The Clown Doctors programme recognises that the implications of hospitalisation are far wider than simply those relating to medical conditions.
Fear, boredom, loss of control and other insecurities can adversely affect children in hospitals, and the Clown Doctors offer an impartial way of entertaining, supporting and empowering the children who may be struggling with these issues.
Performing arts such as storytelling, music, improvisation and clowning are used to engage the children and to help them come to terms with their situation using humour and play.

Our Clown Doctors visit sick children in The Great North Children's Hospital and The Freeman Hospital to support them through what can be a traumatic and frightening time.

Meet the Clown Doctors


Dr Ronald Rumtumtumich

Doctor Rumtumtumich studied doctoring inside Alnwick Castle in the early part of the Read More

Dr Melanie Mughugger

Dr Mughugger was born in a shoe. After swallowing many flies like her Read More

Dr Johan Cherrywolf

Dr Johan Cherrywolf, or Jonah to his mother, comes from a family of Read More

Dr Lulu McDoo

Having sprung fully-grown from her father's sporran, Doctor Lulu McDoo was passed through Read More
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Having sprung fully-grown from her father's sporran, Doctor Lulu McDoo was passed through the family like chicken pox until she was finally settled with a maiden aunt who gave her the freedom of the porridge drawer. Strangely Dr McDoo, absorbed by one of her aunt's haggis impersonations, stepped backwards, falling off Scotland into England where she now walks the corridors, bringing wafts of porridge and haggis to those who need it most.

Laura Lindow

laura lindlowLaura originates from the rugged wilds of Edinburgh, Scotland, but has been working in the North East of England for over eight years as a theatre practitioner, writer, director, facilitator and performer. As joint Artistic Director for Monster Productions she directs musical theatre for children under 7 and their families, as well as heading up North Tyneside Youth Theatre- theatre for and with older young people. Laura climbs back up to Edinburgh as often as possible and is careful not to slip.

Get in touch

TIN Arts
The Old School House
Framwellgate Moor Community Centre
Front Street, Framwellgate Moor,
Durham DH1 5BL
0191 384 0728

Help Us

As a non profit, The Clown Doctors relies on the generosity of families, community leaders, and corporations who share our vision for children.