatre

‘I am watching the unfolding future of British theatre and it is diverse and invigorating.’


★★★★ Time Out

‘Funny and burningly fierce’


★★★★ Evening Standard

‘A bouncy show that’s easy to love, it will inspire serious conversations.’



Writer: Daniel Ward

Music: Prez 96 and James Frewer

Director: Paul Smith

Movement: Ryan Harston

Designer: Natalie Young

Lighting: Jessica Addinall

Sound Design: Ed Clarke

Artistic Associate: Matthew May

Cast: Rachel Barnes, Laurie Jamieson, Nigel Taylor, Daniel Ward


Presented by: Middle Child Theatre

Twitter: @middlechildhull

Facebook: @middlechildhull

Website: www.middlechildtheatre.co.uk

The Canary and The Crow

£12.50/£10 Concession

Gig Theatre


Brighton Fringe 2020

Tue 12 May @ 7:30pm

Wed 13 May @ 7:30pm

Thur 14 May @ 7:30pm

Fri 15 May @ 7:30pm

Sat 16 May @ 3pm

Sat 16 May @ 6pm


70 min, no interval


Brighton Fringe 2020

Standard £12.50/ Conc £10

Standard Full Price applies to all Adults aged 16 and over.

Concessions Price applies to Children under 16, Over 65s and On Benefits only (proof of eligibility will be required).


Age 14+