Kitchen Zoo in Newcastle and Stockton

Published: 2 October 2021
Reporter: Peter Lathan

The Three Bears
The Tin Foil Astronaut

Children’s theatre company Kitchen Zoo will be reviving two favourite shows, The Three Bears and The Tin Foil Astronaut, this autumn and winter, one in Newcastle and one in Stockton.

And the company is—temporarily, of course—splitting itself in half.

From 25 October to 13 November, Hannah Goudie Hunter and Peter Swales will be taking The Three Bears, a show for the under-5s, to Stage 3 at Northern Stage. Shows are at 10:30 and 1:30 and a number are already sold out. Full details about both the show and booking can be found on the Northern Stage web site.

“I’m so excited to be back in Mammy Bear’s slippers and bringing the deep dark woods to life,” said co-founder of Kitchen Zoo Hannah Goudie Hunter, who will play Mammy Bear. “I can’t wait to welcome lots of little and grown-up bears into the woods this autumn.”

The Three Bears is devised and written by Bob Nicholson, Hannah Goudie-Hunter and Brad McCormick and directed by Brad McCormick. Music is by Jeremy Bradfield, design by Alison Ashton and puppets by Ailsa Dalling.

Umar Butt, Sophie Coward, Bob Nicholson and Laura Riseborough will be the cast for The Tin Foil Astronaut at ARC Stockton from 7 to 24 December (various times). This is a new version of their popular 2018 show for 3- to 7-year-olds. The ARC web site has full details about the show and how to book.

“We’re so excited to return to ARC, especially with this all new version of The Tin Foil Astronaut,” said Bob Nicholson, co-founder of Kitchen Zoo. “The reaction to the show was so great last time so we can't wait for everybody to meet Alba Dinkley and The Man in the Moon again, not to mention the other brilliant characters! It's the perfect cosmic adventure for all the family.”

The Tin Foil Astronaut is devised and written by Bob Nicholson, Hannah Goudie-Hunter and Ruth Mary Johnson and directed by Ruth Mary Johnson. Music is by Jeremy Bradfield, design by Alison Ashton and puppets by Georgia Hill.