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 Community Youth Theatre at St Nicholas' Church Parish Room on Saturday mornings in the Spring and Summer school terms.

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 - 14 year olds which takes place in Newport from January to July every year.

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.

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.

Latest News

Ready set, go for our 2023 programme!

Listen to Hannah telling Claire Ashford all about our 2023 youth drama projects on BBC Radio Shropshire 😉

She shares the joyous news that we have been awarded a 10K grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery to support staffing for the Spring and Summer Drama in the Forests next year.

Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.  For more info on their work go to http://www.postcodelottery.co.uk/ and http://www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk/ 

Our new Arts Administrator!

Welcome to Megan Budd our new Arts Administrator, who Balloon Boy met for the first time in the snow in January!
Megan hails from South Africa 🙂 she moved to England in 2021 with her husband and is keen to get to know Newport and its community more.
She is an artist herself creating awesome pet portraits at @Artful Memories Studio

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.  

Email Hannah on hannah@moonstruckastronaut.com if are interested in nurturing our local children by volunteering your time, talents and energy.

 

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!

Participant Feedback

Feedback from ‘Summer Drama in the Forest’ 2022

Feedback from ‘Newport Community Youth Theatre’ 2022

Feedback from ‘Spooky Drama in the Forest’ 2021

Feedback from ‘Summer Drama in the Forest’ 2021

Moonstruck Astronaut theatre company’s vision: