Join the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme – New Directions

Take part in a curated series of workshops where you’ll expand your skills, do some thinking around your practice and chat to the Artistic Directors of partner theatre companies.

Northcott Artist Lucy Bell to create new film about resilience across the generations

Grown Ups will share stories across generations, gathering reflections on life from people with a broad range of perspectives and experiences.

Community Commissions Announced!

We’re delighted to support two community initiatives, bringing people together to get creative.

Amy Hopwood’s Duryard Songwriting Project will draw together a group of residents living in the Duryard area, and support them to write, sing, record and share their own neighbourhood song.

Johanna Korndorfer’s Seeding Ideas Kiosk, is a co-commission with Exeter Seed Bank which will enable seed-swapping and seed storytelling to take place in schools, parks, festivals and on any street.

In Search of Rainbows: Call-Out for Lockdown Footage and Images!

Part of The Time (for change) Is Now, Hannah Baxter-Freeman is creating a short film looking back on lockdown experiences; moments of happiness captured throughout this whirlwind year. In Search of Rainbows will showcase a reflective monologue, original music and… your videos and photos!

The Time For Change Is Now: Three New Digital Projects

We’re pleased to have commissioned three South West artists to create digital projects that reflect on what the last year has taught us about ourselves, our society and the changes that are needed when we finally emerge from this crisis.

LGBTQIA Loneliness and Exclusion Project Is Taking Shape

We’re collaborating with Exeter University, The Intercom Trust and artist Nathalie McGrath to help create a new play with people living in the South West, exploring the long history of LGBTQIA loneliness and exclusion.

Mistreatment and exclusion from society has meant LGBTQIA communities have created their own spaces for solidarity, creativity, and dialogue. Dr Charlotte Jones and Dr Fred Cooper from the University of Exeter will work with organisations and individuals in Devon and Cornwall to discuss and investigate the issues LGBTQIA people are facing. Playwright Natalie McGrath will write the new play together with LGBTQIA communities, through a series of creative workshops held in collaboration with the Intercom Trust, the main charity in the South West supporting LGBTQ+ people through training, activities, and legal issues.

The performance will be part of a week-long festival, with corresponding events, workshops, discussion forums, and stalls.


New Opportunities, Commissions and Projects

With investment from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, we can now announce ambitious plans to support and celebrate local talent through 2021! With a range of creative opportunities for artists, young people and communities to kickstart a year of change and creative renewal.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Northcott Connect. What We’re Doing.

Our stage may be silent but we’re continuing to find ways to support theatre-makers and connect with audiences. Here’s what we’re doing: The Time is Now: Digital Commission We’ve invited South West-based artists to apply for one of five £1000…

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