Imagine going to the cinema and becoming part of a pop-up orchestra who create every single sound FX and the musical score!

Each Enchanted Cinema show features a fun rehearsal led by multi-instrumentalists Gareth and Kieron followed by a performance of their live scores with the sound FX, xylophone or harp which you’ve just rehearsed.

Each day at the Fringe we present carefully chosen scenes from 100 years of hand-crafted animation including Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke and The Red Turtle; Lotte Reineger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Where the Wild Things Are and Hedgehog in the Fog,  a programme of excerpts inspired by the spirit of lakes, streams, shoreline and sea.

The show is ideal for children aged 4+ and grown-ups of all ages.

Supported by public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England


Age 4+, 30 mins

Barnstaple Library (2A)

Thurs (Studio Ghibli Day)
13.00 – 13.30 My Neighbour Totoro (parts 1-4)
14.30 – 15.00 Red Turtle
16.00-16.30 – Princess Mononoke + My Neighbour Totoro (part 5)
Fri (1970s Animation Day)
13.00 – 13.30- Butterfly
14.30 – 15.00- Where the Wild Things Are
16.00-16.30- Hedgehog in the Fog
Sat (Studio Ghibli Day – REPEAT)

11.00 – 11.30 My Neighbour Totoro (parts 1-4)

12.30 – 13.00 Red Turtle

14.00-14.30 – Princess Mononoke + My Neighbour Totoro (part 5)

This is a pay-what-you-will-show. There are no tickets but there will be a bucket-collection.

You can also make cash or card donations at the central box office or donate an eFringer credit if you have one available.


The Xylophone Orchestra –  Join Gareth on stage to work on the scores including playing the Harp from Harris! (age 8+)
The Water Choir – 3-4 children use voices on mic to re-create crashing sea, wind in trees and other elemental textures.
The Birds – use bird whistles and recorders to mimic the birds of lake, river and sea.
The FX Crew – audience members are given repurposed/ recycled and world music instruments to create foley FX cues to the animated films
e.g. guiros = frogs
recycled packaging= boat sails
The Wind Gong = mysterious atmospheres
recycled bamboo canes = forest spirits & magical tree chimes


Does every child get to do something?

If they want to – yes! Just make sure we know if you need  a sound FX/ instrument by raising your hand. 

My child might not want to join in.

No problem at all! Many children like to sit back and watch or join in with bits and bobs. It’s very much a team effort so they shouldn’t feel too much on the spot if they do or don’t join in. 

My child has additional needs.

Our shows are very inclusive and kids with additional or SEND enjoy them a lot. Every show has a few noisy parts, in case this helps. 

Can my child try out instruments if they didn’t get a chance to?

Yes! At the end, we invite children up to stage to try out things like the harp or hand percussion. 

Can I take photos?

Phones off and tucked away please, but please feel free take pics of your child with instruments at the end. 

I don’t have / can’t borrow a child – can I still come?

Absolutely! The Enchanted Cinema is for lovers of animation, live music & live foley FX of all ages. 

Is there somewhere to give feedback?

Indeed! We have a public comments book and also a google form. We value all feedback. 

Watch the trailers!


Images:Bob White on behalf of IW Story Festival (#1-12), British Library (#13-17) & The Enchanted Cinema (all others)