What's on

Drama performances, events and seminars are shown here. Please remember that coursework performances may not appear until a week before the performance, so please check back regularly. See also the Conferences page.

Scroll down the list below to find the event you'd like to make a reservation for.

Thu 02 Oct

Start time: 19:30

Tickets: £8 each
End Time: 21:30

RAW Platform

Location: Exeter Northcott Theatre

Two exciting and challenging pieces by Exeter Drama alumni to start off the RAW Platform festival (running 2 - 4 October, all at the Exeter Northcott)

Opening the festival is Simon Dean’s solo show She Ain’t Heavy, She’s my Mother, an autobiographical work about growing up with a mother who suffers from anorexia. This is followed by A Fool’s Proof by BikeShed Theatre associates Scratchworks, which takes inspiration from the true story of Jessica McClure – an 18 month old who was trapped in a well for 56 hours – to explore how missing child news stories are framed and manipulated for media consumption.

Book online or at the Exeter Northcott

Fri 03 Oct

Start time: 19:30

Tickets: £8 each
End Time: 21:30

RAW Platform

Location: Exeter Northcott Theatre

The evening begins with Help! - an engaging solo performance which questions what we know about ourselves. It is about falling apart, pulling yourself together and being surprised by what you are left with. Help! is performed by Viki Browne, winner of Best Actress, and was nominated for Best Original Show at the Reading Fringe Festival.

Following this is The Alpha Effect: a physical theatre piece by an all-male cast exploring the struggles and stereotypes of masculinity in the 21st century. Using the setting of a prison, we explore the social expectations of behaviour within groups of men and through our dynamic use of physical theatre we articulate and question these expectations. We have incorporated exciting choreography and ensemble work to explore the potential and the limitations of the male body.

Book online or at the Exeter Northcott

Sat 04 Oct

Start time: 14:30

Tickets: £8 each
End Time: 16:30

RAW Platform

Location: Exeter Northcott Theatre

Two exciting and challenging pieces by Exeter Drama alumni at the RAW Platform festival (running 2 - 4 October, all at the Exeter Northcott)

Starting the afternoon is Simon Dean’s solo show She Ain’t Heavy, She’s my Mother, an autobiographical work about growing up with a mother who suffers from anorexia. This is followed by A Fool’s Proof by BikeShed Theatre associates Scratchworks, which takes inspiration from the true story of Jessica McClure – an 18 month old who was trapped in a well for 56 hours – to explore how missing child news stories are framed and manipulated for media consumption.

Book online or at the Exeter Northcott

Sat 04 Oct

Start time: 19:30

Tickets: £8 each
End Time: 21:30

RAW Platform

Location: Exeter Northcott Theatre

The evening begins with Help! - an engaging solo performance which questions what we know about ourselves. It is about falling apart, pulling yourself together and being surprised by what you are left with. Help! is performed by Viki Browne, winner of Best Actress, and was nominated for Best Original Show at the Reading Fringe Festival.

Following this is The Alpha Effect: a physical theatre piece by an all-male cast exploring the struggles and stereotypes of masculinity in the 21st century. Using the setting of a prison, we explore the social expectations of behaviour within groups of men and through our dynamic use of physical theatre we articulate and question these expectations. We have incorporated exciting choreography and ensemble work to explore the potential and the limitations of the male body.

Book online or at the Exeter Northcott

Wed 15 Oct

Start time: 16:30


Tickets for students/staff: 49
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 18:30

Research Seminar: The agency of the spectator in the individualized society

Presented by: Elizabeth Tomlin
Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

Leading sociologists, such as Zygmunt Bauman and Ulrich Beck, have been defining global capitalism as the age of ‘institutionalised individualization’ since the early 1990s, yet such theories retain their currency and urgency today. This research presentation will highlight key aspects of their analysis in order to ask difficult questions about the efficacy – or inefficacy – of theatre as a vehicle for political change in the twenty-first century.

Beginning with the premise that political theatre, as understood by theorists as ideologically polarised as Bertholt Brecht and Hans-Thies Lehmann, should seek, in the broadest terms, to shift each spectator’s perception of the reality in which they live, I will suggest that this emphasis on the individual spectator, and his or her own responsibility for change, runs up against problems in the light of recent theories of individualization. Such theories suggest that the onus on the individual to identify and resolve what appear to be problems within the realm of each individual’s control and range of potential actions, is no more than a sleight of hand to outsource the damaging consequences of capitalist systems into the private realm of individual choice and personal moral compass.  As Beck described in Risk Society (1992:137), ‘ones lives become the biographical solution of systemic contradictions’. A theatre practice that likewise seeks to ‘effect’ the individual ‘s perspective in the hope of aiding systemic change, might inadvertently be collaborating in such mythology.

I will address these questions specifically to examples of existing contemporary practice which seek to effect the spectator’s perspective on the ideological basis of their reality, and to engage the spectator in reflection on their own responsibility and agency within that ideological real. The research presentation will include a short spoken word performance, The Cassandra Commission, which was written in tandem with this ongoing research project as an attempt to respond directly to some of the questions that were emerging.

The challenges raised by the theories I will draw on are far reaching in their implications, and the ensuing discussion will encompass, not only responses to these particular case studies, but reflections on diverse contemporary practices, including applied theatre and direct action performance. Can the ideal of individual agency and the aim of political efficacy be retained within progressive performance practices that seek strategies to evade or directly challenge the ‘systemic contradictions’ of late global capitalism?

Wed 29 Oct

Start time: 13:30


Tickets for students/staff: 20
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 15:30

Careers Talk: Redcape - Running a Theatre Company

Location: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

Rebecca Loukes and theatre producers Turtle Key Arts (www.turtlekeyarts.com) will be giving a presentation/discussion about how to set up and maintain a theatre company in its first few years. 

Rebecca co-founded RedCape theatre (www.redcapetheatre.co.uk) in 2007 and their first show The Idiot Colony won several awards at the Edinburg Fringe the following year. They began working with Turtle Key in 2008 and are now creating their third touring show. 

Rebecca will share her experience with RedCape and together with Shaun Dawson from Turtle Key will talk around issues such as:

  •   Starting Up
  •   Working with venues
  •   Applying for funding
  •   Edinburgh and other festivals
  •   What to do when things go well (and not so well!)
  •   Developing your company 'brand' and resources

If you come with specific questions Rebecca and Shaun can also provide some mentoring and advice during the session tailored to your specific needs. 

Wed 05 Nov

Start time: 16:30


Tickets for students/staff: 50
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 18:30

Research Seminar: Lucy Burke

Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

Wed 26 Nov

Start time: 13:30


Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 15:00

Careers Talk: Zach James - Being A Director

Presented by: Zach James
Location: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

Information coming soon

Wed 10 Dec

Start time: 16:30


Tickets for students/staff: 50
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 18:30

Research Seminar: Graham Ley

Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)