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Ballet Black return with Dog's Don't Do Ballet

21 Oct 2014

          Fri 31 October & Sat 1 November

Ballet Black return to the Exeter Northcott Theatre with Dog’s Don’t Do Ballet.

As part of the Exeter-wise exetreme imagination festival, Ballet Black are back with their first family ballet based on the best-selling book Dog’s Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp.

Biff is a dog, but he's not your usual kind of dog. Instead of chasing sticks and fetching newspapers, Biff loves tutus, tiaras and ballet! Watch as Biff sneaks into the class of the fearsome ballet teacher, Miss Polly, practises pirouettes in the park and finally gets to go the ballet.

Featuring music from Fauré, Elgar and Tchaikovsky, this ballet is also an ideal introduction for young children to classical music.
 
Tickets:
£12
Family ticket: £33 for 3 + up to more tickets £11 each
Age: 3yrs+ Running Time: TBC
Post Show Talk: with author Anna Kemp, Sat 1 Nov 2pm

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For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her at j.l.hogg@exeter.ac.uk

Notes to editors

Ballet Black is a professional ballet company for international dancers of black and Asian descent. We aim to bring ballet to a more culturally diverse audience by celebrating black and Asian dancers in ballet.

For more information on Ballet Black, please visit: balletblack.co.uk/

exetreme imaginationis Exeter’s festival of writing for and by young people
25 October to 1 November 2014.The festival is a collaboration of Exeter’s arts and culture organisations, who are coming together to produce an exciting programme of events aimed at young people, age 2 to 25.

For more information on the exetreme imagination festival, please visit: exetreme.org


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HeadSpaceDance at Exeter Northcott Theatre

21 Oct 2014

The critically acclaimed dance company, HeadSpaceDance make its debut at Exeter Northcott Theatre in November with Three and Four Quarters.

HeadSpaceDance
is the brainchild of British dancers Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill, who, after some twenty years in the business, dancing with Cullberg Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and in many productions at the Royal Opera House, took the reins in a new venture as dancers, curators and producers.

In their critically acclaimed debut production Three And Four Quarters, HeadSpace's stellar cast includes Oliver-award-nominee Clemmie Sveaas and Antonia Grove, twice nominated as Best Performer by the Critic's Circle, and Charlotte Broom herself.

Javier de Frutos' STUDIES IN M opens the programme.  A fascinating trio detailing the idiosyncracies of the performers.

IN THE SKIN I'M IN by Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman is three solos, with each brief work capturing some personal essence of the performer.

AFTER THE INVERVAL pins the observational genius of Protein's Luca Silvestrini to satirising dancing life.

“There aren't many dancers who could carry this piece off and strike the requisite bitter sweet note, but these three can and do"
OBSERVER

Underpinning the genius of the evening is an intimate and empathic accord between the audience and four of the most expressive dancers around.  With costumes by Fabrice Serafino and lighting by Simon Bennison, this programme is right from the heart and absorbing throughout.

“a superb evening of panache, personality, standard and style... They're very, very good together."
THE GUARDIAN

“It's not often you're in at the birth of a company (Michael Clark, DV8) who may just change the landscape...Their first show is funny and touching and very accessible, demystifying much of the jargon around ballet"
EVENING STANDARD * * * *     

Tickets: A £17.50 B £15.50 C £11.50 D £11.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: TBC
Running Time: TBC
Post Show Talk: there will be a FREE talk after the show

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For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her at j.l.hogg@exeter.ac.uk

Notes to editors

For more information on HeadSpaceDance , please visit
www.headspacedance.com/  


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Three Men in a Boat sails in to Exeter Northcott Theatre

20 Oct 2014

Original Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds present

Tues 4 – Sat 8 November

Original Theatre Company, the company which brought Birdsong to the Exeter Northcott Stage, return in November with the much loved comedy Three Men in a Boat.

Celebrating its 125th anniversary since original publication, Jerome K Jerome's classic novel Three Men In A Boat will dock in Exeter from 4 to 8 November.

In an attempt to escape the stresses of city life, three friends, J, Harris and George, accompanied by their faithful canine companion Montmorency, decide to take to the river in order to relax and rejuvenate. The holiday, however, quickly unravels and descends into chaos.

Originally intended as a guide to boating on the Thames, Jerome's tale is a classic full of youthful friendship, mischief and folly which celebrates the very essence of Britishness. In an attempt to escape the stresses of city life, three friends decide to take to the river in order to relax and rejuvenate - but the holiday quickly descends into chaos.

Craig Gilbert, adapter of the show, is delighted to be coming to Exeter.

“It’s wonderful to take work into places I admire; places like the Northcott Theatre where great work continues to takes place.”

Alastair Whatley, director of the Original Theatre Company, said: ‘Jerome K Jerome has been accused of writing the funniest book of all time. Now, 125 years later, it still has the power to make people laugh uncontrollably in public.’

The cast of Three Men in a Boat includes Anna Westlake, Tom Hackney and Alastair Whatley.

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
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 11yrs+
Running Time: 2hrs 30mins

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For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her at j.l.hogg@exeter.ac.uk

Notes to editors

Interviews with the cast are available. Tom Hackney studied Drama for three years in Exeter.

Original Theatre brought Birdsong to the Exeter Northcott in May 2014.

For more information on Original Theatre Company , please visit
www.originaltheatre.com/




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An Elephant in the Garden

06 Oct 2014

Poonamallee productions and Exeter Northcott Theatre present the world premiere 

           Weds 22 – Sat 25 November


The Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to be working with Poonamallee Productions on the world premiere of Michael Morpurgo’s An Elephant in the Garden.

Following previous collaborations which include Toro! Toro!, The Mozart Question and Private Peaceful, Elephant in the Garden is a new adaptation from Simon Reade of Morpurgo’s best-selling novel.

In Dresden, 1945, Lizzie, her mother and Marlene, an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War.

Escaping the Allies' advance from the West - and also the advancing Russian armies from the East - this extraordinary trio of refugees meets: a downed RAF officer, cowering in a barn; a homeless school choir on the run and their Countess saviour, harbouring them from the Nazis; and the mechanised American cavalry, appearing over the horizon.

Plodding, obdurate, opportunistic, load-bearing, indestructible, cheering, Marlene embodies the stubbornness of the human will and how it will do everything to survive.

“Morpurgo's magic, a masterly adaptation by Simon Reade...this is one hour of your own life you will never forget."
DAILY MAIL on Private Peaceful

“a beautiful story, perfectly realised and performed with passion and vigour."
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE on Toro! Toro!


Tickets:
£13.50
Sat matinee: £15
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 8yrs+
Running Time: 75mins (no interval)
Post Show Talks: Thurs 1.30pm & 7pm, Fri 1.30pm; Sat 2pm, Michael Morpurgo will join the team
Assisted Performances: BSLThurs 23 October 1.30pm; Audio-described Sat 25 October 2pm

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

Notes to editors


Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books, including,  He is a three-time winner of the Prix Sorcière in France and has twice won the Red House Children's Book Award in England. In addition, has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Prize, and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal. He has also been named the 2003-2005 Children's Laureate, an award he helped to establish with the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes to reward a lifetime contribution to children's literature and highlight the importance of the role of children's books..


An Elephant in the Garden is adapted and directed for the stage by Simon Reade. His previous adaptations include Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Toro! Toro!’ and ‘The Mozart Question’, ‘Tales from Ovid’ by Ted Hughes and Salman Rushdie’s ‘Midnight’s Children’ both for the RSC and Philip Pullman’s ‘The Scarecrow and His Servant’. He has directed and co-written the feature film ‘What You Will’.


Exeter Northcott Theatre is a 460 seat venue serving Exeter and heart of Devon from its home on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus home on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus.  The theatre offers a mixed programme of touring theatre productions, contemporary dance, opera, music, comedy and family shows.


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5 star 1984 at Exeter Northcott Theatre

06 Oct 2014

              Tues 14 – Sat 18 October

The West End smash hit adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece 1984 will visit the Exeter Northcott Theatre in October.

George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, is one of the most influential novels in recent history, with its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind control.  Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell's fiction is often said to be our reality.

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye.

The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in this radical new staging exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell's vision of the future is as relevant now as ever

This co-production with Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre has previously enjoyed two sell out runs; a national tour in 2013, and seven weeks at the Almeida Theatre in London, followed by three months in the West End in London.

A superbly handled multimedia exploration on the nature of truth that never lets the audience off the hook.”
LYN GARDNER, THE GUARDIAN ★★★★★

A remarkable, radical touring version for Headlong blazing clinical, spine-tingling finesse. It points us back to the novel, revealing it as fully fit-for-purpose in the 21st century, and quite possibly timeless.”  
THE TELEGRAPH  ★★★★★

A staging that reconsiders a classic with such steely power that it chills brain, blood and bone.”
SAM MARLOWE, THE TIMES ★★★★★

 

Tickets: A £24.50  B £21.50  C £19  D £16.50
Sat Matinee: £16.50
Concs: £2 off (bands B, C & D)
Schools: £9 Thurs Matinee & Tues - Thurs Eves
Student Standby: £8
Age: 14yrs+
RunningTime: 101 mins (no interval)
Post Show Talks: Wed 15 Oct, Thu Schools' Matinee
Assisted Performances: Audio Described Performance Sat 18 Oct 2.30pm
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For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her.

Notes to editors

1984 was one of Headlong’s most acclaimed and commercially successful tours in recent history, having had its world premiere at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013.  Nominated for an Olivier award in the Best New Play category, the play performed a  sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, before transferring  to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre where it continued to receive critical acclaim whilst also being a commercial success with the West End run recouping after 10 weeks.

1984 is co-produced by Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almedia Theatre.


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Jasmin Vardimon Returns to Exeter Northcott

01 Oct 2014

Park

                      Thurs 9 – Fri 10 October

The Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted that the  Jasmin Vardimon Company are to return with their hotly anticipated dance theatre production, Park. Following previous shows, Yesterday, 7737, Justitiaand Freedom, the company's latest show will begin its national tour in Exeter.

Park is an urban oasis, a place of refuge from ordinary life where eight characters play, fight, fall in love and learn to survive. In this playground of relationships, young lovers wrestle in a historic fountain, a graffiti artist sprays his story, a busker finds his only appreciative audience in a bag lady and a flag-waving bully rants worn out political beliefs. Their stories intertwine creating a modern day fairytale that is alternately sharp, funny and cruel.


"Bristling with tension, raw excitement and audacious moves "
THE STAGE

“...an enthusiastic piece of outrageous theatre”
SHEFFIELD STAR

“Vividly physical and quirky performances.”
THE TIMES

“Extraordinary… a sexy and beautiful dance piece”
NEW STATESMAN

Reworked for 2014 with new 3D imaging and multi-talented cast Park presents a breathtaking collision of highly acute physical theatre, text, athletic dance and funky music, delivering fresh statements about our time.

 

Tickets: A £19.50 B £16.50 C £13.50 D £11.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: TBC
Running Time: TBC
Post Show Talk: Thu 9 October

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

Notes to editors

A leading force in British dance theatre for nearly twenty years, Jasmin Vardimon has built a reputation for challenging, exciting and visually stunning dance and continues to add to the body

of critically acclaimed, artistically respected yet accessible work both for the company she formed

in 1997 and for some of the leading dance companies across the world. Born and raised in

Israel, she has been an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells since 2006, Jasmin has also been

recognised with the positions of Associate Artist at The Place in 1998 and at Yorkshire Dance as a Partner from 1999 – 2005.


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