The Stories We Tell

Following over two years of exploration and community engagement with the Northcott Theatre Archive, we are very excited to host an open day of heritage-themed activities, live performances, film and exhibitions – inspired by the stories and voices of the Archive.

Discover the amazing people and productions that have been a part of the Northcott’s journey to date – and explore new takes on the role of theatre in the community with the fantastic artists and local people we are working with in the present day.

FREE FAMILY CRAFT ACTIVITIES

Drop-in, 10am – 3pm

Inspired by the Northcott’s Archive. All materials provided, for all ages and abilities.

A woman reaches into a wooden cube, which has a small carboard cutout figures inside
Photography: Liberty Smith

Exhibition and film by Liberty Smith

EXETER NORTHCOTT, 1 – 11 MAY, 10AM – 3PM, TOURING EXETER THROUGHOUT MAY & JUN

An exhibition showcasing a commissioned short film by Liberty Smith, alongside a series of portraits of participants, featured in the film and a listening booth of oral histories collected by the Northcott, will be unveiled on Sun 1 May, before touring to city centre locations.

Exhibition: Exploring the Archive

BILL DOUGLAS CINEMA MUSEUM 27 APR – 27 MAY, OPEN DAILY 10AM – 5PM

An exhibition of original material from the Archive, curated by the Northcott Collection’s Archivist Caroline Walter and the heritage project’s Curator Kathryn Johnson, will be on display at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, just a short walk from the theatre.

Three performers wearing colourful panto outfits look shocked
Photography: Alan Winn
Three dancers raise their right leg in unison
Photo credit: Craig Fuller

Hannah Kumari: Workshops & Performance

PERFORMANCES: EXETER NORTHCOTT, SUN 1 MAY

In April we will host an exciting series of new workshops to express yourself, move your body and connect with history. Local performer, writer and theatre maker Hannah Kumari will share materials from the Northcott Theatre Archives, discussing the representation of Black and Global Majority communities and artists in Exeter. These workshops will develop a piece of live, site-specific theatre as part of the festival on 1 May. For more information about how to participate, please contact heritage@exeternorthcott.co.uk.

NYC Presents: The Back End of the Cow and Other Stories

EXETER NORTHCOTT, SUN 1 MAY

The Northcott Young Company are adding their voices to the archive of the future. From volunteer stewards and actors, to technical crew and former members of theYoung Company, our young people have been gathering stories and memories to use as inspiration for their own brand-new show – a piece of promenade theatre that will guide audiences through the lesser-known parts of the Northcott. Who knows which stories will come to life?

A young man looks down at a fake cow head – to their right, a sign saying ‘stage left, quiet please’
Six cabaret dancers raise their knees while standing in a line
Photo credit: Nicolas Toyne

Tea and a Talk with Richard Digby-Day

EXETER NORTHCOTT, TUE 14 JUN, 6PM

A combined event celebrating The Stories We Tell and Cygnet Theatre’s 40th Anniversary and Dream Festival 2022, hosted by our current Northcott Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd. Discussing his time as the Northcott’s Artistic Director between 1978 and 1980, Richard Digby-Day will share his memories and explore change and continuity in Exeter’s theatre sector.