Frequently Asked Questions

Further information on our shows

Please contact the office if you have any further questions.

How much does a show cost?

    The normal cost is £375 + VAT for 1 performance or £680 + VAT for 2 performances. (State schools can avoid paying the VAT by processing the invoice on a County Order). Teachers go free!

    There are also some seasonal discounts but the advice is: Plan ahead and book early! Many leave it until the last minute when the diaries are already full. Our tour areas are mapped out 2 years in advance to give you the chance to see what’s coming.

Do you need a stage?

    No. School stages tend to be too small. It’s actually better NOT to use a stage but if there is one we recommend reversing the hall and let the children at the back sit on it.

What will you need on the day?

    A table, a few chairs and a power point. Preferably good access to a ground-floor hall & a blackout if possible. Also a cup of tea!

How long do you need to set up?

    We carry a lot of stuff – scenery, props, costumes, lighting equipment, sound equipment so it takes 45 minutes to set up & the same to dismantle and get out.

How many children can watch?

    Up to 200 (max) assuming the hall is big enough.

Can we include Reception Age children?

    We recommend that the shows are not suitable for Reception Ages but if schools insist, sit them at the back as they get very scared when the lights go out!

How much space do you need?

    Ideally about 20’ wide by 20’ deep and at least an 8’ height clearance. However, some parts of the sets are flexible and can be missed off for particularly small halls. Classrooms in general are NOT big enough.

Are the actors DBS checked?

    No because they don’t NEED to be. Since the merge of the CRB and ISA (to DBS), the rules have relaxed. Those coming into contact with children just once per week don’t need a DBS check – which is the case for our actors. Also, they are not responsible for the children – only performing to them – so teachers remain in charge in much the same way as if they were taking children to the theatre where the staff / actors are unlikely to have DBS checks anyway.

Is Kinetic just the 2 actors we see?

    NO! There’s a writer, manager, choreographer, musician, a props maker, a costume maker, a web designer, a staffed bookings office, a production office, a garage mechanic and a kettle to boil!

Are you insured?

    Yes. Kinetic has full Performing Liability Insurance – however this does not extend to children backstage. For this reason the actors will not be allowed to let the children behind the set.

Do we need to do any preparatory work before the shows?

    That’s entirely up to you. We issue a pack full of pre-show information with suggestions for follow-up related classroom activities. The shows are entirely “self-sufficient” so can be used as a springboard for a topic OR as revision. Some schools book, not for the science, but for the theatricality of the shows which is fine by us too!

We have Ofsted the week we want the show - should we change our schedule?

    Not at all! The last Ofsted Inspector who saw a show loved it and, as the school said after, it gave the children a chance to show the Inspector what they know!

Are the shows suitable for the SENDs?

    Inclusion is an important part of our ethos. Generally our actors are skilled at adapting their performance to include SEND learners. Although they may not draw as much from the educational content, they benefit from a live performance.

Will the actors be the same as the ones who came last year?

    Highly unlikely. Our actors work on 3 month contracts and usually move on. In some circumstances they come back for a second or third season but usually they move on up their career. Actor Graeme Hawley (The Bunsen Towers Mystery) ended up as murderer John Stape in Coronation Street!

Will an entire topic be covered?

    No. It’s not possible to fit every bit of content in under the time constraints.

Are the stories real?

    Not at all! The current teaching trend is to use as wide a range of imaginative situations in which to include scientific content, method & approaches. The learner thus experiences science in situations other than traditional settings. For this reason, and for theatrical & dramatic effect, the stories are over-the-top BUT the science is kept factual and real. We are a theatre company after all….

Will you teach our children?

    Not specifically, no. The actors are not teachers. We are there to support your teaching and to open learning out to new and innovative situations. If learning happens – which it usually does – then so much the better!

Kinetic Theatre Company, The Jubilee Centre, 10-12 Lombard Road, London SW19 3TZ. Phone (0)20 8286 2613
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