The Accidental Show started in January 2021 with the announcement of the UK’s third lockdown. It began as a creative workshop to give children a break from online school learning but soon we had an audience far too big for a workshop. It was time to become a show.

What makes The Accidental Show special is that it is on Zoom. Because you can see other members of the audience and the guests can see you, it’s the closest you can get to a live, festival or theatre experience. Even better, the whole show is LIVE. As you watch you can genuinely feel like you are connected to other people and part of something special.

Because it’s on Zoom, pretty much everyone has their microphone muted. This means your children can hum, draw, sing, dance, paint, do whatever they like, be as loud as they like without distracting our performers or anyone else.

The show lasts for one hour and is every Saturday morning. Tickets are £5 but because we are nice people and these are crazy times, payment is entirely voluntary. If you receive free school meals or if you are an NHS frontline worker then your tickets are free. Also, if your life has been turned upside down by Covid and you can’t afford to pay then please don’t. Please pay it forward in a few years time.

For a zoom invitation to the show please say hello to us via the contact page.

James Campbell hosts the show every week. James is a children’s comedian and author. You might know him from his Comedy 4 Kids shows and his books The Funny Life of Pets; The Funny Life of Sharks; The Funny Life of Teachers; and Write Your Own Funny Stories. All these books are published by Bloomsbury.

Our guests are different each week but are a mixture of authors, illustrators, musicians and comedians who are suitable for children! Regular guests include CBBC Kirsten O’Brien who shows us how to craft something new from rubbish and sticky tape.

Our guests so far have included Chris Riddell, Karl Hyde, Adam Stower, Stewart Foster, Lisa Thompson, Jo Nadin, Zeb Soanes, James Mayhew, Rob Jones, Swappna Haddow and Katherine Rundell. To find out who is on this week, please check out our social media, details of which are on our contact page.

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