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 and flying the flag masterfully for drama to be expanded at the school.  It was here that her love of outdoor theatre was cemented when she adapted and directed ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (2015) and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (2017) for a cast of over 40 Year 9s in outdoor locations on their stunning campus.

As of September 2017, she is enjoying establishing Moonstruck Astronaut as a community theatre company  in Newport, Shropshire whilst being there for her 3 year old son.

As Artistic Director of Moonstruck Astronaut, she directed and wrote ‘Harry and Dolly: how it all started’, an outdoor site-specific play commissioned by the Dorothy Clive Garden to mark its’ 60th Anniversary, performed in the garden on the 29/30 June 2019.  In 2018, she collaborated with Higher Horizons+ to co-create ‘The Zombie Challenge Day’ at Keele University which took place on the 6th July 2018.  It was an exciting education outreach project that catered for 60 high school students who were challenged to solve a zombie flu outbreak in a day.  In 2015, she directed and organised ‘Wulf’s Quest’ at the Potteries Museum.  In 2009, she directed and organised  ‘The Man in the Moon’ by Enda Walsh and Jack Healy which was staged at the Albany Theatre and the Little Angel Puppet Theatre in London.

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.

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