Join our beatboxing sessions for some lockdown fun
4th May 2020
Children and their families in lockdown are being given the chance to become video music stars through a link-up between Sheringham Little Theatre and a top international beatboxer.
Homeskool Beatbox Adventures is a weekly livestreamed interactive show helping youngsters create their own music.
SK Shlomo, who has worked with Ed Sheeran and Lily Allen and played at Glastonbury will teach new vocal skills, showing children in quarantine how to become Superstar Beatboxers.
Over the course of 6 weeks, for 30 minutes every Thursday Sheringham Little Theatre will be playing his free weekly educational show live on its Facebook page, linking up with families in thousands of homes around the world. It is one of 80 music venues taking part in the scheme.
It is combined with a JustGiving campaign aiming to raise £2500 for NHS Charities Together in the process.
Families will be set creative challenges to raise money by sharing performance videos of their new skills using the hashtag #beatboxadventures. The Homeskool Beatbox Adventures worldwide community will create an anthem singing, beatboxing and performing together.
Each week SK Shlomo will be joined by one of his talented friends, including Bastille, KT Tunstall, Bill Bailey, Basement Jaxx, Jason Mraz and BBC Radio 1’s Dr Rahda.
Little Theatre trustee, Cate Partridge, says: “We were really sad to postpone our Youth Musical Group’s Easter production of Guys and Dolls, so when we were invited to take part in an online show about believing in yourself and celebrating our frontline heroes along the way, of course we said yes. Theatre is all about bringing people together and although we must stay physically distant, it’s vitally important we still connect emotionally.
“We’re asking people to spread the word about Homeskool Beatbox Adventures so Norfolk families have the chance to join with children all over the world during lockdown. SK Shlomo’s shows always sell out so it’s really exciting for our Little Theatre to take part in this big (and totally free!) project. We really hope interest builds as the weeks go on.”
Watch the man in action live on BBC’s Blue Peter here
Watch the show’s beatboxing trailer here
Watch SK Shlomo teach children’s poet laureate Michael Rosen to beatbox here :
About SK Shlomo
SK Shlomo is a world record-breaking beatboxer who makes all kinds of music using just his mouth and a mic.
A drummer and percussionist from the age of 8 years old, SK Shlomo developed his beatboxing talents in response to restrictions on how often he could practise his beloved drums. These breathtaking vocal skills gained him early recognition as an internationally acclaimed beatboxer.
SK Shlomo ﬁrst burst into the mainstream after appearing on BBC2’s Later…With Jools Holland, collaborating with Björk and performing with famous fans from Damon Albarn, Lily Allen and Jarvis Cocker to Imogen Heap, Martha Wainwright and Rudimental.
He soon became the ﬁrst ever World Looping Champion and taught his friend Ed Sheeran some tricks. SK Shlomo became Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre, played the main stages at Glastonbury, won rave reviews for his autobiographical oneman shows and even became the subject of an award- winning feature documentary, The Beatbox Choir.
But everything changed at the age of 27 when he became a father. Frustrated and exhausted by late nights on the road, SK Shlomo started thinking about ways to teach his skills to the younger generation and began touring a family show called Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure For Kids. The show became a phenomenal success, with ﬁve star reviews and sell out shows from the Royal Albert Hall to the Edinburgh Festival.
Since 2017 SK Shlomo has been championing mental health in his work, including becoming a role model for young people by talking about mental health at his family shows. In 2019, after nearly 2 years oﬀ the road battling depression, he launched his debut studio album ‘Surrender’, and a new one-man stage show of the same name, both raising money for the mental health charity Young Minds.
Surrender was supported by BBC Radio 1, and BBC Music Introducing, including a performance in their Live Lounge, and the subsequent tour reached over 140 performances, including his biggest solo show to date on the Other Stage at Glastonbury Festival. After its theatrical premiere at the Edinburgh Festival, Surrender was shortlisted for the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Mental Health Award.
WHAT THE PRESS SAY
“FORGET ONE-MAN BAND, THIS GUY IS A ONE-MAN MUSIC FESTIVAL.”
“SHLOMO HAD THE AUDIENCE EATING OUT OF HIS HAND FROM THE START… THE
PARENTS WERE HAVING JUST AS GOOD A TIME AS THEIR KIDS – MAYBE EVEN
“SUPER MEGA AWESOME” ★★★★★
“A RIOT OF NOISE AND LIGHT… SK SHLOMO IS A TREAT TO WATCH”
“THE KID’S GOOD. JAW-DROPPINGLY GOOD.”
Sheringham Little Theatre in Lockdown
Theatre life is always unpredictable but we never imagined quite such uncertain times as these. Theatre is all about bringing people together so we miss our brilliant audiences more than we can say. We can’t wait to open our doors to everyone again but, along with all other theatres, our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our staff and, most importantly, of our audiences. While full time staff are on furloughed leave, Sheringham Little Theatre’s social media is being looked after by two of the trustees, Cate Partridge and Richard Batson who have volunteered to stay in touch with supporters online. The positive is that this unprecedented disruption gives us the potential to explore fresh ways to reach new and wider audiences so we can share more amazing work now and in the future. Meanwhile, Norfolk residents will be familiar with somewhat erratic Wiﬁ so do bear with us as we explore ways to connect in the ‘new normal’!
We cannot say often enough how much the generosity, patience and support of our community continues to sustain and uplift us during this very strange time. We are certainly living through history together!
Meanwhile, you’ll ﬁnd us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter until the lights go on again.