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Groups of kids were introduced to the world of Emergency Story Unit- a secret organisation based in the basement of every theatre that deploys at a moment’s notice to wherever in the world there’s a story emergency. When news comes in of a penguin in peril the audience power the submarine (by song naturally) to the Antarctica to save him.
It was a production for Producer Dave Edmunds at DepArts and funded by the Arts Council. We made it here in Holbeck and then toured it to 6 towns all over the country. It was incredibly well received, audiences really enjoyed it, the content seemed just the right balance of fun and thoughtful and the penguin puppet stole the day with his cuteness.
So we had high hopes of touring it again. Sadly times are tight and, despite scoring incredibly highly in their assessment, the Arts Council could not find the money to support a tour. C’est la guerre.
Touring the show without funding is beyond us- it’s just not possible, too large a mountain to climb.
But all the resource and effort put in to this popular show it seems such a waste not to play our home town with it. There are kids out there who would have an awful lot of fun and get a great deal from seeing this show.
So what we’ve decided to do is present Emergency Story Penguin here at the HUB in Leeds, next spring for a whole week, to schools, young audiences and youth groups. And to do that entirely free to audiences.
We’re going to concentrate on local, South Leeds schools- areas like Holbeck and Beeston that don’t always get to hear about the city’s theatre.
And we need your help. There’s lots within doing this that Slung Low can just do for free, no problem- it’s part of being a theatre company proud to be based in Holbeck. But Emergency Story Penguin does need two brilliant actors and two brilliant technicians to work, and we need to find the money to pay them.
Every year Slung Low hosts a Christmas Fayre. A gathering of stalls, hog roast, carol singing and mulled wine it has been a regular point in our calendar to bring together our friends and community to celebrate the year and plan the next one ahead: we’ve used the event to raise money for all sorts of adventures.
This year we’re using our annual christmas fayre to start a fund raising campaign to bring free, exciting, adventurous children’s theatre to south leeds.
We would like those that can to buy a five pound ticket. Buy a five pound ticket so that a young person can come and see Emergency Story penguin at the HUB at Easter 2016 for free.
The Christmas Fayre is at the HUB 12-4 on Sunday 6th December.
Come along, have a mug of milled wine, sing a carol and buy a £5 ticket for a show you’ll never see.
Alternatively if you can’t make it to the Christmas Fayre you still might want to buy a ticket- thanks!- you can do that by clicking the DONATE button below.
See you soon