February 2015

 
18 February 2015

5 Minutes with… Martin Reeve

Jenny, our media officer, caught up with Martin Reeve, one of the stars of next weeks spin-chilling play, The Mist in the Mirror.

Hi Martin. We can’t wait for The Mist in The Mirror to roll into Exeter next week. What can audiences expect from the show?
The audience can expect quite a few shocks, people who have seen the show tell me they often jump out of their seats, if not their skins. It’s a dark and mysterious gothic ghost story.

Had you read the book before being cast in the play? If so, did it influence how you approached your character?
I had read the book, but we were encouraged to interpret the characters freely – and as I am playing eight different people I let my imagination run wild!

You live on beautiful Dartmoor, it’s an easy question really, but what do you love the most about living there?
I love the peace and quiet of Dartmoor, the changing seasons and the fact that within minutes I can be in the middle of nowhere looking at the natural beauty of the place.

Any favourite places in Exeter?
They would have to be the fantastic museum, the Bikeshed Theatre and bar, the shops on Gandy Street, and the Northcott of course!

Do you have any advice for actors currently training in Devon?
The sad truth is, to get work as an actor you have to be visible, which means going to London, or Manchester. I’ve been around long enough for this not to be too much of a problem, but I still have to work hard at it and be prepared to travel to where the work is. If you stay in Devon you have to be creative and make your own work, get to know the local  theatre makers, see as much stuff as you can, and, as always, practice your art as often as you can!

12 February 2015

2015 Christmas Show Announced

The Exeter Northcott Theatre is pleased to announce that its 2015 Christmas production will be a brand-new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ much-loved classic, A Christmas Carol and will be produced by Exeter Northcott Theatre and Creative Cow. The production marks the return of Exeter Northcott Theatre to once again producing its own work.

Ebenezer Scrooge is a notoriously bitter old man who is determined not to let Christmas interfere with his miserly routine. But one Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives some unexpected supernatural visitors who are determined to show him the true spirit of Christmas and the error of his ways.

Paul Jepson, Exeter Northcott Theatre’s artistic and executive director said:
“I’m delighted to be working with Creative Cow on A Christmas Carol.  It was a favourite book of mine when I was a child and is a favourite of my children.  Creative Cow are a really exciting local company with bags of experience and broad appeal.”

Katherine Senior, Creative Cow’s co-founder said:
“Creative Cow is over the moon to be working with Exeter Northcott Theatre this Christmas. It seems a long way off but we are already well in to the Christmas spirit and will be wrapped up in all things Scrooge from now until we open at the beginning of December 2015.

As a touring theatre company it is an exciting new venture for us to take residence for 4 weeks in a theatre and being a Devon based company it makes it extra special to be doing it at Exeter Northcott Theatre.”

Creative Cow’s artistic director Amanda Knott will direct an ensemble company of actors and musicians to bring you this magical, inventive and heart-warming adaptation, with Dickens’ wit and masterful storytelling at its core. Guaranteed to appeal to young and old alike,A Christmas Carol will melt even the coldest of hearts and leave all rejoicing with festive spirit.

Off-peak Ticket Prices: A £20 B £18 C £16 D £12
Off-peak Family Tickets:
A £51 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £17 each
B £45 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £15 each
C £39 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £13 each
D £27 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £9 each

Peak Ticket Prices: A £28 B £25 C £18 D £14
Peak Family Tickets:
A £75 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £25 each
B £66 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £22 each
C £45 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £15 each
D £33 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £11 each

Schools: £10 for groups 10+

EARLYBIRD OFFER: Book tickets before 30 April 2015 and SAVE £5 OFF EACH FAMILY PRICE TICKET when purchasing 3 or more tickets in price bands A & B (applies to peak performances only). 

Schools: £10 for groups 10+
Age: all ages 7yrs+

For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her

Notes to editors
Please credit the Exeter Northcott Theatre as ‘Exeter Northcott Theatre’ and not ‘Northcott Theatre’.

Exeter Northcott Theatre is a 460 seat venue serving Exeter and heart of Devon from its home on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus.  It offers a mixed programme of touring theatre productions, contemporary dance, opera, music, comedy and family shows to its catchment area of 551,000 homes.

For more information on Exeter Northcott Theatre, please visit: www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

Creative Cow is a touring repertory theatre company formed in 2007 by Amanda Knott, Jonathan Parish and Katherine Senior. Their aim is to present to wide and diverse audiences the very best in classic and contemporary playwriting with imaginative and accomplished performances.

For more information on Creative Cow, please visit:http://www.creativecow.co.uk

08 February 2015

Filter Theatre’s MacBeth

One of the most dynamic theatre companies touring the UK, Filter, return to the Exeter Northcott Theatre with a radical version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, following their irreverent and contemporary recreation of Twelfth Night in 2014.

Playful, kaleidoscopic and horrific, Filter’s Macbeth fuses Shakespeare’s corrosive, psychological thriller of ambition, power, witchcraft and sanity with innovative sound and music to take you on a strange, funny and scintillating journey to the epicentre of the “heat-oppressed brain”.

Founded in 2001, Filter is actors Oliver Dimsdale, Ferdy Roberts and musician Tim Phillips, working with a trademark fusion of performance with integrated live music and sound. Filter’s irreverent and contemporary recreations of the classics – Caucasian Chalk Circle, Twelfth Night, Three Sisters and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – have toured the UK and internationally to great acclaim.

“Filter’s lo-fi, ninety minute remix of Shakespeare’s comedy infects the audience with the play’s celebratory spirit of madness from the start…You leave feeling slightly changed yourself.”

★★★★★
“For newcomers to Shakespeare, I can’t think of a better introduction…it’s a celebration: mad, wild, loving and hilarious.”
Metro on Twelfth Night

The Sunday Times on Twelfth Night

Tickets: A £22.50 B £18.50 C £17 D £14.50
Sat matinee: £14.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Groups 10+ get 11th FREE
Student Standby: £8
Age: 14yrs+
Date: Tues 3 – Sat 7 March
Running Time: 1hr 15mins (no interval)
Post Show Talk: Thu 1.30pm & 7.30pm
Assisted Performances: BSL Interpreted and Audio Described: Sat 7 March 2.30pm

Exeter Northcott Press Night Tue 3 March 2015, 7.30pm

For more information, interviews and images, please contact Jenny Hogg, media officer, on 01392 223 989 or email her at j.l.hogg@exeter.ac.uk

MACBETH
by William Shakespeare
Created by Filter
Music Composed by Tom Haines

Cast: Geoffrey Lumb, Poppy Miller (Lady Macbeth), Victoria Moseley, Alan Pagan, Alison Reid, Ferdy Roberts (Macbeth), Paul Woodson

Notes for Editors:
Tobacco Factory Theatres has forged an inspirational path to becoming one of the country’s most respected venues in just ten years. It produced and presents excellent art in unique, intimate and visceral spaces, including the Factory Theatre and Brewery Theatre in Bristol, as well as off-site in Bristol and in venues across the country. The vision for the period 2014 onwards marks a key moment in the theatre’s evolution and a step-change in the level of its ambitions. A truly great theatre is all about the consistent production of great theatre and to achieve this it is investing ambitiously in more of its own productions and co-productions with
other great companies. Previous productions and co-productions have included the 2013 Olivier Award-nominated and 2014 Off West End Award-winning production of Cinderella: A Fairytale (co-produced by Travelling Light); the 2014 winner of the Sky Arts Award for Dance, Dracula (co-produced with the Mark Buce Company); Banksy;The Room in the Elephant which went on to a national tour (with The Sum) and the first production of Chris Goode’s Infinite Lives (****The Guardian).

In spring 2014 Tobacco Factory Theatres announced that Filter Theatre was to become a 2014/15 Tobacco Factory Theatres Associate Artist, allowing the two companies to work
together to develop new productions.