March 2015

31 March 2015

Help us plan WOW Exeter

Invitation from Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre, and founder of the global WOW – Women of the World festival

Will you come and help us plan what WOW Exeter might look like?
WOW – Women of the World is a global festival that celebrates women and girls, highlights their achievements and looks at the obstacles they still face across the world. It has its roots at Southbank Centre and has happened across the UK and across the world.

March 2015 was WOW’s 5th birthday in London – check out some of the best bits here! Speakers included Annie Lennox, Christine Lagarde, Turkish MP Safak Pavey and Salma Hayek, and the programme contained everything from twerkshops and comedy to sessions about domestic violence, equal pay and why there are so few women in politics.

The festival is made up of talks and debates, music and performance, parties, a marketplace, networking and much more, and brings together women and men to speak about how they are making the world a fairer place and why it matters,  WOW is purposefully very diverse, looking at everything from body image to peace-making, haircuts, sport, the arts, sex, race, food and love – and you can always expect joy, laughter, passion, insight and a chance to share your own stories.

Watch our WOW London film here.

People from across the UK already come to WOW in London –  and now it’s time for  WOW to go out across the UK.

Will you join us in planning what WOW Exeter in 2016 should be about? What would you like to see represented, what ideas can be developed into the programme and what in your opinion are the most relevant topics for women today?

Please come to a  WOW Think In  on Tuesday 28 April, 10:00 – 12:00, in Exeter Northcott Theatre.

The more the merrier. We encourage you to bring your friends, boyfriend, girlfriend, brother, child and/or granny and grandpa if you can.

Sign up using this EventBrite link:http://wowexeter2016.eventbrite.com

The session will start with an introduction from the WOW team about what we hope WOW will achieve, followed by planning, discussion and debate. Tea and coffee will be provided, and no preparation is required.

For more information, please email Claire McDermott.

If there are individuals or groups you think should be there, please do let us know, or pass this invitation on to them.

I very much hope to see you in April, and keep in touch on Facebook or @WOWTweetUK #WOWLDN, or onlinewow.southbankcentre.co.uk

With all best wishes,

11 March 2015

The Business of Murder

Middle Ground Theatre Company is delighted to presentThe Business of Murder, the acclaimed psychological thriller from the pen of Richard Harris (The Sweeney, A Touch Of Frost, The Avengers) which enjoyed a successful 9-year run in the West End.

Stone, a humourless and dour man, invites Dee, a television playwright, over to his flat on the premise of discussing a script. Once there, she is surprised when superintendent Hallett, the man with whom she is having an affair, also arrives for an entirely different reason.

But nothing is as it seems, and as the plot twists and turns the motive of their host Stone gradually becomes clear. They are all, it would seem, in the same business…. The Business of Murder.

“The most ingenious murder mystery for a decade”
 Daily Mail

“Welcome to a thriller that achieves it all”
The Times

“The best stage thriller for years”
Sunday Mirror

The Business of Murder stars Robert Gwilym, known by millions for his role as Dr Max Gallagher in Casualty, alongside Paul Opacic (a regular as Steve Marchant inEmmerdale, Mark Waddle in Bad Girls and Carl Costello in Hollyoaks), and Joanna Higson, who played Maxine Donnelly for 2 series of Shameless and is currently appearing as Vicky Hall in BBC TV’s WPC56. 

Tickets: A £27 B £24.50 C £22.50 D £18.50
Matinees: £18.50
Concs: £2 off
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 12yrs+
Date: Tues 7 – Sat 11 April
Running Time: TBC
Multibuy: multibuy discounts are available on this show.

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

Notes to editors
Middle Ground Theatre Company have been producing drama for the stage since 1988. As a completely independent and unsubsidised company they believe the high standard of their productions is essential in keeping audiences coming through the doors.

For more information on Middle Ground Theatre Company, please visit www.middlegroundtheatre.co.uk

10 March 2015

Richard Alston Dance

Fresh from two Sadler’s Wells performances celebrating its 20th anniversary, Richard Alston Dance Companyembarks on its anniversary tour of the UK and will stop off at Exeter Northcott in March.

The company of 10 dancers presents a mix of repertoire including Nomadic and Burning, the latest works by Alston and his Associate Choreographer Martin Lawrance, alongside old favourite 2003’s Overdrive, now on the GCSE syllabus.

Alston continues to break new ground for himself with his new work Nomadic. He has invited young hip hop and contemporary choreographer/performer Ajani Johnson-Goffe to collaborate with him – a first in his 45-year career. Exploring the meeting point between hip hop and world music, Nomadic is set to music by Ursari Gypsy band Shukar Collective who fuse Romany and electronic music to dark, sharp effect.

“…a sensational execution of tension and repose…”

Martin Lawrance’s latest work Burning premiered in Scotland in autumn 2014 to a standing ovation and rave reviews. Set to Lizst’s Dante Sonata, played live, Burning explores ‘Lisztomania’ and the composer’s relationship with the young, married Countess, Marie D’Agoult. The passion floods out of every pore in this frenetic and emotional piece.

Burning sets the sizzle factor alight”
THE HERALD on Burning

Alston’s classic Overdrive is an exhilarating blast of nonstop dancing to the pulsating rhythms of Californian minimalist Terry Riley. The ten dancers of Richard Alston Dance Company ride seamlessly across the surging waves of Riley’s relentless patterning, in an intricate and mesmeric crescendo of movement and sound. Overdriveis one of 12 prescribed professional works for GCSE Dance on the AQA syllabus and Richard Alston Dance Company has produced a teacher’s resource pack to accompany it.

Tickets: A £20.50 B £17.50 C £14.50 D £12.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 10yrs+
Date: Tues 24 – Wed 25 March
Running Time: 1hr 35mins (includes 2 intervals)
Post Show Talk: Tues 24 March

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

Notes to Editors:

Richard Alston
Richard Alston, Artistic Director of The Place, the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance, is internationally recognised as one of the most inspiring and influential choreographers in British dance.
Perhaps more than any other choreographer, Richard is known for his instinctive musicality. Alston is renowned for having a very close relationship with his music, taking inspiration for his work directly from the music he uses, to use the music as a point of departure for the choreography. (He recently said that to unwind, as well as reading or watching films, he listens to music he knows he does not want to make dance to).

The Place

Located in the heart of London, The Place is the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance.

The Place unites dance training, creation and performance in our purpose-built centre, which houses some of the best studios in the city. For forty years, we have been a vibrant hub of dance activity, a centre of creative and technical excellence and a magnet for aspiring dancers, talented professionals and cutting-edge choreographers from all over the world.

For more information about Richard Alston and The Place, please visit www.theplace.org.uk

03 March 2015

Inside Out of Mind

Transforming dementia care through theatre
Meeting Ground Theatre Company and Nottingham Lakeside Arts present Inside Out of Mind, an insightful and darkly comic play that powerfully captures the multiple realities of life on a dementia ward, to Exeter Northcott Theatre as part of a national tour. The tour follows the success of a limited run in 2013 at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, which resulted in an Arts Council England Strategic Touring Grant.

The production is based on and inspired by the extensive observational research material compiled from an academic study into healthcare wards of NHS Hospitals treating patients with dementia by social scientists at the University of Nottingham’s Institute of Mental Health.

Welcome to the ward with no name…  A theatre of magical, medical realism. A fusion of love stories, crisscrossing time and space, where walls turn into forests; thunder to gunfire; books to birds; with untold stories kept under their wings.  Nurses come, nurses go – carrying, folding, and keeping the continuum of person-centred care and its fragile emotional legacy in tact.

Inside Out of Mind is a multi-layered illustration of life within dementia care from the perspective of patients, carers and visitors.  It offers glimpses into a mysterious world, touching on some of the profound themes associated with dementia including time, identity, loss, relationships, power and death.

Writer and director Tanya Myers (co-Artistic Director of Meeting Ground Theatre Company) not only echoes the research observations in the play’s characters and scenes but she also uses the medium of theatre, with all its scope for illusion and magic, to engage the audience’s emotions, fostering empathy for staff and patients, while giving pause for reflection and intuitive listening.

Inside Out of Mind is an inspiring and collaborative theatre project that took three years to evolve, bringing together Meeting Ground Theatre Company, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, The University of Nottingham and the NHS to tackle the challenge of dementia care.

Tickets: £15 Schools: £8 for groups 10+ Students: £8
Age: 14yrs+
Date: Tues 17 – Fri 20 March
Running Time: 2hrs
Post Show Talk: Tues 17 March Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE Assisted Performance: BSL Interpreted Performance Fri 20 Mar

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

Notes to Editors:
Inside Out of Mind – a brief history

In 2011, Professor Justine Schneider and colleagues at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, published the results of a study of dementia wards, based on 600,000 words of observational field notes.  From this material Tanya Myers was commissioned to write a play with the aim of impacting positively on the care of people with dementia whilst highlighting the skills and compassion of the caring professionals working with dementia patients.

The first run of Inside Out of Mind took place at Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, from June 14-29, 2013. Many of the tickets were financed by local Health Trusts, who saw the play as an innovative and engaging way to raise the skills and awareness of their basic-grade staff, health care assistants, who figure importantly in the play. Care home staff and home care workers were also encouraged to attend. A number of local health care trusts see Inside Out of Mind as an innovative and engaging way to raise the skills and awareness of their basic-grade staff, health care assistants, who figure importantly in the play. At each venue on tour (see schedule below) there will be dedicated NHS staff performances and post show discussions, with tickets being sponsored by the trusts.

Inside Out of Mind has been designed by Nettie Scriven; with lighting design by Richard Statham, digital media design by Barret Hodgson and original music and sound design by David Wilson.  Meeting Ground Theatre Company are collaborating with award-winning film makers we are caravanwww.wearecaravan.co.uk – to create a filmed version of the play. The plan is to distribute the film to cinemas, care homes and hospitals across the UK to ensure as wide a viewing as possible of this remarkable piece of work.

For more information on the 2015 tour of Inside Out of Mind and Meeting Ground Theatre Company go to http://www.meetinggroundtheatrecompany.co.uk/