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The Seashell Stew

A Festive Show in a Box for Families to Enjoy at Home
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Step into our show box and discover a seaside town where nothing much happens and everyone likes to keep to themselves, until one day…


With original art-work, sound design and music, The Seashell Stew brings a little bit of theatre magic into your home. Enjoy a screen-free family experience with this craft box meets paper theatre meets radio play.


Snuggled inside, you will find everything you need to create your own festive family show including a storyteller! Cut out and colour the puppets and set from this heart-warming story, listen to The Seashell Stew and act along or create your own version.

The Seashell Stew was created thanks to the generous support of the Loveday Family Grassroots Endowed Fund and the Albert Burns Children’s Trust, both administered by Kent Community Foundation. We would also like to thank Touchstones Rochdale, The Met, The Boo and Arts Depot for their support.

How Does it Work?

Who is is for?

This show in a box is recommended for children aged 5 – 10 and their families.

It is not recommended for children under 4 as the box contains sharp objects (scissors and a pencil sharpener).

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What's in the box?

In the box, you will find everything you need to enjoy an audio play and create your own paper theatre:

  • 1 token to listen to the 20 min audio play (card with link to listen to it) and a link to download the script

  • 5 x A4 cards with cut out puppets, costume and set

  • 1 sheet of tissue paper

  • 1 pair of scissors

  • 1 box of colouring pencils and watercolour

  • 1 glue stick

  • 1 pencil sharpener

  • 1 card with explanation

What other families thought

When will we receive the boxes?

To book your show in a box, click on the BOOK link on this page. All bookings made before Mon 14 Dec will be sent out by first class post on Friday 18th Dec at the latest. Bookings made after Mon 14 December will be sent out within 3 workings days.

Please make sure that your Paypal delivery address is correct and up to date.

How much is it?

This is a "Pay What You Can” activity to make it affordable to all our audience. You can choose to pay £9.90, £14.90 or £19.90.
The recommended donation for this show in a box is £14.90 to cover the full cost of creating the box and postage. We are a not for profit company, so anything you can give extra will go directly towards more work participatory work for families and more paid work for artists.
Pay What You decide is entirely up to you and you’ll receive the same box whatever you decide to pay.
If you would like a box but any donation would put you in a financial difficulty, please get in touch and we will send you a list of organisations donating the Show Boxes to families struggling this winter.
How many boxes do I need?
You only need to book one box per family.
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What families thought of our previous Show Box:

"It is a really lovely programme, it helped us reconnect with each other and listen to each other and work together towards a common goal. I think it also helped us adults to slow down a bit and for the children to experience the value in helping others-it works to make everyone feel happier, not just the person who receives!”

“It was a fun, interactive, quirky and thought provoking way of engaging with the arts remotely during Covid.”

"I like to try and weave a bit of magic into my daughter’s world. She was fully engaged from the start and the experience was both exciting and thought provoking."

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