All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

4.5 (2) · New Writing, Music

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.

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31 October 2018  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Back in the 1960s prime minister Harald MacMillan may have been able to tell the nation that they had never had it so good. After all, every generation has the opportunity to do better than their parents, don’t they? Not anymore. Moving from 1997 into the future as the earth faces destruction by an asteroid, this invigorating piece of theatre written by Luke Barnes and produced by Hull-based Middle Child (who make gig-style theatre par excellence) is a hard-hitting and hugely enjoyable examination of the impact on young people when social mobility is stunted, and opportunities become scarce. Great stuff.”


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 is multi-award winning gig theatre that 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.

Critic reviews

A thoroughly current, and surprisingly poignant rallying cry for more compassion and love as the antidote against the coarsening of society


Middle Child's gig-theatre show is an invigorating call to arms at the Edinburgh Fringe


The direction is fantastic, the design is fantastic, the music is fantastic and the performances are fantastic

Broadway Baby

All We Ever Wanted is just stunning: down-to-earth and yet brilliantly ambitious

A Younger Theatre

A rocking rollercoaster ride through the last 30 years in Britain

Broadway World

Despite some pumping musical accompaniment, a rather substance-free meditation on notions of success and failure, loosely structured within a wider socio-political framework

Evening Standard

Enough heart and passion to sink a battleship, but for a play that attests to celebrate ordinary people, it doesn’t half beat them for being ordinary

The Times

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 31 Oct - Sat 24 Nov, 2.30 pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr 15 mins


7 Uxbridge Road London W12 8LJ London, UK · Get Directions

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