Quest Performances 2016

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Quest Builder 2016 – The full story!


Children and young people aged 8-25, were invited to get involved in Quest Builder 2016, working with artists and producers to devise creative, interactive promenade quest performances in three different cultural venues in South Devon.

Are you ready?

 (Play Torbay on Vimeo)

The Quest performances were designed by children and young people and their creative team to delight and inform family audiences about the history of three historic cultural venues in new and playful ways: Sharpham Estate, Torre Abbey and Paignton Zoo.

Working with experienced professional artists, theatre practitioners and musicians, 45 children and young people signed up to become Quest Builders and benefited from creative support and mentoring, developing their skills for the future. All those involved in the project were be encouraged to achieve their Arts Award at Explorer, Bronze, Silver or Gold level (from Trinity College, London) which they are currently completing.

All Quest Builders took part in regular devising sessions, rehearsals and workshops. We were fortunate to have the fantastic Le Navet Bete, a touring physical comedy theatre company based in Exeter, an exceptional group which creates physical and comedy theatre using creative and engaging storytelling. Here is a taste of that workshop weekend:




Sharpham Trust

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Over 250 years old, and still very much a mystery! Sharpham and Capability Brown, the famous landscape designer said to have created its wonderful grounds, needed help… After watching over his work at Sharpham, his presence seems to be missing as some strange occurrence sweeps through the landscape. With trees dying, bamboo fences disappearing and the mystery that was the eerie presence of a DRAMON, this quest was brought to live to discover the facts and save Sharpham!


A short clip of music rehearsal with Hugh Nankivell:

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Torre Abbey

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Help was needed at the Spanish Barn in Torre Abbey… who is this female rambling sailor ghost? Who murdered her? A news flash on a screen in the Barn told Questers about a series of murders at Torre Abbey. Could they help solve the multiple murder mysteries… ? Would the female rambling soldier ghost ever be free? Would the intrepid QuestBusters get the help they needed?


Listen to the QuestBusters…..

(Recorded and mixed by Ryan Hamilton of Torbay Music Hub)


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Paignton Zoo

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The founder of Paignton Zoo, Herbert Whitley, had lost his most treasured creation: the Blue Chicken! Where was it…? Why did we keep finding blue feathers scattered around the Zoo? And could we trust this rather strange Crocodile Dundee character, looking out for a nasty poacher? Could the Questers unmask the poacher, create a brand new species of animal AND make a difference when it comes to saving endangered species in our planet…?


(Film by Ed Jobling of Forkbeard Fantasy)


Quest Builders:

Alexa Northrop
Alice Reshad
Amelia Anderson
Amelia Bunce
Annoshka Bradshaw
Antonia Parkyn
Ayesha de Silva
Bebbe Giles
Beth Wilkinson
Bethany Hemsley-Whorne
Bobbie Bankes-Fay
Charlie Wilde
Chloe Chapman
Chloe Goldsworthy
Chloe Martin
Dylan Tripp
Ellie Bevan
Ellie Reshad
Emily Smith
Emmie Bankes-Fay
Freya Tripp
Harry Anderson
Heidi Wright
Jacob Tapp
Jacob Tripp
Jaiden Bradshaw
Jaime Wilde
Kaitlin Bevan
Lucas de Jesus
Mille Bankes-Fay
Noemie Grand-Clement
Ophelia Deloffre
Paige Matthews
Patrice Deloffre
Rebecca Wallace
Sam Stent
Shannon Matthews
Sophie Cottom
Sophie Smith
Tianna Bradshaw
Tiffany Bradshaw

Quest Builder Artists

Becky Louise Rich (Drama)
Ed Jobling – Forkbeard Fantasy (Film, Digital, Tech)
Emily Howard – Wren Music (Music)
Hugh Malyon (Direction)
Hugh Nankivell (Music)
Nathalie Palin – Add Water (Making)
Ralph Stobart (Digital and Marketing)
Ryan Hamilton – Torbay Music Hub (Music)

Quest Builder Staff

Carmen de Silva
Dave Short
Maria Bradshaw
Sarah Goodman
Sian Warren
Simone Parkyn
Sue Ryder
Tanny Stobart
Terry Ryder