Susan Jamson on how a new series of Chickenshed Theatre performances can now be enjoyed online
It was with great sadness that we had to close up our beautiful building, beside Cat Hill roundabout in Cockfosters, back at the end of March.
The Covid-19 pandemic evolved very quickly and we just had enough time to put up our new banner before we had to leave the site. “Ubuntu” headlines this banner. This Nguni Bantu term is often translated as “I am because we are” or “humanity towards others”. For Chickenshed, it is the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.
We have always known that Chickenshed is so much more than a place. In the coming weeks and months we want to connect not only with those who know us well, but also with others to whom we would like to introduce ourselves. To achieve this we have launched #VirtualChickenshed. We are very excited to see how we can continue to grow our community and are actively discovering platforms from which we can continue to share our thoughts and ideas, as well as offering online access to a range of projects and activities. Our first virtual performance took place on Thursday 16th April, but if you missed it you can see the show at any time on our YouTube channel.
TalesTV’s debut show is exciting, silly and Blurgh-tastic! Blurgh (“the thing that goes blurgh”) is joined by his many friends for a programme that is perfect for children aged 0-6 years – and their grown-ups too, of course. Brought to you by our amazing ‘Tales from the Shed’ team, each episode will include something quite different. There will be stories, songs and an opportunity to learn a dance or some sign language.
Episodes are now being aired live each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am. If your children would like to get involved you can send in a photo or a video of a song, dance or maybe a puppet you have made, and we will try and get Blurgh to include them within one of our shows. Our email address is [email protected].
The run for our 2020 spring show – Waiting for the Ship to Sail – was unfortunately cut short when we closed our doors in March. We know there are so many people who didn’t get to see this beautiful show, which is why we have now put it on our YouTube channel so that everyone can!
We wish everyone the very best for the difficult weeks ahead. We will work on ways to get our art to you in a safe and sound way – please stay tuned.
Watch #VirtualChickenshed shows on YouTube: