Prepare yourself for Exeter’s transformation into a stunning film set, its citizens into monsters, aliens and animations, and its young people into the filmmakers, directors and crew of the future. This summer, Exeter Phoenix has lined up a huge variety of film, theatre, photography and tech activities for young people aged 6 to 17, alongside summer cinema and theatre that all the family can enjoy.
Returning for a fourth year is Exeter Phoenix’s prestigious Summer Film School, which is open to kids aged 10 to 14. Nearby Poltimore House serves as a magnificent backdrop. With Four of Swords Theatre, kids can learn their artistic secrets, tips and expertise through technical workshops, craft activities, drama games and, of course, the chance to create a professional short film. Held from 31st July to 4th August, only 25 places are available, so get booking!
The opportunities continue with Exeter Phoenix’s courses and activities in Animation, Photoplay and Build & Make. Young & Animated offers six Saturdays sessions to get to grips with both digital and stop motion animation. Its Tuesday sibling Young & Animated Plus is at a more technical level for older kids. Other options include learning how to shoot expert selfies in The Selfie: Me Myself and I, and a half-day workshop introducing the secrets within the magic of film prosthetics in Behind the Scenes: Life Casting.
The Unpacked Family Theatre Festival is returning from 1st to 6th August, in collaboration with the PaddleBoat Theatre Company, to bring visual, creative and inspiring storytelling to Exeter Phoenix. With shows for 3-year-olds and up, these pixies, ducklings, frogs and monsters are for all!
Exeter Phoenix’s independent cinema, Studio 74, has fantastic family film options too. Enjoy the uplifting tale My Life as a Courgette, or one of two stunning Japanese animations. And as part of Exeter Phoenix’s highly successful Big Screen in the Park film programme, Monsters, Inc. is showing on Tuesday 8th August. A classic that never gets old, it’s well worth staying up past bedtime for.
Exeter Phoenix’s summer activities for kids and families run from 8th July to 23rd August. To book, head to the website at www.exeterphoenix.org.uk