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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