Middle Child bring Hull’s answer to Thelma and Louise

Published: Tuesday 3rd October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Middle Child’s I Hate Alone will be rocking up at a venue near you this month. We spoke to Jamie Potter, Communications Manager, to find out more.

I Hate Alone is a new piece of writing by Ellen Brammar, who is a company member of Middle Child,” he tells us.

The debut play will focus on the friendship of Danielle and Chloe, two young women who are disillusioned with the world and now seek revenge on anyone who has ever wronged them.

“They think that everything that has gone wrong in their lives is the fault of others. They are frustrated with the lack of opportunity that they have been given and decide to draw up a list of their enemies.”

I Hate Alone is a piece of gig theatre and therefore a bit different from your standard theatre shows. The audience stand throughout, as if they were at a live music event, and it will be a lot less formal. It’s ideal if the usual format of theatre doesn’t float your boat or you fancy something unique.

“Throughout the show, the girls take vengeance on people one by one by increasingly absurd and violent means,” Jamie chuckles.

The dialogue will be disbursed between songs, as the two girls are both in a band. At Fruit and Polar Bear, local musicians ∆lekto and CHAMBERS will be supporting. The music has been written by James Frewer.

“It’s a bit of a road trip. Think Thelma and Louise; two women finding out more about their friendship. It explores the female dynamic and co-dependency on one another,” adds Jamie.

The energetic performance will serve as a guinea pig for Middle Child’s new Plug & Play touring model, which combines the simplicity of a travelling musician and the impact of a fully-fledged theatrical production.

“We wanted to be able to create pieces of work that we can pack up into the back of a van, rock up at a pub or a club, plug in and play.”

As well as three Hull venues (Fruit, Polar Bear and Southcoates Club), I Hate Alone will also be taken up north to The Peacock in Sunderland.

“The new pub and cultural venue has been interested in hosting some of our work for quite a while now,” Jamie points out. “It will give us a chance to test out our Plug & Play model.”

Meanwhile, the Pay What You Want offer provides a low-risk way of trying something completely different.

“This show brings the best of live music and theatre together from an award-winning theatre company,” Jamie enthuses.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Middle Child website.

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Published: Tuesday 3rd October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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