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How Did I Get Here?

Making Waves Theatre Company and Exeter Northcott Kickstart Company

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After a dark event in Alex’s life, her parents force her to enter a treatment centre for young people, where she attempts to work out exactly how she got here.

How Did I Get Here? is both a joyously funny and deeply moving piece of new writing, created in collaboration between Making Waves Theatre Company and young artists on Exeter Northcott’s Kickstart Programme. It explores mental health in young people, and asks how we can love ourselves and better understand other people.

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Yusuf Niazi


Yusuf is a Director and Facilitator who is currently attached to The Exeter Northcott Theatre as an Associate Director, supported by Jerwood Arts Weston Creative Bursaries. He has directed many new shows across Birmingham and London, and has assistant directed many productions.
Yusuf is curating and leading Exeter Northcott’s Kickstart Programme.

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Helen Squires


Helen is a writer and actor who trained with The Nexus Ensemble and Caspa Arts. She founded Making Waves Theatre Company in 2019 and produced her play, Changing Lanes at Etcetera Theatre in London. She has also had her work produced by The Chapel Playhouse, The Drayton Arms and Actor Awareness.

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Alana Marshall

Assistant Director

Alana Marshall is a theatre director and practitioner who trained at Falmouth University. Her credits include a self-devised solo show Fragments at the Exeter Fringe Festival and Camden People’s Theatre, and Assistant Director for Mark Laville’s Keeper of the Light. Alana also assistant directed Exeter Northcott Kickstart Company’s first show, The A Game, also directed by Yusuf Niazi

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Matt Farley


Matt Farley is a theatre producer, director and dramaturg hailing from the Teign Valley. Having graduated from Exeter University with a Masters degree in Theatre Practice, Matt has a desire to bring hopeful and exciting performance experiences to audiences in the Southwest and beyond.

His credits include The Emulated Stage at Poltimore House, Lord of the Flies at Exeter Northcott, and The A Game in Southernhay Gardens.

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Billy Thornton


Billy Thornton is a writer, director, and actor, born and raised in Devon. Billy is new to the theatre industry, with this marking his 2nd production, after The A Game in August 2021.

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Hannah Taylor


Hannah Taylor graduated from Oxford University in 2020, and has since been working as an actor and writer. Her credits include Fahrenheit 451 at the Edinburgh Fringe (2017), BRINK with Freight Theatre (2018), and Much Ado About Nothing at the Oxford Shakespeare Festival (2020).

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Kyle Chattaway


Kyle is an actor who trained at Exeter College. He has performed in local theatres such as The Marine Theatre, Lyme and Gateway Theatre, Seaton. He has been in many productions, such as: Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Bugsy Malone, and The Sound of Music.

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Georgi Edmond


Georgi is an actress and director who trained with Playback at Exeter Phoenix, Helen O’ Gradys, Razamataz and Exeter Northcott Young Company. Her Credits include Family Tree by NYC, Innocent Fun by CVCC Drama and The A Game by Exeter Northcott Kickstart Company.

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Mione Lanyon


Mione Lanyon is an actress from Paris. She has worked previously for the BBC and in various theatre productions, including Exeter Northcott Kickstart Company’s production of The A Game. Most of her work however has been in voice acting in France.

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Samuel Nicholls


Sam is an actor from the Southwest. His areas include acting,  impressions, writing, singing, voice acting, theatre and film. He was recently in a student short film called Monkey Business. This is his second full theatre show after The A Game, which was presented in Southernhay Gardens.

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Beatrice Savill


Beatrice Savill is a performer who has just finished her A-Levels at Exmouth Community College. Her credits include The 39 Steps, Les Misérables , One Man Two Guvnors at Exmouth Community College as well as Exeter Northcott Kickstart Company’s first production, The A Game.

Age Guidance 14+
Content warning: this play deals with themes of parent-child abuse, attempted suicide, self-harm, alcohol and drug addiction, and eating disorders.

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