Curious Parcel Founder Hannah Slimmon answers some common questions:
What is The Curious Parcel?
The Curious Parcel is a subscription box containing a mini one-on-one performance. Each one lasts about 20 minutes in total and is created by one of the UK's best contemporary theatre makers. Best of all, it is designed to be enjoyed at at your own pace and in a place that suits you.
The Curious Parcel is not-for-profit and totally independent. Some lovely supporters
have helped me get things off the ground, but all the guest artists are hand-picked by me because I think you'll like them. No ulterior motive. You can read more about my story here.
What's in the box?
Each box will be completely different and reflects the style of the guest artist who created it. The contents is kept a secret until you open it - only the name of the artist is announced in advance.
Each box will be a new artistic experience created exclusively for us. It will contain 3-5 mini pieces of art such as writing, music, film or maybe a mixture of all three. It will also include a set of instructions to guide you through the experience.
My aim is for everything in the box to be reusable or recyclable. So once you've finished why not pass it on to a friend or pop it in the recycling bin.
What's the value of the box?
So the way I see it the value is not determined by the physical items in the box, but on the experience that is created with them.
I pay the guest artists for their work and as this is a not-for-profit enterprise, everything I make gets put back into making The Curious Parcel bigger and better.
Who is it for?
Imaginative and playful grow ups! I'd love you to share your box with your friends and family but please bear in mind the content has been created for an adult audience (ages 16+).
You can enjoy The Curious Parcel on your own or with someone else. More than 2 people at a time might be tricky but the experience is 'reusable' so feel free to pass it on once you're finished (or keep it and use it again!)
How do I order?
If you're buying a box for the first time you simply need to visit the website any time to order your box. If you subscribe you will automatically receive the next box without having to lift a finger.
When are boxes posted?
If you have ordered or subscribed to the current box, your box will be posted Royal Mail 1st Class at the end of the month. I aim for the 26th but sometimes life means I need to be a bit flexible. Thank you for your understanding.
Previous boxes are posted within 2-5 days of ordering.
Can I give it as a gift?
Yes absolutely! In the Cart there is a box to type in a personal message (or you can email it to me at
). I'll hand write it on a little card and pop it in the box.
If you'd like it delivered direct to the lucky recipient then make sure to add their address as the delivery one.
What is your refund policy?
All sales are final. I understand that everyone's taste is different and you might not like every box I send you (that's the nature of art!). But I hope you'll consider it all in the spirit of adventure and I encourage you to regift.