Kinder, Smoking Apples, credit The Other Richard

Puppetry teen show Kinder to tour England this Autumn

OFFIE Award-winning teen show Kinder will tour England this autumn.

Smoking Apples’ unmissable, multi-award-winning show Kinder is bringing its gorgeous and haunting puppetry for teen audiences on a tour around England this Autumn.

This OFFIE Award-winning play is inspired by the real events of the Czech Kindertransport, which saw young Czech children evacuated to seaside towns across the UK just prior to the Second World War, a remarkable evacuation effort pioneered by Brit Nicholas Winton, which saved 669 children.

Winner of two OFFIE awards for Best Production and Best Music/Sound Design for young audiences, and the Ettie Award for Best Production (Theatre for Young Audiences), the show follows young heroine Babi as she crosses Europe and embarks on an epic journey, discovering how even tiny acts of kindness can change the course of a person’s life.

past production, Kinder, Smoking Apples, credit David Bartholomew
past production, Kinder, Smoking Apples, credit David Bartholomew

Kinder, made in collaboration with Little Angel Theatre, aims to provide high-quality and inspiring theatre for teenagers, bringing them incredible real-life stories through a dynamic and immersive setting. From puppetry and visual theatre company Smoking Apples, the production invites the audience into an immersive set, allowing them to go on this incredible journey.

The show features table-top puppetry and cinematic shadow play to tell Babi’s story. Smoking Apples has created a self-sufficient, self-contained set that can go into all settings, including non-theatre venues such as schools, to bring this tale to life on the road.

At a time when the world’s refugee crises, from Syria to Ukraine, are at the forefront of our minds and the news, Kinder highlights the stories of real people from the past: those who have to flee persecution and their homes, and the kindness of those who help them.

Co-Artistic Director of Smoking Apples, and director of Kinder Molly Freeman says, We’re absolutely delighted to be touring Kinder this autumn and that more people up and down the UK will get to see this really special show. At its heart, Kinder is a show about the universal theme of kindness. We made the show by, with and for young people, it is brimming with life and excitement, it is unusual and unexpected in all kinds of joyful ways. Kinder is not a show to sit down and be quiet in because the ideas it explores are not things to sit down and be quiet about.

The show runs for 60 minutes and is suitable for ages 9+

Kinder UK Tour Schedule

29 August – 3 September
Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, London, N1 2DN

12 – 13 September
Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ

21 – 22 September
EM Forster Theatre, The Box Office, High Street Entrance, Tonbridge, TN9 1JP

29 – 30 September
Wesley Centre, Harrogate Theatres, Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1PP

3 October
Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, School Road, Monkton Heathfield, Taunton, TA2 8PD

6 – 7 October
Prema Arts Centre, South Street, Uley, Dursley, GL11 5SS

10 – 11 October
The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9DE

13 – 14 October
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF

18 – 19 October
Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot, OX11 7NE

23 – 24 October
Hemsted Park, Benenden School, Benenden, Cranbrook, TN17 4AA

26 – 27 October
Wells Maltings, The Maltings, Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AN

2 – 4 November
Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

9 November
The Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peters Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN

10 – 11 November
The Garage, 14 Chapel Field N, Norwich, NR2 1NY

👤 📅14 August 2023

📷 Main photo: Kinder, Smoking Apples, credit The Other Richard

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