Beowulf artwork: Left-hand side of image - a large viking warship in water. Right-hand side of image - a man in medieval clothing holding a great-axe. Centre of image, text reads: 'A drama based on the 10th century epic poem, suitable for the whole family. Beowulf. The theatre show. Barnfield Theatre. Barnfield Rd. Exeter EX1 15N. Fri: Dec 2nd, 7:30pm. Tickets £15'.

South Devon Players present


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A drama suitable for all ages, based on the classical 10th century poem Beowulf, and featuring passages of the translated poem itself. This is an action drama based around Saxon and Norse / Viking mythology.

A chieftain’s magnificent royal hall in Denmark, is ravaged by a newly woken creature of the night, and Beowulf, a warrior hero, alongside his band, travel to the hall to destroy the creature. He is successful, although encountering two such creatures instead of only the one, before travelling back to his homelands, where war and strife between clans, eventually lead to him being crowned King. But there are other creatures that dwell in the dark places. An escaped slave, stealing a golden cup, awakes the dragon, and once again, Beowulf is called upon to defend the people…

Staged with drama, action, and larger than life puppetry, this is an all-new retelling of the drama, by an award-winning amateur theatre company from Torbay.

 10 words from Beowulf in British Sign Language

Please note: this performance is not BSL-interpreted.

The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company offers a new approach to theatre-making. Involving people of all levels of experience, from beginners to seasoned professionals, the Players create full scale dramatic productions primarily focussing on historical events and classical texts.

The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company is based in Brixham, and our core work involves performing around the South Devon area, specialising in full length theatre shows based on researched historical events and classical literature. We were founded during the winter of 2005/6 to create inclusive opportunities for people in the Torbay area (and some from the wider Devon area) to get involved in creating high-quality theatre and thereby develop / further professional skills, careers and portfolios towards working in the entertainment industry. We welcome people from absolute beginners, through to people who have been professional performers for decades, and all work together in a friendly, supportive team, and are open to people of all ages from 16, to, dare we say it, 116.

People working with us have gone on to work in large scale film & TV productions, to further training inclusive of RADA and Bristol Old Vic, and to obtain the credits needed for professional registration with the actors Spotlight directory which in turns allows them to be able to apply to register with larger actors agencies. Audience feedback is also extremely positive from our shows and projects.

Our work, over the past few years has won several awards including on a national and international scale; we are the All-England winner of the “Epic Award” 2017 (now rebranded as the Creative Lives Award) and the Theatre Partner Award in the Long Island Theatre Awards 2019 (New York).

Post-pandemic, we are also now linking with various organisations, including regional universities, to widen our community offerings through education and placements.

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