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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.
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!
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
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
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.