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Associate Companies

Middle Child and Theatre Uncut.

We are lucky enough to have two brilliant associate companies as part of Team PP. We have a long-standing relationship with these companies, and they share our commitment to touring nationally and telling powerful new stories. We support them on an ongoing basis in their development and planning. You can check them out below:


Middle Child are a Hull-based company creating 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. Their events are live and loud, making sense of the modern world.

Middle Child are committed to breaking down barriers and ensuring that theatre is affordable and accessible for all. They will set fire to your expectations of what a night at the theatre can be. Their artist development programme, Reverb, ensures that artists in Hull are given top-class development opportunities across disciplines, without having to leave the city.

Middle Child are an Arts Council England national portfolio organisation and an associate company of Paines Plough, supported by Absolutely Cultured and Hull City Council.

“There is a disconnect between an industry predominantly based in metropolitan areas and those who feel unheard, those who never go to the theatre, who think it’s not for them, or who have no access. Middle Child is the kind of company that can bridge the gap.” Lyn Gardner



Theatre Uncut creates bold, progressive, uncompromising political theatre that galvanises action, raises awareness and fuels debate.

The company is untethered from traditional theatre forms allowing them to examine burning issues in ways that push the boundaries of what theatre is and what art can achieve.

Theatre Uncut often release new playtexts so that anyone can perform them anywhere. So far Theatre Uncut plays have been performed by over 8,500 people in 26 countries across 4 continents.

The company also deliver workshops and lectures on the form of digital theatre and teaching drama online. Their digital theatre productions have been viewed by over 200,000 people.

The Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award also runs biannually to discover the political playwrights of the future.