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18 September 2020

We’re throwing open our doors for UNLOCKtoberfest

A Celebration of Local Talent We’re unlocking our doors with an invitation to see new work from local artists. Throughout October, audiences will have the chance to see work-in-development from our Associate Artists as well as performances from the Northcott Young Company, a short film about disabled people’s experiences of lockdown, and a live gig […]

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CHRISTMAS IS ON! And other news
17 August 2020

We’re re-opening for Christmas! And other news

Over the next few months, we’ll be bringing you a number of events, including support for up-and-coming South West artists through our continued Futures programme, theatre-making classes for young people and a swashbuckling family adventure for Christmas. Treasure Island: Booking from 16 September This Christmas, we’re staging a hilarious version of Treasure Island in collaboration […]

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23 July 2020

Life In Suspension – A Collaboration Invite (Zoom chat)

We received loads of amazing submissions from so many people and Hugh Malyon and his associate artists are devising interesting ways of framing the second film: a community documentary on COVID-19, the lockdown and unique ways the community has subverted the pandemic. They are now organising a virtual open table via Zoom to get people’s […]

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ARE WE HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION? An open letter by Daniel Buckroyd
22 July 2020

Are we heading in the right direction? The decisions theatres make now will define our relationships with the communities we serve

The decisions theatres take now about the next 12 months are going to define the relationships they have with the communities they serve for a generation, so we need to think hard about the choices open to us and make sure we’re heading in the right direction. A decade of rising costs and stagnating public […]

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09 July 2020

BOOM! to be released on 16 July

We’re happy to announce a release date for BOOM!, the short film by Jump, Fall, Fly that is part of the The Time Is Now commissions. The film will be premiered online on 16 July, at 7pm. Watch live on our Facebook page BOOM! is in part a story about mental health that is set […]

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07 July 2020

COVID-19 crisis update – ACE Emergency Funding

We learned today that Exeter Northcott Theatre’s application to Arts Council England for support from their COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund has been turned down. As a registered charity, the Northcott is deeply grateful for the continued support of the University of Exeter, Exeter City Council and Arts Council England, which helps us keep the theatre’s […]

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Stories From the Sticks a Lockdown Podcast
24 June 2020

Stories from the Sticks – A Lockdown Podcast by Scratchworks Theatre

Scratchworks Theatre has toured theatre shows to isolated communities across Devon for many years and the theatre-makers have met many wonderful characters along the way. City-dwellers themselves, Laura, Siân and Alice have always appreciated being welcomed into remote villages to hear stories of love, history, local myth and community spirit. “We’ve heard some amazing tales […]

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22 June 2020

When All This Is Over – A Lockdown Anthem by Thomas Johnson

An Exeter Northcott #TheTimeIsNow commission Drawn from reflections on lockdown from people across the South West, When All This Is Over is sung by people across the region who have never met. More than 50 people responded to an open call to take part in the project, either by writing about their experiences of lockdown to […]

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Burn the Curtain These Three Worlds
15 June 2020

Adventure story takes readers on unique journey around Exeter

These Three Worlds is an online adventure story that takes readers on a unique journey through Exeter. As with the popular ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books the quest is set in the first chapter and then the reader decides which page to turn to and their preferred destination. They must navigate their way through the […]

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12 June 2020

Project announcement: A creative collaboration with WCCEH on LGBTQ+ loneliness and history

Following an initial seed phase in which three artists were granted funding to think about loneliness, theatre and performance alongside scholars at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, we are excited to announce the direction that this collaboration will take. Working closely with the Centre and with Exeter’s Northcott Theatre, the acclaimed […]

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08 June 2020

We’re Seeking Creative Responses to ‘Hanging Around’ in Lockdown

Residents of the South West are invited to collaborate on Hanging Around, a new project we’ve commissioned as part of The Time is Now series. Hanging Around plays with the notion of suspension and finding new ways to pass the time. ‘Since lockdown, I’ve had this weird sense of just hanging around. It feels like […]

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05 June 2020

#BlackLivesMatter – A Statement

At a time when Covid-19 is already challenging UK theatres to think about how they need to change to survive the current crisis, the horrific death in the US of George Floyd, the latest in a long line of unconscionable killings of African Americans reflecting generations of structural racism, has sharpened the focus for all […]

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When All This Is Over: The lyrics are in!
22 May 2020

When All This Is Over: Catch up on lyric contributions

In preparation for writing the virtual choral anthem When All This Is Over, I asked people from all over the South West to answer two questions: What are you longing to do once lockdown is completely over? And what do you think you’ll miss that has been surprisingly good about this time? A deluge of […]

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15 May 2020

The Time Is Now commission: Jump, Fall, Fly to release film about mental health in lockdown

As part of our Time Is Now commissions, visual theatre/circus company Jump Fall Fly are set to release Boom!, a short film exploring mental health in this time of lockdown. Using circus, original music and stunning visuals, Boom! follows an extraordinary day in the life of a young person and tells a story about a […]

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Looking for Singers! The Time is Now commission
11 May 2020

We’re looking for participants for The Time Is Now virtual choir!

As part of Exeter Northcott’s The Time is Now commissions, composer Thomas Johnson is asking the South West’s locked-down community to consider what they are longing to do once lockdown is over and what they might miss which has been unexpectedly good about this time. Thomas will turn people’s responses into a brand-new fully-formed song, […]

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05 May 2020

A poignant message about isolation #ItsInOurHands

Fifty years after it was first performed on the Northcott’s stage, Robert Lindsay has recorded a speech from The Roses of Eyam, which he says feels more poignant now than ever: “It’s an extraordinary story of isolation and survival thanks to the bravery of the community.” The Roses of Eyam is a historical drama by […]

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27 April 2020

The Time Is Now: Artists Announced

Five projects to connect local communities through creativity As soon as Exeter Northcott closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we started exploring ways we could support local artists and inspire audiences with creative activity. In addition to a package of support for the Northcott Associate Artists and ongoing digital mentorship to our Early […]

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24 April 2020

We Miss You. An Emergency Appeal.

We’re missing the laughter, the applause, the theatre bustling with people sharing something special together. It’s so important that we remain closed right now, but we hope that when the time is right we can open our doors and come together again. We’re going to need those moments more than ever. In the meantime, we’re […]

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24 April 2020

Northcott Futures continues under lockdown

Our Futures Artists and Producers have not been resting on their laurels during this time of crisis. Find out what they’ve been up to. Back in January, we launched the first round of our Futures Programmes for Early Career Artists and Producers. Both programmes are 6 months long, with the chance for early career artists […]

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17 April 2020

Hyperlocal Commissions Announced

After launching Hyperlocal with our project partners Arts and Culture University of Exeter, Exeter Phoenix and Kaleider, we have received over 200 submissions from artists across Devon and Cornwall with a huge range of art forms represented, spanning dance, film, installation, animation, graphics, jewellery, painting, sculpture, textiles, performance, print-making, photography, story-telling, poetry, music, and song. We were so […]

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