The life and work of Thomas Barnardo
Thomas Barnardo tells the story of his life. He describes the events that led to him setting up schools and homes for London’s street children. The story is told in the first person, and brought to life with a mix of drama, movement, music and animation.
We see Barnardo as a boy, and observe how he changes as he grows up. When he discovers the reality of life in London’s slums, Barnardo sets up a free school for children; The Ragged School. However, when he learns that many of the children he teaches have no home at all, he creates the first of many shelters for homeless boys.
One night, with all the beds filled, he turns a child away. The next day he sees the very same boy frozen to death. He makes a vow to never again turn a homeless child away, and spends the rest of his life dedicated to doing all he can to help London’s poor.
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