We want to tour our puppet show, created in collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospitals, to children in long term hospital care. The show will travel to their bedsides, opening up a world of excitement and imagination for vulnerable children, improving their isolation and wellbeing.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
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The production met the needs of patients and the environment, without compromising on quality. The storytelling totally captivated the audience, and the opportunity for children and young people to make choices throughout was particularly powerful in a hospital setting.
The performers were amazing in how they brought the children into the performance – they gave them time to process and look at the iPad and didn’t rush them at all.
Some of the children that we had yesterday cannot sit still for too long and don’t engage that well but they were glued to the performance. It was amazing. And was pitched to every child’s individual needs.
Every day thousands of seriously ill children arrive in hospitals across the UK. Many children spend a long time in children’s services at the hospital. They can feel scared and isolated, which can impact their wellbeing. We want to provide high quality, light relief, that can transport them - and their families - away from their illnesses, and provide hope and inspiration. The show is accompanied by an interactive app that enables them to connect with other children in similar situations.
In light of COVID, we are working on a totally digital version of the show. The impact of COVID on the mental health and well-being of children, not to mention those that are disadvantaged due to being hospital bound, is widely documented and we want to bring an uplifting and positive experience to these children. These changes will have a lasting legacy as there are always children that are too vulnerable to see the live show and will only be able to see it in a digital format.
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