What’s On: UnPacked Family Theatre Festival

Published July 12, 2016


4 – 6 Aug | For ages 4+

UnPacked Festival curators, 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.

All performances £8 (£6), families £25 and workshops £5 unless stated otherwise.

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Unpacked Launch Event

Exeter Phoenix | Thu 4 Aug | 11am

Join us in the Café Bar for a bite to eat and find out what’s happening at the festival.


PaddleBoat Theatre Company

Margo & Mr Whatsit

Exeter Phoenix | Tue 2 – Sat 6 Aug | 3p

Mr Whatsit is Sophia’s imaginary friend. That is, until Sophia unimagines him, and invents the tea-drinking, lipstick-wearing Margo. PaddleBoat Theatre Company present an imaginative tale where real and imaginary worlds collide and friends are never far away.


Interactive Storytelling with Paddleboat Theatre

According To Arthur

Exeter Phoenix | Thu 4 – Fri 5 Aug | 12pm | children £3, adults go free

Meet Arthur – an odd old man who lives all alone in his attic. Arthur spends all of his time with his friend the moon, but one cloudy night the moon is nowhere to be seen. Can you help him find his friend?


Open Attic Theatre Company

Much Ado About Puffin

The Bike Shed Theatre | Thu 4 – Sat 6 Aug | 1pm

Traverse stormy seas and reckless tides in this funny tale about a man all alone, a friendly puffin, and a whole lot of fuss about nothing.


Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games

The Bike Shed Theatre | Thu 4 Aug | 5pm

A host of idiotic games to test you. Everyone plays as Green splits the audience to battle through a series of challenges for silliness’ sake.


The Young Pretenders

The Bike Shed Theatre | Thu 4 Aug | 8pm

A play adaptation of Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson and Alex Schleffler, created in one week by young people aged 11-18. Want to get involved? Contact lucy@theyoungpretenders.net.


Above Bounds Theatre Collective

Shadow Puppetry Workshop

Exeter Phoenix | Fri 5 Aug | 10am – 11.30am

Join us for an exciting family shadow puppetry workshop inspired by techniques all the way from Bali. Includes a short shadow puppetry performance from Above Bounds’ latest show The Ugly Duckling.


Soap Soup Theatre

The Snow Baby

The Bike Shed Theatre | Fri 5 Aug – 5pm | Sat 6 Aug – 11am

This is a love story of castles in the air, of weathering the storm, and dreams coming true in the most unexpected ways.


Open Attic Theatre Company

Storytelling Workshop

Exeter Phoenix | Sat 6 Aug | 9.30 – 10.30am

Meet the creators of Much Ado About Puffin and learn some tricks of storytelling using body movement and imagination.


Moon On A Stick

Puppetry Workshop

Exeter Phoenix | Sat 6 Aug | 11am – 12pm

Masters of puppetry Moon On A Stick share their skills ahead of an evening performance of their latest show at the Bike Shed Theatre.


Moon On A Stick

King Arthur & The Inglewood

The Bike Shed Theatre | Sat 6 Aug | 5pm

A very silly medieval adventure complete with puppetry, live music and audience interaction. Join King Arthur on a mystical quest, meeting brave knights, giant dragons and a jolly jester along the way.