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Producer placement opportunity

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Exeter Northcott Theatre is one of four theatres selected to host a £20,000 a year regional placement for a producer, it has been announced.

The 12-month role is designed to provide an entrepreneurial producer with hands-on experience and comes as a result of the theatre’s increasing programme of produced work.

Since 2015, under the artistic direction of Paul Jepson, the Northcott has steadily been increasing its producing arm.

Outdoor Shakespeare, the Railway Children, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, and a return to home-grown pantomime with Dick Whittington are just some of the highlights with many more under way in 2018/19.

Beyond My Control, an exploration of epilepsy and the brain, developed in collaboration with Exeter University, goes on national tour this month.

Paul Jepson Artistic & Executive Director, Exeter Northcott Theatre, said he was delighted to have been selected.

“We have a busy schedule of produced work in the next twelve months including Don Carlos with Tom Burke,” he added.

“There is a new work in the pipeline by our Associate Company Le Navet Bete followed by our next traditional panto Jack and the Beanstalk and the opening of Associate Company Metta’s Willows in Spring 2019. 

“There is lots to get involved with, plenty of opportunities for commercial outcomes.  They’ll be busy!”

Stage One has announced four year-long placements in regional subsidised theatres and/or organisations across the UK.

Curve Theatre Leicester, Northern Stage, Exeter Northcott Theatre and Dundee Repertory Theatre have been announced as the hosts for the Stage One’s Regional Placements in 2018.

The registered charity normally creates three positions but the scheme has been extended due to exceptional demand.

Some 42 producers have been placed since 2010.

The organisation expects the outstanding graduates to develop their knowledge through hands-on experience and increase their commercial contacts.

The subsidised houses chosen are encouraged to be more ambitious in their plans to exploit more of their work.

Applications close on Friday Feb 2 – click here for details.

Exeter Northcott Theatre
The theatre opened in 1967 and has a rich history of developing new writing and nurturing artists at the beginning of their careers.

An array of new writing has been premiered at the theatre over the decades; from the first public performances of Edward Bond’s Bingo in 1973 through Howard Barker’s BLOK/EKO in 2011 to Dawn King’s Ciphers in 2013, Exeter audiences have enjoyed the opportunity to be in at the beginning of exciting new works and careers.

They offer a range of high quality touring drama from new and established companies covering the entire spectrum of theatre by offering new writing, classic plays, mask theatre and devised/experimental work. In recent years the theatre has also developed a strong, enthusiastic dance programme and made a return to producing its own work.

Recent productions include: The Comedy of Errors (outdoor Shakespeare South West Tour July 2017); The Railway Children (Exeter Northcott and Nick Brooke Ltd co-production (National Tour); Dracula: The Bloody Truth (Le Navet Bete in association with Exeter Northcott); J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan; French Without Tears (Exeter Northcott, English Touring Theatre and Orange Tree Theatre co-production); This Is My Body (Exeter Northcott and Ten Ten Productions – Anti Slavery Day Media Award Winner 2015); Harold Pinter’s Betrayal; A Christmas Carol (Exeter Northcott and Creative Cow co-production).

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