In 2007, Ash Perrin was on holiday in Cambodia and found himself performing some magic in an orphanage. The children were comfortable and happy, but it struck him that these were feelings they didn’t usually experience. He realised that as an entertainer and a clown who cares passionately about the health and happiness of children, he should do as much as possible to spread laughter to those who need it most. He launched The Flying Seagull Project three months later. Since then, the group has worked with more than 130,000 children in hospitals, orphanages, deaf/blind schools, refugee camps, and slums around the world. Through The Flying Seagull Project, Ash has seen amazing transformations: the burden of premature adulthood lifted; children unable to engage, who do not want to speak, become vocal, loving and popular members of the group; frowns, fear and anxiety replaced by smiles, positivity and confidence.
You can find more about Ash’s work by visiting www.theflyingseagullproject.com, and you can connect with The Flying Seagull Project on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Ash’s philosophy about why traditional forms of play matter, and how we can preserve them, is the subject of his newly released book, The Real Play Revolution, on Watkins Publishing.