Alba Dinkley announces plans to join the space race this Christmas

Cartoon style illustration of a child in a rocket, above a town, heading for the moon. Text that reads "KITCHEN ZOO presents THE TIN FOIL ASTRONAUT"


Aspiring Astronaut Alba Dinkley has announced she will be joining the space race this Christmas. She can’t do it alone though and she’s asking children and their families for a helping hand at ARC in Stockton.


Alba will begin her efforts for a successful launch when her cosmic adventure The Tin Foil Astronaut blasts off on Tuesday 7 December. Members of the public will have the opportunity to join her on her adventure until Friday 24 December.


Alba has a passion for all things space and has learnt a lot about the solar system and beyond, she’s even promised to share some of her favourite facts with those who join her on her adventure. In fact, Alba knows so much she thinks the experts are missing some pretty obvious stuff.


“SpaceX have done brilliant things. Safely landing rockets to reuse them is a giant leap forward. But I think we’re all disappointed with their lack of research into crisp powered space craft. Am I right?”


“Elon Musk and his team aren’t getting stickers for their work and this is why. It’s almost as if they’re not even trying to power their rockets with crisps. Watch this space because crisp power is coming!”


Alba was also mindful of offering some safety advice to adults. All the adventure can actually send some adults a little wild so Alba recommends that adults should be accompanied by their children. She suggests those aged 3 – 7 are best at keeping an eye on their parents’ behaviour.


As well as plenty of performances for families to enjoy at weekends and during the final countdown to Christmas there will be a number of daytime performances in the weeks prior. Alba pointed out that these are great for schools that want to know that their teachers are safely being watched over by a whole class.


Alba’s story will be brought to life on ARC’s stage by Kitchen Zoo. They’ve told lots of other brilliant stories for children all over the country. Their shows The Owl and The Pussycat, The Three Bears and a previous version of The Tin Foil Astronaut have been some of the most loved by children in Stockton.


Children wanting to join Alba on her space adventure this Christmas should ask their grown ups to visit ARC’s website to find out more. They can also call Alba’s friends at ARC’s Box Office who know lots about the show and are always happy to help.


Early booking is advised as tickets for Kitchen Zoo’s shows are always in high demand. Get your seats on this year’s most important space mission now!