In this section you will be able to look at the History of

Christine Burn LGSM (Hons) ALAM

Tel: 07866-500-289

  • LUNCHBOX THEATRE COMPANY from 1985 - Present Day
  • The Runaway Apprentice which has been booked annually for 12 years supports                 
  • The National Curriculum for KS2/3/4.
  • The Play is based on true accounts of the Cotton Mill Children of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Follow-up Drama Workshop -
  • Handle Victorian artefacts.
  • Pupils Use Documentary Evidence to devise & perform their own scripts.
  • Build confidence through Performance.
  • The Runaway Apprentice is popular with all ages and is booked by
  • Theatres, Mills, Museums, Day Care Centres & Schools.
  • WWII in an Afternoon - now in its 5th successful year -
  • 'Become' an Evacuee and create a WWII Drama in 2 hours. KS2
  • Poetry & Performance Workshops for KS2/3/4
  • Creative Writing with Poet David Tait who is the In House poet for the Poet Laureate on her series 'Carol Ann Dufft & Friends'
  • Performance skills with Christine Burn - Holder of the Poetry Society Gold Medal & Victrix Ludorum prize
  • COSTUME Ideas
  • Accommodation & Courses for Theatre-Lovers in Stratford-Upon-Avon
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About Lunchbox Theatre Company

Actress Christine Burn set up this Touring Theatre Company after Director,Ben Benison said 'Take a Risk!  Just DO it!'                                                                                                                                  

Lunchbox Theatre Company created the first Open Air, Courtyard, production at the award-winning Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire with a group of inner-city children. ‘Escape to Styal’ a play based on the Mill’s archives was written & performed at the Mill.


The first performance was at HM Prison Styal where the Inmates made costumes from Calico spun at the Mill.


Lunchbox then set up the original Role Play in the Apprentice House, featured on BBC TV’s Blue Peter.

Macclesfield Silk Museum commissioned ‘Silk, Satin, Muslin, Rags’.

‘The Runaway Apprentice’ followed, with shows taking place in the Victorian Market, as part of the Preston Festival, and Platform 1 performances on Carnforth Railway Station. The Play has become popular with all ages & has been shown in Museums, Day Centres & Schools, with Inset Days for Teachers & Primary & Secondary History Conferences.


Christine Burn is a professional Actress. Credits include Ines in Sartre’s Huis Clos (West End & National Tour) Joy in Shadowlands (Edinburgh Festival) Mrs Gascoigne in The Daughter-in Law by D.H.Lawrence, Kate Mundy in Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, Mrs Danvers in Rebecca ( Lancaster Grand Theatre), Emma Hornett in Sailor Beware!, Fay in IRON by Rona Munro, Irene Ruddock in A Lady of Letters by Alan Bennett, Mrs Lintott in The History Boys by Alan Bennett, Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare, Shakespeare performances in Lancaster Castle, The Eden Festival, Melodrome and The Dell the RSC Open Air Theatre festival 2017, LUCKY in Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.. 


She originated the Play Safe in the Park Campaign & ran the Belt Up in the Back Campaign changing the Law on rear seat belts for children. In her Barn she is running ‘Barmy about the Bard’ Readings of the Complete Works of Shakespeare.


Special thanks to Director Ben Benison - who told us to ‘Take a risk & just do it… ’Ben who has worked with the National Theatre & RSC won critical acclaim with his play ‘Jack Lear’ - inspired by Shakespeare - and written in Blank Verse.


Thanks to Brother for Office Equipment Walkers of Scotland for Oatcakes Mornflake for Organic Porridge for the pauper Apprentices. Free Porridge, Onions & Oatcakes Free Sunday School Certificates Creative, Cross-curricular WORKSHOPS to inspire KS2/3/4 Imagine…Research….Devise…Write…Perform…. Imagination is more important than knowledge….EINSTEIN Sans Dieu Rien.

The Runaway Apprentice visits









PLAY (1 Hour)


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Theatre Tickets £5

Dress Victorian

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THE VICTORIAN ERA Inter-Active Historical Drama Creative, Cross-curricular approach to the National Curriculum

Featured on BBC TV & Radio & the Times Educational Supplement TES Primary & Secondary History Conferences & Inset Days ‘The Runaway Apprentice’ Sold for a Shilling - to Slave in a Cotton Mill…..


A drama devised by professional Actors Role-Players & Teachers to enhance the National Curriculum Inspired by archive material from the Mills of the North


What the Teachers said: ‘….a mesmerising performance…’ We learned more in 2 hours with Lunchbox Theatre than 10 years in Class What the Pupils said: ‘ACE!  BRILLIANT!  WICKED! ’


In simple Victorian attire become an Apprentice for an afternoon The entire audience will be members of a professional theatre company for the afternoon with many small solo parts being given out on the day. Meet the Mill Owner & Sign Indentures Work the Mule & Witness an Accident Campaign with the King of the Factory Children (1830 – 1847) Sign the Petition. March for a 10 Hour Day. Richard Oastler, like William Wilberforce before him, campaigned for over 17 years to change the law & reduce long working hours for children. Meet the Queen {Victoria of Course!}


In the follow up WORKSHOP pupils will create their own scripts from documentary evidence. Build confidence through performance. Find out how the professional theatre works. Look at Masks, Costumes, Sets and Props. Handle Victorian Artefacts. Free Sunday School Certificates Free Porridge, Onions & Oatcakes Tel & Fax: 07866-500-289



Information for the Head of History & Pupils: Simple Ideas for Costume


Just one or more of these items will add to the fun! A triangle of material makes a shawl or headscarf for a girl or a neckerchief for a boy.


Try Charity shops, or Grandma’s attic. Hats, cameo brooches, pocket watches made of card in CDT.

Victorian Boys Trousers tucked into long socks Braces For a Chimney Sweep Ragged cut-off trousers Shirts with sleeves rolled Waistcoat


Cloth Cap Granddad shirt Collar tucked into school shirt Cravat (scarf) V neck pullover

Victorian Girls Apron or Mob Cap (use a lace Tray Cloth or Pillowcase, a Sheet or Valance frill) Victorian Nightdress


Shawl: Lace Curtain Cot Blanket Sheet or Rug   Embroidered Table Cloth - folded into  a triangle


Long skirt: White (school) Blouse + Cameo Brooch made   of card & a shell or a     Bow of Velvet or Satin ribbon + Hair in a bun or plaits. Make a collar out of a Lace or Crotchet Tray cloth + brooch