Peppa Pig Live!

Peppa Pig and her friends are bringing their new live show to Lincoln next month.

Appearing at the New Theatre Royal, the celebrity sow will be starring in Peppa Pig’s Adventure on June 13th and 14th, 2018.

Children’s theatre team Fiery Light promise there will be lots of songs and heaps of fun alongside Peppa’s exciting trip to the woods with George and her school friends including Pedro Pont, Suzy Sheep and Gerald.

Listening to the rain on canvas whilst they’re safe and warm inside their tents, the excited group look forward to morning when there will be lots of muddy puddles to play in.

With interactive fun, songs and games, the show is recommended for pre-schoolers aged 3+. 

On Wednesday, June 13th, shows are at 1pm and 4pm and on Thursday, June 14th, shows are at 10am and 1pm.  Adult tickets are £18, under 16s are £16 and family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are £64.

Find out more at www.peppapiglive.com or New Theatre Royal or call 01522 519999.

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Making the opportunity to be represented

Our gorgeous Faith is privileged to be represented by specialist talent agents Zebedee Management.  The amazing stories of Faith’s fellow models are usually the focus of the agency’s promotions but this weekend, as they celebrate 18 months of success, the spotlight is being shone behind the scenes on Zebedee’s inspirational directors, Zoe Proctor and Laura Johnson.  Here Zoe gives us an insight into their story so far…

ZM1Both Laura and I have a background in working with young people and adults with disabilities and additional needs and the media industry too.

Laura is a qualified social worker and mummy of a child model and I’m a qualified FE lecturer, specialising in teaching performing arts to people with disabilities, I have also worked as a model myself for over 20 years.

Laura and I came up with the idea for ZM on a winter walk on the beach. I remember being so frustrated at the lack of opportunities my very talented performers have.

It really was a lightbulb moment… we realised that if no one else is going to look to champion disability diversity in fashion and the media, and create opportunities for people with disabilities in this industry, then we will!

As directors we oversee the whole of the agency, from working with clients, booking artists and scouting for new talent, and working hard to get our name out there and ensuring the bookings are coming in for our talent.

We are a social enterprise, so another important part of our work is developing a community for our members, providing training and development opportunities and developing awareness campaigns.

Working with those who have disabilities means we have a responsibility to them beyond their bookings. We take extra time to work closely with clients, artists, parents, carers and service providers to build a transparent, trusting relationship and to manage the expectations of everyone involved. We put in a huge amount of time and energy into ensuring their talent is supported and protected throughout the casting and creative process. We attend shoots to alleviate anxiety, hold workshops to better understand vulnerabilities and strengths, build confidence and support the families with community social media groups.

ZM2We have a long way to go but our passion and drive has only grown and grown and to think we have helped some incredible people realise their dreams makes us so proud.

The support we have been receiving recently is wonderful too – Emma Gardner from ELVIS ad agency says: “ I want to talk about the unsung heroes, the two women that helped cast the recent models you have been seeing in some huge campaigns, two women that are doing brilliant work in driving real change behind the scenes.
Zoe and Laura founders of Zebedee Management, a specialist model and talent agency working with, and for, people with disabilities and difficulties in this brutal industry. With a unique and incredibly important USP, their clear company ethos is both impressive and humbling.”

Our models say:

“The experiences I’ve had from being a part of Zebedee have been life changing. They have given me not only a sense of belonging but also body empowerment and a better positive outlook on not only my looks but my opportunities in the future. I use a wheelchair and they do not see it as a problem but a part of who I am and they embrace it. Which has helped me embrace it too. It has completely changed my life for the better and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us all. Thank you.”

“Gabriel has gained confidence in front of others. His concentration and listening skills have increased. He enjoys being in front of the cameras, but doesn’t just do his own thing now. He can follow direction with increased understanding and he is less dependent on us (parents).  As a family we are proud to be part of team Zebedee, we feel valued and very much that the team know us as a family.”

“Zebedee has given me purpose and self confidence to be who I am! I feel comfortable with myself and my disability which I saw as something that held me back, but not anymore, I can see a future for myself. I LOVE TEAM ZEBEDEE!! It couldn’t be run by two better people!”

 

We are now 18 months old and the company is still in its infancy but momentum is truly gathering, we have now had models booked for nearly all of the major high street brands, including the groundbreaking River Island campaign, Marks and Spencer’s, Mothercare and Matalan. We have had models featured in Hunger magazine by Rankin, walking in London Fashion Week, starring in several of the big soap dramas and loads more bookings by forward thinking companies.

We work tirelessly to make a positive change not just for our models lives but to a world wide audience in the hope we can breakdown barriers and see a more inclusive representation of differently abled people in the media and fashion worlds, to normalise what is possibly the last taboo.

Find out more at www.zebedeemanagement.co.uk
Follow #teamzebedee on Instagram

Charity begins at nursery

SR1bDid you feel the world wobble last month?

We assured Willow that her and her fellow nursery-goers’ efforts to jellify the planet reached at least as far as where we were in the city.

The pre-schoolers were jumping, twirling, wobbling, bouncing and more all in aid of Sport Relief which gave both Willow and her brother at his school the chance to don their athletic attire and have sporty fun in aid of charity.

With many fundraisers such as 5Ks and 10Ks beyond the stride of little ones it’s lovely that new initiatives are being designed specifically for younger children too as their enthusiasm will more than match any daddy long legs.

Missed Sports Relief?  Don’t worry, there’s still lots more fun to get involved with.

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Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children
April 23-29, 2018
The money raised by muddy puddle splashers will help save children’s lives all over the world.  Save the Children believes “that every last child should get the chance to learn, play and grow up happy and healthy – no matter where they’re born”.

giantwiggleThe Giant Wiggle for Action for Children
May 7-13, 2018
Wriggly wigglers can be inspired by the Very Hungry Caterpillar and raise money to help Action for Children support vulnerable children all across the UK.

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Heroes month in June 2018 or your choice of date
The superhero walk raising money for premature and sick babies is calling for families, schools and clubs across the country to dress up and walk in celebration of a little hero as well as supporting the 95,000 babies born needing hospital care this year.

ToddleWaddleToddle Waddle Week for Meningitis Now
June 4-10, 2018
Help fight meningitis by taking a wonderful waddle with your little ones.  All children can take part whether they are in a pushchair, wheelchair, crawling, waddling or walking.  There’s no minimum distance and, if the Toddle Waddle Week isn’t well timed for you, then you can also choose your own date.

BigToddleThe Big Toddle for Barnardo’s
June 18-24, 2018
The Teletubbies are the celebrity faces for this “little sponsored walk for little people”.  As well as the toddle you could also hold a Teletubbies picnic or bake sale to raise funds too.

DenDayDen Day for Save the Children
Your choice of date
Another fundraising challenge from Save the Children, you can now build your den and get sponsored to sleep the night in it on whatever date suits you best.  Get creative, spend time with the family and raise money to help “children growing up in some of the toughest places in the world”.

Do you know of any other fundraising challenge specifically designed for little ones to take part in?

What the ladybird wore

World Book Day 2018

wbdlogoThe wintry weather experienced in the UK at the beginning of March threatened to make Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman the most popular costume for this year’s World Book Day celebrations.

However, the depth of the white stuff meant schools and nurseries were shut and the literary-inspired day postponed.

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My little ladybird in March 2017

Willow wasn’t attending her nursery on the day of their rescheduled Alice in Wonderland tea party although she’d previously helped to make some of the heart decorations.

Luke’s school saved their crumpets and hot chocolate for the following week too, highlighting the pleasure and importance of bedtime stories, but that meant he merely needed to don his pyjamas for the day rather than choose a costume even though I’d saved last year’s just in case.

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My little ladybird in March 2018

So it was left up to Faith on this occasion to fulfil mummy’s desire to dress up at least one of her children on a semi-regular basis.

And just look how much my little ladybird has grown!

On the verge of sitting independently, she still rocks a red and black outfit at any angle and I think Julia Donaldson’s rhyming tales will be a staple of storytimes in our house for many years to come.

But will I be able to find a ladybird costume in her size next year?

Behind the Scars

A photographic project by Sophie Mayanne

Scars are very rarely made the focus of a camera lens, let alone in a positive light.

But one photographer aiming to adjust our gaze to these natural signs of healing is Sophie Mayanne.

Her Behind the Scars project aims to celebrate the beauty of these apparent flaws – “a badge of victory in a fight, recovery from an accident or illness, a long awaited ‘fix’ Behind the Scars is a celebration of beauty, of flaws, of battles won and obstacles overcome.  It is about survival, living beyond that and capturing the memories” – and to provide a platform for the stories that accompany them and the people they adorn.

And what stories she has uncovered!  A quick glance at her Instagram account and you are welcomed into worlds of treatment of congenital conditions, fighting life-threatening illnesses, suffering severe burns, overcoming issues with self-harm, recovering from traffic accidents, the results of acts of violence and even survival from a gas explosion.  Along with all their individual roads to self acceptance.

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Photo: Sophie Mayanne #BehindTheScars

We are honoured that, through her involvement with Zebedee Management, Faith has had the opportunity to take part in #behindthescars and her photograph and experiences featured alongside all these stunning stories.

The youngest person so far to take part in #behindthescars, this is what we wrote for her.

“Faith had open heart surgery when she was nine months old.  That part of her life story will be forever written on her skin by the keloid zipper scar that is still healing, even though she is now already one year old.

“When she was recovering in Glenfield Hospital, Mummy was speaking to one of the cardiac nurses about Faith being signed up by Zebedee Management, who asked if they would show her scar.

“#BehindTheScars means we can now tell her that they’re not just showing it, but celebrating it.  Celebrating it as a testament to that nurse’s loving care, and the immense skills of her colleagues, and Faith’s strength and determination.

“It represents all of the extra love and joy her brother, sister, Mummy and Daddy will experience by having her in their lives for longer.

“It is beautiful, because she is beautiful.

“Currently we’d like it to just finish healing so she can get back to splashing in the bath, and on with the next stage of her development.  In time it might help her connect with people who have had similar experiences to her – in the same way her Down’s Syndrome has led us to discover a fabulous community offering a very warm, friendly welcome.

“But right now, Faith just thinks it’s a bit itchy.”

Visit Sophie’s website at http://sophie-mayanne.com/ and her Instagram account at www.instagram.com/sophiemayanne/ 

Daddy Malpi has a scar on his hand from a knife cut that happened when he was working as a butcher whilst studying at university.  Mummy has a scar under her chin when she slipped and fell in one of her primary school classrooms, one on the back of one hand where some medication burnt her skin and a c-section scar from the emergency procedure that welcomed our eldest mini into the world.

What part of your story is written on your skin?

Stepping into the spotlight

In the spring of 2017, at just a few months old, Faith was signed by new talent agency Zebedee Management.

As well as obviously having impeccable taste, the two driving forces behind the company – Laura Johnson and Zoe Proctor – are truly inspirational.  Building a business from scratch in a notoriously difficult industry, with the aim to increase the representation of people with disabilities in fashion and the media, in just their first year they have already helped their talent work with such household names as Disney, the BBC, River Island, Matalan and Mothercare.

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Photos by Chris Waud, Go!Photo

Being such a mini model, Faith requires regular updates to her portfolio to capture how quickly she’s growing and changing.  She missed the last regional group photoshoot when her heart operation was suddenly brought forward so we were really grateful when Lincolnshire photographer Chris Waud offered Zebedee models the chance for a portfolio update in his Market Rasen studio.

As you can see, she had a great time and Chris managed to capture a cheeky glint in her eye too.

He also won over Faith’s big brother and sister who never need much encouragement to perform for the lens and wanted to get in on the act too.

I know I’m slightly biased but I think they all scrub up rather nicely!

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To book a Zebedee model or find out more about who they represent, visit the agency’s website at www.zebedeemanagement.co.uk and follow #teamzebedee on Instagram.  

Celebrating 40 years of adventurous fun

Belton House adventure playground

When you become a parent one of the things you look forward to is sharing the highlights of your own childhood with your children.

For Daddy Malpi many of those special memories were the trips he made to the adventure playground at Belton House near Grantham.  Fast forward two or three decades and he has already taken the minis on numerous trips to the National Trust’s playground which was extensively renovated three years ago.

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Photo: National Trust

And now that playground is about to celebrate 40 years of making memories for all its visitors.

Opened by Peter Purves on Easter Sunday in 1978, the Blue Peter presenter will be returning to the outdoor site four decades later to help mark its anniversary.

His appearance will be part of a full day of play on Thursday, March 29th, including puppet shows, children’s outdoor theatre, bush-craft activities and face painting and more to kick-start this year’s Easter holiday.

The playground, originally called Jungleland because of its woodland setting, was created by the Brownlow family who owned the estate until 1984.  Today it is the National Trust’s largest outdoor adventure playground, offering challenging play in the woodland setting that’s made it such a well-loved destination for generations of families.  

The playground is open from 9.30am every day, closing only on Christmas Day. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply.  For more information, please  visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house