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The Business of Murder

11 Mar 2015

Tues 7 – Sat 11 April


Middle Ground Theatre Company is delighted to present The Business of Murder, the acclaimed psychological thriller from the pen of Richard Harris (The Sweeney, A Touch Of Frost, The Avengers) which enjoyed a successful 9-year run in the West End.

Stone, a humourless and dour man, invites Dee, a television playwright, over to his flat on the premise of discussing a script. Once there, she is surprised when superintendent Hallett, the man with whom she is having an affair, also arrives for an entirely different reason.

But nothing is as it seems, and as the plot twists and turns the motive of their host Stone gradually becomes clear. They are all, it would seem, in the same business.... The Business of Murder.

“The most ingenious murder mystery for a decade”
 Daily Mail

“Welcome to a thriller that achieves it all”
The Times

"The best stage thriller for years”
Sunday Mirror

The Business of Murder stars Robert Gwilym, known by millions for his role as Dr Max Gallagher in Casualty, alongside Paul Opacic (a regular as Steve Marchant in Emmerdale, Mark Waddle in Bad Girls and Carl Costello in Hollyoaks), and Joanna Higson, who played Maxine Donnelly for 2 series of Shameless and is currently appearing as Vicky Hall in BBC TV's WPC56.


Tickets: A £27 B £24.50 C £22.50 D £18.50
Matinees: £18.50
Concs: £2 off
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
MULTIBUY: multibuy discounts are available on this show.
Age: 12yrs+
Running Time: TBC

For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her at

Notes to editors

Middle Ground Theatre Company have been producing drama for the stage since 1988. As a completely independent and unsubsidised company they believe the high standard of their productions is essential in keeping audiences coming through the doors.

For more information on Middle Ground Theatre Company, please visit

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Richard Alston Dance

10 Mar 2015

      Tues 24 – Wed 25 March

Fresh from two Sadler’s Wells performances celebrating its 20th anniversary, Richard Alston Dance Company embarks on its anniversary tour of the UK and will stop off at Exeter Northcott in March.

The company of 10 dancers presents a mix of repertoire including Nomadic and Burning, the latest works by Alston and his Associate Choreographer Martin Lawrance, alongside old favourite 2003’s Overdrive, now on the GCSE syllabus.

Alston continues to break new ground for himself with his new work Nomadic. He has invited young hip hop and contemporary choreographer/performer Ajani Johnson-Goffe to collaborate with him - a first in his 45-year career. Exploring the meeting point between hip hop and world music, Nomadic is set to music by Ursari Gypsy band Shukar Collective who fuse Romany and electronic music to dark, sharp effect.

  “...a sensational execution of
          tension and repose..."

Martin Lawrance’s latest work Burning premiered in Scotland in autumn 2014 to a standing ovation and rave reviews. Set to Lizst’s Dante Sonata, played live, Burning explores ‘Lisztomania’ and the composer’s relationship with the young, married Countess, Marie D’Agoult. The passion floods out of every pore in this frenetic and emotional piece.

        Burning sets the sizzle factor alight"
          THE HERALD on Burning

Alston’s classic Overdrive is an exhilarating blast of nonstop dancing to the pulsating rhythms of Californian minimalist Terry Riley. The ten dancers of Richard Alston Dance Company ride seamlessly across the surging waves of Riley’s relentless patterning, in an intricate and mesmeric crescendo of movement and sound. Overdrive is one of 12 prescribed professional works for GCSE Dance on the AQA syllabus and Richard Alston Dance Company has produced a teacher’s resource pack to accompany it.

Tickets: A £20.50 B £17.50 C £14.50 D £12.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 10yrs+
Running Time: 1hr 35mins (includes 2 intervals)
Post Show Talk: Tues 24 March

For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her.

Notes to Editors:

Richard Alston

Richard Alston, Artistic Director of The Place, the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance, is internationally recognised as one of the most inspiring and influential choreographers in British dance.
Perhaps more than any other choreographer, Richard is known for his instinctive musicality. Alston is renowned for having a very close relationship with his music, taking inspiration for his work directly from the music he uses, to use the music as a point of departure for the choreography. (He recently said that to unwind, as well as reading or watching films, he listens to music he knows he does not want to make dance to).

The Place

Located in the heart of London, The Place is the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance.

The Place unites dance training, creation and performance in our purpose-built centre, which houses some of the best studios in the city. For forty years, we have been a vibrant hub of dance activity, a centre of creative and technical excellence and a magnet for aspiring dancers, talented professionals and cutting-edge choreographers from all over the world.

For more information about Richard Alston and The Place, please visit

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Inside Out of Mind

03 Mar 2015


Tues 17 – Fri 20 March

Transforming dementia care through theatre

Meeting Ground Theatre Company and Nottingham Lakeside Arts present Inside Out of Mind, an insightful and darkly comic play that powerfully captures the multiple realities of life on a dementia ward, to Exeter Northcott Theatre as part of a national tour. The tour follows the success of a limited run in 2013 at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, which resulted in an Arts Council England Strategic Touring Grant.

The production is based on and inspired by the extensive observational research material compiled from an academic study into healthcare wards of NHS Hospitals treating patients with dementia by social scientists at the University of Nottingham’s Institute of Mental Health.

Welcome to the ward with no name…  A theatre of magical, medical realism. A fusion of love stories, crisscrossing time and space, where walls turn into forests; thunder to gunfire; books to birds; with untold stories kept under their wings.  Nurses come, nurses go - carrying, folding, and keeping the continuum of person-centred care and its fragile emotional legacy in tact.

Inside Out of Mind is a multi-layered illustration of life within dementia care from the perspective of patients, carers and visitors.  It offers glimpses into a mysterious world, touching on some of the profound themes associated with dementia including time, identity, loss, relationships, power and death.

Writer and director Tanya Myers (co-Artistic Director of Meeting Ground Theatre Company) not only echoes the research observations in the play’s characters and scenes but she also uses the medium of theatre, with all its scope for illusion and magic, to engage the audience’s emotions, fostering empathy for staff and patients, while giving pause for reflection and intuitive listening.

Inside Out of Mind is an inspiring and collaborative theatre project that took three years to evolve, bringing together Meeting Ground Theatre Company, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, The University of Nottingham and the NHS to tackle the challenge of dementia care. 

Tickets: £15 Schools: £8 for groups 10+ Students: £8
Age: 14yrs+
Running Time: 2hrs
Post Show Talk: Tues 17 March Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE Assisted Performance: BSL Interpreted Performance Fri 20 Mar


For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her at

Notes to Editors:

Inside Out of Mind – a brief history

In 2011, Professor Justine Schneider and colleagues at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, published the results of a study of dementia wards, based on 600,000 words of observational field notes.   From this material Tanya Myers was commissioned to write a play with the aim of impacting positively on the care of people with dementia whilst highlighting the skills and compassion of the caring professionals working with dementia patients.

The first run of Inside Out of Mind took place at Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, from June 14-29, 2013. Many of the tickets were financed by local Health Trusts, who saw the play as an innovative and engaging way to raise the skills and awareness of their basic-grade staff, health care assistants, who figure importantly in the play. Care home staff and home care workers were also encouraged to attend. A number of local health care trusts see Inside Out of Mind as an innovative and engaging way to raise the skills and awareness of their basic-grade staff, health care assistants, who figure importantly in the play. At each venue on tour (see schedule below) there will be dedicated NHS staff performances and post show discussions, with tickets being sponsored by the trusts.

Inside Out of Mind has been designed by Nettie Scriven; with lighting design by Richard Statham, digital media design by Barret Hodgson and original music and sound design by David Wilson.  Meeting Ground Theatre Company are collaborating with award-winning film makers we are caravan - to create a filmed version of the play. The plan is to distribute the film to cinemas, care homes and hospitals across the UK to ensure as wide a viewing as possible of this remarkable piece of work.

For more information on the 2015 tour of Inside Out of Mind and Meeting Ground Theatre Company go to –

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Filter Theatre's Macbeth

08 Feb 2015

            Tues 3 – Sat 7 March

One of the most dynamic theatre companies touring the UK, Filter, return to the Exeter Northcott Theatre with a radical version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, following their irreverent and contemporary recreation of Twelfth Night in 2014.

Playful, kaleidoscopic and horrific, Filter’s Macbeth fuses Shakespeare’s corrosive, psychological thriller of ambition, power, witchcraft and sanity with innovative sound and music to take you on a strange, funny and scintillating journey to the epicentre of the “heat-oppressed brain”.

Founded in 2001, Filter is actors Oliver Dimsdale, Ferdy Roberts and musician Tim Phillips, working with a trademark fusion of performance with integrated live music and sound. Filter’s irreverent and contemporary recreations of the classics – Caucasian Chalk Circle, Twelfth Night, Three Sisters and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – have toured the UK and internationally to great acclaim.

“Filter’s lo-fi, ninety minute remix of Shakespeare’s comedy infects the audience with the play’s celebratory spirit of madness from the start…You leave feeling slightly changed yourself.”

**** Metro on Twelfth Night

“For newcomers to Shakespeare, I can’t think of a better introduction…it’s a celebration: mad, wild, loving and hilarious.”

The Sunday Times on Twelfth Night

Tickets: A £22.50 B £18.50 C £17 D £14.50
Sat matinee: £14.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Groups 10+ get 11th FREE
Student Standby: £8
Age: 14yrs+
Running Time: 1hr 15mins (no interval)
Post Show Talk: Thu 1.30pm & 7.30pm
Assisted Performances: BSL Interpreted and Audio Described: Sat 7 March 2.30pm


Exeter Northcott Press Night Tue 3 March 2015, 7.30pm

For more information, interviews and images, please contact Jenny Hogg, media officer, on 01392 223 989 or email her at

by William Shakespeare
Created by Filter
Music Composed by Tom Haines

Cast: Geoffrey Lumb, Poppy Miller (Lady Macbeth), Victoria Moseley, Alan Pagan, Alison Reid, Ferdy Roberts (Macbeth), Paul Woodson

Notes for Editors:
Tobacco Factory Theatres has forged an inspirational path to becoming one of the country’s most respected venues in just ten years. It produced and presents excellent art in unique, intimate and visceral spaces, including the Factory Theatre and Brewery Theatre in Bristol, as well as off-site in Bristol and in venues across the country. The vision for the period 2014 onwards marks a key moment in the theatre’s evolution and a step-change in the level of its ambitions. A truly great theatre is all about the consistent production of great theatre and to achieve this it is investing ambitiously in more of its own productions and co-productions with
other great companies. Previous productions and co-productions have included the 2013 Olivier Award-nominated and 2014 Off West End Award-winning production of Cinderella: A Fairytale (co-produced by Travelling Light); the 2014 winner of the Sky Arts Award for Dance, Dracula (co-produced with the Mark Buce Company); Banksy;The Room in the Elephant which went on to a national tour (with The Sum) and the first production of Chris Goode’s Infinite Lives (****The Guardian).

In spring 2014 Tobacco Factory Theatres announced that Filter Theatre was to become a 2014/15 Tobacco Factory Theatres Associate Artist, allowing the two companies to work
together to develop new productions.

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The Mist in the Mirror

02 Feb 2015

Tues 24 - Sat 28 February

A chill will fall over the Exeter Northcott Theatre in February as unsettling ghost story, The Mist in the Mirror rolls into Devon. In the mould of Susan Hill’s chilling hit The Woman in Black, The Mist in the Mirror is staged as if audiences are eavesdroppers to a fireside ghost story told in the manner of the master of the classic English ghost story writer, M.R. James.

Mr James Monmouth has spent most of his life travelling, following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, the explorer Conrad Vane. Returning to the England he left as a five year old orphan, James is determined to discover more, not just about his origins but also about the early life of Vane. Warned against pursuing this quest, James becomes ever more determined to unravel the mysteries of the past. But who is the mysterious pale, thin little boy who haunts his every step?

Adapted by Ian Kershaw, from author Susan Hill’s novel, The Mist in the Mirror, is a tense and atmospheric new production by Oldham Coliseum Theatre with visual theatre innovators imitating the dog creating an unsettling ethereal atmosphere both on stage and off.


Tickets: A £24.50 B £21.50 C £19 D £16.50
Sat matinee: £16.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £9 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Age: 12yrs+
Running Time: 2hrs 20mins
Post Show Talks: Thu 1.30pm & Wed 7.30pm


For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her at

Notes to editors

Ian Kershaw’s work includes Candyland, winner of the Bruntwood Playwriting Competition for the Royal Exchange Theatre (2007); Get Ken Barlow, Watford Palace Theatre (2005); Union Street (2007) and Star Cross’d (2012), Oldham Coliseum Theatre. His television work includes The Mill (Channel 4) which he co-wrote with Debbie Oates.

imitating the dog formed in Leeds in 1998. They have produced major touring works including Einmal ist Kenimal (once is never) (1999) Ark (2000) Guilty Pleasures (2001), Five Miles and Falling (2002/3) Kellerman (2009) and Tales from the Bar of Lost Souls (2009/10) as well as numerous smaller works and educational projects. itd projects are regularly funded by Arts Council England, alongside commissions by the Nuffield Theatre and Leeds Metropolitan Studio Theatre.   The Company make performance work that experiments with the role of story-telling and narrative in the contemporary theatrical experience. They make innovative use of digital media, design and physical performance to create off-kilter worlds within which public and private obsessions - identity, death, love and sexuality - are explored. 

Imitating the dog devise performances that experiment with the role of story-telling and narrative in a contemporary theatrical context. Through the innovative combination of digital media, design and physical performance, the company creates off-kilter worlds within which public and private obsessions – identity, death, love and sexuality – are explored. Made in close collaboration with associate artists (in this case the highly-respected theatre maker Pete Brooks) their highly visual and technological productions represent a unique and sometimes disorientating experience for the spectator

For more information on imitating the dog, please visit

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Beyond The Barricade

23 Jan 2015

             Fri 6 & Sat 7 February

The UK’s leading and longest running musical theatre concert, Beyond the Barricade makes a long overdue first appearance at Exeter Northcott Theatre, with a sensational new show for 2015

This exciting concert re-creates original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity and features a cast of past principal performers from the West End production of Les Miserables, and the 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena.

Starring Andy Reiss, David Fawcett, Katie Leeming and Rebecca Vere, together with their own ensemble oftalented musicians, this brand new production reflects Beyond the Barricade’s 15 year history.

It will feature songs from and array of musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, The Lion King, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Blood Brothers, The Jersey Boys and many more, with of course a spectacular finale from Les Miserables.

The vocalists in Beyond the Barricade have all played principal roles in Les Miserables, both in the West End and on national tours.And this production includes a special section devoted to this musical.

Don’t miss the musical event of the year!

 “This production deserves to be labelled ‘special’”

Fight to get a ticket for this fantastic show!

Tickets: £20
Age: 7yrs+
Groups 10+ get 11th FREE
Running Time: 2hrs 20mins


For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her at

Notes to editors

For more information on Beyond The Barricade, please visit:


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