February 2016

 
29 February 2016

This Is My Body

Ten Ten Theatre and Exeter Northcott Theatre present

Wed 23 & Thurs 24 March 2016

The award-winning one-woman play, This Is My Body, will come to Exeter in March and will be directed by Exeter Northcott Theatre’s Artistic and Executive Director, Paul Jepson.

There are “reasonable grounds” to suspect that a Romanian woman, who has been working as a prostitute in the UK, is the victim of human trafficking. She is given 45 days to “reflect and recover”. But will this be enough time to come to terms with the horrors she has endured?

This Is My Body is a powerful new one-woman play which toured the UK in 2014, including a performance at the St James Theatre in London. Written by Martin O’Brien, directed by Paul Jepson and performed by Agata Jarosz, it uncovered the shocking reality of human trafficking in the UK, and the failures of the system to adequately respond to and support the victims.

This Is My Body won the Best Stage Production Dealing with Modern Slavery award at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards in 2015.

Audience acclaim for the play:

“An immensely powerful portrayal of a young woman’s struggle to face the reality of her situation.”

“A profoundly important piece of theatre. Deeply meaningful and thought-provoking with an incredible performance at its core. This needs a wider audience!”

“Heartbreaking. A dreadful tragedy”

 Tickets

A, B & C £15 D £5
Concs: £2 off (bands A, B & C)
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Post Show Talk: Wed 23 March

All transactions are subject to a £2 booking fee.

Age 16yrs+

Running Time 75mins (no interval)
Book Online: www.exeternorthcott.co.uk
Box Office: 01392 726 363

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For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 7222 409 or email her

Notes to editors

Interviews are available upon request with actress Agata Jarosz and Paul Jepson.

Ten Ten Theatre is an award-winning theatre company working in primary schools, secondary schools, young offender institutions, parishes, community venues and theatres throughout the UK.

Established since 2007, the charity has produced an 11-year programme in Relationship Education for children in primary schools, young people and teenagers in secondary schools, their parents and teachers.

The company has also developed a significant programme of work in prisons, working in numerous young offender institutions throughout the UK.

Beyond its work with young people, Ten Ten has also worked in mainstream theatre, including staging productions at off-West End venues such as The Leicester Square Theatre (The Jeweller, 2011 and Kolbe’s Gift, 2013).

For more information on Ten Ten Productions, please visit www.tententheatre.co.uk/

25 February 2016

Exeter Northcott Theatre Welcomes South Street & Corn Exchange Review

Following today’s news regarding Exeter City Council’s review of the Corn Exchange, Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to hear of the exciting possibilities for the building and looks forward to taking a full part in any consultation and appraisal process.

Paul Jepson, Exeter Northcott’s Artistic and Executive Director said: “Having successfully negotiated the return to in house production the Exeter Northcott team sense that there is real appetite for large scale performance in the City”

Lady Studholme, Exeter Northcott’s Chair said “I am delighted that Exeter City Council is undertaking a wide-ranging and in-depth feasibility study for the provision of a new build performance space in the City. There is a tangible and significant groundswell of cultural interest and engagement across all art forms, and this is the most welcome and logical next step for a city that is as fast-growing and dynamic as ours.”

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For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 722 409 or email her.

 

18 February 2016

The Herbal Bed

An English Touring Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Rose Theatre Kingston production

Tues 15 – Sat 19 March 2016

English Touring Theatre return to Exeter Northcott Theatre in March with their new, critically- acclaimed, production of The Herbal Bed.

“I have always wanted that which I cannot have.”

Based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613, The Herbal Bed is an emotional thriller recounting the public trial of Shakespeare’s daughter. Accused of adultery with her neighbour, Susanna and her husband fall under the glare of intense public scrutiny as they sue her accuser for slander.

A powerful exposé of the contradiction between human desire and social convention which seeks to repress it, Peter Whelan’s moving and uplifting play provides a beautiful evocation of life in Shakespearean England. It was first produced to great acclaim by the Royal Shakespeare Company before transferring to the West End and Broadway.

Director of English Touring Theatre, Rachel Tackley said  “When I first read The Herbal Bed, I thought it was the perfect project for English Touring Theatre to produce. I had seen James Dacre’s masterful production of Peter Whelan’s Accrington Pals and thought he would be perfect to direct it. I am really excited to collaborate with Royal & Derngate and the Rose and to take this beautiful play to audiences across the UK on its first ever tour.”

Director James Dacre said today “In the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, Royal & Derngate are thrilled to be partnering with ETT and the Rose to produce a play about his family, set during the final chapter of his life. This production also celebrates the legacy of another great playwright, Peter Whelan. I was lucky enough to work with Peter and to benefit from his great wisdom and warmth shortly before he died last year. This revival of The Herbal Bed, his most influential play, is a tribute to his enduring relevance as a playwright. The Herbal Bed offers a penetrating insight into the clash between human desire and social convention. A moving and uplifting story, it is a gripping thriller, a prescient social commentary and an extraordinary romance.”

★★★★
“a beautiful revival of a wise and witty play’

THE TELEGRAPH

★★★★
“ [a] gripping domestic drama and a richly plausible piece of historical speculation”
THE INDEPENDENT

For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 722409 or email her

Notes to editors

Cast member, Jonathan Guy Lewis, is a graduate of the University of Exeter. He also performed at the Exeter Northcott Theatre Charity Command Performance in December 2014.

English Touring Theatre is one of the UK’s most successful and exciting production companies, widely regarded as England’s National Theatre of Touring.

Led by Director Rachel Tackley, the company works with leading artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic work for audiences throughout the UK and overseas; theatre that is thrilling, popular and, above all, entertaining.

The company primarily produces work for larger theatres, driven by the belief that experiencing plays simultaneously with large numbers of other people is a distinctively powerful cultural experience for audiences. English Touring Theatre is the only touring company with public investment, to produce work for larger theatres in England. At the heart of everything the company does is the passionately held belief that people everywhere in this country expect and deserve the very highest quality of work.


James Dacre
directs and is Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate, Northampton. He was previously Artistic Associate at the New Vic Theatre and Associate Director at Theatre503. For Royal & Derngate his credits include Brave New World, The Hook, The Body of an American, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Tale of Two Cities. For Shakespeare’s Globe his credits include King John, Holy Warriors, As You Like It (International tour). His other credits include The Mountaintop (Theatre503 and West End), King James Bible (National Theatre), Accrington Pals (Royal Exchange Theatre), The Mountaintop (Theatre503 and Trafalgar Studios), Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios), 4000 Miles (Bath Theatre Royal, The Print Room), The Thrill of Love (New Vic Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre and St James Theatre), Orpheus and Eurydice (National Youth Theatre and Old Vic), The Unconquered  (Stellar Quines, UK Tour and Off-Broadway transfer) and Nightshifts (Traverse). Off Broadway-work includes Baal, The Error of their Ways, Work and Come and Go. He has been awarded Fulbright and Schubert Fellowships in Theatre Directing and trained on the ITV/Channel 4 Regional Theatre Director’s Scheme.

 

11 February 2016

Liza Pulman Sings Hollywood

Sat 12 March 2015

A journey through the world of movies in a cavalcade of all time classic Hollywood songs with the singing star of the award-winning Fascinating Aïda.

Liza Pulman brings you an evening of some of the greatest songs from the silver screen.  Her glorious voice, charming personality and quirky comedic skills make her a unique entertainer.  The evening will take you on a musical journey celebrating the golden age of Hollywood and beyond.  From As Time Goes By to Moon River, through Hitchcock, the romantic comedy and even the American western, these are the songs of our Saturday afternoons and our Sunday nights. Accompanied by the Joseph Atkins Orchestra this is a joyous evening not to be missed.

Liza said: “I’ve always loved films and I’ve always loved singing, so it seemed like a good marriage of the things I love most.”

Songs include: As Time Goes By, Moon River, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Que Sera Sera, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend and many more…

Tickets  £20
Age: all ages
Running Time: 1hr 50mins

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For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 722408 or email her.
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 NOTES TO EDITORS

Liza has always been in demand for musical theatre. Her performances have included
Adrian Noble’s award-winning 2002 production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium with Michael Ball, a production which became the theatre’s longest running show. Liza also played opposite Phillip Schofield in the UK tour of Doctor Dolittle.

In 2004 Liza joined the internationally renowned comedy trio Fascinating Aïda and their award winning shows have taken them to venues and festivals across the globe.

For more information about Liza Pulman, please visit www.lizapulman.com

05 February 2016

Newton Faulkner to star in American Idiot

Double Platinum selling artist Newton Faulkner has joined the cast of Green Day’s explosive Tony Award ® winning musical, American Idiot, and will appear at the Exeter Northcott Theatre in May.

One of the UK’s finest contemporary singer-songwriters, Newton’s unique style of guitar playing and soaring vocals have made him a worldwide success since he burst onto the music scene back in 2007.

Newton will join the previously announced X Factor finalist Amelia Lily (Whatsername), Alexis Gerred (Tunny), Llandyll Gove (Gerard), Lucas Rush (St Jimmy) and Steve Rushton (Will), who will all be reprising their critically acclaimed roles from the London production, at the Arts Theatre. Further casting confirmed also includes Cellen Chugg Jones (Theo), Jemma Geanaus (Alysha), Karina Hind (Libby), Emma Housley (Heather), Lawrence Libor (Swing), Alice Stokoe (Extraordinary Girl) and Matt Thorpe (Johnny).

Newton Faulkner said “My first ever band was essentially a Green Day cover band, with one of the guys currently in the show, Lucas Rush, so it’s amazingly strange to be reunited under these circumstances. I can’t wait. The first record I ever bought was Dookie, so yeah, I was a massive Green Day fan, still am.”

American Idiot is at Exeter Northcott Theatre from Weds 18 – Sat 22 May.