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Drama 4 Change awarded £44,997 by BBC Children in Need

  We're delighted  to announce we’ve been awarded a grant of £44,997.00 over three years by BBC Children in Need. This grant will fund our drama group “Drama 4 Change” and help make a difference to the lives of children and young people facing disadvantage right here in Herefordshire.

We want to be able to reach out to young people in Herefordshire to those who would not normally access the arts due to social or financial disadvantage. “Drama 4 Change” will provide young people between the age of 10 years and 18 years with the skills, confidence and experience to feel positive about their futures whether its further education or a career. We want to help young people to realise their potential and to help them to reach their aspirations.

With the support of BBC Children in Need we will be able to provide young people with a free to attend drama group for 10-18-year-olds in Herefordshire. Drama 4 Change is led by professional drama practitioners who understand how engaging with Drama at a young age has the power to transform lives. The support from BBC Children in Need over the next three years will help us to make a difference and have a positive impact on young people’s wellbeing and self-esteem, providing young people with a platform to be creative, gain new skills and confidence whilst making new friends.
This support will help us to give young people a voice through issue-based drama, empowering them to educate others about issues that are important to young people and their communities.

Victoria Craig, Chairperson of The Cracked Slipper Company said; “We would not be able to reach out to the young people in Herefordshire without the support of BBC".
Children in Need. This grant will go on to change the lives of so many young people

Fantastic new project by The Cracked Slipper Company led and directed by Ant Stones


The Cracked Slipper Company is to perform and film a set of plays about gender​ Identity in Herefordshire.

A series of monologues will explore the local community’s experiences with gender identity to bring a wider awareness to this important issue. This work has been made possible by an award from Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The Cracked Slipper Company are to produce a series of short monologues about gender identity. A group of professional writers will conduct interviews with the local community, exploring different experiences from different generations and diverse backgrounds. The finished work will be performed by professional actors at a public venue and then filmed for online viewing to reach as wide an audience as possible.

Ant Stones, the project director, said: “We work with a lot of young people and regularly hear their views on all manner of subjects. They love using drama as a way to tackle important social issues and having their voice heard. Gender is one of the most important topics for their generation and we want to hear their voice and place it alongside the different views of different generations. We want to highlight the different opinions and experiences on this often hotly debated topic to create greater awareness, understanding and social unity.”

Following the project, The Cracked Slipper Company will be providing awareness raising workshops in the community, with the aim of further reducing inequality and bridging gaps in society. CSC are based within the 25% most deprived locations nationally. They provide a unique opportunity to those with barriers to participation in the arts whether socio economic, lack of confidence, disabilities, and marginalised groups in Hereford.

Victoria Craig, The Cracked Slipper Company founder, said: “This project is an opportunity for all sections of society to be heard, especially the marginalised members of the LGBTQ+ community. We hope these plays will provide a cross generational understanding around important issues and create a supportive and cohesive community. The Cracked Slipper Company would like to thank The Postcode Local Trust. We received £16,987.00 from the Trust to make this project possible.”

CSC are planning to perform the plays in Spring 2024. The filmed versions will be released shortly after. For more information on the company, please visit their website.



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Congratulations to our home The Kindle Centre for receiving The Kings Award

We were surprised and delighted to receive an award at The Kindle Centre's AGM and Big Celebration. What an inspiring event, the Kindle Centre do so much to support the local community, much more than many of us might know about. Well done to the Cracked Slipper team for all their fantastic work with our amazing young people and thank you to all at the Kindle Centre for the support and recognition

Some of the Pictures from our end of year show 2023. With Little Slippers, Drama 4 Change and Centre Stage.

Little Slippers started in September 2023.  Thanks To Little Lives Uk


The Cracked Slipper Company Supported The Fit and Fed programme at
Hinton Community Centre during The Summer Holidays.


Thanks to The National Lottery funding we now have a Community Co Ordinator Susan Brace.

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