Who are we?

Moonstruck Astronaut is a not-for-profit community theatre company based in Newport, Shropshire. Our vision 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.

Our mission is to co-create drama performances that encounter life from a child’s open-minded perspective of wonder in order to foster intergenerational and intercultural friendship.

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

We are seeking volunteers to join our passionate team and help Moonstruck Astronaut community theatre company succeed in filling the gap in supporting local children’s creative development. 

Hannah was interviewed by Mark Elliott on BBC Radio Shropshire on the 21st June talking about Moonstruck Astronaut’s work and the volunteering opportunities it offers. Have a listen and let us know if you’d like to get involved!

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

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