For the last three years‎, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has had much success making Christmas shows for younger audiences in unusual settings. An adaptation of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ premiered at the National Trust’s Rainham Hall, and new story ‘Sparky the Elf and the Secret Toyshop’ in an empty shop unit at the Mercury Shopping Centre, before both transferred to the Theatre’s Rehearsal Space for extended runs in the subsequent year.

For December 2020, we’re looking to work with a company of professional theatre makers who have a new idea or existing show they’re looking to develop for this Christmas, to play in the Theatre’s Rehearsal Space.

We’re looking for a festive show suited to aged 4 – 7 year olds, with lots of non verbal content, and a cast of at least one! It should be as site specific and unusual as possible, making the most of the space, and be able to play two or three times a day for an audience of 40 – 60 children and parents each time, over several weeks.

We’ll provide a guaranteed fee for the run against agreed costs, production support with making a set and costumes, and designing lights and sound, rehearsal space, producing support if helpful, marketing, box office and FOH.

The ideal company would be experienced in making work for families and perhaps be able to bring some funding or resources to the project to help make ‎something very special that might have a future life too.

If you have an idea, please send in a short proposal about what you’d intend, with details‎ of relevant experience and an outline budget, to by Wednesday 29 April 2020. Once we’ve had a look at the proposals, we’ll then be in touch to discuss or feedback.

Thanks in advance for your brilliant festive ideas!

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