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we used to be closer than this, Middle Child Theatre

A reunion in the sun. An evening of live cabaret. A celebration of togetherness.

The award-winning Middle Child present we used to be closer than this, a collection of cabaret songs about reconnecting, penned by eight of the most exciting writers from Hull and beyond.

Performed in the open air, under the evening sky in Queen’s Gardens, Middle Child return to the stage this summer with a toe-tapping, hand-clapping celebration of the human touch.

we used to be closer than this features brand new songs written by Natasha Brown, Angelo Irving, Tabby Lamb, Jay Mitra, RashDash, Leo Skilbeck, Kobby Taylor and Tom Wells, with original live music by James Frewer.

“Middle Child would be nothing without our audiences, who bring love and energy to each of our performances. We exist to bring people together in a social space to enjoy live theatre. Lockdown took this away from us, but now we’re back and can’t wait to celebrate with you.” – Paul Smith, Artistic Director

With a limited capacity and socially-distanced cabaret tables, audiences will join a cast of actor-musicians for a summer soiree in one of Hull’s most loved parks, in the heart of the city.

With thanks to Absolutely Cultured, Arts Council England and the Cultural Recovery Fund.

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Nearest toilets can be found at Queen Victoria Square.

Nearest baby changing facilities can be found at Ferens Art Gallery.

Both performances on Saturday 17 July will be BSL interpreted.

Content warning: Contains references to COVID-19, the death of George Floyd and drug taking.

Creative Hull will be taking place under the current government guidelines. Hand sanitiser will be available at each event, and if the event is indoors, you must wear a mask unless you’re exempt or under the age of eleven. If you are exempt, please let a member of our team know.

Social distancing will be in place, and we will manage the capacity of each venue on an individual basis. We ask that you visit us with your household or your support bubble.

Please listen to our instructions to help us keep each other safe.

Dates and Times

Friday 16 July – 7pm

Saturday 17 July – 3pm & 7pm
(BSL interpreted)

Sunday 18 July – 3pm & 7pm


Queens Gardens (Bandstand)

Booking required

Pay what you can
(Suggested donation for this activity is £5 per person)

Please note when booking, that 1 ticket means you are booking 1 table for up to 4 family/bubble members.