Kitchen Zoo’s journey into space

Peter Lathan

North East children’s theatre company Kitchen Zoo has announced its next project. After visiting the Land where the Bong Trees grow in The Own and the Pussycat in March this year, next year it is heading out to space in The Tin Foil Astronaut.

Actor Bob Nicholson explained what it’s all about.

“Earlier this year,” he said, “We visited libraries around County Durham and met some young astronauts and their grown-ups. We explored space and found out lots of interesting and fun cosmic things. We are very excited to blast off into outer space with our new show.”

“We've all wanted to be an astronaut or go to space,” added Hannah Goudie-Hunter. “We wanted to make a show that encourages young audiences to reach for the stars and celebrate their individuality and talents.”

And this is that show: the space race. A race to put the first human on the Moon. But this astronaut isn't quite like others, she's... different.

Alba has been in training and she has even made her own rocket. But can she really power a rocket with crisps? What is past Pluto? Are there robots in space? And will anyone ever listen to the smallest of space explorers? It's one small step for most astronauts, but one giant leap for little Alba.

It’s a story of discovery, individuality and a celebration of differences for 3- to 7-year-olds and their families, and it includes original live music and puppets.

The Tin Foil Astronaut will tour in 2018, visiting:

  • 3 February: ARC Stockton
  • 10 February: Arts Centre Washington
  • 12 April: Bishop Auckland Town Hall
  • 13 April: Queens Hall Hexham
  • 14 April: The Witham
  • 15 April: Gala Durham
  • 22 April: Sage, Gateshead
  • 5 May: Lyric, Hammersmith

The Performers are Hannah Goudie-Hunter, Robert Nicholson and musician Jeremy Bradfield. The play is directed by Ruth Johnson and designed by Alison Ashton. The puppet maker is Ailsa Dalling and the company’s Creative Mentor is Laura Lindow.