March 2016

24 March 2016

Free tickets to TEDxExeter livestreams are available now

More people will be able to watch TEDxExeter and discuss the talks they are hearing, thanks to three new public livestreams. The main event, which takes place at the Exeter Northcott Theatre on April 15, sold out in a record 22 minutes in December last year, and tickets for a simultaneous broadcast to Exeter University’s Alumni Auditorium sold in a day. There is a now a chance to watch the livestream at Exeter Library, Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) and Teignmouth Pavilion.

An additional 80 people who missed out on tickets can watch it free of charge in Exeter Library’s Rougemont Room. Tickets, with unreserved seating, are available via Eventbrite  from Thursday 24 March. Food is available from the café during lunch and the morning and afternoon breaks. Doors open at 8.45am.

The Livestream will also be showing in Gallery 21 at RAMM on a drop-in, first come, first served basis. Staff will click visitors in and out, so if you don’t get a ticket first thing, it may be worth trying again later. Refreshments will be available from the Museum’s café. Doors open at 9am.

Councillor Rosie Denham, lead Councillor for economy and culture at Exeter City Council said ‘We are delighted to be streaming the TEDxExeter talks into RAMM. This will allow the museum to showcase the talks to people who haven’t yet come across them as well as bringing in new audiences. It’s a real coup to be part of such an exceptional event and to allow people, unable to get a ticket, to connect to the inspirational TEDx Talks”

The newly refurbished Teignmouth Pavilions will show TEDxExeter as one of its first performances in its new guise. It is also one of its first livestream events. Tickets will be sold for two sessions, morning and afternoon. The theatre will charge £5 for each session to cover its costs. Contact the box office by email: boxoffice@pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk or ring 01626 249049 for tickets.

The public sessions are in addition to an ever expanding list of schools, businesses and other organisations holding private livestream events so their staff, pupils, customers and more can benefit from everything that TedxExeter 2016 offers.

“I am delighted that hundreds more people will be able to watch the speakers live and get together with others to discuss what they’ve heard,” said Claire Kennedy, TEDxExeter licensee and curator. “Even though all the talks are freely available online after the event, there’s something special about viewing them with like-minded people who are passionate and positive.

The public sessions are in addition to an ever expanding list of schools, businesses and other organisations holding private livestream events so their staff, pupils, customers and more can benefit from everything that TedxExeter 2016 offers.

“We know that there is massive public demand for our event at the Northcott and that it continues to grow. Even though we added 450 more spaces for a simultaneous broadcast at Exeter University’s Alumni Auditorium this year, it still hasn’t been sated.  These additional livestream events will enable more people to be inspired, share their responses and feel the buzz.”

This years theme is Dreams to Reality and includes a packed lineup of international speakers and inspirational guests. Speakers will explore themes of identity and radicalisation, re-imagine the world using a new set of maps and challenge how data is used. Human rights runs as a theme behind many of the talks, and speakers will also examine compassion and communication.

For more information please contact Cathy Debenham, cathy@tedxexeter.com, 07786 440129.  Photographs of previous TEDxExeter events are available to download from the TEDxExeter Flickr page. Click on individual pictures to see captions and picture credits.

Notes to editors

The Eventbrite link for booking tickets at the library is: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tedxexeter-2016-library-livestream-tickets-20787309402

To see a full line-up of this year’s speakers click here.

To organise your own private viewing party for the livestream click here.

Follow TEDxExeter on Twitter and Facebook. Visit the TEDxExeter website.


TEDxExeter is organised by a team of local volunteers. It is made possible by the generosity of the following local companies who support the event.

University of Exeter
Stephens Scown
SunGift Energy
Wilkinson Grant
Bishop Fleming
Websites Ahoy
Dacors Design
First Sight Media
Luscombe Drinks
Exeter College
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Exeter City Council
Matt Round Photography

All TEDxExeter talks are filmed and made freely available on the internet. The TED translation project means ideas from Exeter reach a truly global audience. So far TEDxExeter speakers’ talks have been viewed more than 5.25 million times. Four of them have been featured on TED.com: Karima Bennoune sharing stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities; Scilla Elworthy speaking on non violence; Bandi Mbubi calling for fair trade phones; and slam poet Harry Baker’s love poem for lonely prime numbers… Michelle Ryan’s talk on work-life balance tops a TEDx YouTube list on the way we work.

About TEDx x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Follow TEDxExeter on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDxExeter. For more information and to watch our talks visit our website: www.tedxexeter.com where you can also sign up to receive our newsletter.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.



22 March 2016

Exeter Northcott Theatre Announce New Shows at The Great Hall

Exeter Northcott Theatre has announced a new programme of shows that will take place at The Great Hall on the University of Exeter’s Streatham campus.

Extending the range of work that is presented by the theatre, the new shows announced include 10cc in Concert, Jimmy Osmond in Concert, YolanDa Brown and Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams and Chinese State Circus.

Exeter Northcott has also announced new shows from their autumn season which are now on sale. These include Duchy Opera’s One Fine Day, X Factor winner Matt Cardle: Intimate and Live, Globe Theatre’s The Two Gentleman of Verona, English Touring Theatre’s French without Tears and Susan Hill’s classic horror, The Woman in Black.

Paul Jepson, Artistic and Executive Director said “With the people of Exeter’s support, we can build on the success of last year, broaden our audience base and the range and quality of our offer, bring exceptional, talented people to Exeter to make work with us and provide opportunities for the wealth of talent that surrounds us.”

At The Great Hall

Double MOBO award-winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown and special guest, Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams, bring some sunshine to Exeter with a special set entitled ‘Reggae Love Songs’ (11 June).

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of their seminal album Sheet Music, 10cc visit The Great Hall to perform two sets, including playing Sheet Music in its entirety (24 September)

Jimmy Osmond will celebrate his 50 years in showbiz by performing his tribute to the legendary Andy Williams, including the songs Music To Watch Girls By, Happy Heart, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and of course, Moon River (8 October).

The incomparable Chinese State Circus return to the UK with a troupe of 30 award-winning Chinese acrobats, dancers and musicians which will also feature the legendary Shaolin Warriors.

At Exeter Northcott Theatre

Narrated by John Nettles, Duchy Opera will bring the Life and Music of Giacomo Puccini to the Exeter Northcott in June.

The 2010 X Factor winner, Matt Cardle, will be intimate and live performing material from his three top 10 albums plus an exclusive preview of songs from his forthcoming LP (26 June)

Shakespeare’s Globe bring their riotous new production of The Two Gentlemen Of Verona which will be led by a joyful ensemble of players who will delight with songs, romance and chaos, and hurl Shakespeare’s anarchic comedy into the 21st century (8- 11 September).

In association with Exeter Northcott Theatre, English Touring Theatre and Orange Tree Theatre will present Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears, the sparkling comedy that first established Rattigan as “one of the supreme dramatists of the 20th century”( The Guardian) (16-24 June).

Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story, The Woman in Black, comes dramatically alive in this ingenious stage adaptation. This gripping production is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror (14-19 November).

Escape to Neverland this Christmas with Exeter Northcott Theatre and, Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. Directed by Paul Jepson, the show promises to be a perfect festive treat for all the family (Fri 2 Dec 2016 – Sun 1 Jan 2017).


Tickets for shows in The Great Hall and Exeter Northcott can be bought from the Exeter Northcott Theatre’s Box Office and website.  Call the Exeter Northcott Theatre box office on 01392 726363 or book  seats online at the Exeter Northcott Theatre website: www.exeternorthcott.co.uk. Alternatively buy in person from Exeter Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, EX4 4QB

15 March 2016

Mark Bruce’s The Odyssey

Mon 11 & Tues 12 April 2016

The award-winning Mark Bruce Company, whose critically acclaimed dance theatre production of Dracula performed to sellout audiences across the country in 2013 and 2014, including Exeter, bring their brand new production THE ODYSSEY to Exeter Northcott Theatre on April 11th and 12th.

THE ODYSSEY, Homer’s epic poem written over two thousand years ago, is given the Mark Bruce Company dance theatre treatment; a dramatic, rich re-telling of the ten year journey undertaken by Odysseus after the fall of Troy.  During his struggle to return home the King, (Christopher Tandy) faces the wrath of a reckless god (Chris Akrill) who drags Odysseus on an epic journey across oceans to strange lands and the darkness beyond.  Immortal beauties, shape shifters, monsters and sorcerers both guide and torment the king as he hurtles towards a savage and desperate reunion with his queen (Hannah Kidd).

The cast and creative teams that produced the multi-award winning Dracula present a vision of a broken world; from faded New York pageants to islands of fantasy, brutal seas, battlefields and a gateway to Hades. Set to music ranging from Mozart to Mark Lanegan, Sacred Arias to The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and an original Mark Bruce-composed score, this Odyssey is of now: contemporary horror and fantasy splintering from ancient myth; the headlong collision of universal themes, the encounter with mortality and the gods within…

“Mark Bruce’s vision of this dark, cultural foundation stone, is dark, violent and sexy…”
Stage Talk


“Mark Bruce can excite your senses like few others in contemporary dance theatre…Greek myth it may be but the poem has all the timeless ingredients of a gripping story: deceit, naked ambition, violence, and love – and Bruce’s telling, which is not slavish to the poem and characters, slips between Homer and the modern day.”


“Mark Bruce makes in-your-face theatre.  It’s very rock ‘n’ roll: loud, brash, bloody and violent – and not without a touch of humour.  All this works well in a high octane version of the story.”


A £18.50 B £16.50 C £12.50 D £12.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Post Show Talk: Mon 11 April




Notes to Editors


Mark Bruce Company – 2014 Awards:

Winners of the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best Dance Production – ‘Dracula’

Winners of the Critics’ Circle Award Dance Section for Best Independent Company

Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dancer (Modern) – Jonathan Goddard for ‘Dracula’

Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dance – Jonathan Goddard for Mark Bruce Company


Mark Bruce on The Odyssey:


 “I read Robert Graves’ work on the Greek myths and enjoyed classical studies at school; I also grew up on the Ray Harryhausen movies.   I’ve never stopped having an interest in Greek myths and always return to them, even unintentionally; they recur in my work all the time.

“In ‘The Odyssey’ I’ve also incorporated the War of Troy and other elements that I think are an essential backstory so that an audience member who has never read the Odyssey should be able to follow the story.  The Odyssey alone is epic and I’ve had to severely edit and pare things down, but I feel I am being faithful to the original.  My aim is to create a world on stage that references the ancient; that is poignant now and encompasses everything from the deeply traumatic experiences of Odysseus and many others but at the same time entertains.  We are creating a very ambitious visual world.

“As always I expect the audience to be entertained, perhaps disturbed, swept away and touched…”
Mark Bruce Company has built up a formidable reputation for critically acclaimed, uncompromising dance-theatre work which often takes the audience on a roller coaster ride into dark and mysterious territory.  The company’s Artistic Director Mark Bruce has choreographed, directed and danced internationally for over 25 years, working with Rosas, Bern Ballet, Ballet Black, Introdans, Igloo, Probe, and DJazzex among others.

Bruce has also worked in a variety of new media, screen and interactive stage productions with Ruth Gibson & Bruno Martelli of Igloo. He has written music for his own work and also for art installations and is published by Mute Song. His book of short stories, Blackout Zones was released in May 2010. Mark is currently completing his book on Choreography and Making Dance Theatre.

03 March 2016

Exeter Northcott Theatre’s 2016 Christmas Production Announced

Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to announce that its 2016 Christmas production will be a brand-new adaptation of J.M Barrie’s much-loved classic, Peter Pan and will be produced by Exeter Northcott Theatre.

Join Wendy, John and Michael as they soar into the night sky with Peter, to a magical land of mermaids and fairy dust, where children can fly and all sorts of exciting adventures happen every day.  But beware – danger is just around the corner. Captain Hook and the pirates are looking for revenge and Peter Pan is top of their list!

For over a hundred years children (and adults) have drifted off to sleep dreaming of Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, fairy dust, crocodiles and of course the villainous Captain Hook.  Featuring death defying feats of flying and a generous sprinkling of fairy dust, let your imagination soar in this magical new stage adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic story – the perfect festive treat for all the family.

Peter Pan will be directed by Exeter Northcott Theatre’s artistic and Executive Director, Paul Jepson and will be designed by Ellan Parry.

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

Concs: Over 500 £5 tickets in band D available direct from the box office for concessionary groups (peak performances only).
Schools: £10 for groups 10+
Schools Early Bird: £9 if booked and paid for by 30 Sept 2016

Schools: £10 for groups 10+
Age: all ages 6yrs+