Claire Hainstock, founder of Acting the Party receiving their #sbs award from Theo Paphitis
Why did you design/make these games?
Why we love it
- Stories for kids to act to
- Structured play
- Themed party games
- Home enviroment
- Manageable numbers
- Saves money
- Kids love it!
Why you will too
…and so too your children. If you’d like a party at home, not just to save money but to be able to watch your child interact with their friends and have fun this is for you. Cool party games with the structure of something fun to do between the games. No chaos or mess and something just a little different. Plus, of course, to save a small fortune.
We hope you enjoy our parties, we think they’re ace, and very high quality, so they do take a while to produce. If you’re waiting for a new theme expect to be playing it with your teenager, they take us a long while because we want them to be the best they can. However, we can reveal the next party will be… eventually… an adventure based in Space!
Small Awards Finalist 2017
Claire with Graham Seed whilst working at The Voiceover Gallery studios in Manchester.
Who we are
I’m Claire, and this is my husband is Chris. Chris and I, like many parents were not too keen on kids parties.
When our children were little we found them stressful, messy and loud. They were also outrageously expensive; we were stunned at the cost of the entertainment.
However, we also appreciated how much fun the children found them.
I decided I would try and find a new approach. My daughter loved a mystery party she’d had, but the reading was a bit of a struggle for all of them. How could I keep the good bits of a party – the fun, party games and giggles and chuck out the mad, bad, messy and chaotic bits? After a lot of thought I remembered how much I loved putting on little shows as a child and my kids were just the same. I then also remembered I had another asset, my husband!
With 24+ years of experience at the BBC, Chris had worked in editing and knew everything I would need to know about editing sound. So I set about writing a unique script for children – not to read aloud, but to listen and act to. Stories that would help their imaginations, give them help in miming and to include party games and mystery solving. It was then a case of finding the very best narrators, recording and editing (with just a little help from Chris) to make it as professional as I possibly could.
The first attempt was unleashed on our children – it lasted 3 hours, (we’ve learnt a lot since then) they had a thoroughly enjoyable time and so did we! So have many children and parents since. That’s what we LOVE about children’s parties, seeing kids have a really super time and knowing we’ve saved time and money. We hope you like them too, please let us know what you think, we’re always trying to improve and think of new themes for the future. Some of the best ideas have come from our customers, children and parents alike and we really appreciate your input.
Claire has done a variety of jobs. Working in Special Effects at the BBC for 12 years, much of it in children’s entertainment. As a DT technician in a girls school and at a garden centre. She is currently a part-time SEN teaching assistant, and all round good egg.
Chris worked as a film editor at the BBC for over 24 years. He is currently a senior lecturer at Lincoln University in Media Production. An all round good egg, but bigger.
Some of my highlights
However, we’re still hoping to make some new awesome themes, here’s a few ideas:
- Space adventure
- Under the Sea
Well, I’m currently writing a new script… then it’ll need narrating, editing, game accessories designed, packaging…
Being with family and friends, dog walking, listening to audio dramas, reading, gardening, tweeting, working… loving life.
Producer and owner of Acting the Party – former BBC Visual (Special) Effects designer and assistant. I cleared a lot of gunge on children’s shows and made Baldrick’s turnip as seen at the end of Blackadder. Lover of audio drama and dog walker extraordinaire. Sometimes, with a podcast, on the Lincolnshire hills (yes, there are some) I will combine the two.
Because I didn’t think I had enough to do I am currently enjoying working part-time as a (SEN) Teaching Assistant at a local Secondary School.