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As it’s been half a year since we were in the same physical space as our audience and colleagues, we’re venturing into the heady world of Newsletters to share what we’ve been up to during these <insert inevitable cliche describing strange COVID period here> times. We also wanted to introduce KIT’s amazing wider freelance team by sharing some short blogs they’ve written about their work with us. If you’d like to contribute a blog, start a discussion or share something you’re up to please let us know.

KIT were in the middle of two Adventures in Learning when lockdown struck in March. We quickly adapted these to work online so pupils knew that Mighty Zeus was OK, but wouldn’t be able to meet them as he was locked down in Italy, and that Jasmine Paw the cat was still planning her escape from accidental kit-napper Henrietta Carter. Thanks to excellent self-filming from Nigel Barrett (known as Zeus in these parts), Fran Moulds (Henrietta) and the digital ingenuity of partner teachers, we were able to safely engage pupils at home, respond to their ideas and bring their adventures to a satisfying end. 

Recognising that rites of passage such as their end of year farewell show weren’t feasible, we worked with Year 6 at Lady Margaret’s Primary School to come with an alternative. Pupils were mentored by KIT’s Associate Artists to turn their favourite memory from Primary School into a piece of art which was then presented to them at their socially distanced Leaver’s Picnic (See examples below).
If you’d like KIT to visit your school, or partner with your museum / library / theatre, or you'd like to recommend us please drop us a line at

2019 - 2020 Headlines
In spite of the disruption and difficulties that Covid-19 has made us face, we were still able to work with 3540 children in 12 schools across Birmingham, Essex, St Albans and London in the last academic year. Other highlights include:

- Haunting The Garden Museum with the Digital Ghost Hunt
(co-created with Elliott Hall and King’s Digital Lab)

- Unleashing LeX, our robot teacher, on classrooms as part of our Classbot 450 Project (co-created with Potential Difference)
- Developing the award-winning Family Mission: D-Day Edition for the Imperial War Museum alongside KIT Associate Kirsty Harris 
Upcoming Autumn Highlights

As schools begin a new, slightly strange, academic year, and theatres, museums and libraries take tentative steps towards reopening, we’re looking forward to finally starting a 2-year programme of work in Scarborough with Our Scarborough, Our Stories. This partnership with Scarborough Museums Trust will tell the story of Scarborough’s forgotten heroes in a new adventure co-created with local teachers.

We’re also excited about touring our Escape Room to Manchester Libraries this December. This collaboration with leading autistic theatre maker Jess Nolan, and Manchester’s Great Place Project, involves KIT creating a mobile Escape Room for and with autistic young people which will tour libraries before visiting schools. We moved the entire R&D process online during lockdown, with autistic young people meeting online with our creative team (Kirsty Harris, Minkette & Tom Bowtell)  to shape the development of the content. We are about to start the testing phase of the Escape Room, so if you know of any autistic young people who would like to get involved, please get in touch with us.

Finally, we would like to share some thoughts on what it’s like to be a Stage Manager for KIT, written by the magnificent Abigail King - who we heartily endorse for all your stage management and prop-making needs:

“Working as a Stage Manager for KIT Theatre’s Adventures is brilliant, inspiring, funny, quite hard work and almost always involves a very early start. Before pupils have even had their breakfast at home, I can be found somewhere in their school grounds burying fossils, fixing a time machine, setting out secret code chocolate wrappers, hiding alien eggs / Aliens themselves in cupboards. Crazy as that all is, my main jobs (I think), are:

To make sure everything and everyone is where they need to be at the right time and in roughly the right costume based on the extremely detailed schedule we’ve been given. 


To have the ability to make the decision to completely rip up that extremely detailed schedule, because it turns out Year 4 have got P.E in the hall today.

All of this must, of course, be done undercover, in character, with a vague-sounding title like “Assistant to the Deputy Soil Expert”.” To read more follow this link to our website.

Tom Bowtell - Director
Anna Myers - Producer
Monique Kellay - Administrator


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