Monthly Archives: April 2016

A Very Special Performance at Chestnut Tree House

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On the 23rd April Tucked In were very privileged to perform Leaper at Chestnut Tree House.

Chestnut Tree House is children’s hospice for East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire and cares for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-shortening conditions. This performance was organised through Brighton Dome’s Umbrella Club, a wonderful scheme offering subsidised tickets for children to see the show at the venue and also bringing performances such as Leaper directly to the hospice free of charge, allowing those who might not be able to leave to experience the show too. A wonderful, admirable and important scheme that we need to see more of around the country.

Chestnut Tree House is a fantastic place filled with care, love and to be honest a joyfulness that I didn’t expect. All of the staff were brilliant, positive and put their all into keeping the children well, happy and engaged.

 

Leaper worked wonderfully. Our audience was made up of children and young people of all ages and abilities. Many with special educational needs and physical disabilities meaning that they will have experienced the show very differently. However, as Leaper has very few spoken words and very strong visual imagery, music and sounds it was enjoyed by all keeping everyone engaged and entertained. Our team then went out into the audience and introduced them to the stars of the show, the puppets, and they were greeted with hugs and kisses galore.

 

Trisha Cullingford, Fun and Friendship Coordinator said

‘We would love you to come back again anytime, the C/YP where entranced by the production. You were great to work with and made the day so special. The C/YP loved being able to ‘get up close’ to the puppets.’

This was a very humbling performance that brought home the importance of, not only having accessible performances, but also flexible productions that can be taken directly to those that need them the most. These shows may not change the world but they make children smile and sometimes that’s what they need the most.

You can find out more information about Chestnut Tree House and ways you can get involved at www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk

 

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Under the Sea – National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

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Coral’s quest has taken us to some wonderful venues around the country so far, but none quite as spectacular as our performance on the 17th April.

Back in late 2015 the National Marine Aquarium (NMA), generously funded Tucked In with a grant towards the making of Leaper. As a result we were invited to perform the show at the aquarium in front of the Eddystone tank – the perfect setting for an underwater adventure! This marvellously dramatic back drop meant that our performance about exploring the ocean was brought to life by plenty of real life fish swimming, swirling and generally showing off alongside our puppets and really bringing home the message of the show. Fish are friends, friends that need our help! We performed the show to a lovely audience of families eager to learn and even the odd marine biologist!

Thanks NMA!

To learn more about the NMA go to www.national-aquarium.co.uk

 

Here are some photos of the show and Coral’s day out at the aquarium.

 

 

 

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Brighton Beach Clean

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We are over half way through our tour and have just had a busy week of school shows meaning that we have now performed Leaper; A Fish Tale to over 700 school children!

Two of these schools were St Luke’s Primary and Brunswick Primary in Brighton. These shows coincided with Surfer’s Against Sewage’s Big Spring Clean Campaign where they were aiming to get 7500 volunteers to get up and go and do their bit to clean the beaches of Britain. You can read more about the campaign here. We’ve been  performing Leaper to children up and down the country warning them of the dangers of litter in our oceans so we decided to practice what we preach and to do our bit.

On 14th April, a gloriously sunny afternoon (thankfully), we were joined by over 100 school children and their teachers from both St Luke’s and Brunswick Primary schools on Brighton Beach. In just one hour we picked up, bagged and binned over 2000 pieces of litter! This was pretty eye opening and was a brilliant way of demonstrating the scale of the problem to children, it also taught us simple ways that we practically help save the oceans.

An organisation in Australia, Take Three, have started a campaign telling people to take take three bits of rubbish away with them whenever they visit a beach. You can read more about this brilliantly simple campaign here. We think we should do the same! It’s that simple and will make a big difference in reducing the 8 millions tons of litter that gets dumped in our oceans each year causing the death of 1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals annually.

St Luke’s take part in a beach clean every year and now Brunswick Primary have pledged to do the same so it’s nice to think that we might have made a little bit of difference in changing people’s attitudes to the oceans, especially those of the next generation.

 

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Schools performances – plastic and puppets

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We’ve also taken Leaper to schools! We’ve been very lucky to go to St Luke’s, St Martins, and Brunswick primary schools in Brighton and Hornsby House in London. We’ve delivered shows to 745 school children in their school halls from reception right the way up to year 6 proving Leaper has something for everyone!

After the show we’ve held talk backs and workshops. We’ve hosted different workshops in each school but all have involved them making puppets out of recycled materials they have brought from their houses! We’ve had lots of weird and wonderful creatures created but here are some of our favourites!

 

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