Imagine going to the cinema and becoming part of a pop-up orchestra who create sound FX and a musical soundtrack! Each Enchanted Cinema show starts with a warm up led by a professional musician using your voice, hands and feet before using shakers, cymbals, recorders, guiros, a gong, xylophone and other ingenious foley FX to create the magical soundtrack. Animation from the last century includes classic scenes from Studio Ghibli films such as My Neighbour Totoro, or stunning cut-out animation by Lotte Reineger from 1926, or beautifully-crafted, award-winning animation from the 1960s and 70s. The show is ideal for children aged 4+ and their grown-ups who team up to become the magical orchestra. Please keep all phones in bags.The Enchanted Cinema is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.@theenchantedcinema. 

Programme / schedule to be released at the festival.

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


Thurs (acoustic) 20.30-22.30

Fri 20.30-22.30

Sat 20.30-22.30

Sun 20.30-22.30


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)