Here’s your chance to see your writ­ing per­formed on stage! Ev­ery year, Chickenshed puts on an ac­tion-packed Christ­mas Tales show, with lots of singing, danc­ing and fes­tive fun. This year, they’re look­ing for a ta­lented

First News reader to write a sec­tion of the show for them!

The sec­tion they’d like you to write is based on the fa­mous Charles Dick­ens story A Christ­mas Carol. In Dick­ens’ orig­i­nal story, a ghost (called the Ghost Of Christ­mas Yet To Come) re­veals a fu­ture that doesn’t look too good for the main char­ac­ter, Scrooge… but, in this fun-filled ver­sion, the fu­ture should be bright! Chickenshed would like the Ghost Of Christ­mas Yet To Come to bring news about all the pos­i­tive things that could hap­pen in the fu­ture – so let your imag­i­na­tion go wild!

Here’s a brief guide to what Chickenshed is look­ing for:

Rhyming verse A pos­i­tive mes­sage

Eight verses min­i­mum, 16 verses max­i­mum Suit­able for all chil­dren, from ba­bies up­wards!

The win­ner will be de­cided by a panel of judges from Chickenshed and

First News, in­clud­ing Pete Dowse, Chickenshed’s Cre­ative Pro­ducer of Chil­dren’s Per­for­mances, and Keilly Swift, Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor of First News and au­thor of rhyming pic­ture book The Tigon and the Liger. Pete says: “The Christ­mas Tales shows are about the power of imag­i­na­tion and paint­ing pic­tures with words, so be as wild and cre­ative as you like and we can put it on stage!” …AND SEE THE SHOW WITH YOUR WHOLE CLASS

The win­ner will be in­vited to see a Christ­mas Tales show with their whole class! Please note that trans­port costs are not in­cluded, so to see the show the win­ning class will need to get to Chickenshed Theatre or the Dug­dale Cen­tre in Lon­don. WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

Chickenshed is also team­ing up with Fun Kids ra­dio to pro­duce a Christ­mas Tales pod­cast, so the win­ner’s work will also ap­pear on the ra­dio. Wow!

What are you wait­ing for? Get your imag­i­na­tion in gear and get writ­ing! Why not ask your teacher if you can do this as a class ac­tiv­ity?


Your en­try should be sub­mit­ted by your class teacher (in­clud­ing your name and age and the name of your school) to Chickenshed Christ­mas Tales, First News, First Floor, 58 South­wark Bridge Road, Lon­don, SE1 0AS or email

win@first­ with ‘Chickenshed Christ­mas Tales’ as the sub­ject. Al­ter­na­tively, en­tries can be made from home (see below). The dead­line for en­tries is 31 Oc­to­ber 2018.

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