February 2019

22 February 2019

Academics and artists to create performance around loneliness

Exeter Northcott Theatre has joined forces with academics to bring the subject of loneliness and community to a wider audience.

The theatre has this week announced a new partnership with the University of Exeter’s Wellcome Centre for Cultures & Environments of Health with a call for performance artists and makers.

Last year, a show about epilepsy called Beyond My Control, which was inspired by cutting-edge research from the university’s mathematicians, was mini-toured around the country.

This latest collaboration will highlight the centre’s project about modern and historical understandings, experiences, and causes of loneliness.

The Northcott, which was built on the university’s Streatham Campus in 1967, has put a call out for three artists and theatre makers in what is expected to be the first in a series of collaborations over the next year.

Artistic and Executive Director Daniel Buckroyd wants the theatre to become a place where artists and academics can come together to explore the interplay between creative practise and research.

He added: “We’re keen not to prescribe what a ‘performance work’ might look like – it could exist as a live event or call on digital technologies; it might involve a written text or rely on visual or physical languages; it might be conceived as an intimate experience or demand to be staged on a large scale.”

The Wellcome Centre’s project is called Loneliness and Community: Transforming Belonging at the University of Exeter.

Academics say they want to introduce a number of performance artists/makers into their process, to consider how creative practise might impact on their research methodologies.

The aim is to develop concepts or prototypes for an original performance work inspired by the collaboration that might be used to engage a wider audience with that research.

Phase one of this process, from June 2019 to January 2020, will see three artists/makers spending time with academics and participating alongside students within workshops/activities.

Drawing on these experiences, they will then be asked to develop their ideas for an original performance work inspired by the research.

For Phase Two, running from February to November 2020, one of the concepts or prototypes will be chosen and developed into a fully realised production in the most appropriate way.

Artists/makers will be supported throughout the process by Dr Fred Cooper (lead contact at the Wellcome Centre) and Daniel Buckroyd (Artistic Director of the Northcott Theatre).

Project Fee:               

Each of the three artists/makers engaged will receive a fee of £1,500.00 (including expenses),

payable in three equal instalments; one on engagement; one at the start of the 2019/2020 Academic Year; and one on presentation of concepts/prototypes.

Project Timeline:

June/July 2019 –    initial meetings with academics

Sept-Dec 2019 –     engagement with student collaborators through workshops and activities

End Jan 2020 –        presentation of concept/prototype for the proposed performance work

We anticipate artists/makers needing to make an overall commitment of 10 days to the project.

Application Process:

To express an interest in this opportunity please send us a CV, a brief ‘portfolio’ of images of / information about your work, and a c.500 word statement setting out your interest in this project.

Applications should be sent by email to jobs@exeternorthcott.co.uk or by post to Exeter Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QB

Closing Date – 1st April 2019 (12.00 noon)

Interviews – TBC Late April / Early May

Download details here

13 February 2019

Exeter Northcott Theatre takes next step with new leadership team

Exeter Northcott Theatre has completed the recruitment of a new leadership team as it sets out a bold vision for the future of performing arts in the city and the wider South West region.

Artistic Director & Chief Executive Daniel Buckroyd has announced the appointment of two highly experienced senior managers as part of a major restructure.

Emma Stephenson joins the team as Finance & Operations Director while Kelly Johnson takes on the role of Marketing & Development Director.

Emma Stephenson (left) and Kelly Johnson photo by Mike Alsford

Emma Stephenson has worked in financial and management accounting roles in the music industry and for the last 18 years has held a variety of strategic leadership roles within education.

Since 2004 she has worked at the University of Exeter, initially in student recruitment and widening participation and, more recently, heading up the Doctoral College.

Throughout her career she has been responsible for leading organisational change and creating effective teams to deliver high-profile events and sustained programmes of engagement with a wide variety of audiences.

Emma said:  “I have watched the resurgence of the Northcott with great interest over the last few years and know how strong the theatre’s partnerships are within the city right now. I’m thrilled to be joining the team at such an exciting time.”

Kelly Johnson has more than fifteen years’ experience in arts marketing and development.

She began her career in London as Marketing Manager for Soho Theatre and The Royal Court before working on West End shows for commercial producers.

Since moving to Devon she has worked in senior management roles for companies including Exeter Phoenix, The Bike Shed Theatre and Beaford.

Currently a Trustee for DV8 Physical Theatre, she is also advisor to a number of South West artists and theatre-makers.

Kelly said: “The theatre has a vital role to play in growing Exeter’s reputation as a thriving creative city. I’m thrilled to be joining the team and look forward to connecting more people with excellent cultural opportunities which will impact the South West and beyond.”

Exeter Northcott Theatre, which became a registered charity in 2013 and returned to producing in 2015, has reclaimed its position among the Arts Council’s national portfolio with funding until 2022.

The appointments marks the start of a new era for the theatre, which last year emerged from a three-year strategic plan to reinvigorate the organisation.

This began with the appointment of a new artistic and executive director, Daniel Buckroyd, and a re-organisation of the theatre’s leadership team.

The new team of full-time directors will now lead the arts organisation as it embarks on a new period of growth.

Daniel added:  With the Northcott currently going from strength to strength, we’re delighted to announce the appointment of two highly experienced new senior managers. They will work alongside me in setting out a bold vision for the future of the performing arts in Exeter and the surrounding region.”

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Exeter Northcott Theatre is one of the South West’s leading professional theatres. Founded fifty years ago and located at the heart of the University of Exeter’s campus, the Northcott draws an annual audience in excess of 80,000 from across Exeter, Devon and the wider region with its programme of exceptional live performance and creative learning.

Our programme focuses on creation, the critically-acclaimed theatre we make; curation, the extraordinary touring work we bring to Exeter; and collaboration, the projects we deliver in a range of creative partnerships.

Recent Northcott productions include Harold Pinter’s Betrayal; a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol (with Creative Cow Ltd); and a national tour of The Railway Children (with Nick Brooke Ltd).

Recent Northcott collaborations include: Dracula: The Bloody Truth (with Le Navet Bete); French Without Tears (with English Touring Theatre & Orange Tree Theatre); Little Mermaid (with Metta Theatre); and This Is My Body (with Ten Ten Productions – Anti Slavery Day Award Winner 2015).

Plans for 2019 include The Life I Lead, a new comedy starring Miles Jupp (with Jonathan Church Productions); a new hip hop musical In the Willows (with Metta Theatre); and a new comedy version of The Three Musketeers (with Le Navet Bete).

Alongside our performance programme, we’ve developed a radical interdisciplinary commissioning programme – IMPACT – working with the University of Exeter to explore ways in which theatre can build an audience for world class academic research.

The theatre also runs a range of talent development initiatives, including an Associates Programme, which supports the next generation of theatre companies to successfully transition to the mid-scale.