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Aimed at ages 11-16

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Running Time: 55 minutes approx.

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 the newest show, from award winning 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.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Enterprise Arts Trust

Age guidance

Kinder is best suited to ages 11 – 16. 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.

Click here to view the inclusive resource pack.

School Bookings

Please click here to enquire about making a school booking.

Tickets for school groups are £6.50 per person (weekdays before 3 pm, during Islington term time only).

Please note maximum schools capacity for this show is 32 people per performance.

Download our information for undertaking a risk assessment for school visits here.

Additional Access Information

Kinder has been designed to be accessible for neurodivergent audiences. In the space, we will be providing stims (stimulatory accessories) and active responses to the show are encouraged. Audiences will be able to leave and re-enter the show, at any time and there will be a chill out area (with bean bags, noise cancelling headphones and more stims) for periods of regulation. An inclusive resource pack is available, in advance and will include a social story.


Directed by Molly Freeman
Set Designed by Matt Lloyd
Puppet Design by Hattie Thomas
Script by Molly Freeman and George Bellamy
Shadow Puppetry Illustration by Hattie Thomas
Production Manager by Matt Lloyd
Producer by Sofia Stephanou
Performer/Co-devisor by Hattie Thomas, George Bellamy and David Burchhardt
Composer by Jon Ouin
Sound Design by George Bellamy
Lighting Design by Sherry Coenen
Dramaturgy by Sam Redway

Safety Information

Despite changing government restrictions, we will still have additional measures in place to keep our staff, performers and families safe.

Please note: we strongly encourage taking lateral flow tests prior to attending. While masks are no longer mandatory, we highly recommend wearing one when visiting our venues.

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