Chickenshed are hugely excited to announce that current Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell will be joining 9 year old Chickenshed participant Jude Holland  to live draw throughout our Dreams of Freedom performance in June. 

With their brilliant illustrations projected to the entire Royal Albert Hall, Chris and Jude will have a live visual conversation responding to the themes that come out of the performance such as freedom, imagination, fear and taking action. Throughout the show the audience will get the opportunity see the pair creating and responding through visual art, building to a series of original and spontaneous illustrations of what they and the entire audience are seeing on the stage.

Chris Riddell has worked extensively with Amnesty International and is one of the illustrators featured in the Amnesty book Dreams of Freedom, which provided the inspiration for this amazing project. Jude started drawing his own cartoons aged four, and is also Chris’s number one fan. Chris and Jude met for the first time this week, sharing stories and sketchbooks as well as joining a rehearsal for the show. ‘I think we’ll make a good team’ said Chris, to which Jude wholeheartedly agreed!

Dreams of Freedom (the performance) is the culmination of over 18 months of research and rehearsal, giving voice to the words of children from, amongst others, refugee and migrant groups, young carers, and paediatric patients at Great Ormond Street.

As Creative Producer James Dunbar expresses, ‘We gave the children the book and got them talking about freedom, human rights, how they see the world and what would make it a better place.’ A Chickenshed creative team then took these ideas into different state, independent and SEN schools to allow hundreds more children to input their ideas of freedom into the final script, 600 of whom will be performing together on 26 June at the Royal Albert Hall

With original music and lyrics, Dreams of Freedom is set to be a truly spectacular celebration of human rights for everyone.