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Puppet Show to explore grief in aid of Winston’s Wish

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Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children, is looking forward to a family puppet show at Theatre N16 Balham, in London, which will help to raise much needed funds for the charity.

Wondering Hands, a theatre company, are set to host two performances of the ‘The Old Woman Made of Stardust’, in London this month. Proceeds from the shows will be donated to Winston’s Wish.

The company have a mission to explore difficult topics for children, young people and adults through puppetry. They hope that their performances can encourage communication between generations about these difficult subjects.

This year Wondering Hands have been working on a family show which explores how grief caused by bereavement can affect children and their families. Unsupported grief can have long-lasting effects on the physical and mental health of children.

The show will use puppetry, actors and original music to tell the difficult story of childhood bereavement. In the family show, a young girl called Lilly’s Gran dies. Lily goes on a journey of discovery; discovering loss, love and growing up.

The show’s writer and director Edie Edmundson was inspired by the letter her own Grandmother left her before she died. The letter explained what was about to happen to her Gran.

Two performances of the show will take place on the 27th of October in London’s Theatre N16 Balham. The Matinee performance will start at 3pm, whilst the Evening performance is at 7:30pm. Full price tickets are available at £12, whilst concession tickets are at a reduced price of £8.

Elizabeth Tomala, Community Fundraiser at www.WinstonsWish.org.uk, said:

“We’re delighted that Edie has chosen to support Winston’s Wish, especially as the theme of the show is close to our heart. The death of a close family member is the most devastating loss a child will ever face, with the right support at the right time; they can face the future with confidence and hope.
‘The Old Woman Made of Stardust’ addresses some important topics and hopes to encourage conversation about the difficult subject of grief.”

Edie Edmundson, Writer and Director of ‘The Old Woman Made of Stardust’, added:

“Winston’s Wish have been extraordinarily helpful in helping develop this show, and we’re excited to support them in continuing their wonderful work. We believe that puppetry is a powerful way to broach difficult topics, particularly with children, and we hope that ‘The Old Woman Made of Stardust’ can help start honest, open conversations about childhood bereavement. And conversations aside…we hope it will be magical show for children and their families!”

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