An all-female theatre production company will bring Christmas cheer to disadvantaged children this year, using food banks in Hastings and Eastbourne to give out free theatre tickets to low-income families.

Around 500 tickets to The Lost Toys’ Big Christmas Adventure at The White Rock Theatre, Sussex Studio in Hastings and The Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne have been paid for by local businesses. 

And families are in for a treat. The script is written and directed by Kali Peacock from Eastbourne of Finding Neverland fame; original music is by Hastings resident Sarah Travis, the first woman ever to win a Tony award for Orchestration – working on the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd

PIC: UnderWired Productions

“Seeing a Christmas show is such a fabulous and magical family tradition, yet too many can barely afford to put food on the table, let alone think about theatre tickets.” says Kali. 

 “No child should be excluded from the arts because of money. These are our future actors, directors and stage managers but they’re never going to have an opportunity to pursue these careers without being exposed to the arts.”

The show charts the adventures of lost toys Tinsel the doll, Captain Courage and Moti the EmotiBot, who fall out of Father Christmas’s sleigh on their journey from his North Pole factory. Will they reach their children in time before they wake on Christmas morning, or will a naughty doll called Wicked Wanda stop them?

 The production promises to be magical and multi-sensory – smell the forest, feel the wind in your hair, hear the sea crashing on the cliffs – and both venues are accessible to those with disabilities – this being especially important to Kali, mother to a six-year-old boy whose disability means he cannot walk.

 Together with actress and mum Katy Morgan, Kali co-founded UnderWired Productions in 2018. The pair started their company after having children, frustrated with the lack of opportunities for mothers and women over 40 in the theatre industry. 

Performances 17/18th December, Eastbourne Hippodrome, 13-15th, 20-24th
and 26-29th December, White Rock Theatre. 

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