BIOGRAPHY

Female, , birthday 7th October
Joined August 2017

I am an illustrator and an author of books, I have written a piece for The Guardian around unschooling. My children learn at home and are self directed learners, we travel as much as we can. I juggles my time between being with the kids and working on new books and projects.
I trained as an actress at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and wrote The South African Illustrated Cookbook, The Lovely Book for Wonderful Women and I also illustrated a kid's book by M.J. Amani called 'Excuse Me, I'm Trying to Read' and 'I am Me, You, Us and We' by Caroline Trowbridge. I recently co authored with Anthony 'Jump', Fall, Fly - from schooling, to homeschooling, to unschooling' my art work can be seen at http://lehlaeldridge.wix.com/lehla- and I blog about unschooling at www.unschoolingthekids.com
I also perform with Hoodwink Theatre Company.

About

Key Skills

INTERESTS

GUILDS

HERE FOR

Influences

Our children
Looking at different cultures
Travel
The weather
Like minded alternative educators
Things that make me laugh and feel good
Art
Creatives and creativity
Animals
Nature
Learning through living
Inspiring people

CV

Co Author of Jump, Fall, Fly
Taught at an Italian homeschooling/democratic school in Italy
Co-founder/collaborator of alternative family school in Montagu, South Africa
Owned and ran The Succulent Cafe, Montagu, South Africa
Owned an apricot, grape and peach farm in Montagu, South Africa
Performer with Greg Thompson
Worked as a performer with Performance Artist Richard Layzell
Founded a theatre company and took a show to India to inaugurate the International Theatre Festival in Bombay

PROJECTS

Taking Theatre in to Hospitals

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We have worked with older people with Alzheimer and Dementia, to children who are very very sick, to people having chemotherapy in the cancer ward, to people in the High Dependency Units, to doing a show in the maternity ward to a mother who had just give

 

I will be donning my nurses/cleaning outfit next week and tying back my mop of hair and I will be performing with the lovely Stephanie Jalland of Hoodwink.

I love doing this theatre job, for me it is magical. When Stephanie said to me, our next job will be performing at the end of people's beds, in hospitals, my internal jaw kind of dropped. As I couldn't imagine how I would feel if I was in hospital recovering, or not, and two people turned up and performed a show for me. But Stephanie has a way of creating gentle evocative magic and I think we are a good team. (Ok a we may have a touch of the unintentional Mrs Overalls about us...)

What has struck me is that people seem to love these two short 15 minute shows. It has been a real honour, we have worked with older people with Alzheimer and Dementia, to children who are very very sick, to people having chemotherapy in the cancer ward, to people in the High Dependency Units, to doing a show in the maternity ward to a mother who had just given birth. Our youngest audience member was a few hours old!

I love this work it has been a true honour and I am so blown away by the staff across the country who are in the NHS, the gentle sweet, clever people who are tirelessly working away giving it their all to help others. What I have seen in hospitals has made me remember how beautiful human being can be to each other.

So a thank you to Great Ormond's Street, to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, to Basingstoke hospital, Dorchester, Yeoville and to Salisbury Hospital and to Stephanie Jalland. I feel very lucky to have had this moment and to have 'swept the wind and the waves' in to these tender places.

 

You can find Hoodwink theatre here

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Ralph Pettingill

I love this! Casting my mind back to distant and recent hospital stays, I would have loved to have been entertained, laughed, seen more friendly daft faces. What a brilliant project @Lehla Eldridge

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Lehla Eldridge

It is a real honour to do this theatre work. We are hoping to have more opportunities lined up. It has been very rewarding and also very humbling.

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