We create uplifting children’s shows and workshops using physical theatre, musical instruments, mime, puppetry, and clowning. We share these performances with underprivileged children in international areas of deprivation and high refugee intake.

Since 2012, Wind-Up Penguin shows have sparked the imagination of over 45,000 children in refugee camps, shelters, hospitals, orphanages, slums, prisons, isolated schools, and special needs organisations.

We are professionally-trained London-based musicians and actors. We are building a movement of altruistic and generous performers, using our craft to make a difference in the humanitarian sector.

Why we matter

States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.‘ Article 31, UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.

We reach children who have little to no access to live music and theatre, collaborating closely with inspirational NGOs who provide primary relief. We recognise the considerable benefits that music and theatre have on the development and well-being of these vulnerable young people. One creative experience can inspire a young person for a lifetime.

“The Wind-Up Penguin are a group of highly motivated students who are really interested in charity work. They produce really dazzling and colorful productions to entertain children throughout the world.” Jonathan Vaughan – Head of Music at the Guildhall School

Performance at the Clineci school, Romania, December 2012