The Christmas Show Online

by Abbi Burns in Derby, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 4th October 2021 we successfully raised £12,976 with 367 supporters in 367 days

COVID-19 has caused the cancellation of all our events & shows this year. We want to end the year on a high with The Christmas Show Online!

by Abbi Burns in Derby, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target


A stretch target is so exciting because what it does is allows us to think past 2020. Something that we have been terrified to do all year!

Our original target means that we can make it to the end of 2020 having given our performers a pay check, and having put on The Christmas Show Online. It means that our present situation is looking good and we, as a company, can do everything we can to bring an awesome show to our audiences.

It means that if we do lose our business, we went out on a high!

Hitting our stretch target would be beyond a dream come true because it would mean two things…

  • We would be able to add a little extra sparkle to The Christmas Show Online this year! An extra number or two for audiences to enjoy which would give more hours and more pay to our performers, venues and tech team! Its wins all around!
  • Also it would allow us the freedom to look at 2021 with excitement and not fear. It would secure the future of Darley Dance Productions and The Christmas Show 2021 which would be a dream come true for us!

THANK YOU if you have already donated! We are so grateful. You have given us the chance to move forward past this challenging time and look to a brighter future!


The global COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone and we have all had our own unique struggles.


We are raising money to fund The Christmas Show ONLINE. We want to continue with our tradition of bringing audiences an amazing Christmas show, albeit a virtual one this year, whilst also giving our freelance performers a chance to earn some money and go back to work, even if it’s just for a few days.

This is an ALL OR NOTHING campaign so our target is the minimum amount we NEED to reach to put the show on. If we don’t hit our target by November 5th then all donations will be refunded and the show will not happen.

Losing your job is tough but losing your industry is terrifying! Too many production companies, performers and technical staff are worried about their future and we want to provide a small glimmer of light in these dark times both for ourselves and for all the people we work with who make our job awesome!

We have been hit HARD! We don't know what the future holds for Darley Dance Productions because we don't know how long we can hold on not making any money. What we do know is that we have to try just one last time to do something this year.


For years it was our dream to put together an exciting variety show which brought professional performers to local stages. We wanted to bring together freelance performers and produce a variety show which families could easily enjoy by wrapping up warmly and strolling to their local venue.


In 2018, the dream came true and we launched The Christmas Show! 2019 saw our show start to gather momentum as audiences loved it and we were delighted to add a second venue. This year, 2020, was supposed to be bigger and better than ever with more venues and an even more fun packed show. However, fate had others ideas…

During one week back in March we had all our events cancelled one after another, just before lockdown hit. We haven’t worked since March and we haven’t been able to offer anything to our freelance performers other than a shoulder to cry on!

Now we want to try to end the year on a high!


We would like to create this year’s show and put it online. We have spoken to a videographer and worked out exactly how we can shoot the show safely, within COVID-19 guidelines but still have it looking amazing.

We have worked out how to keep both our cast and our audiences safe and we would love the opportunity to put our plans into action.


This will mean that our audiences won’t miss out on the show; they can watch it safely, wrapped up warmly in the comfort of their own homes AND it means that we will be able to give our performers some much needed work! We want to see our freelancers go home with a pay check from us this year, even if it’s just a small one because we want to show them that the industry IS still here and will be ready and waiting for them when the world is ready for their return.


Let’s be totally honest with you… It goes without saying, that because we haven’t worked this year, we haven’t made any money. We have tried time and time again to come up with ideas for things that we could do but sadly none of them have come to fruition. In truth, we are struggling. We have no idea what the future looks like but we are just trying to take things one day at a time and hold on for as long as we can.

Instead of giving up and going under, we thought we would try one last time and reach out to our community to ask for help.


This is an ALL OR NOTHING campaign which means that if we don’t hit our target then all of the money is refunded and our show simply doesn’t go ahead.

We need your help to make sure that doesn’t happen!


DONATE: Of course you can help us by donating! We will be so grateful for every donation, however big or small, so if you can donate please do. Even if it’s just the price of a cup of coffee, we would be so grateful!

If you have donated, you can get a link to The Christmas Show Online. Make sure that you opt in to get updates from us or share your info with us and we will be sure to send you the link!

REWARDS: If you would like more for your money then please check out our rewards down the side of this page. We are so grateful to the people who have donated a reward and we’re thrilled to be able to share these rewards with you!

SHARE: The more people who know what we’re doing, the better. We want to show everyone that we’re here, we’re still trying and we need your help. If you can share our campaign in any way then we will be forever grateful. Whether that’s online, on social media or just chatting to people about what we’re doing; it all makes such a huge difference to us.

ENGAGE: We’re on twitter, facebook, Instagram, tiktok, pinterest, we have our own website and you’ll find Abbi and Georgia on Linked in. There are so many places you can see us talking about our show. Liking posts and pictures, sharing posts, watching videos, making positive comments, will all help! FYI, we spend most of our time online on Instagram @darleydance but you’ll be able to spot us everywhere.


SEND POSITIVE VIBES: If you can’t do any of the above then please simply send us some good luck! We believe positivity is key and we’ve done our best to stay positive throughout this time, so good vibes are always welcome!


If we hit our target and we are successful in producing The Christmas Show Online then our performance will be recorded safely, within current guidelines, during November. Our show will then be available online at some point in December. Obviously this date will be confirmed when we have completed the filming.

Anyone who makes a donation of any size will be entitled to a link to our show and a digital download of our show programme. When you donate, be sure to opt-in to get updates from us and we’ll send you the relevant details about how to watch our show online.

If there are any problems or you haven’t heard from us by December 1st 2020 then email us [email protected] and we’ll send you the link.

Of course this will only happen if we hit our target so be sure to keep track of our progress and help wherever you can! Thank you.


You may be wondering what the money will be spent on so we have broken it down below. We are doing everything we can to keep costs as low as possible.

A GOOD VIDEOGRAPHER: We don’t want our show to be a Zoom performance. We have loved seeing all the companies and groups of people coming together to perform on Zoom but we would like to do something a little different where we can try and turn the situation to a positive by getting a little more creative. We want to give audiences who have supported us, something extra special to enjoy this Christmas.

OUR PERFORMERS: This, for us, is the most important bit! Without our freelance performers we would have no business! There are 9 performers in our show and we want them to know that we are doing all we can to support them. We want them to go home with a pay check from us this year! Even if it’s just a small one!


If you would like to get to know our performers better then head over to our Instagram @darleydance

OUR VENUES: The venues where we normally perform and rehearse are local venues, local church halls and places that now cannot actually stage performances due to the social distancing rules. They are simply not big enough. Our virtual show will allow us to use several of these venues to shoot and rehearse in, giving them some extra pennies too.

INSURANCE & BUSINESS COSTS: Pandemic or no pandemic, the business costs are still there, insurance, technical equipment required for our shoot etc. These things add up to a small portion of our costs but still need to be taken into consideration.




We’re so excited that we now have a focus and something to plan for again so if there is any chance that we can make The Christmas Show Online happen, then we’ll take it!

If you have any questions or queries at all then please feel free to contact us through any of our social media pages or by emailing [email protected]


Thank you so much for reading through this page and for supporting us. We can’t tell you how grateful we are! Please stick around and follow our journey and keep your fingers crossed that this Christmas we can bring The Christmas Show Online right to your home!


Over the years we have performed at some amazing places and worked with some wonderful people. We asked a few people if they could put together a testimonial for us and we couldn't have been more pleased with the feedback we received. It makes us want to carry on even more!

THANK YOU to Karim Merchant & Merchant's Jewellers for taking the time to make this amazing testimonial video for us.


“We were thrilled at the magic and exceptional performances that Abbi and her team brought to the waters at Mercia Marina. 

The show created such a buzz and the performers were followed wherever they went by families and children wanting to be part of a magical fairy-tale and interact with the characters. 

The many independent businesses at Mercia not only had the benefit of crowds of shoppers but could also advertise in a high-quality souvenir event programme distributed at many events by Darley Dance Productions. Abbi’s team worked tirelessly giving everybody ample photo opportunities and delivering performing princesses on the Piazza with popular songs, acting and even a snowman!

We used the fantastic images from the show for promotion in a double page spread in a local lifestyle magazine which was very well received.”

-Tony Preston

Sales & Marketing Manager

Mercia Marina

Thank you Tony for sharing your kind words.

Thank you Katie for sharing a testimonial with us.

We are so grateful for evry kind word that is said and we hope so much that we can move forward into an exciting future and work with all these people again.


We are so lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful people and we are so grateful for all of the support.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£25 or more

30 of 30 claimed

A Personalised Video Message From Santa Claus

Santa has been so generous this year & agreed to record video messages for our supporters who choose this as a reward. We'll have a chat with you about a few details & then we'll pass on this info to Santa who will record a video message just for you. We'll send you the video in December in time for you to sit down and watch it before you watch The Christmas Show Online. The year isn't a great year for grottos so this is the perfect alternative!

£5 or more

7 of 30 claimed

Personal Shout Out On Our Social Media

We'll happily tell the world how grateful we are to you for your donation and for supporting The Christmas Show Online. This reward will get you a personal thank you and shout out on our social media. This includes instagram, facebook and twitter. We will tag your social media and let everyone know how much we appreciate your support.

£10 or more

6 of 30 claimed

Personal Thankyou In Our Show Credits

At the end of The Christmas Show Online we will have some credits to let our audiences know everyone who has been involved and helped us put our show on. Would you like to be included in these credits with a special thank you from us to you? If you would like your name or the name of your business in our credits then choose this reward.

£12 or more

4 of 20 claimed

Signed Photo & Thankyou Card From Our Cast

We are so grateful to each and every one of you for your donations. if you would like a forever reminder of how grateful we are and the good deed that you did by helping us with our show then this is the reward for you. You will receive a signed photo and thankyou card from the cast of The Christmas Show Online 2020.

£15 or more

2 of 10 claimed

A Personalised Video Message From a Cast Member

All of our performers are so grateful for your support and this is a chance for them to say a personal thank you. If you would like a message from one of our team then this is the reward for you. The video will be sent to you in time for you to watch it before you settle down to watch The Christmas Show Online.

£32 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Two Tickets to the Cricket at DCCC

This reward is thanks to our friends at Derbyshire County Cricket Club and is for two tickets to a cricket match at The County Ground. (Tickets are subject to recent guidelines and for Cat B and DCCC will roll tickets vouchers over where necessary). Thank you to Derbyshire County Cricket Club for their generous donation and to all you cricket fans out there this is the one for you!

£35 or more

12 of 20 claimed

Advert In Our Digital Programme

To make our show feel as authentic as possible we will be doing a digitial programme that will be sent out as a downloadable PDF to everyone who gets the link to our show. Part of the experience of going to the theatre is getting a show programme so this digital alternative will be included with everyones link. Choose this reward and your business will be advertised in our programme that will go out to our entire audience. 1/4 page advert.

£50 or more

1 of 15 claimed

A Personalised Video Message From a Princess

We often have our princesses appearing in The Christmas Show or at events where we have performed & this year they have missed meeting our audiences. Instead they are offering you a personalised video message. Head over to our Instagram to see our characters & let us know who you would like your message from. We will make sure your video gets to you in December in time for you to enjoy watching it when you watch The Christmas Show Online.

£60 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Family Portrait Package: Jon Cripwell Photography

Thank you to Jon Cripwell for this brilliant donation. A family portrait session with Jon Cripwell photography. This rewards not only includes the session costs but you will also get a 10x8" print included in your package! What a bargain!

£80 or more

0 of 1 claimed

The Pamper Hamper

We have some amazing ladies to thank for putting this hamper together! This reward includes a set of gel nails courtesy of Steph at Stephanie Lou Nails, dermaplaning treatment & a 10% off voucher (excluding toxin treatments) courtesy of Laura at Radiance Skincare and Aesthetics & a £25 voucher for cut & blow dry at Eclipse Hair Salon courtesy of Sara Tatham. Thank you for the contributions ladies. What a treat! Derbyshire based.

£95 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Headshot Photoshoot With Jon Cripwell Photography

We have worked with Jon Cripwell Photography for years, so many of our photos that you see are thanks to him and now he's offering us this amazing reward to bring to you. If you pledge on this reward you will get a headshot photoshoot with Jon at a great price!

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Party Package With Illuminate Parties

Thank you to Chelsea from Illuminate Parties for offering us this fantastic reward. When the pandemic is over and parties are back in town use this reward to redeem a children's party with Illuminate Parties. The package includes a disco light or bubble machine, personalised playlist, pass the parcel & all party prizes. Your party will be hosted by the awesome Chelsea! Must be in the East Midlands.

£110 or more

0 of 2 claimed

A Backstage Experience At The Christmas Show 2021

Includes a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) to The Christmas Show 2021. Before the show you will be invited to come backstage & meet our cast before having a tour of our backstage area and seeing where our performers get ready. You will also be able to go on stage & see where our cast actually performs. Finally you will have the chance to meet our tech team and see the view from the tech box before watching the show.

£120 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Working in Movies Consultation Package

Actors, Writers, Filmmakers! Starting out or looking to further your career? Movie Producer/Director/Writer Dominic Burns will give you two one hour Zoom consultations. Actors want Showreel notes? Or to learn how to create a showreel? Written a script? Dom will read it before your session. Idea for a script? Dom will talk it through with you. Or you can always just ask Dom about the A-listers he’s worked with, see if you can get any gossip!

£200 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Meet & Greet With One Of Our Princesses

When the pandemic is over and we can start being together again our princesses want to meet you. Whether it's for an event or for a private party this reward will entitle you to 30 mins meet and greet with a princess of your choice. Whether it's to come and play party games, read a bedtime story or do meet and greet at an event in 2021 the choice is yours. The event must be within the East Midlands. See our instagram for princess pics.

£220 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1 Hour Entertainment At Your Event 2021

When we are finally able to go back to events and parties in 2021 there will be lots of reasons to sing! This reward entitles you to 1 hour of entertainment from one of our fabulous singers from The Christmas Show. The reward can be redeemed after the pandemic for an event or party in 2021 and in the East Midlands area.

£230 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Bronze Level Sponsorship

We have built some amazing relationships over the years with our sponsors & we appreciate all of them for their support. In return you will be entitled to: • Advert in our online programme • Personalised thank you from our cast & signed photo • 10 promotional posts on our socials • Appear as our sponsor on our website • 5% discount on 2021 sponsorship packages

£500 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Silver Level Sponsorship Package

We have built some amazing relationships over the years with our sponsors & we appreciate all of them for their support. In return you will be entitled to: • Advert in our online programme • Personalised thank you from our cast & signed photo • 15 promotional posts on our socials • Appear as our sponsor on our website • Business logo displayed at the interval of online show • 10% discount on 2021 sponsorship packages

£950 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Showgirls at Your Event in 2021

After the pandemic when events start going back & people start coming out to celebrate then we know that there will be lots of parties and lots of reasons to gather together. This reward will entitle you to 4 showgirls at your event for up to 3 hours. On the door for meet & greet & photo opportunities, selling raffle tickets or helping with your auction. Roles may vary but our showgirls are always a hit! The event must be in the East Midlands.

£1,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Gold Level Sponsorship Package

We have built some amazing relationships over the years with our sponsors that we are so grateful for. • Advert in our online programme • Personalised thank you from our cast & signed photo • 20 promotional posts on our socials • Appear as our sponsor on our website • Business logo displayed at the interval of our digital show • 30 second advert during the interval of our show • 20% discount on 2021 sponsorship packages

£14 or more

20 of 20 claimed

Festive Face Covering

We're all getting used to wearing face coverings but did you know that Deb who makes all of our costumes at Darley Dance Productions has spent lockdown making scrubs, face coverings & headbands? That's one way to keep busy whilst shielding! Deb is Abbi's Mum & has been making dance costumes for decades, now she's using her skills to make face coverings & is offering us some custom made Christmas face coverings for anyone who chooses this reward.

£20 or more

10 of 10 claimed

A Traditional Letter From Santa

Hand written on beautiful aged paper, in calligraphy and finished with a genuine wax seal this letter from Santa will be as authentic as you can get. Let us know some details & we'll be sure to pass them on to Santa so that he can make each letter as personal as possible. A wonderful way to make Christmas at home truly magical this year.

£26 or more

1 of 1 claimed

One-to-One Football Coaching Session

Do you have a little football star in the family? Whether they're just getting in to football or wanting to focus on a particular skill, some personal coaching is always helpful. This reward entitles you to an hour long 1-to-1 coaching session with an FA qualified football coach who has just returned from coaching in USA. Open from age 7 upwards this is the perfect chance to work with an experienced coach at a bargain price! Session in Derbyshire

£30 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Thorntons Chocolate Hamper

We are so grateful to the Towle family who have generously donated a beautiful Thorntons Hamper for us to offer to you as a reward. It's time to start thinking about Christmas gifts and this is the perfect gift for any chocolate lover... or a great gift for yourself if you're fed up of the pubs closing early on a Saturday night and you would rather sit on the sofa watching The Christmas Show Online and enjoying some chocolate!

£40 or more

5 of 5 claimed

VIP Family Ticket To The Christmas Show 2021

A VIP family ticket includes 2 adults and 2 children tickets to The Christmas Show 2021 on a date of your choice. The package also includes reserved seats, a show programme, snacks and drinks vouchers and two light up wands.

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Clubbercise With Your Bubble

Bring a night out to your workout with this awesome reward. If there is a group of 5 of you who would like to do a clubbercise class together then now is your chance. Taking care to adhere to social distance guidelines & keeping everywhere COVID safe Chelsea from Illuminate Dance & Parties has offered us this unique reward for a group of friends to do a work out with a difference. Your private group class will take place in Notthingham.

£65 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Musical Theatre Song Performance Workshop

If you’re interested in performing & honing your skills in musical theatre then this reward is for you. This entitles you to a workshop with 1 of our cast who will work on a song with you, helping you perform the song & add character to your performance. 1-to-1 sessions are a great way of building confidence & focusing on areas that you would like to work on. The session will be in Derbyshire & may need to be post pandemic, depending on tiers.

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Musical Theatre Workshop

If you would like to work on your musical theatre skills and build confidence in your performance then now is your chance. This reward offers you a session with one of our performers to work with you one-to-one to help you build your skills, fine tune your talent and feel more confident as a performer. It'll also be great fun as our performers are so much fun to work with! The class can be done via Zoom or post pandemic in 2021.

£75 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Lifetime Tickets To The Christmas Show

Would you like to start a new tradition and join us every year at The Christmas Show? This reward will give you lifetime access to our show for 2 adults and 2 children. We would welcome you back every year with open arms and you know that you will have a show to look forward to year after year. All you will need to do each year is book the date that you would like to come.

£240 or more

1 of 1 claimed

First Wedding Dance Choreography

Has your wedding been postponed due to COVID-19 or are you one of the lucky ones who had already planned a 2021 wedding? Either way if you're getting married in the near future then wedding dance classes are the perfect way to ensure your first dance goes smoothly. Whether you would like a big routine or just some confidence building then this is the reward for you. Classes can take place either via Zoom or post pandemic in 2021.

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