Arcola Theatre and Middle Child present

The Canary and the Crow

Written by Daniel Ward
Music by Prez 96 and James Frewer

Directed by Paul Smith

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Middle Child’s electrifying gig theatre show, about a working-class black kid accepted to a prestigious grammar school, transfers to London for 4 weeks only.

This semi-autobiographical piece from writer and performer Daniel Ward blends grime, hip-hop and classical music to tell the story of a young person’s search for belonging in a divided society.

Featuring original live music by Prez 96 and James FrewerThe Canary And The Crow won the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence and the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Play For Young Audiences, and was nominated for a Total Theatre Award at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The award-winning, Hull-based company Middle Child (All We Ever Wanted Was Everything) creates gig theatre that brings people together for a good night out with big ideas. They tell untold stories which capture the electrifying moment when the beat drops, mixing original live music with bold new writing.


★★★★★ “The audience was on their feet...outstanding piece of politically-charged theatre”The List

★★★★★ “Contemporary and thrilling to watch”A Younger Theatre

★★★★★ “A solid, gripping and creative piece of theatre”My Fair Theatre Goer

★★★★★ “Middle Child have nailed it yet again ... stunning, stunning theatre”Miro Magazine

★★★★★ “At times it is impossible to know who or what part of the stage to watch, so arresting are all four of the performers”The Wee Review

★★★★★ “A thrilling, dynamic performance ... packs a real punch”Amy Stutz

★★★★★ “A breath-taking debut by writer-performer-actor Daniel Ward - a star is born”BritishTheatre.com

★★★★★ “The energy of this production never falters ... captivating”Upper Circle

★★★★ “A bouncy show that’s easy to love, but it will inspire serious conversations”The Evening Standard

★★★★ “Funny and burningly fierce”Time Out

★★★★ “An absolute banger of a Fringe piece with some solid laughs provided throughout”WhatsOnStage

★★★★ “Sheer creative energy, exuberance and nerve”The Scotsman

★★★★ “This latest piece of gig theatre by renowned company Middle Child is one of the jewels in its crown”Broadway World

★★★★ “This is theatre at its most alive and most boundary spanning”The Reviews Hub

★★★★ “A driving energy that pulls you along, led by a masterful, intensely personal performance by Ward”British Theatre

★★★★ “An open-hearted coming of age that smashes the boundaries”Everything Theatre

★★★★ “Remarkably timely”LondonTheatre1

★★★★ “An energetic and thought-provoking production”Edinburgh Guide

★★★★ “Everything that theatre should be”North West End

★★★★ “Daniel Ward is a master story teller and a mesmerising performer. He commands the stage”London Living Large