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Three New Northcott Productions Announced

We’re excited to announce that three new productions will be made and presented in Devon in 2021.

The first to open in March is The Honey Man, an absorbing tale about an unlikely relationship between an ageing West Indian recluse and a fiery sixteen year old heir to a country manor house. Written by Tyrone Huggins, it will be directed by Devon-based Director Alix Harris.

Antigone, Brecht’s version of Sophocles’ gripping political thriller, hits the stage in May. A collaboration between the Northcott’s professional team and an ensemble of Exeter University students, it pits a teenage girl against the power of the state, in a topical story of ‘strong man’ leaders and citizen power.

An adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Friend or Foe will be directed by the Northcott’s Artistic Director, Daniel Buckroyd, in June. Following two boys as they’re evacuated from London to Devon during the second world war, this adventurous tale for all the family will feature a mixed professional/community cast drawn from across the County, with information about how to get involved to be published soon.

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We’re offering a COVID-safe chance to escape to Treasure Island this Christmas

Breaking Exeter Northcott Theatre box office records back in September by exceeding sales for all previous on-sale dates for Christmas shows at the venue, Le Navet Bete’s Treasure Island is a comedy adventure set to provide audiences with a pure dose of escapism this festive season.

Daniel Buckroyd, Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Exeter Northcott said:

‘We all know that Christmas is a time for coming together, and this year, perhaps more than any in recent memory, I’m sure we’re all yearning to put the last twelve months behind us and celebrate our hope for a better year ahead. Which is why we’ve been determined to strain every sinew to get the Northcott open again and Covid-safe in time for families and friends to gather and share in the joy of watching a Christmas show together.’

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New Opportunities, Commissions and Projects

With investment from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, we can now announce ambitious plans to support and celebrate local talent through 2021! With a range of creative opportunities for artists, young people and communities to kickstart a year of change and creative renewal.

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Good News! – Culture Recovery Fund

The Northcott wins investment from the Culture Recovery Fund!

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We’re re-opening for Christmas! And other news

Over the next few months, we’ll be bringing you a number of events, including support for up-and-coming South West artists through our continued Futures programme, theatre-making classes for young people and a swashbuckling family adventure for Christmas. Treasure Island: Booking…

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Life In Suspension – A Collaboration Invite (Zoom chat)

We received loads of amazing submissions from so many people and Hugh Malyon and his associate artists are devising interesting ways of framing the second film: a community documentary on COVID-19, the lockdown and unique ways the community has subverted…

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Are we heading in the right direction? The decisions theatres make now will define our relationships with the communities we serve

The decisions theatres take now about the next 12 months are going to define the relationships they have with the communities they serve for a generation, so we need to think hard about the choices open to us and make…

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BOOM! to be released on 16 July

We’re happy to announce a release date for BOOM!, the short film by Jump, Fall, Fly that is part of the The Time Is Now commissions. The film will be premiered online on 16 July, at 7pm. Watch live on…

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COVID-19 crisis update – ACE Emergency Funding

We learned today that Exeter Northcott Theatre’s application to Arts Council England for support from their COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund has been turned down. As a registered charity, the Northcott is deeply grateful for the continued support of the University…

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Stories from the Sticks – A Lockdown Podcast by Scratchworks Theatre

Scratchworks Theatre has toured theatre shows to isolated communities across Devon for many years and the theatre-makers have met many wonderful characters along the way. City-dwellers themselves, Laura, Siân and Alice have always appreciated being welcomed into remote villages to…

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When All This Is Over – A Lockdown Anthem by Thomas Johnson

An Exeter Northcott #TheTimeIsNow commission Drawn from reflections on lockdown from people across the South West, When All This Is Over is sung by people across the region who have never met. More than 50 people responded to an open call…

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Adventure story takes readers on unique journey around Exeter

These Three Worlds is an online adventure story that takes readers on a unique journey through Exeter. As with the popular ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books the quest is set in the first chapter and then the reader decides which…

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Project announcement: A creative collaboration with WCCEH on LGBTQ+ loneliness and history

Following an initial seed phase in which three artists were granted funding to think about loneliness, theatre and performance alongside scholars at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, we are excited to announce the direction that this…

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We’re Seeking Creative Responses to ‘Hanging Around’ in Lockdown

Residents of the South West are invited to collaborate on Hanging Around, a new project we’ve commissioned as part of The Time is Now series. Hanging Around plays with the notion of suspension and finding new ways to pass the…

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#BlackLivesMatter – A Statement

At a time when Covid-19 is already challenging UK theatres to think about how they need to change to survive the current crisis, the horrific death in the US of George Floyd, the latest in a long line of unconscionable…

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When All This Is Over: Catch up on lyric contributions

In preparation for writing the virtual choral anthem When All This Is Over, I asked people from all over the South West to answer two questions: What are you longing to do once lockdown is completely over? And what do…

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The Time Is Now commission: Jump, Fall, Fly to release film about mental health in lockdown

As part of our Time Is Now commissions, visual theatre/circus company Jump Fall Fly are set to release Boom!, a short film exploring mental health in this time of lockdown. Using circus, original music and stunning visuals, Boom! follows an…

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We’re looking for participants for The Time Is Now virtual choir!

As part of Exeter Northcott’s The Time is Now commissions, composer Thomas Johnson is asking the South West’s locked-down community to consider what they are longing to do once lockdown is over and what they might miss which has been…

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A poignant message about isolation #ItsInOurHands

Fifty years after it was first performed on the Northcott’s stage, Robert Lindsay has recorded a speech from The Roses of Eyam, which he says feels more poignant now than ever: “It’s an extraordinary story of isolation and survival thanks…

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The Time Is Now: Artists Announced

Five projects to connect local communities through creativity As soon as Exeter Northcott closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we started exploring ways we could support local artists and inspire audiences with creative activity. In addition to a…

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We Miss You. An Emergency Appeal.

We’re missing the laughter, the applause, the theatre bustling with people sharing something special together. It’s so important that we remain closed right now, but we hope that when the time is right we can open our doors and come…