The Cracked Slipper Company started over two years ago as a project run by volunteers. Volunteers decided to put on a pantomime to cheer up the local community whilst raising some money for two charitable causes Strong young Minds and SHYPP. The cast of the pantomime consisted of a diverse mix of age groups, backgrounds, and abilities with a real cross generational feel of support and community cohesion. The original intention was a one-off pantomime, but It soon became clear after our first Pantomime that our community wanted more, and the members of the group had formed a connection and support group and of course the need was there, and The Cracked Slipper Company was born.
The Cracked Slipper Company put on their second Pantomime in 2019 with three sold out performances. The cast was growing in size and for a lot of our cast members the weekly rehearsals and the social aspect was a much-needed support, combating social isolation and loneliness especially amongst some of the older cast members. But what also became obvious was that more than half of the cast were under 25 years of age and had not had an opportunity to access the arts due to social and economic factors, lack of confidence or just not been given the chance in school before joining the Cracked Slipper Company. We realised that to make a difference we needed to develop as an organisation and support the people who needed our help and to do this we needed to become a registered charity.
In 2020 we became a registered charity CIO and after consultation with groups, services, charities and other organisations in Herefordshire we planned our strategy and how best to move forward.