Live performance of Ruby’s Worry to be broadcast from the Tramshed Theatre to schools across London to explore early conversations about mental health and identity

To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday, 5 March 2020, Thrive LDN the citywide movement to improve mental health, will be live streaming an immersive storytelling performance of the children’s book Ruby’s Worry to all primary schools in London.

Every principal in London’s schools has received a letter inviting them to tune in and get the children involved in the interactive session aimed at 4-7-year olds, their parents/guardians and all education staff.

Ruby’s Worry features on the Reading Agency’s reading well booklist for children to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. The story, written by Tom Percival, produced by Discover Children’s Story Centre and Bloomsbury Publishing, is designed to help the readers to have early conversations about mental health and to build resilience and understanding from a young age.

Ruby’s Worry builds on the success of an original pilot designed around the story of Perfectly Norman from the same author which was a huge hit with children and adults.

The live performance will be professionally broadcast from the Tramshed Theatre, Greenwich at 2pm on Thursday, 5 March via the Thrive LDN website here.

Cllr. Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, will be attending the live performance. Also a former teacher, he is encouraging as many schools as possible to participate. He said:

“Children in London face a wide range of pressures, including stress at school, body image worries, bullying or feeling like they don’t fit in. It can be difficult for them to understand these feelings or to know how to ask for help if they’re struggling. Like any issues with health, early intervention is crucial.

“World Book Day provides the perfect opportunity for schools to spend part of the day focusing on resilience and the wellbeing of young students. The interactive session of Ruby’s Worry has the potential to help inspire children’s curiosity and imagination whilst also introducing them to a new way of talking about their feelings and experiences. It will also help adults, whether they are parents or teachers, find new ways and skills to start a conversation or offer support to a young child who might be struggling.”

Schools are being encouraged to broadcast the performance into classrooms or assembly halls via a live link, with a recommended group of up to 60 children aged 4-7 years old. The session will mix reading with craft work and previous participants including parents and teachers have said they found the sessions extremely helpful and enlightening.

If this sounds like something you would like you school or children to take part in, then register your interest via the following link and receive further information about the Discover Storytelling event.