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We Used To Be Closer Than This

QUEENS GARDENS, Queens Dock Avenue, Hull, HU1 3DG

16 - 18 Jul 2021

Pay What You Can

Family Friendly

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

Both performances on Saturday 17 July will be BSL interpreted.

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.

Venue Details

Queens Dock Avenue,

01482 300300

As part of the Hull Maritime City Project refurbishment work is ongoing within the gardens - due to be completed early 2024. Perfect for an al fresco lunch, a game of football or a leisurely stroll, Queens Gardens is located in the heart of Hull City Centre. Originally the first dock to be constructed in Hull, it was transformed into an picturesque garden space in 1930, lined with trees and ponds with fountains. More recently, Queens Gardens has become host for popular Hull events such as the Freedom Festival and YUM Festival.


Assistance Dogs

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Wheelchair Access

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