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Kid Normal – You Don’t Need Superpowers to be a Hero!

With Greg James and Chris Smith

  • Kid Normal

Saturday 15 July, 11:00am

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe

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Calling all heroes, villains and Super Zeros! Join radio personalities and debut authors, Greg James and Chris Smith for an action-packed Kid Normal event. Prepare for lots of games and audience participation, and help to defeat the evil Nektar! Superpowers NOT required!

Suitable for ages 8+

Kid Normal is the first book in a laugh-out-loud funny adventure series!

It stars Murph, an ordinary boy who can’t help but feel a bit out of his depth when his mum unwittingly enrols him at a school for superheroes. Unlike his fellow students, who can all control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever. But just because you don’t have superpowers, it doesn’t mean you can’t save the world. Let’s hope Murph realises that, and quick – because not far away is a great big bad guy dressed like a wasp, and his mind is abuzz with evil plans…

It’s time for Kid Normal to become a hero.



GREG JAMES is a familiar voice and face on both radio and TV. He’s the host of Radio 1’s Drivetime show – named Best Entertainment Production at the 2016 ARIA Awards where the judges described it as ‘a joyous listen … ambitious and constantly surprising’. He also presents the UK’s Official Chart every Friday. On-screen, Greg’s recently been busy hosting Children in Need and BT Sport’s new cricket coverage. Earlier in the year he raised over a million pounds for Sport Relief by completing his #GREGATHLON – five triathlons in five different cities on five consecutive days. Greg has no super powers. In his spare time he enjoys the idea of having hobbies. But in reality, he’s made all of them into work.

CHRIS SMITH is a not only a key part of the success of Greg’s show both creatively and in an on air capacity but an award-winning journalist and broadcaster in his own right. Since 2011 he's been delivering the news to millions of people every day as the presenter of Newsbeat on BBC Radio 1. He'd previously presented on Radio 5 Live and Xfm. Chris enjoyed a previous, glittering, literary career as the winner of the H E Bates Short Story Competition 1981 (under 10s section) with his tale Where Are the Brandy Snaps?. Chris has no super powers either, although he enjoys pretending his cat Mabel can fly by picking her up and running around.

Together on Greg’s show and in their weekly podcast, Chris and Greg are responsible for some of radio's most ludicrous games and characters, which genuinely wouldn't make any sense if we tried to explain them here.
Photo credit: Jenny Smith