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

Current Projects

We have teamed up with Wrekin Forest School to offer ‘Drama in the Forest’, a 3-day workshop for children like no other that combines being outdoors in a fantastic natural, location with the magic of creating theatre together…

“Learning drama in a magical outdoors setting will make for a truly remarkable experience for the children.
There is no other growth tool like being a drama student. While the children are enjoying creating a play and learning how to act,  they are developing their verbal and non-verbal communication skills, presentation skills, teamwork, empathy, risk-taking, self-expression, self-discipline, time management, self-efficacy, self-esteem and of course their imagination and creative skills.
On top of this, rehearsing and performing in the outdoors will improve their physical and vocal clarity. Well-taught drama students understand how to communicate clearly in person – an absolutely essential life skill.”
Hannah de Quincey

Overview

Participants will be taught how to craft an original theatre performance together in a fun, exciting and structured way that helps all feel supported and included.   They will develop their own unique mini play in a small, supportive group of 4 participants (depending on numbers) carefully guided through the stages of idea to final presentation by Hannah de Quincey, a drama facilitator and her team. They will feel a sense of accomplishment performing their play to families and friends at 4pm on Wednesday 18th August to end the three-day retreat.

Key Information

  • To be run Monday 16, Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 August from 9am – 4pm with an end performance on the Wednesday at 4-4.30pm.
  • To take place on the Wrekin Forest Events site at Wrekin Forest School. Address: Wrekin Forest School, Crudginton Moor Lane, Telford, TF6 6EE (directions will be sent out nearer the time).
  • For children to take part they must be able to attend ALL THREE
  • No prior drama experience necessary; only an enthusiastic, engaged attitude.
  • There are 16 spaces available for children aged between 7 and 12.

Fee

Book before the 16th July to secure the discounted early bird rate of £87 per participant, after that the rate will be £97 per participant.

Please contact hannah@moonstruckastronaut.com or WhatsApp 07961 050 961 for more details.

Past Projects

LAMDA 1:1 Tuition – term-time only – 2020 & 2021

Hannah joined Team LAMDA at Wrekin College to help grow the LAMDA department.  She taught throughout the pandemic ensuring the students were supported in their studies.  She taught the Speaking Verse and Prose, Acting and Devising syllabi.  Eight of her nine students were awarded distinctions, and one a high merit, when they were able to take their exams on 31 March 2021.

‘Mrs de Quincey has been amazing at teaching me online and in school and is the reason why I got such good results.’ Wrekin College LAMDA student, 2020/2021.

LAMDA Classes – term-time only – 2018 & 2019

photo taken by Steve of the Shropshire Star, 14 June 2018

We ran very successful after-school group acting classes on a Tuesday and Thursday 4-5pm at Trinity Church, Newport, Shropshire from September 2017 until March 2019. All students were awarded merits and distinctions when assessed by LAMDA and grew in self-belief, ability, and confidence.

Past Productions

‘Harry and Dolly: how it all started’ at Dorothy Clive Garden – 2019

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‘Harry and Dolly: how it all started’ was an outdoor site-specific play commissioned by the Dorothy Clive Garden and supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.  ‘Harry and Dolly’ was performed in promenade around the garden on the 29 and 30th June 2019; it staged the unsung story of Harry Clive and Dorothy Clive, the original founders of the garden, honouring the garden’s 60th Anniversary.  It was conceived, written and directed by Hannah de Quincey, with contributions from David Bowen and Jill Young who played Harry Clive and Dorothy Clive respectively, stage managed by Hannah Evans, and produced by Helen Slevin.

The production was filmed on 30 June 2019 by Junction 15 Filmmakers, and is available to watch for free below:

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‘Zombie Challenge Day’ at Keele University – 2018

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We created ‘the Zombie Challenge Day’ in collaboration with Higher Horizons+ and Keele University on the 6 July, 2018, with 60 high school students and 5 Keele schools involved. It was a unique University outreach day designed to allow Year 9s privileged access to cutting edge resources and academic staff at Keele University through the vehicle of a crystal maze type challenge. In teams, students were tasked to solve various subject challenges to stop the spread of a zombie virus before it turns deadly. A ground-breaking and ingenious concept originally conceived by Moonstruck Astronaut, generously developed and funded by Higher Horizons+.

Wulf’s Quest – a unique family adventure where the audience were the heroes and solved timed challenges around the museum to save the Anglo-Saxons from starvation.
The Man in the Moon – an ingenious, sensitive, touching piece about the process of bereavement as seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy who happens to be a balloon.

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.

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