Little Angel Theatre’s new production explores issues around children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Prince Charming re-imagines a traditional fairy tale character as a child who experiences anxiety and struggles to get out of bed to save his kingdom. The production introduces the idea of children’s wellbeing to an audience of parents, teachers and children themselves; and explores helpful and hopeful ways of dealing with fears and worries.

Little Angel Theatre have partnered with fellow local charity Place2Be, supporting their initiative Children’s Mental Health Week, which coincides with the launch of the production. Now in its fifth year, Children’s Mental Health Week aims to shine a spotlight on the importance of children’s and young people’s mental health. The theme of this year’s week is Healthy: Inside and Out, and the charity hopes to encourage young people to think about how they can look after their minds as well as their bodies.

Place2Be provide resources for teachers, parents and carers to explore the themes of Children’s Mental Health Week, which will be signposted to those who come to see Prince Charming. As well as the production itself, Little Angel Theatre will also be providing wrap around activities on the theme of mental health including a teacher’s INSET on 4 February which will focus on how puppetry can be used to help children explore their emotions.

Peta Swindall, Executive Director of Little Angel Theatre, said:

“We are delighted to be working alongside Place2Be, who undertake such important work with children and young people across the country and in our local area. We hope that as many children as possible, in Islington and beyond, engage with this important topic – whether it be through discussions at home or in school, Place2Be’s fantastic events and resources, or a trip to the theatre.”

Launching Children’s Mental Health Week and its theme for 2019 ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’, Catherine Roche, CEO of Place2Be, said:

“At least three children in every class have a diagnosable mental health issue, and many more worry about everyday concerns from school exams to family life. Place2Be is supporting teachers and parents with advice on how sensible sleep habits, eating well and exercise help children cope with daily worries.”

Prince Charming is aimed at children ages 6-11 and runs from 8 February – 7 April 2019. You can find out more about the production here.

Children’s Mental Health Week runs from 4-10 February 2019. You can find out more about the initiative here.