Lewes based Theatre screening online

A Family Christmas favourite has been adapted for film and online streaming to support local cinemas, theatres and families.

Over the past 2 years Lewes based Slot Machine Theatre have been entertaining families across the country with their punchy innovative family Christmas shows. As we all know, this year is a bit different. When they realised all their shows were going to be cancelled until the middle of next year, Slot Machine decided they had to act quickly and adapt the way they work so that families could still enjoy the British tradition of watching theatre together this Christmas. So, in a matter of weeks they teamed up with Bees Knees Media and film maker Emily Malden to produce a film version of one of their most popular shows, Kippers Snowy Day so even if venues are still closed, theatre is still accessible to everyone.

We made this film because we really wanted to create something that was pure fun for families to watch at Christmas. Kipper is a really fun character, and his unstoppable enthusiasm for life is the perfect antidote to this pretty glum year. We thought we’d try to give families something they could enjoy together, something creative and visually exciting, but also just really entertaining and joyful. Says Nick Tigg, Artistic Director.

Mick Inkpen’s Kipper series is well known and loved by parents and children alike, plus anyone else charged with reading a bedtime story in the past 30 years. Kipper’s Snowy Day sees Kipper and his best friend Tiger go an adventure in the snow – but on the way they lose their friend Arnold in a terrible storm. Will they find him? And will they find their way back home? Filled with original songs and music, gorgeous puppetry and gentle humour, it is a warm-hearted Christmas show, perfect for children aged 3+ and their families.

Slot Machine Theatre make shows for and with families so there is plenty in the film for all ages, from silly gags to cracking music and songs. They have added extra activities for families to do at home, like how to make your own Kipper ears and a tutorial to learn one of the songs from the show on the ukulele. And if you’re playing the ukulele wearing Kipper ears, you can’t be sad!

This year has been a hugely challenging time for theatres and cinemas and the company were keen to support venues that they have worked with previously. 

We also wanted to make something that any theatre, even if they’re shut, could use to keep connected with their audience – for so many families a trip to the theatre at Christmas is really important, but if that’s not possible, we hope this will in some way replace it.” Continues Tigg.

We urge you to go and support your local independent cinema and theatre company and hope to be back, performing for you live, very soon.

Originally commissioned and co-produced by Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, in Maidenhead, in 2014 and supported by Arts Council England. Thanks to Applecart Arts, Bees Knees Media and Emily Malden.

Cinema screening at Depot Cinema, Lewes, East Sussex – 11am every day, 4th December-8th January lewesdepot.org Tickets from £4

For more info and tickets, please contact Jo Richardson at jorichardsonjo@gmail.com or 07733768075