Newcourt Community Festival 2021

Newcourt Community Festival programme

Join us at the Newcourt Community Centre for a day-long festival celebrating community, culture and creativity.

All welcome – under 13’s to be accompanied by a grown-up.

Click on each event below to reveal more information.

Orange Room

  • 45 mins
    Ages 4+
    Children to be accompanied by a grown-up

    Join local children’s theatre company PaddleBoat Theatre to explore stories, create characters and bring your imagination to life!

    Enjoy working with others, build confidence and develop your theatre making skills in a playful introductory drama workshop for ages 4+.

    Paddleboat Theatre outside with a large group of children all around - lots of energy and colours

  • 15 mins
    Ages 4 + (best for ages 9 – 11)

    A short storytelling performance for children and their grown-ups, all about being different and not letting that get in the way of your adventures.

    In place of a sword, a shining steed and a coat of armour, Georgina has an umbrella, a bicycle painted her favourite colour and dungarees – which are way better than wearing a skirt.

    Join Georgina as she goes out on her own journey in search of the dragon that is keeping everyone indoors.

    Georgina and the dragon

  • 2 hours – drop in and out. Performances at 1.30 and 3 pm.
    All ages

    For one day only we are your personal poet laureates, battling it out in an effort to win your patronage and praise. But who will be your favourite? Only one of us gets the gold, and it all comes down to you.

    You are our Kings and Queens. So put on your crown and tell us what you want your poem to be. It might be about aliens, your favourite dog or a particularly tasty packet of Monster Munch… Your wish is our command.

    Find Chris and Harula upstairs in the Orange Room. Tell them what you want your personal poem to be about, and in 3 minutes they will have whipped up 2 very different pieces for your delectation. Which one is best? Who will you give your gold coin to?

    Chris and Harula will also be doing 2 x 15min spoken-word performances during the day.

    At 1.30 pm you can catch them delivering a selection of silly, soaring and sublime poems suitable for all the family. And at 3pm, they’ll grace the stage again with a selection of poems written throughout the day, including a community poem written by and for the people of Newcourt.

    Spork Poetry

Outdoors (in front of the centre)

  • All day

    Come and watch artist Steve McCracken create a brand new piece of art for the Newcourt community.

    Steve’s birds are well known and loved across Exeter. Learn how his pieces are created, and have conversations with Steve and with each other as the artwork takes shape.

    One of Steve’s original artworks will also be available to be won as a prize in the raffle.

    Street art by Steve McCracken featuring colourful birds

  • 20 mins
    All ages

    The Fishko is a roaming underwater disco with giant jazzy fish and plenty of bubbles, perfect for all ages!

    With an opening mouth and articulating fins, each fish is operated and worn by a sequin clad puppeteer. These multifaceted puppets are covered in fabric scale and finished with fibre optic fins, light-up eyes, mouth and illuminated body, ready to party all day and all night. Come and join the Fishsko Disco!

    The Fishko Disco is accompanied by a recycled bottle disco-fish puppet making workshop, which will run in the Green Room between 10.30 am – 2 pm. Bring an empty plastic bottle and turn it into your very own disco fish – then take it along to boogie with the Fishko Disco!

    Fishsko Disco

Garden (at the rear of the centre)

  • 15 mins
    Ages 4 + (best for ages 9 – 11)

    A short storytelling performance for children and their grown-ups, all about being different and not letting that get in the way of your adventures.

    In place of a sword, a shining steed and a coat of armour, Georgina has an umbrella, a bicycle painted her favourite colour and dungarees – which are way better than wearing a skirt.

    Join Georgina as she goes out on her own journey in search of the dragon that is keeping everyone indoors.

    Georgina and the dragon

Green Room

Red Room

  • All ages

    Join our Creative Listeners in the Red Room to have your say on creativity, culture and community in Newcourt.

    All day, our Listeners will be running creative craft activities and talking to people about what they like, as well as what they’d like to see more of, in Newcourt.

    Come and have a chat with us!

    A young blonde girl partakes in craft activities with a look of concentration on her face

Latte Room

  • All ages

    A quiet space for those who need a time out.

    Please note that the Latte Room is small, and can only accommodate one bubble at a time.

    If you are in urgent need of an additional quiet space, please find one of the festival team to help you.

Food & Drink

Photography

A photographer will be taking photos across the festival. These photos may be featured in future reporting and promotional material (including social media) by both the Newcourt Community Association and the Northcott Theatre.

For information about how we will use these photos, visit: www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/privacy-cookies

If you do not wish to be photographed whilst at the festival, please speak to a member of the festival team, who will issue you with an ‘opt out’ lanyard.