UnPacked Family Theatre Festival

Published June 1, 2016











PaddleBoat Theatre Company have packed a very big suitcase full of exciting theatre shows and creative workshops for all the family to enjoy this summer.

Exeter is set to experience its very first family-focused theatre festival on the 4th, 5th and 6th of August, an exciting selection of shows and workshops just waiting to be unpacked and played with during the summer holidays. UnPacked Family Theatre Festival is being curated by Exeter’s very own PaddleBoat Theatre Company, with the Bike Shed Theatre and Exeter Phoenix working together to host three days of creativity and imagination.

“We’ve brought together a dazzling selection of shows and workshops from playful and passionate theatre-makers – now we need you to come along, unpack our holiday suitcase and play”
(PaddleBoat Theatre Company)

Headlining the festival is PaddleBoat’s brand new family show Margo & Mr. Whatsit’, performing at Exeter Phoenix from 2nd – 6th August. Then each morning of the festival, Exeter Phoenix will give the whole family a chance to take part in exciting workshops – sharing stories, playing with puppetry, and the chance to hear a very special reading of PaddleBoat’s enchanting storybook ‘According to Arthur…’ that will be BSL signed for Deaf audiences.

There’s an exciting array of family shows to see at the vibrant Bike Shed Theatre. Man meets bird in Open Attic’s hilarious ‘Much Ado About Puffin’ and Soap Soup’s beautiful love story ‘The Snow Baby’ will entrance young and old alike. ‘Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games’ is the TV game show in a theatre – ‘a lip lickin’ afternoon of games for everyone to play’. Local youth theatre company The Young Pretenders present their ‘Play in a Week’, and exciting puppetry brings an old tale to life in Moon on a Stick’s ‘King Arthur and the Inglewood’.

Whether you’re 4 or 400, don’t pack up and go this Summer – stay and experience the very best of family theatre at Exeter’s first UnPacked Family Theatre Festival.

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