After a very strange 2021, we were delighted to take Kinder into in-person, bubbled R&D across January – March 2021. Having dreamt up these ideas remotely, for the best part of a year, it was a huge privilege to be able to get together in the room and actually try them out! Luckily for us, most things translated very well, from our heads, onto the stage and we spent 3 x weeks playing with the set, the puppets, the narrative, the sound and lighting design.
Kinder is a brand new show, aimed at teenagers. The story focuses on the one little girl’s adventure, as she is evacuated, on a Kindertransport train from Prague to Margate, to escape persecution just before the start of the Second World War. The story draws inspiration from the real life Czech Kindertransport event, where Czech-Jewish children were evacuated to seaside towns, across the UK. The Czech Kindertransport was pioneered by a British man, called Nicholas Winton and he save 669 children.
Our resounding memories of seeing shows, as teenagers, are mostly uninspiring so we wanted to create great quality theatre, to take into non-theatre settings, including schools. To enable this, we have created a self-sufficient, self-contained structure that will be able to go into these settings and transport our audiences away from where they are.
This activity has been generously supported through public funding from Arts Council England and our partner venues; Little Angel Theatre – London and EM Forster Theatre – Tonbridge. We can’t thank them enough for their flexibility and patience throughout this in-person R&D, it really wouldn’t have happened without them!
Whilst we were able to be rehearsing together, in-person, it wasn’t safe for us to invite audiences in. However, we did a number of remote sharings, live from the rehearsal room, to schools, youth theatres and the general public. Below is a video from one of our final sharings that took place on Facebook, on Thursday 18th March 2021.