The Story of Us

The Story of Us is a free day of family-friendly activities, at the Barnfield Theatre, celebrating the creative and cultural connections between Exeter and Devon’s communities as well as what makes them unique.

Have a look at the programme of activities below.

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES

Book Bag

Upstairs

Book Bag, Exeter’s finest independent book shop, are curating a special collection of titles for the day. Come and have a browse and maybe go home with a good book (or three).

Chill Out Zone

Upstairs

Feet a bit tired from all the dancing? Take five and chill out upstairs.

An Antidote to Invisibility by Liberty Smith

Location TBA

An installation film by Bristol-based artist and filmmaker Liberty Smith, which shares personal stories told by historically underrepresented voices in theatre.

Photo Exhibition

Front of House

Come and discover three photo series, each uncovering unknown stories.

Mehndi (Henna)

Front of House

Come and experience the art of Mehndi (also known as henna) and go home with a beautiful new piece of temporary body art. All materials included, donations welcomed.

Photo © Vladislav Vasnetsov

Festival Cocktails

Bar

Come and sample one of our festival cocktails, specially designed for the day to showcase the flavours of our festival cultures. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions available.

Dream Dinner Party Children’s Treasure Hunt

Bar

Hunt for the heroes! Search out 6 dream dinner party guests to claim your reward, in this round-the-building treasure hunt for children.

Younger children will need a grown-up to help find and read about the heroes.

MORNING ACTIVITIES

Make an Animal Craft!

10am – 12pm
Southernhay Room

Learn to make an animal puppet or mask! Come along and learn to make a simple spider, monkey or dragon out of card – then take them with you to hear the stories of Anansi the Spider Man, Hanuman the Monkey God and Smok Wawelski the dangerous dragon. All materials included. Donations welcomed.

Sample Traditional Bread Recipes

10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm
Bar

Come and learn about traditional breads made in the Caribbean, Poland and India. Sample home-made breads, dips, chutneys and pickles, whilst watching a video of how they are made. Take home a small pot of sourdough starter to give it a go yourself.

Garba Dance Workshop

10:30am – 11:15am
Clifford Room

Come and learn Garba: a traditional Gujarati folk dance typically danced during the Hindu festival of Navarātrī. A join-in workshop for all ages. No experience required, everybody welcome!

Dual Language Poetry Recital

10:45am – 11:45am
Auditorium

A dual language poetry recital, featuring poems by well-known professional poets, and new work written by members of the Encompass group.

AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES

Children’s Storytelling

12pm – 1pm (3 stories, 15-20 mins each)
Clifford Room

Come and hear the traditional tales of Anansi the Spider Man, Hanuman the Monkey God and Smok Wawelski the dangerous dragon, told by community storytellers.

Lunchtime Mini-Feast

12pm – 2pm
Bar

A simple lunchtime mini-feast menu, featuring foods from our festival cultures. Lunch items will be charged at a low cost.

Indian Dance Showcase

12:15pm – 1:30pm
Auditorium

A showcase of traditional and contemporary Hindu and Indian dance performances from community and youth performers. Featuring Bharatanatyam, Bharatanatyam-fusion and Garba. The Garba performance will be danced to a song full of colours and energetic dance moves, and symbolises female solidarity and oneness.

Fabric Printing Workshop

1pm – 2pm, 3pm – 4pm
Southernhay Room

Come and print your own tote bag in this interactive workshop. Explore typical Hindu, Caribbean and Polish motifs and patterns, before decorating your own tote bag to take home at the end of the day. All materials are included. Donations welcomed.

Indi Madray Stand-Up Comedian

1:15pm – 1:35pm
Clifford Room
Ages 10 +

Join Indi Madray for a mini-set guaranteed to get you guffawing. Indi is an award-winning semi-professional comedian and current finalist in The UK’s Stand-Up Club National Competition for New Comedian of the Year 2022. She was born in the UK, to Caribbean-Indian parents who immigrated from British-Guyana to the UK during the Windrush era. Indi considers herself to be a “Walking Cultural Identity Crisis”.

 

Curation by Beyond Face

2pm – 3pm
Auditorium

Closing day. The end of an era. A museum at the centre of a community is slowly dismantled. Under utilised, under valued, under offer. But as three unlikely volunteers discover, the more they put away, the more they seemingly unpack. Curation celebrates the stories often overlooked in our communities, and the power of human connection.

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Photo © Dom Moore Photography

Bélé Dance Workshop

3:15pm – 4:00pm
Auditorium

Come and learn Bélé: a traditional folk dance from the West Indies. A join-in workshop for all ages. No experience required, everybody welcome! Bring a colourful sheet or large piece of fabric if you have one.

Sonic Landscapes of Colour – Excerpts Listening Session by Somatic

3:15pm – 4:15pm (30 mins listening + 30 mins Q&A)
Clifford Room
Ages 14+ May contain swearing, brown joy and racially traumatic stories

Sonic Landscapes of Colour is a 2-part podcast style audio documentary with an accompanying soundscape. Through 9 interviews and 4 recording sessions with non-western traditional instrumentalists, the audio documentary tells the story of what it’s like to grow up as a young person of colour in the South West.

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Tommy Khosla: Contemporary Sitar Recital

4:30pm – 5:00pm
Auditorium

Tommy Khosla will present a contemporary sitar recital, drawing on elements of Alap, Jhor and Jhalla, combining these subtly electronic effects and contemporary chordal and tapping techniques.

A Polish Musical Journey

4:30pm – 5pm
Clifford Room

Join local musicians and singers for a journey through traditional, classic and contemporary Polish songs. All songs will be played live and accompanied by instrumentalists.

Support Us

We hope you enjoyed this day of free activities. Did you know the Northcott is a charity and relies on funding and donations to realise projects like this? If you can, please donate to our I Love Exeter Northcott Fund. Every donation helps. Thank you.

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