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The Canary And The Crow (Middle Child)

By | Published on Wednesday 21 August 2019

This autobiographical piece by writer and performer Daniel Ward is a vibrant explosion of gig theatre, filled with lyrical musings on the nature of growing up black in white dominated environments, as he recounts his experience of being awarded a scholarship to an Etonian-style grammar school as one of the few BAME students. His snooty, close-minded classmates and teachers are comically portrayed, making for deft satire that explores wider concerns about the levels of what we deem to be ‘acceptable’ racism. The musicality is particularly brilliant, fusing expressive cello and impassioned grime, scoring the underlying tension of Ward’s experience as an outsider. Pulsating with fervour and force, this is storytelling at its most dynamic.

Roundabout @ Summerhall, until Aug 25.
tw rating 5/5 | [Amy Bonar]