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Cul-De-Sac at The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, explores real human emotion in the face of a crisis

Philip Kingslan John

The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter’s most vibrant dramatic venue, opened a new play by Neil Bebber, entitled Cul-De-Sac.

The play is built on an intriguing premise: an asteroid plummets towards the earth, promising the end of civilization, and three sets of neighbours who have never actually spoken to each other before are finally forced to interact. This is all in a very English, very white middle class kind of a way, and in marked contrast to the overblown histrionics and heroics we have seen in countless Hollywood depictions of the apocalypse. At one point the character “Carla” openly laments the lack of blind panic (and more precisely, the lack of blind panic induced public love-making…!)

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Young people interested in performance and theatre called to Devon Youth Theatre

Devon Youth Theatre

Young people (13 to 19 years-old), with an interest in either performing or working on the technical side of theatre, are being invited to attend one of a series of free introductory Devon Youth Theatre workshops at the Exeter Northcott, and throughout Devon. During these workshops, youngsters will get the chance to work with DYT artistic director Erin Walcon in devising, writing and performing original pieces of theatre.

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Middle England’s declining social skills examined in Cul De Sac at The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

by Neil Bebber

In a quiet cul-de-sac in the middle of Middle England, three couples are about to find out that their lives mean little in the grand scheme of the universe, in Cul De Sac, a brand new darkly comic thriller by Script Slam winning playwright Neil Bebber, at Exeter’s The Bike Shed Theatre, from Tuesday, February 1 to Saturday February 12.

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Plymouth’s Drum Theatre praised for its ‘challenging journey into new work’

The Drum theatre

Plymouth’s Drum Theatre was praised for its innovative work and ability to take its audience on a challenging journey into new work by the Guardian’s theatre critic Lyn Gardner in her review of 2010. Here’s what she said…

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Beanfield at the Bike Shed Theatre: review

Particular Theatre

Twenty-five years ago on June 1, the Peace Convoy, made up of hundreds of new-age travellers, was on its way to the 14th free festival at Stonehenge, Wilstshire, when it was met with violent action from police at a road-blockage set to determine an exclusion zone that had been declared four miles around the English Heritage site. Many convoy vehicles escaped through a hedge into a nearby field, and after a stand-off of several hours, riot police entered the field on foot.

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Plymouth Theatre Royal preview by Ems Coombes

Plymouth Theatre Royal

Ems Coombes, director of Plymouth’s inclusive theatre group Strictly Collaborative, peers into the future of what’s on at the Theatre Royal, which includes Funky Llama Cabaret Night, the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Pub Rock, No Idea, Hofesh Schechter and Oklahoma. Take it away, Ems…

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‘You get angry because you want to be loved’ Ems Coombes reviews Adult Child, Dead Child at the Drum Theatre, Plymouth

at the Drum Theatre, Plymouth

Adult Child, Dead Child, which as at the Drum Theatre, Plymouth, is a beautiful yet dark tale of a child’s journey living with mental health issues. Set in the round and from the child’s perspective, the play tells a truthful yet harrowing account of a split personality.

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Strictly Collaborative’s first performance A Place for Belonging, at the Barbican Plymouth

Strictly Collaborative

Strictly Collaborative, the new professional theatre company aimed at 13-25 year old disabled and non-disabled people will open its first performance, A Place for Belonging, on Monday, March 29, at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth.

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Graham Greene with a whiff of Hitchcock – The Ministry of Fear comes to the Exeter Northcott

The Ministry of Fear

Exeter’s own Theatre Alibi have teamed up with the Exeter Northcott and Oxford Playhouse for the fast-paced film noir production of Graham Greene’s The Ministry of Fear.

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Harvey makes an appearance – or doesn’t – at the Exeter Northcott from Exeter University Theatre Company

Harvey at Exeter Northcott

Harvey, by Exeter University Theatre Company at the Exeter Northcott from Tuesday, February 2 to Saturday, February 6, follows the story of the affable Elwood P Dowd and his imaginary friend Harvey, a six foot, one-inch rabbit.

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Mark Ravenhill and Phillip Whiteman double bill at Exeter Northcott

Phillip Whiteman and Mark Ravenhill at the Exeter Northcott

A provocative double bill showing the effects of war and terrorism on society, Cheekish Productions’ perform Eschara and Shoot/ Get Treasure/ Repeat at Exeter Northcott from Wednesday 17 to Saturday  20 February.

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The Fever Chart – exploring conflict in The Middle East at Exeter Northcott

Exeter Nortchott

Pilot Theatre, who have previously performed Lord Of The Flies and Looking For JJ in Exeter, return to the Exeter Northcott between Tuesday, February 9 and Saturday, February 13 February with their new play The Fever Chart.
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Exeter Northcott’s 2010 spring season! Take your pick of Exeter’s theatrical offerings

The Exeter Northcott is welcoming back many old friends for its spring 2010 season, tickets for which are on sale now.

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Plays pop up in Exeter shops on Sidwell Street with Trading Local performances

No more kitchen sink dramas, shop check-out dramas are the order of the day in Trading Local when a series of plays by Devon writers are performed in shops throughout Exeter’s Sidwell Street on Saturday, November 14.

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Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale at the Exeter Northcott Theatre in November

A new production of The Winter’s Tale is coming to the Exeter Northcott theatre from Tuesday, November 10 to Saturday, November 14.

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Three free writing workshops left from the Exeter Northcott and Show of Strength for Exeter Autumn Festival

There are three writing workshops still to come from the Exeter Northcott and Show Of Strength Theatre Company in their programme for the Exeter Autumn Festival.

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Gripping courtroom dance drama Justitia comes to the Exeter Northcott

Following the success of Yesterday in 2008, award-winning choreographer Jasmin Vardimon returns to Exeter to present her latest large-scale production Justitia.

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