On 21 June, patients at Oxford Children’s Hospital and their parents were treated to a very special performance of Oxford Playhouse’s production of ‘The History of Everything’.
‘The History of Everything’ is a fun-packed theatre show that brings history to life with a bubbling mix of storytelling, comedy, music, puppets and more. Many of the patients at the hospital are struggling with long-term illness, and the performance provided much-needed respite and a chance for the children to giggle, laugh and learn.
Caron Houchen, Teacher at Oxfordshire Hospital School said: “As a school, we are always looking for high quality, creative experiences that our students can engage with. For many of the young people we teach at Oxfordshire Hospital School, opportunities to visit the theatre are few and far between, so we are so grateful to the Playhouse for bringing their latest show to us.”
Eleanor Jones, Head of Fundraising at Oxford Hospitals Charity added: “We are hugely grateful to our friends at the Playhouse for making the performance possible. Oxford Children’s Hospital Charity is here to make a difference to young patients and their families, so we are delighted that the Playhouse could take us time-travelling with them!”
This summer ‘The History of Everything’ is touring to schools and communities for free in the Oxford Playhouse Pop Up Tent. Funds for the tour were raised through a fundraising evening in the Tent on 22 June, pitched at the beautiful Fellows Garden at Exeter College. Guests enjoyed an even shorter version of ‘The History of Everything’ (the entire history of the world in just 15 minutes!). The actress Pam St Clement also attended and said a few words reflecting on the importance of theatre and the arts to children’s education. In total the event raised over £12,000 in support of the Playhouse Tent’s summer tour and the performance at the hospital.
Louise Chantal, CEO at Oxford Playhouse said: “The Oxford Playhouse Pop Up Tent tours free theatre and arts activity to schools and communities across Oxfordshire, ensuring that all children, no matter what their circumstances, have a chance to be inspired by theatre and share a community experience together. So far this year, the Tent has toured all over the county, playing to nearly 2000 children already this summer.”
You can catch ‘The History of Everything’ at various venues around Oxfordshire in July. Visit www.OxfordPlayhouse.com for full details.