Northcott Futures FAQs

FAQs relevant to both programmes

  • Producers Programme

    Sessions run 6pm-8pm on a Monday evening online via Zoom (we have changed times to 7pm-9pm for participant needs in the past, so this can be discussed with the group if a later time is preferred).

    Artist Programme

    Sessions run 6pm-9pm on a Tuesday, one week online via Zoom (Nuts and Bolts producing sessions), one week in person at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter (Artistic Play Space sessions).

    Masterclasses are in person on a Sunday at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter from 10am-4pm or 11am-3pm, depending on the area of focus.
    Both programmes run in parallel and some sessions are shared, so do take a look at the dates on our website.

  • Some of the producing sessions can be recorded, depending on whether breakout rooms were used during the session. The artist Play Space sessions are in-person and cannot be recorded. We do not share these videos outside of the programme participants, as often participants share their own experiences as part of the programme.

    We encourage artists and producers to attend the sessions for the full programme experience.

  • There were 10 on the Artist programme and 14 on the Producers programme last year (2021).

    We endeavour to accept a similar number this year, to keep the sessions bespoke to the participants.

  • There is no age limit – the programmes are open to adults aged 18+. The sessions are delivered at an introductory level, but the experience of being part of the programme is bespoke to the individual and their goals. We have had previous participants with lots of experience join the programmes in order to develop a specific skill (such as business planning) or to develop a specific project (such as focusing on a project which requires development for specific purpose, such as rural touring).

  • Yes, it’s a good way to meet members of staff at the Exeter Northcott Theatre. Some Nuts and Bolts producing sessions are also led by other members of the Northcott team. For in-person sessions, we will be based in the Barnfield Theatre, the management of which is newly operated by the Exeter Northcott Theatre, so it is an exciting time to get involved.

    The Exeter Northcott team are well connected with other organisations and venues in Devon and the South West.

  • The cost is £50 for the full programme. There are some bursary places available, as well as some travel bursaries available, so please indicate if you require this support on your application.

  • We will meet with Producers programme applicants on Monday 17th January and Artist programme applicants on Tuesday 18th January for up to 30 minutes. These will be daytime slots, so let us know via email or on your application if you need an evening due to work commitments. During these 1-2-1s, we will find out a little bit more about what you’d like to achieve over the 6 months and we will see if we can support you with that via the programme. If we feel the Futures programme isn’t the best way to support you, we will offer advice as to another means of support.

FAQs specific to the Artist programme

  • This is discussed on an individual basis – we ask everyone to think about a project or area of artistic development. For some individuals, this might be performing/directing/dramaturgy, so they might be best suited to working with others in the group, but you might have your own project idea that you’d like to focus on. We ask all applicants for the Artist programme to have a clear area of focus, project or show that they’d like to work on.

  • No, we have had Directors, Writers, Designers and Dramaturgs take part in the programmes previously. Some of these individuals have collaborated on other participants projects, but we ask that each participant still has a focus or area of exploration for the programme duration.

  • We haven’t had a participant exploring these before but it would be possible as long as the rights for the text were freely available.

FAQS specific to the Producers programme