family friendly

A picnic short of a sandwich
GoldHill Dance Company

Music or chatter? Sandwiches or cake? What makes the perfect picnic? Join GoldHill Dance Company as the dancers challenge each other to create a flawless afternoon.
alt space 19 - The Square  Fri, Sat, Sun
dance, physical theatre5+12 mins

The dancers challenge each other to create a flawless afternoon.
alt space 19  Fri, Sat, Sun
dance, physical theatre5+12 mins


All together now!
Centre Stage School

Being an adult is hard. But being a child is harder! A musical tale set in Barnstaple’s famous Pannier Market. Watch relationships break and grow where we learn things aren’t always as they seem.
alt space 9 - Green Lanes  Fri, Sat, Sun
musical theatreall ages 30 mins

Being an adult is hard. Being a child is harder! A Barnstaple musical.
alt space 9  Fri, Sat, Sun
musical theatreall ages30 mins


Almost Alice!
Movez Maniax Youth Circus

Join Alice, her friends and her foes on this curious circus adventure. "We're all mad here!"                                                                                           
alt space 9 - Green Lanes  Sat, Sun
circus, theatreall ages45 mins

Join Alice, her friends and her foes on this curious circus adventure.
alt space 9  Sat, Sun
circus, theatreall ages45 mins


An Audience with Billy Buckingham
Billy Buckingham

Billy Buckingham is well known locally for his musical theatre appearances in many classic shows and now he brings a flavour of the West End and Broadway to you!
Baptist Hall  Fri, Sat, Sun
musical theatre8+60 mins

Billy Buckingham brings a flavour of the West End and Broadway to you!
Baptist Hall  Fri, Sat, Sun
musical theatre8+60 mins


Bananas - The Return
Pig's Ear Productions

The Great Surmo returns to the streets this year as one of his many other alter – egos, Marcel Marcewho? befuddling with some classic tricks and illusions from the magic world.
alt space various  Thu, Fri Sat, Sun
comedy/tragi-comedy, magic all ages 15 mins

Classic tricks and illusions on the streets of Barnstaple.
alt space various  Thu, Fri Sat, Sun
comedy, magic all ages 15 mins


BEOWULF
Autojeu Theatre

Autojeu bring to life one of history's most famous tales. See Beowulf stride, fight and flounder in this physical performance. Riotously funny. Autojeu go Scandinavian.
St Anne's  Thu, Fri Sat
clown, storytelling, music8+60 mins

Autojeu bring to life one of history's most famous tales. Riotously funny.
St Anne's  Thu, Fri Sat
clown, storytelling, music8+60 mins


Bummer and Lazarus
Big Egg Theatre

An absurd comedy of slapstick, nonsense and existentialism. A tale of two inseparable friends and pest controllers. They are trapped and must escape soon. Also, they are both dogs.
alt space 18 - Pannier Market  Thu, Fri, Sat
comedy8+ 60 mins

Inseparable friends - both dogs - must escape the pest controllers.
alt space 18  Thu, Fri, Sat
comedy8+ 60 mins


Circus Workshops
Movez Maniax Youth Circus

Drop in and have a go! Aerial, tight wire, hula hoop, juggling, stilts, diablo - something for all ages and abilities. We may even discover the next Greatest Showman!
alt space 9 - Green Lanes  Sat, Sun
circus skills workshop8+ drop-in

Drop in and have a go! Perhaps you're the next Greatest Showman!
alt space 9  Sat, Sun
circus skills workshop8+ 60 mins


Exhibit
C3 Youth Dance Company

Has shopping ever been this much fun? Unexpected dances in unexpected corners of the Green Lanes Shopping Centre to transport and delight you as you go about your day.
alt space 9 - Green Lanes  Sat, Sun
contemporary danceall ages various timings

Fun while you shop. Unexpected dances in unexpected places.
alt space 9  Sat, Sun
danceall ages various timings


Friendly Ever After
NOS Three

This is a lovely story of two clowns cultivating true friendship. But between many jokes, arguments and funny situations, they are about to realise that this is not an easy job.
alt space 7 - Tent on the Square  Fri, Sat, Sun
clowning5-1260 mins

Two clowns cultivating friendship. But realising it's not an easy job.
alt space 7  Fri, Sat, Sun
clowning5-1250 mins


Grimm Tales
Brook.Wood Puppetry

Two performers, several puppets, the use of found objects and the imagination in a retelling of three less well-known tales from the Brothers Grimm. Suitable for children of all ages.
alt space 12 - Library  Thu, Fri, Sat
puppetry, storytelling all ages 50 mins

Three less well-known tales from the Brothers Grimm.
alt space 12  Thu, Fri, Sat
puppetry, storytelling all ages 50 mins


It's Literally Harry and Chris
Harry and Chris

After sell-out runs of their 2016 and 2017 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Harry and Chris bring their unique mix of comedy, melody and poetry to Theatre Fest! ★★★★★ The Sunday Post
Guildhall  Thu, Fri, Sat
comedy-jazz-rapall ages45 mins

Unique mix of comedy, melody and poetry! ★★★★★ The Sunday Post
Guildhall  Thu, Fri, Sat
comedy-jazz-rapall ages45 mins


Milkshake
The Jolly Oddities

What have milk and an ice-cream van got in common? Cows! But these girls are dairy free. A fun look at why we drink milk. Shaking up old habits to leave you bubbling with excitement.
alt space 19 - The Square  Thu, Fri, Sat
comedy, street theatre4+20 mins

A fun look at why we drink milk to leave you bubbling with excitement.
alt space 19  Thu, Fri, Sat
comedy, street theatre4+20 mins


Moving On
Wild and Blue Projects

Devon based contemporary dancers and visiting Fringe performers lead groups of curious movers of all ages in a mesmerising, improvised dance through the streets.
alt spaces 18 & 19  Sat
contemporary danceall ages30 mins

A mesmerising, improvised dance through the streets.
alt spaces 18 & 19  Sat
contemporary danceall ages30 mins


My Big Fat Tudor Wedding
Total Theatre School

'Regal Tudor Gent seeks six wives to share frequent banqueting. Must be able to tolerate tyrannical behaviour. Time wasters will be divorced or beheaded.' Who will Henry choose?!
Baptist Hall  Fri, Sat, Sun
comedy7+60 mins

'Regal Tudor Gent seeks six wives' Who will Henry choose?!
Baptist Hall  Fri, Sat, Sun
comedy7+60 mins


Samba Band
Horwood and Newton Tracy Primary School

Our first attempt at a Samba band performance!                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
alt space 19 - The Square  Thu
musicall ages20 mins

Our first attempt at a Samba band performance.
alt space 19  Thu
musicall ages20 mins


SESKA - SPOT THE DIFFERENCE!
SESKA

Fab family party atmosphere, hilarious entertainment and a competition all in one. Seska is one of the craziest funniest comedy magicians in the UK. Don't miss this!
alt space 7 - Tent on the Square  Fri, Sat, Sun
family comedy, magic3+50 mins

Seska is one of the craziest funniest comedy magicians in the UK.
alt space 7  Fri, Sat, Sun
family comedy, magic3+50 mins


Shakespeare's Greatest Hits
Pike and Musket, Great Torrington School

Performing Arts students at GTS present a collection of iconic moments from Shakespeare's plays; presented both traditionally and with a modern twist.
alt space 11 - Castle Green  Sun
comedy, drama8+75 mins

Moments from Shakespeare both traditional and with a modern twist.
alt space 11  Sun
comedy, drama8+75 mins


songs of the hollow
cua

Soaring melody lines, dirgy, intense a capella vocals and complex rhythmic structures will have the blood pumping through even the coldest of auditoriums.
Guildhall  Fri, Sat, Sun
music - folk, rootsall ages50 mins

Soaring melodies, intense a capella vocals and complex rhythms.
Guildhall  Fri, Sat, Sun
music - folk, world, rootsall ages50 mins


Sticky Ends
Brave Bold Drama

Sticky Ends: a jolly collection of original comic cautionary tales and songs. Join in, shout out and wear silly costumes! From the makers of award-winning family theatre, Brave Bold Drama.
Baptist Hall  Fri, Sat, Sun
family theatre3+30 mins

A jolly collection of original comic cautionary tales & songs.
Baptist Hall  Fri, Sat, Sun
family theatre3+30 mins


Story Sofa
Monday Collective

Do you know any good stories? Have we got time for another one? Look out for the Story Sofa.                                                                    
alt space various  Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
storytelling2+15 mins

Know any good stories? Time for another? Look out for the Story Sofa.
alt space various  Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
storytelling2+15 mins


The Boat that Flew
Courage Copse Creatives

The father of a VERY clever girl has decreed that she will only marry a boy clever enough to make a boat that can fly. Charlie's done it! But will the father keep his promise?
alt space 19 - The Square  Thu, Fri
physical theatre, spoken wordall ages40 mins

She can only marry a boy clever enough to make a boat that can fly.
alt space 19  Thu, Fri
physical theatre, spoken wordall ages40 mins


The Enormous Turnip
Above Bounds Theatre Collective

Above Bounds invite you to join them for a magical storytelling workshop, inspired by The Enormous Turnip. Come to hear this well-loved tale and make a peg puppet to take home!
alt space 12 on Thu; 16 on Fri, Sat & Sun
children's theatre3-6 (+ an adult)60 mins

A magical storytelling workshop - make a peg puppet to take home!
alt space 12 Thu; 16 Fri, Sat & Sun
children's theatre3-6 (+ an adult)60 mins


The Tom Show
Chest Pains Productions

Covent Garden regular the Tom Show comes to town with a 7-foot unicycle and a broken tennis racquet! Lots of fun for the whole family.           
alt space 13 - High Street  Fri, Sat, Sun
circus, street showall ages40 mins

Covent Garden regular the Tom Show comes to Barnstaple.
alt space 13  Fri, Sat, Sun
circus, street showall ages40 mins


This Way Up
Project: Dance! Devon

A story about a world where things may not be what they seem! Our characters get into trouble and need to get home, but need your help so audiences can join in throughout.
Baptist Hall  Thu, Fri, Sat
dance, dramaall ages60 mins

A story about a world where things may not be what they seem!
Baptist Hall  Thu, Fri, Sat
dance, dramaall ages60 mins


Utter Garbage
Heads Up Youth Theatre

Young Rat Dumpster dreams of a brighter world. Lord Vermin, Ruler of the Refuse, plans to turn everywhere into Utter Garbage! Help Dumpster protect his environment.
alt space 9 - Green Lanes  Sat, Sun
children's theatre4+ 50 mins

Help young Rat Dumpster protect his environment.
alt space 9  Sat, Sun
children's theatre4+ 50 mins