Theatre company and HOLG share centre stage

Photo credit: Kevin Ralph

A 35-year-old book is on stage this week in Canterbury – and Holding On Letting Go HOLG is providing an after-show craft session for the young theatre-goers.

Badger’s Parting Gifts is being performed by inter:Collective Theatre at The Kentish Barn, Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday 24 October at 10.30am and 1pm.

The Company came to us seeking a partnership, because of the unique and specialist bereavement support we offer to families across Kent.

Written by Susan Varley in 1983, it’s an award-winning book about losing a loved one – and how to hold onto precious memories whilst letting go of the sad ones; mirroring how we support the bereaved children we support.

It follows the story of a group of woodland animals who experience the death of their dear friend Badger, who has died because of old age.
But he starts to prepare them before he dies, teaching them to remember special things about him.
He teaches Frog to ice-skate, makes cookies with Rabbit and Mole finds out how to make paperchains.

Just like our bereavement weekends, through their grief, they re-live their most loved memories and remember all of the wonderful things Badger taught them.
Their retellings remind us of the ‘forever’ gifts our loved ones leave behind.

Straight after each show, our volunteers will be running a craft workshop to make paperchains, decorate gingerbread biscuits, create hand-puppets and also to make memory boxes.

Our CEO Caroline Ford, said: “The theatre company came to us asking if we could partner with them and we jumped at the chance – it’s a book we recommend to the families we support.
“The company allowed us a sneak peek at their preview show when they performed it over in Bapchild, so we invited families we already work with and also some who ware waiting to join us for the bereavement weekends to come along. It’s such a wonderful show and so aligned to what we do for the children we work with.
“We hope they do well in Canterbury this week – break a leg!”

You can still book tickets to this week’s show and join the free craft session straight after.
Tickets are:
Adult: £8
Child: £5
Family: £20 (2 adult, 2 children / 1 adult, 3 children)