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A Chip in the Sugar
Poorhouse Productions

Graham is happily living with his mother until the day an old flame of hers appears on the scene. A bitter sweet study of co dependency and hidden secrets. Funny and poignant.

A bitter sweet study of co dependency and hidden secrets.

gallery@QT:
Thu , Fri , Sat (ticketed)
comedy, drama 12+ 45 mins
Amanita Grove
Amanita Grove

Amanita Grove presents a multicultural collaboration of musicians playing Afro-Latin jazz with a twist and, as a theatrical music performance, interweaves vocals with spoken word and dance.

A theatrical music performance interwoven with spoken word and dance

Masquerade:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
music, dance, spoken word all ages 60 mins
Am I Predictable?
Chris Tennant - Magician

Chris Tennant returns to TheatreFest with his brand new mind reading, psychological show "Am I Predictable?". Guaranteed to have you questioning your decisions while being amazed.

Brand new mind reading, psychological show.

mainstage@QT:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
magic, psychic, mind reading, psychological (content) 16+ 60 mins
And I'll Blow Your House Down
Georgie Steele

Family disability in society: fairytale or pigging nightmare? And who’s the Biggest Baddest Wolf of all? An award-winning & absurd true-life tale. Storytelling & physical theatre.

Family disability in society: fairytale or pigging nightmare?

JCT27:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
physical theatre, storytelling (content) 12+ 60 mins
A Party for my Uncle Brian
jarfrog

Hi, I (Joe) am throwing a birthday party for my Uncle Brian (my best friend who deserves the world). There will be cake and squash and I've hired Barry Manilow. Please turn up.

A birthday party for my Uncle Brian. There will be cake.

Golden Lion Tap:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
comedy, drama (content) 14+ 50 mins
Appearances
Awkward Pigeon Theatre

3 neighbours, 3 stories, 3 struggles. At the height of Lockdown in May 2020, Hannah, Gina and Sid are brought together as they each contend with their own personal isolation.

3 neighbours, 3 stories, 3 struggles at the height of Lockdown.

mainstage@QT:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
domestic drama (content) 12+ 50 mins
Box and Cox
Studio Theatre

Mrs Bouncer is letting an apartment to a double tenantry – to Box, a printer, and to Cox, a hatter. But when Cox is unexpectedly given the day off work, the two finally meet.

Mrs Bouncer is letting an apartment to a double tenantry.

The Guildhall:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
farce all ages 45 mins
Boy Parts
Devon Rose Theatre

Irina takes erotic photos of average-looking men. Always behind the lens, she watches, she moulds, and she stalks. These boys are putty in her hands, just the way she likes it.

Irina takes erotic photos of average-looking men

Golden Lion Tap:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
modern drama (content) 16+ 60 mins
Buckets of Blood - Fairy Tales Not for Kids
Stories Alive

The Brothers Grimm are the most famous collectors of fairy tales, but back in the 19th century, stories for children were a lot scarier, blood thirsty and disturbing.

Back in the 19th century, stories for children were a lot scarier!

Masquerade:
Thu , Fri , Sat (ticketed)
storytelling (content) 14+ 60 mins
Cab Ride to Ronnie’s
Christopher Hill

A one-person show that centres on a London Cab Driver and his first visit to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. A stylistic blend of movement, song and contemporary theatre.

A London Cab Driver visits Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

JCT27:
Thu , Fri , Sun (ticketed)
jazz, contemporary theatre (content) 16+ 30 mins
Celtic Sandwich
Fia-bhán Theatre Company

For Celtic Sandwich we are bringing a small morsel of our own Celtic humour to Britain's friendliest fringe. If you like comedy, hijinks and sandwiches then this show is for you!

a morsel of Celtic humour

Baptist Hall:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
comedy 12+ 50 mins
Close Enough
Everything but Theatre

Close Enough is a comedy solo performance about belonging that challenges stereotypes about immigrant women from Eastern Europe based on real-life experiences.

Challenging stereotypes about immigrant women from Eastern Europe

Masquerade:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
comedy, theatre (content) 14+ 50 mins
Cosmic Twegheads
Jack & Jordan

In a tour of the universe aboard their patented flying ironing board, sketch comedy superstars Jack and Jordan will show you what makes a tweghead truly cosmic.

Toour the Tweghead cosmos with Jack & Jordan

Castle Centre:
Thu , Fri , Sat (ticketed)
sketch comedy (content) 14+ 60 mins
Courtship
Kim Hicks

Delight in Jane Austen's humour and brilliance through the "Sparkling Artistry" of Kim Hicks. "The longest running Jane Austen show in the world!" will send you home smiling.

Delight in Jane Austen's humour and brilliance

Castle Centre:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
drama, one woman show 10+ 60 mins
Dandelion Girl
Rosamund Clare

A wicked stepmother, a wager, and a headless body in a cave in Wales. This is a wild ride of a story - with an unforgettable heroine! A Shakespearean fairytale for grown-ups.

A wild ride of a story - with an unforgettable heroine!

Baptist Hall:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
performance storytelling (content) 14+ 50 mins
DEATH (by PowerPoint)
Liam Gifford

Wonderings of what's next mixed with a grave sense of humour shared through the most exhausting medium* of all: PowerPoint. A show 37 years in the making. *no, not Sally Morgan

Wonderings of what's next mixed with a grave sense of humour

The Guildhall:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
comedy, drama, spoken word (content) 16+ 40 mins
Does It Hurt When I press Here?
Unexplored Places Theatre Co

An original spoken-word poetry piece: Dr. Lucy Buchanan welcomes you into her GP surgery to explore her musings on university life, her patients, motherhood, sensuality and death.

An original spoken-word poetry piece

Barnstaple Library (3B):
Thu , Sat (pay-what-you-will)
Room At The Top:
Sun (pay-what-you-will)
spoken word poetry (content) 18+ 50 mins
Dot, the Faun and the Elfin Child
Dotdotdot Theatre

Summer of the pandemic and Dot’s teenage daughter is driving her bananas. A faun turns up with his own brand of comic intervention and strange things start to happen in the garden!

A faun turns up and strange things start to happen!

mainstage@QT:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
drama (content) 14+ 60 mins
DRAENOGGIN: 3 tales of old and new
JackShaw

In the dark and misty woods a hedgehog goes to hear three stories of faeries, folk and fun. Join him and be whisked away by the power of the storyteller.

A hedgehog goes to hear three stories of faeries, folk and fun

Castle Centre:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
puppetry (content) 7+ 30 mins
Escaping Event Horizons
Autojeu Theatre

An unsuspecting space traveler takes the audience to the edge of time and back again, witnessing the ends of civilisations, worlds, planets and solar systems!

To the edge of time and back again

St Anne's:
Fri , Sat (pay-what-you-will)
comedy, clowning, improvisation (content) 12+ 40 mins
Fire in the Belly
Poorhouse Productions

The life and times of Woody Guthrie. “A must see emotionally fuelled performance for lovers of music and stories alike.” Woody looks back on his life.

The life and times of Woody Guthrie

Room At The Top:
Fri , Sat , Sun (pay-what-you-will)
drama 12+ 80 mins
Fools' Journey
ichinen sanzen productions

An energetic and empathic whirlwind of a show. Two internal dialogues let loose on the stage in a journey through all our shared archetypes. "Probably the fringiest show of the fringe!"

An empathic whirlwind of a show

Bridge Chambers:
Fri , Sat , Sun (pay-what-you-will)
improvised melodrama (content) 14+ 60 mins
Fox and Sparrow
Restless Successors

Sparrow is about to infiltrate the ministry, hoping to make a change. Fox, a wanted rebel, and Sparrow’s most trusted ally, visits him ahead of his final test.

Sparrow is about to infiltrate the ministry

Baptist Hall:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
drama (content) 12+ 60 mins
Frankly Speaking...
SRM Theatre

Hoping to revive his not-so-glittering career, Frank Dudley, ageing bit-part actor and self-styled national treasure, offers us gems from Shakespeare in his new one-man show.

Frank Dudley, ageing actor and self-styled national treasure.

gallery@QT:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
comedy, drama 14+ 40 mins
God, the devil and me
God, the devil and me tour 2024

Gabe is a perfectly average teenager, with perfectly average problems… except his best friends are God and the Devil. Teenage angst with two deities in tow?- gcse stress, if only!

Average teenage Gabe's best friends are God and the Devil

JCT27:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
theatre comedy (content) 16+ 60 mins
Going On Taw
Courage Copse Creatives

The River Taw talks with watery words; tinners, salmon, millers, goddess & saint. Travel through time & landscape, reimagined tales, gossip, poetic thought & transporting sound.

The River Taw talks with watery words

Barnstaple Museum:
Sat (pay-what-you-will)
Queen Anne's Cafe - outside:
Fri , Sat (pay-what-you-will)
spoken word & live music all ages 55 mins
GROTTO
Notional Theatre

Santa is in rehab. GROTTO is a stockingful of juicy namedrops and super-salacious secrets as Xmas gets a hilarious and unseasonable make over. So what's with the red stilettos?

Santa is in rehab.

Masquerade:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
comedy (content) 16+ 60 mins
I Can Make Friends
Above Bounds Theatre Collective & Becca's Children's Books

Be part of the story and join Above Bounds as they bring to life Becca's children's book, 'I Can Make Friends', through song, dance & play in this interactive workshop for ages 0-5.

Interactive story workshop for ages 0-5

Barnstaple Library (foyer):
Sat (pay-what-you-will)
Pannier Market:
Sat (pay-what-you-will)
St Anne's:
Sat (pay-what-you-will)
children's workshop 0-5 + an adult 30 mins
Inventing Tesla
Amelie Vaccari

A solo performance exploring the intriguing life of 19th century Serbian inventor, Nikola Tesla. The genius who lit the world. The man from the future. The forgotten inventor.

The intriguing life of a forgotten inventor

St Anne's:
Thu , Fri , Sat , Sun (pay-what-you-will)
contemporary theatre with puppetry 16+ 20 mins
I Think I've Made a Terrible Mistake
Matt David

Part comedy. Part drama. Part cautionary tale. A young and naïve backpacker finds himself in an idyllic spiritual community. There is one problem though… It's definitely a cult.

A young backpacker finds himself in an idyllic spiritual community.

Castle Centre:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
tragicomedy (content) 18+ 45 mins
It's Only Me, Boys!
Verity Productions

1916. Aged 52, Devonian Theodore Bayley Hardy goes to WW1 as Chaplain, becoming one of the war's most decorated non-combatants, winning MC, DSO and VC. This is his story.

1916. Aged 52, Devonian Theodore Bayley Hardy goes to WW1 as Chaplain.

The Guildhall:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
drama 12+ 50 mins
Jane puts her finger on it
Dreamshed theatre

A chance to embrace the fun of the worlds of clairvoyance and mysticism. Ideal for the world-weary cynic. All that is needed are open minds and wallets. No lottery winners please!

Embrace the fun worlds of clairvoyance & mysticism

Room At The Top:
Thu , Fri , Sat , Sun (pay-what-you-will)
comedy 16+ 60 mins
Karismaa's Divorce Party
Outside the Frame

Darren's left me, but I don't wanna talk about it babes. Get the karaoke, I'll read your tarot and try not to have a breakdown or maybe just not be sick in the toilets!

Darren's left me, but I don't wanna talk about it babes.

Golden Lion Tap:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
stand up comedy 15+ 45 mins
King Arthur
Autojeu Theatre

A legend lives again in this outlandishly entertaining one man epic. King Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot & Guinevere. Many tales, adventures & sagas. One man to tell them all.

Many tales, adventures & sagas. One man to tell them all.

Baptist Hall:
Thu , Fri , Sat (ticketed)
comedy, physical theatre, storytelling 8+ 60 mins
Moving On
Restless Successors

Through sound and projection, Moving On takes the audience on a journey through the twists and turns of coming of age. How do we find motivation and hope along the way?

The twists and turns of coming of age

Barnstaple Museum:
Thu , Fri , Sat (pay-what-you-will)
audio/visual immersive installation all ages
Mrs Animation
Mrs Animation

Mrs Animation is taking the arts and music world by storm. Unleashing hidden performance within static artworks. Mrs Animation has released a new iconic way in how to enjoy art.

Unleashing hidden performance within static artworks

JCT27 gallery:
Thu , Fri , Sat , Sun (pay-what-you-will)
art exhibition with hidden performance all ages
Mumms the word- a history of Pilton and Barnstaple
Pilton Outdoor Theatre

Join the Green Man on an entertaining journey through Pilton and Barnstaple history. From Saxons to Saki and Highwaymen to Huguenots. All will be revealed by our mummers.

From Saxons to Saki and Highwaymen to Huguenots

Castle Green:
Sat , Sun (pay-what-you-will)
comedy all ages 55 mins
Native Wit
Imùlè Theatre

AGBO PLAY - Sierra Leone. Artists conjure drum, dance, song and clowning to create a spirit of playfulness and joy. "Amazing Show - Wonderful Rhythms - Excellent - See this!"

"Amazing Show - Wonderful Rhythms - See this!"

Bridge Chambers:
Thu , Fri , Sat , Sun (pay-what-you-will)
comedy, physical theatre, dance, song and drum 9+ 60 mins
Orphan Planet
Danny Laine

Orphan Planet is an autobiographical piece, combining real stories, once lost now found family footage and space exploration, asking how do we live with grief?

Real stories, family footage and space exploration

The Guildhall:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
autobiographical one man show (content) 14+ 60 mins
outside, in the laneway, under the stars
Hard Times

Intimate theatrical monologue about growing up queer in a small Canadian city, bullying’s toxic effects, and the siren call of theatre. "Mesmerising" (Prague Youth Theatre 2023)

growing up queer in a small Canadian city

gallery@QT:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
theatrical monologue (content) 14+ 60 mins
Resolution and Independence
Back ze Vore

Through spoken word and puppetry accompanied by a curated soundscape, this telling of Wordsworth’s 'Resolution and Independence' brings to life an encounter with a leech-gatherer.

A puppetry encounter with a leech-gatherer

St Anne's:
Thu (pay-what-you-will)
spoken word, drama, puppetry 14+ 55 mins
The Bakery is Closed Again
Barbican Theatre / ReBels Young Company

From community areas to wild landscapes, spaces all around us are being stolen. Inspired by the attempted Wild Camping Ban this explores the reaction to the loss of space.

Spaces all around us are being stolen

Barnstaple Library (3B):
Fri , Sat (pay-what-you-will)
Pannier Market:
Sat , Sun (pay-what-you-will)
abstract theatre and contemporary movement (content) 16+ 60 mins
The Best Life
PYT Senior Plough Youth Theatre Company

A play by Kateryna Rudiakova reminding us of the "transparent" issue we've forgotten. Roksolana's heart makes us cry and laugh, her sincerity makes us live through the fear with her.

Are we in danger of forgetting?

gallery@QT:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
drama 12+ 60 mins
The Enchanted Cinema: Orchestra of Water
Enchanted Cinema

Join multi-instrumentalists The Enchanted Cinema on xylophone, harp and foley FX in creating live scores to 100 years of animation by Studio Ghibli and more!

Help create live scores to an animation

Barnstaple Library (2A):
Thu , Fri , Sat (pay-what-you-will)
interactive cinema for families 4+ 30 mins
The Fairy who wanted to Fly
Puppet Roadshow

Everyone has a dream. Mary wanted to fly, but she had no wings. A work in progress show for younger audiences and anyone who dreams big.

Mary wanted to fly, but she had no wings

Barnstaple Library (foyer):
Thu (pay-what-you-will)
Green Lanes:
Fri (pay-what-you-will)
The Feel Good Larder:
Sat , Sun (pay-what-you-will)
puppetry 5+ and families 25 mins
The First Men in the Moon
Mark Jardine

Professor Cavor and Mr Bedford boldly go where no one-man show has gone before in this adaptation of the SciFi classic. Packed with comedy, drama, moon creatures and a typewriter.

Packed with comedy, drama, moon creatures and a typewriter.

gallery@QT:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
comedy, drama, physical theatre 14+ 60 mins
The Laurel & Hardy Radio Show
Lucky Dog Theatre Productions

The award-winning duo return! Stan and Ollie recorded several radio shows in the 1940s that were never broadcast. Presented in a live studio setting, you'll think you were there!

The award-winning duo return!

Bridge Chambers:
Fri , Sat (pay-what-you-will)
comedy 8+ 50 mins
The Love Stories Show
Mark Rutterford

A whirlwind romance of stories and laughs about love. Featuring Love Hearts and love songs - happiness and heartache - a big shiny heart, an alien and lots of audience involvement!

A whirlwind romance of stories and laughs about love.

Golden Lion Tap:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
spoken word, storytelling (content) 16+ 60 mins
The Lucky And Ducky Show
Lucky Dog Theatre Productions

Lucky Dog are back yet again! This time, it's their company mascots who are running the show. It's stupid, silly, childish and is completely (un?)suitable for the whole family.

It's the company mascots who are running the show!

Baptist Hall:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
comedy 3+ 60 mins
The Man With The Golden Bum - a vintage radio mayhem production
UP CLOSE THEATRE

A thriller of spies-baddies-girls-bums and a lot of naughty un-pc humour as Up Close Theatre takes aim at the spy genre. Who will be safe? If easily offended, choose another show!!!

A lot of naughty un-pc humour as Up Close Theatre aim at the spy genre.

Golden Lion Tap:
Thu , Fri , Sat (ticketed)
comedy, spoken word (content) 16+ 60 mins
The Monkey's Guide to Deicide
i.e.

Who will win? The all-powerful lords of creation? Or a macaque with an attitude problem and a big stick? A tale of anarchy and enlightenment inspired by the legend of Sun Wukong.

A tale of anarchy and enlightenment inspired by the legend of Sun Wukong

JCT27:
Thu , Sat (ticketed)
comedy, drama, storytelling (content) 12+ 50 mins
The Secret Show
Chris Tennant - Magician

Chris Tennant presents ‘The Secret Show’. A one man close up performance of his most prized, award winning sleight of hand. This is an intimate show that cannot be missed.

Award winning sleight of hand

Golden Lion Tap Upstairs:
Fri , Sat , Sun (pay-what-you-will)
magic 18+ 45 mins
Toby Belch is Unwell
Fetch Theatre

​Toby Belch is unwell, he could have been Hamlet, he could have been Macbeth... Is this his epitaph? A drunken sot and a fool? 'An acting masterclass'.

He could have been Hamlet, he could have been Macbeth...

Masquerade:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
comedy, drama (content) 15+ 50 mins
Tomatoes Don't Fly - Gravity Shouldn't Always Be Taken Seriously
Cia Jose Parra

A very interactive physical theatre performance with elements of clowning that invites us all to see every challenge in life as an opportunity for growth.

physical theatre performance with elements of clowning

mainstage@QT:
Thu , Fri , Sat (ticketed)
comedy & physical theatre with text (content) 12+ 60 mins
Travellers
lost for words

Moses is growing up; he's middle-aged; he's on the pull; his wife is missing; his son won't speak to him; he is dying, remembering the loves, losses and indifferences of his life.

Moses is growing up

St Anne's:
Thu , Fri , Sun (pay-what-you-will)
The Feel Good Larder:
Sat , Sun (pay-what-you-will)
drama, spoken word (content) 16+ 45 mins
Triple Bill: Savage Freedom
C3 Youth Dance Companies - Landmark Theatre

Contemporary Youth Dance Triple Bill - Freedom: inspired by the final speech from The Great Dictator; Savages: when children rule themselves; Chains: the bands that confine us.

Contemporary Youth Dance Triple Bill - Freedom; Savages; Chains

mainstage@QT:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
dance, physical theatre 8+ 30 mins
Verbal Tapas
Rob Gee

Comedian and poet Rob Gee has won many poetry slams and now the audience chooses his set list. Peruse the menu, pick a poem and enjoy! ★★★★★ “Dr Seuss for adults!” Uptown Magazine

Peruse the menu, pick a poem and enjoy! ★★★★★ “Dr Seuss for adults!”

JCT27:
Fri , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
comedy, spoken word (content) 16+ 60 mins
Woman Caught Unaware
Benny&Kate theatre company

A female art history professor must decide what action to take when an unflattering naked photograph of her appears online. Fighting off various 'allies', she plans a surprise...

An unflattering naked photograph appears online

St Anne's:
Thu , Sat , Sun (pay-what-you-will)
drama 12+ 50 mins
Wuthering Heights
Tanya Landman

"We were twin souls. How did it go so wrong?" Doomed lovers, tragic deaths, restless spirits wandering the moors…. Cathy's ghost has her own tale to tell…

Restless spirits wandering the moors...

Castle Centre:
Thu , Sat , Sun (ticketed)
drama, storytelling 14+ 45 mins
You Don't Know Either
Stacked Wonky

From darkness into light into darkness. Step into a shared space set aside from everyday living to witness multiple young lives burning brightly for the shortest time.

Young lives burning brightly for the shortest time

Hub on the Strand:
Sat (pay-what-you-will)
dance / physical theatre (content) 8+ 15 mins
Zoinks! The Spooky Folklore of Scooby-Doo
The Folklore Podcast

A unique and fascinating fun look inside the Scooby-Doo universe, showing both how the show has represented our real-world monsters and how it has influenced our own pop culture.

A fun look inside the Scooby-Doo universe.

The Guildhall:
Thu , Fri , Sat (ticketed)
light entertainment, spoken word all ages 60 mins