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Creche set up in London fringe venue to support theatregoers with children

The Old Red Lion Theatre. Photo: Ewan Munro
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A theatre company is offering parents free childcare when they attend its latest production.

Anyone attending a Sunday matinee of Rachel Harper’s play Rattled at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre will be eligible for free childcare from agency Bea and Co. The organisation will also offer discounted childcare to audiences of evening shows.

Rattled explores childhood trauma and postnatal mental health, and is produced by Missmanaged Theatre Company.

On its website, the organisation says it wants to “make theatre a more accessible and welcoming space for parents with young children”.

“We have a special, cosy area in the theatre reserved just for the children, so while you’re seeing a brilliant new play and having a drink after with your friends, your kids will be downstairs having their own day out, supervised by the superb creative sitters of Bea and Co,” it says.

Harper said her play was inspired by a “heartbreaking confession about motherhood”.

“As a writer snd big advocate for mental health, I knew I had to share their story.” she said.

It runs from February 12 to March 2.

Last year, the Stephen Joseph Theatre piloted a creche to make the theatre more accessible.

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