Its objects are:
Flippin' Eck has links with Aids orphan projects in Africa through the Jesuit Missions, that has an excellent track record of delivering projects on the ground in Africa.
Flippin’ Eck Children’s Musicals was set up by Linda Kirby, ex-primary school special needs co-ordinator, local councillor and writer for the Colour House Children's Theatre. All the materials, with the exception of Curriculum Links, were written by Linda.
Linda Kirby decided to take the musicals that she had written over the last 30 years as a teacher and share them with other schools and drama clubs. She also wanted to financially support children orphaned by HIV/Aids in Africa.
Linda says: “Self-esteem and confidence can improve dramatically when children are given the chance to perform. That special moment, when a child gets a chance to shine, will be remembered by them for the rest of their lives. That’s how important it is.
Her first musical – Our Daily Bread - was written for her daughter and friends for a puppet show. They had such a good time with it that she got a bit bolder and wrote one for her primary school. Since then Linda has written 11 musicals for children to perform, 13 for adults to perform to children and 8 adult shows, two that were performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and several staged at Abbeyfest Theatre, Merton.
"In 2005, I wrote Nelson’s Paradise Merton for nine schools in Merton to perform at the New Wimbledon Theatre to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Nelson’s death. The project included Wimbledon School of Art doing the scenery, the Merton Music Foundation directing the choir of 200 children and Polka Children’s Theatre directing the drama. The musical was a terrific success."
Inspired by all this and having written all this material, it seemed a shame not to share it. So Linda took early retirement from teaching to set up a Community Interest Company. This is a non-commercial community organisation, with inexpensive, user friendly, no jargon materials.
2014 Statistics show that Zimbabwe had the fifth highest HIV prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa at 15%. 1.4 million people were living with HIV including 170,000 children, equating to 4% of the global total. 890,000 children were orphaned due to AIDS. All performance licence fee monies are donated to African HIV/Aids children’s charities.
"Hundreds of children have enjoyed taking part in or watching these musicals. My aims are: to share the pleasure I have had working with these materials with other teachers so that their children can blossom as well; to raise awareness of the problems facing children with HIV/Aids in Africa; and to encourage schools to link to projects in Africa and develop relationships with these communities, directly.”
Cover designs: Leah Johnson, Richard Roberts & Joe Morgan
Gary Farmer – Logo
Curriculum Links: Geraldine Stanford
Links with AIDS orphans: Paul Chitnis and Ashleigh Callow of the Jesuits Mission, Wimbledon www.jesuitmissions.org.uk.
Musical Scores: Transcribing – Paul Campbell and Tom Carradine
Moral support and a constant listening ear: Andrew Judge