All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Words by Luke Barnes and Music by James Frewer
Presented by Middle Child in association with the Bush Theatre
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Meet Leah and Chris; raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as ‘special’ as their parents promised.

But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality?

Set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to today’s Brexit Britain, this multi-award winning gig theatre mixes original live music from James Frewer with bold new writing by Luke Barnes.

It’s a story about the world we inherited and the one we’re leaving behind. It’s the story of a million beating hearts. And an asteroid with other plans.

“This is theatre as Hadron Collider experiment: a slamming-together of a play and a gig.”
The Telegraph ★★★★
“Middle Child really smash it with a superb piece of gig theatre…combines music and storytelling in an outrageously entertaining fashion”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“Glorious…a raucous, riotous 75 minutes of storytelling”
The Stage ★★★★
“Heart-wrenching and heart-warming all at once”
Broadway Baby ★★★★★
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“This is theatre as Hadron Collider experiment: a slamming-together of a play and a gig.”
The Telegraph
"Middle Child really smash it with a superb piece of gig theatre...combines music and storytelling in an outrageously entertaining fashion"
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“Glorious...a raucous, riotous 75 minutes of storytelling, shot through with pop, poetry and politics"
The Stage
"A rousing and invigorating call to arms that speaks directly to anyone trying to find their place in the world."
WhatsOnStage
"Go and see All We Ever Wanted Was Everything. The direction is fantastic, the design is fantastic, the music is fantastic and the performances are fantastic."
Broadway Baby
"A rocking rollercoaster ride...musical theatre for the Buzzfeed generation"
Broadway World UK

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Joshua Meredith
Joshua Meredith is from Hull. He trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. His theatre credits include: After Miss Julie at the Bleviss Laboratory Theatre, UofA, Edmonton; All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and Cinderella with Middle Child; The Night Season, Great Expectations and Austen with East Riding Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing with The Lord Chamberlain's Men; Services No Longer Required with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe; Cinderella and Jack and The Beanstalk at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre; Loot and Funny Turns with Hull Truck Theatre.
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Alice Beaumont
Alice Beaumont is an Associate Artist of Middle Child. With the company she has performed in Apples, Weekend Rockstars, Modern Life is Rubbish, The Dancing Dead, Cinderella (as well as numerous other pantomimes). Other credits include: Home, Leftovers (both Hull Truck), The Night Season (East Riding Theatre), Volcano (Sheffield Crucible), Time for Tea (Wet Picnic Theatre), Les Enfants Terribles, La Ronde (both Harbinger Theatre Company).
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Emma Bright
With Middle Child, Emma Bright has performed in All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, 25Saturday Night and Sunday MorningCinderellaDick Whittington, Modern Life is Rubbish, The Dancing Dead and Tomorrow Never Happens. Other theatre includes: Flood Part 3: To The Sea(Slung Low/BBC Performance Live), Flood Part 4: New World(Slung Low), Gobble (Bellow Theatre), A Super Happy Story About Being Super Sad (Silent Uproar), Dancehall (Cast, Doncaster) and The Thankful Village (Badapple Theatre Company).
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Bryony Davies
Bryony Davies' theatre credits include: A Girl In School Uniform (Walks Into A Bar) (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ New Diorama), Anyone's Guess How We Got Here (Barrel Organ/Camden People's Theatre/Manchester Royal Exchange/ UK Tour), TANK (Breach Theatre/ Battersea Arts Centre), Some People Talk About Violence (Barrel Organ/ UK Tour) Nothing (Barrel Organ, National Student Drama Festival), Antigone (Warwick Arts Centre), Over There (National Student Drama Festival: Recipient of Judges Acting Commendation), Wastwater (National Student Drama Festival/ Edinburgh Festival), Vinegar Tom, Agamemnon and Tissue (all at Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Bryony is also a company director at Barrel Organ Theatre. For screen, corporate and voiceover work she has worked with: Vault Festival, London Dungeons, Shrek's Adventure, BBC, Rural Media, British Youth Film Academy and Lime Pictures.
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James Stanyer
James Stanyer trained at East 15 2010-2011 before becoming a founding member of Middle Child. Recent credits include P.I.G by Silent Uproar, Cinderella by Middle Child and the Edinburgh sell out run of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything by Middle Child.
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Marc Graham
Marc Graham's theatre credits include: Brighton Rock (Pilot/York Theatre Royal/The Lowry) Ten Storey Love Song, Weekend Rockstars, Modern Life Is Rubbish, Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, and six Pantomimes (Middle Child) Flood (Slung Low) The GaulDancing Through The Shadows (Hull Truck) Another Someone (RashDash). Film credits include: England Is Mine (Honlodge Productions).

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13 Dec
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