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SHOWS

Our 2020 Tour is 'Benson's Christmas Letter'

Our puppets Benson, Maurice the Monkey and Harry, beautifully drawn by Anne-Louise Richards

Our 2020 Touring Plans - 

In response to Covid-19

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are unable to deliver the large tour we had initially set out for C4K in 2020. Every year C4K tries to expand its outreach, and this year we were hoping to visit hospices/hospitals and SEN schools in Northern Ireland for the first time. Due to the amount of forward planning required, the vulnerable nature of our audiences, and the uncertain climate, we have decided to delay this expansion until 2021.

For 2020, we are planning a brand new, very exciting venture: a Digital model to deliver of our interactive, multi-sensory brand of theatre. Our 2020 creative team will include video production experts and an animation company, working to create a wonderful digital world for our actors and puppets to inhabit. Our interactive elements will be delivered via an E-resource pack accompanying the show.

 

More news will follow soon - watch this space!

About the Show

'Benson's Christmas Letter' - Our 2020 show tells of our loveable puppet Benson, journeying to the North Pole to deliver his Christmas Letter to Santa. Benson meets both puppet and human friends en route and with each meeting, we present familiar songs and stories in a fresh, interactive way.

Venues

In 2019, our nine actors toured to 53 children's hospices and related venues (listed) throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Follow our cast's journeys via their Blog.

Zoom in on the map to see our 2019 tour venues!

SEN SCHOOLS

Blossom House, New Malden

Chailey Heritage Foundation (Hanbury Dept) East Sussex

Cricket Green School, Mitcham, Surrey

Milestone Academy, New Ash Green, Dartford

Fullbrook Nursery School, Walsall

 

HOSPITALS - CHILDREN'S WARDS

Royal Alexander Children’s Hospital, Brighton

The Children’s Trust (Brain Unit), Surrey

UCLH T11 Children’s Ward, Central London

CHILDREN'S HOSPICES

Acorn’s for the Three Counties, Worcester

Acorn’s in Birmingham, Birmingham

Alexander Devine, Berkshire

Andy’s at St Andrew’s Hospice, North East Lincolnshire

Bluebell Woods Hospice, Sheffield

Brian House Children’s Hospice, Blackpool 

Chailey Heritage Foundation, East Sussex

Chestnut Tree Hospice, West Sussex

CHSW Charlton Farm, Bristol

Claire House, Merseyside

Demelza House, Sittingbourne, Kent

Demelza South East London, Eltham

Derian House, Lancashire 

Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, Stoke on Trent

EACH Milton, Cambridge

EACH Quidenham, Norwich

EACH The Treehouse, Ipswich

Eleanor Lyons (CHYPS), Kent

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, West Yorkshire

Francis House, Manchester

Haven House Hospice, Essex

Helen & Douglas House, Oxfordshire

Hope House, Shropshire

Jigsaw, Carlisle

Julia’s House, Broadstone

Julia’s House, Devizes

Keech Hospice Care, Luton

Little Bridge House, Barnstaple

Little Harbour, Cornwall

Little Haven Hospice, Essex

Martin House, Wetherby

Naomi House, Winchester

Noah’s Ark Hospice, Hertfordshire

Rachel House, Kinross, Scotland

Rainbows Hospice, Leicestershire

Richard House Hospice East London

Robin House, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Shooting Star Christopher’s, Surrey

Shooting Star Hospice, Hampton

St Oswald’s, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Ty Gobraith, Conwy, Wales

Ty Hafan, Sully, Wales

Zoe’s Place, Coventry

Zoe’s Place, Liverpool

Zoe’s Place, Middlesborough

We are rapidly approaching our target of touring to every children's hospice in the UK every year. 

In 2014, we visited 8 hospices. We went even bigger in 2015, with 13 hospices receiving our show. And for our 2016 tour, we brought in new actors to tour two teams to 28 hospices throughout England. In 2017, we toured three teams of actors to 47 children’s hospice venues including Wales in our outreach. In 2018, we toured our show 'Harry's Christmas Adventure', with three teams of actors, to 54 children’s hospices and related venues. This saw us playing to all the children's hospices in England, Wales and, for the first time, Scotland. In 2021, we aim to expand our outreach to Northern Ireland - touring to a whopping total of 60 venues across the whole of the UK.

 

Visit our Gallery for pictures of our last few years' tours.

Christmas for Kids is committed to inclusive diversity within the entire structure of our charity; opening all opportunities to people from all backgrounds regardless of gender identity, religious beliefs, nationality, sexuality, ethnicity or disability.

 

We commit to hiring solely on the basis of the talent and character of a person.

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