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A Smoking Apples Theatre Production

Aimed at everyone over 8

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All tickets £8 on Fridays at 4.45pm

Running Time:  approx 55 minutes

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Escaping on a Kindertransport train, one small Czech-Jewish girl embarks on a mighty adventure.

Crossing between the past and present, Babi travels across Europe; from bon bons in Germany to the smell of the sea in Margate, she discovers how tiny acts of kindness can change the course of a person’s life.

Joyful, moving and poignant, Kinder features beautiful table top puppetry and cinematic shadow play, as Babi tries to assemble the parts of her broken identity, to find peace in her future. Kinder is a multi-award winning show, from puppetry and visual theatre company Smoking Apples. Inviting you to take a seat inside an immersive set, the story unfolds through a series of playful hatches and openings.


★★★★★ – Everything Theatre

Age guidance

Kinder is aimed at everyone over 8. The show contains some complex references to war and persecution, which younger audiences may find challenging. Kinder runs for up to an hour, without an interval and for the duration, the audience are seated inside a box structure. There is the option to leave and re-enter at any point.

About the company

Smoking Apples are an award-winning puppetry and visual theatre company. They work with complex subject matter to make bold, visually stunning, enjoyable theatre that holds being human at the heart of their stories. Their work includes indoor touring shows, outdoor and large scale work and outreach/educational projects. Previous indoor work has included CELL, a story about one man’s final adventure when he finds out he has Motor Neurone Disease, In Our Hands, a show about a trawler fisherman fighting to save his career and most recently, Flux, the story of a female nuclear physicist. These productions have toured nationally and internationally, including visits to Germany, Czech Republic, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Their outdoor work and education/outreach strands have also seen them travel the UK and abroad, working with some fantastic partners. These include Applause Rural Touring (Arbor the Tree & Buzz) and the Little Angel Theatre, where they run Spectrum Youth Theatre.


Director: Molly Freeman
Set Designer: Matt Lloyd
Puppet Design: Hattie Thomas
Script: Molly Freeman and George Bellamy
Shadow Puppetry Illustration: Hattie Thomas
Production Manager: Matt Lloyd
Executive Producer: Sofia Stephanou
Producer: Kate McStraw
Performer/Co-devisor: Hattie Thomas
Performer/Co-devisor: David Burchhardt
Performer: Tea Poldervaart
Co-devisor: George Bellamy
Composer: Jon Ouin
Sound Design: George Bellamy
Lighting Design: Sherry Coenen
Dramaturgy: Sam Redway
Creative Cultural Consultant: David Burchhardt
Lighting Programmer: Chris Marsh-Hilfiker
Production Electrician: Tom Lightbody
Scenic Painter: Charlotte Cross
Scenic Painter: Claire Cousins
Access Consultant: Jess Mabel Jones
SEN Consultant: Luke Breen
Marketing Support: Erin Caitlin Karn

Smoking Apples Co-Artistic Directors: Molly Freeman, Matt Lloyd and Hattie Thomas. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Enterprise Arts Trust.

Access info

Kinder has been designed to be accessible for neurodivergentaudiences. In the space, we will be providing stms (stmulatory
accessories) and actve responses to the show are encouraged. Audiences will be able to leave and re-enter the show, at any tme and there will be a chill out area (with bean bags, ear defenders and more stms) for periods of regulaton. An inclusive resource pack is available, in advance and includes a social story.

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