In orbit around children

"Moonstruck Astronaut is a theatre company that stages plays for and with children and their communities that delight in unusual ideas. Our mission is to create performances that encounter life from a child’s open-minded perspective of wonder in order to foster intergenerational and intercultural friendship."

- Hannah de Quincey
Founder and Artistic Director

Company

Hannah de Quincey

Founder and Artistic Director

Hannah is a secondary school drama teacher and theatre director. She studied English at Oxford University (BA 1999-2001), Theatre Directing at Birkbeck College (MFA 2005-2007) and Drama teaching at Goldsmiths (PGCE 2010-11). She has directed a number of productions in her career, most memorable being ‘The King of the Paprika Crisps’ at the Unicorn Theatre for Children (2007), ‘The Trapeze Artist’ by Paul Bilic (Tara Arts, 2009), ‘Tree Stories’ and ‘Private Peaceful’ at Sevenoaks School (2012 &2013) and setting up and directing the first Penkhull Mystery Play in 2005 in Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent. She taught at Concord College in Shropshire from 2014-2017, establishing a vibrant drama curriculum for the students. As of September 2017 she is enjoying relaunching Moonstruck Astronaut whilst being there for her 1 year old son.

For Moonstruck Astronaut, she directed ‘The Man in the Moon’ by Enda Walsh and Jack Healy at the Albany Theatre in London in 2009 and ‘Wulf's Quest’ at the Potteries Museum in 2015.

Associate Artists

John Kirk

Storyteller www.john-kirk.co.uk

Grethe Mangala Jensen

Actor/ puppeteer/ singer

Jill Tytherleigh

Illustrator who designed the Moonstruck Astronaut logo www.jilltytherleigh.com

Our Mission

  1. To serve the people of the Midlands.
  2. To promote community cohesion.
  3. To encourage intergenerational and intercultural dialogue.
  4. To inspire creativity and confidence among the young and old.
  5. To attain a consistent standard of creative excellence.