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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Doctor Rumtumtumich studied doctoring inside Alnwick Castle in the early part of the second half of the last season at the turn of the century, with Professor Dumbledore. He spent twenteen years working with the Australian Flying Doctors, specifically training with his kite. Ronald met Dr Zhivago and Dr No whilst volunteering in the Georgian period, and during that time worked extensively with Doctor Doctor I Feel Like A... His favourite colour is carnation milk and his favourite jelly flavour is beef.

robert davidsonRobert Davidson

Rob has worked as an actor, facilitator and director and is particularly proud of his drama facilitation work with Benfield Theatre East and North Tyneside Youth Theatre. He has worked extensively for Live Theatre and Live Youth Theatre including: 'Geoff Dead: Disco for Sale'; 'Dirty Nets'; 'You'll Never Hook a Haddock with a Pen Nib'; 'Body Parts'; 'Laughter When Dead' (Live) and 'Alf Ramsay Knew my Grandfather' (Durham Gala). Rob has trained with Keith Johnstone in improvisation and currently works with The Suggestibles impro comedy troupe.

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.