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Catherine Kelly
Catherine KellySummer Drama in the Forest 2023
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Perfect opportunity for children to explore and gain confidence. A must do!
Laura Growcott
Laura GrowcottDrama in the Forests
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A fabulous organisation.
Stuart Platt
Stuart PlattSummer Drama in the Forest 2023
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Organisation was excellent and all staff have encouraged the children who have all enjoyed every minute.
Andrew Weaver
Andrew WeaverNewport Youth Theatre 2023
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Very supportive team. Farren has really enjoyed being part of the cast. Can’t wait for the next one.
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Audience feedbackNewport Youth Theatre 2023
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Lovely to see creative theatre with young people, and ensemble playing. Great group atmosphere. Mutual Support. Wide range of participants.
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Audience feedbackNewport Youth Theatre 2023
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Amazing! So many different style of drama – really professional. Everyone’s confidence has sky rocketed.

Latest News

Drama in the Forests 2024 are go!

This February, we found out the incredible news we have received a 36K grant from Arts Council England to deliver both our ‘Spring’ and ‘Summer Drama in the Forests’ at Wrekin Forest School this year.

Please click this link to book your child/ren on to the ‘Summer Drama in the Forest’ to be run in the third week of the school summer holidays:

Thanks to everyone for their support and enthusiasm for our community arts projects, and thank you so much to Arts Council England for funding our valuable work.


Moonstruck Astronaut Guiding Principles:

  • We are serious about play.

  • We seek to be a channel for creativity.

  • We are a space for finding peace and joy within and with each other.

  • We find freedom in time spent co-creating with our community.

  • Witnessing and celebrating each other’s creativity makes us feel alive.

  • We seek to give people moments and memories that will endure and give them strength for their whole lives.

Photo taken by Jamie Ricketts for the Shropshire Star

Who are we?

Moonstruck Astronaut is a not-for-profit community theatre company based in Newport, Shropshire that is in orbit around children co-creating arts projects that uplift and unite!

Our vision is to help foster a joyful, loving world in which everyone's creativity is valued and celebrated. We seek to strengthen our local community's wellbeing by enabling more people to take part in communal creativity in order to increase the bonds of friendship and fun between us all and serve world peace.

Our mission is to bring the local community of Newport and surrounding areas together through theatre projects, first with our children and then extending to all ages. In order to achieve this, we co-create drama projects and performances that encounter life from a child’s open-minded perspective of wonder and delight.

Based on years of experience teaching drama and directing theatre, we are passionate about the extensive benefits to a community’s wellbeing of taking part in communal creativity.

Hannah de Quincey
Artistic Director

What do we do?

We run ‘Drama in the Forest’ outdoor drama workshops for children in the school holidays.

We run the Newport Youth Theatre at Cosy Hall on Thursdays afterschool in term-time.

We believe drama and theatre are powerful, delightful tools for enabling everyone’s confidence, self-expression and holistic wellbeing through the communication, creativity and community they foster. We want to help make these ‘tools’ for developing a well-rounded, contented individual accessible to more people in our local community.

Newport Youth Theatre

A Youth Theatre for 7 - 13 year olds which takes place in Newport from November to July every year. (Photo credit: Lizzie Bee photography)

Spring Drama in the Forest

A four-day outdoor drama and movement workshop for 6-12 year olds, themed around animals, that happens in the Easter school holidays. (Photo credit: Jo Edwards photography)

Summer Drama in the Forest

A week-long outdoor drama workshop for 6-12 year olds, incorporating movement and musical instruments, that happens in the summer holidays every August. (Photo credit: Jamie Ricketts for the Shropshire Star)

Opportunities to join us...

Could you make an impact just by being you?

Volunteer with us to extend your skillset and CV and links with your local community.  

About Us

Moonstruck Astronaut community theatre company is a lifelong dream of Hannah de Quincey’s. Inspired by her training with London Bubble community theatre company and the Unicorn Theatre for Children in London, she emerged from completing her Masters in Theatre Directing in 2008 with the ambition to co-create a theatre company that specialises in both children’s theatre in conjunction with community theatre. Fast forward over a decade later and the community theatre company that uplifts and unites all she had envisaged is now growing in Shropshire.

The name for the theatre company landed in her mind when she was mesmerised by the moon while walking home when living in London. She still can be found staring up at the moon in the night sky and hopes you remember to look up too!

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