March 2020

25 March 2020

Artists Callout – HYPERLOCAL

We are all having to get creative in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although we are physically restricted during this period of government lockdown, our imaginations are still free to roam, and as makers we’re still keen to realise our ideas.

In the spirit of adaptation, we are offering 10 micro-commissions to freelance artists working in any discipline who live in Devon or Cornwall, to explore the hyperlocal of their immediate domestic environment. £500 will be awarded to each successful project, to cover all fees and costs.

Project partners are: Arts and Culture University of Exeter, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter Phoenix, and Kaleider.

Outputs must:
• Respond to the hyperlocal, and take inspiration from the immediate domestic environment
• Produce a final artwork (poem, dance, music, song, installation, painting, sculpture, print, photograph, graphics, design, etc) to be shared on project partner websites – images, sound or video files to be submitted, IP stays with artist
• Be light-touch – about two days to make

To apply

To apply please complete this Google Form by 5pm, Tuesday 7 April.

By applying, you are giving permission for your details to be shared with the selection panel, to be used for the sole purpose of awarding the commissions.

Selection process

The selection panel is made up of representatives from each of the project partner organisations: Arts and Culture University of Exeter, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter Phoenix, and Kaleider. Selected projects will be announced on Tuesday 14 April.

Final Submissions

Selected artists will be required to submit: the final artwork (if digital), or a presentation of the final artwork (in appropriate digital file format); a short statement about the artist(s); and a short statement about the inspiration for the artwork, by 5pm, Friday 24 April.

Final submissions will be shared on project partner websites, digital communications such as e-newsletters, and social media platforms.


Contact Sarah Campbell, Associate Director for Arts and Culture, s.e.campbell2@exeter.ac.uk.

If you would like the above as a pdf you can download it here.

18 March 2020

UPDATE on theatre closure: staff working remotely, box office contacting customers and plans under way for future opening

Exeter Northcott Theatre closed, temporarily, at midnight on Monday but there is still a lot going on behind the scenes.

As a theatre it is our job to make sure that the show goes on and that audiences and artists have a great time. But we also know that the job of a theatre is to respond to what people and communities need most – right now that’s making sure that everyone has the very best chance of staying well.

Most staff are now following official guidance by working from home as we try to deal with the complicated task of rearranging our programme and contacting our audiences.

Box Office staff are currently contacting anyone who was due to visit us in the immediate future using the contact details they provided. Please note that they are using dedicated mobile phones so you may receive a call from an unfamiliar number.

A list of all the shows that are either cancelled or postponed can be found here.

Visiting companies are talking to us all the time about their shows, in some cases exploring new, creative ways to engage with audiences digitally. We will engage as much as we can with our audiences across Exeter and Devon through the website and social media.

This is a really tough time for artists and theatre makers, many of whom are freelance and will have seen performances and contracts cancelled as tours are thrown into doubt. We will continue to support the local artists we work with through our Exeter Northcott Futures programme, providing help and support.

A confidential national helpline has been set up to help anyone working in the industry.

As a registered charity with more than 90% of our income coming through ticket sales and donations, these are undoubtedly going to be challenging times. That’s why we are asking ticket holders to consider donating the cost of their ticket to the Northcott charity.

At this critical moment for your local theatre, your help really could make a big difference.

We don’t know how soon we will be able to re-open so like many organisations we are involved in a complex planning operation. Management are working hard protect the future of the Northcott so that audiences can still enjoy the very best live entertainment here in Exeter once this crisis has passed.

We’ll keep you informed as we progress. The most up to date information can be found on our website: www.exeternorthcott.co.uk.

The team at the Northcott

13 March 2020

Exeter Northcott Theatre named Arts organisation of the year at Exeter Living Awards

Exeter Northcott Theatre has won a prestigious Arts Award for its starring role at the heart of Exeter’s arts and culture scene. The accolade was revealed at a gala dinner held by Exeter Living magazine at the University of Exeter’s Great Hall.

Artistic Director and Chief Executive Daniel Buckroyd and Finance and Operations Director Emma Stephenson accepting the award.
Artistic Director & Chief Executive Daniel Buckroyd and Finance & Operations Director Emma Stephenson accepted the award.

The recognition follows a momentous 2019 for Exeter’s flagship theatre, which last year unveiled a new leadership team and business strategy.

The Northcott saw record audiences of 101,000, generating a 22% rise in income with more than £266,000 raised for charitable activities. Home-produced shows won critical acclaim and customer feedback gave the Christmas pantomime a five-star performance rating.

Artistic Director and Chief Executive Daniel Buckroyd, who took on the leading role just over 18 months ago, thanked staff, visitors and partners, including sponsors Haines Watts, Salcombe Dairy and Kings College Taunton. He said:

“This is a huge vote of confidence in what the theatre’s been doing over the last 12 months. I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to our dedicated staff team for their hard work and creativity, to the many partner organisations we’ve been working with for their passion and generosity, and most of all to our amazing audiences for their continued support.”

The Northcott emerged from a strong field to win the Arts category of the annual awards on Thursday night. Other nominations included the University of Exeter Arts and Culture, Exeter Corn Exchange Pantomime, Exeter Culture – on behalf of the Exeter UNESCO City of Literature Group, and Theatre Alibi.

Exeter Northcott Theatre, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, was honoured after flying the flag for work made in Devon and putting Exeter on the map. A co-production of Miles Jupp’s The Life I Lead, which started life in Exeter last year, enjoyed a West End run while the Exeter Northcott production in collaboration with John Cleese, Bang Bang!, premiered in Exeter in February and is currently touring the UK.

The theatre also launched the Exeter Northcott Futures programme, offering unique opportunities for 40 emerging artists, makers, producers and companies to develop their skills and perform new work.

A registered charity with a £2.5million turnover last year, it also launched the innovate Pay It Forward campaign which raised £8,000 to give more than 1,000 tickets to families who would otherwise not have been able to come to the theatre.

In December, the Northcott was awarded £143,500 in Heritage Funding to open up the theatrical archive of more than 50 years more than 80,000 people.

The cast of The Family Tree - by Northcott Young Company
The Family Tree – Northcott Young Company 2019

The Northcott’s Creative Learning department reached over 1,400 young people aged 4-21, the Young Company supported over 222 young people to come together and make theatre while a newly-launched Under 26 scheme offered masterclasses and 4,000 discounted tickets.