There are a variety of Theatres in North Devon and North Devon Theatres provides events, activities and facilities for the improvement, development and enjoyment of arts and culture across the North Devon region for all members of the community, whatever their ability, interest or background, whether as a participant, audience member or artist. They produce and present the performing arts, visual arts, heritage projects, community events and related educational activities at the Queen’s and Landmark theatres in Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. The North Devon Theatres’ Trust is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and is a registered charity.
THEATRE FEST 2015 – There are not just the Standard Theatres here but also 2015 will be the ninth year of ‘Fringe Theatre Fest’ which is a celebration of theatre in all its varied forms. The 2015 dates are Thursday June 25th – Sunday June 28th. In 2014, 33 companies presented a total of 105 performances. Everything from a pocket musical on a pre-West End tour to atailor-made adventure for young people in and around The Library of Barnstaple. There was serious drama, outrageous comedy, biting satire, celebratory dance. There were shows to appeal right across the age-range. It all happens in Barnstaple, centred around the Queen’s Theatre in Boutport Street. The Queen’s Theatre houses 3 venues – studio@QT, gallery@QT,Room At The Top – and the central box-office. Around the corner, in Paternoster Row, is St Anne’s Arts & Community Centre and at the top of Boutport Street, about 4 minutes’ walk from the Queen’s Theatre, is The Baptist Hall. They also encourage companies to find their own venues for site-specific projects. In 2014 productions took place in Barnstaple Library and Barnstaple Museum. TEL: 01271 830147.
THE QUEEN’S THEATRE, BARNSTAPLE – opened its doors in 1994 following a 1.2 million refurbishment to give the South West a beautiful 680 seat venue. Recognised as a major touring venue, the theatre is open all year round and offers a varied programme which includes large-scale drama, ballet, contemporary dance, major opera companies, jazz, folk, blues, classical music and children’s shows to name a few. The theatre has a Gallery space, Foyer bar and Gallery Bar, the latter being open throughout the day where it has a well-deserved reputation for its quality home baked food. TEL: 01271 324242 www.northdevontheatres.org.uk/queens-theatre.php
THE LANDMARK THEATRE, ILFRACOMBE – is North Devon’s newest arts and entertainment complex. The stunning theatre, capable of seating 480, also boasts cinema-screening facilities and is complemented by The Pavilion, a multi-use flat floor space, capable of seating up to 200 people theatre style. The Rendezvous Café Bar offers delicious meals, freshly prepared by the resident chef. Open for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon teavisitors don’t have to be seeing a show to enjoy the cuisine and the sunny sea-facing terrace. TEL: 01271 324242 www.northdevontheatres.org.uk/landmark.php
THE PLOUGH ARTS CENTRE. TORRINGTON – is a small venue with a wide reach and a big reputation. After almost four decades of dynamic arts provision in rural North Devon, The Plough has plans for further expansion and development which started in 2012. The Small Venue with the Big Reputation! After four hundred years as a private house, a public house and a drill hall, the building at 9-11 Fore Street, Great Torrington re-opened as The Plough Arts Centre in April 1975. Over the following 36 years it delivered around 45,000 individual live events, screenings, exhibitions, workshops and outreach projects for local people and visitors. The venue was re-launched as an independent arts centre in 2002. TEL: 01805 624624 www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
THE ATLANTIC COAST THEATRE – ACT, BIDEFORD – began life in 1974, although then it was formed by a small group of theatre enthusiasts and named ‘Braunton Productions’ – as you can guess, based in the town of Braunton in North Devon. In 2009 ‘Braunton Productions’ became ‘Atlantic Coast Theatre’, as part of a complete facelift, but has always maintained its aim to give locals the chance to take part in small and large scale productions , whether it be through treading the boards, stitching costumes, nailing scenery or getting in the all-important ‘Bums on Seats’! The society also brings together some of the most talented production team members in the area to train ACT’s casts in song, dance and acting in a friendly and exciting atmosphere which has spawned many a new career in theatrics from some of their younger members.
THE BARNFIELD THEATRE. EXETER – is situated in the centre of Exeter on Barnfield Road in Southernhay. The building dates from 1890 and was used by the Exeter Literacy Society, presenting talks, lectures, magic lantern slides shows, music and dance displays. In 1972 a raked Auditorium was added and the Barnfield Theatre was reopened to be used by local Amateur and Professional Companies. The theatre is run by Barnfield Theatre Ltd, a registered charity. The main auditorium provides an uninterrupted view of the stage from any seat, with excellent acoustics. It is suitable for conferences, concerts and stage productions. The Clifford Room is situated on the ground floor of the Barnfield. It is used for many different purposes such as rehearsal space, conference rooms, studio theatre, parties etc. The seating is modular allowing raked or flat floor seating and can be arranged for any theatrical requirements such as in a round or traverse setting. A bar and café are also situated on the ground floor, serving food and drinks though the day and during performance evenings. The Theatre Box Office is in the foyer, selling tickets for all the shows in the theatre. TEL: 01392 271808 www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk
EXETER NORTHCOTT THEATRE, EXETER – Their aim is to be a creative leader for Exeter and the rest of Devon, offering a highly regarded platform for the best work by emerging and established local, regional, national and international artists. This means that whenever you plan to visit the theatre you will find an exciting mix of the best dance, drama and family theatre, spiced with a healthy dash of comedy, music and personal appearances. Exeter Northcott Theatre is also committed to developing the workforce of the future by offering training and career development opportunities across the breadth of their work. They also collaborate with Daisi (Devon arts in schools initiative) in a partnership that offers Devon schools the opportunity to work more closely with visiting artists. TEL: 01392 493493 www.exeternorthcott.co.uk
EXETER PHOENIX, EXETER – Bang in the heart of the city, Exeter Phoenix is the South West’s foremost multi-artform venue. With hundreds of events programmed each year, spanning music, art, film, theatre and comedy as well as a whole host of learning activities, they are housed in a vibrant venue proud of its diversity and revelling in its eclectic buzz. In their building you’ll find several art galleries, a large auditorium for gigs and film, a digital hub complete with editing suites, artist studios, a radio station, sound recording studios and a print workshop all centred around a friendly café bar serving delicious locally sourced food and drink. In their programme you’ll find award-winning work by internationally renowned artists alongside new work by local creative. They like to develop new talent giving the artists they work with the tools to experiment, take risks and realise their best ideas, and they love it when their audience can say they saw great work there first. TEL: 01392 667080 www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
THE BIKE SHED THEATRE & BAR – Nestled at the end of an alley in the heart of Exeter, you’ll find the Bike Shed Theatre. With a 60 seat subterranean auditorium and adjacent vintage cocktail tavern, the venue has performances from some of the country’s most exciting emerging companies. Championing new work and innovation, the theatre has gained national acclaim for its shows, winning a Peter Brook Empty Space award in 2011 and the UK Theatre’s Most Welcoming Theatre award in 2013. Our bar has built a reputation for the most exquisite cocktails, and also serves local ale, cider and tasty wines. Open from noon, you can also enjoy fantastic teas and coffees, home cooked stews and frittatas, or generous sharing plates of locally sourced meats and cheeses. Every weekend, we’re open until 2am, either playing funky live music or hosting our favourite eclectic DJs from across the South West. TEL: 01392 434169 www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk
EXETER LITTLE THEATRE COMPANY, EXETER – was formed in 1954 and was based in Colleton Crescent until 1998 when they moved to their current club house in the Exeter West Quarter. Their club house is easily accessible on foot, by car and on public transport. They meet on a Wednesday evening for social evenings, play readings, rehearsals and all things theatre. They perform the majority of their plays at the Exeter Barnfield Theatre and they have facilities at their club house allowing them to rehearse, build sets and meet each week. This includes a wardrobe department, workshop, coffee bar and two rehearsal rooms one of which is large enough to lay out the full size Barnfield stage. TEL: 01392 201467 www.eltc.org.uk
THE BARBICAN THEATRE, PLYMOUTH – is a dynamic charity started in 1980 with young people and the development of creative skills at the heart of all that they do. Their ambition has been to raise the standard of dance and theatre performance being produced by, with and for young people. They seek to challenge what traditional notions of theatre and dance are and liberate the imagination of young people to create fresh and exciting work that comes from new and unusual voices – voices that are often unheard. They challenge their young people to work hard at their craft and develop creative and social skills which enhance their learning, resilience and determination to succeed in whatever career path they choose. TEL: 01752 267131 www.barbicantheatre.co.uk
Scott Cinema – 0300 124 0275 www.barnstaple.scottcinemas.co.uk
Embassy Cinema – 01271 862323 www.merlincinemas.co.uk
Lynton Cinema – 01598 753397 www.lyntoncinema.co.uk
We Hope you enjoy the vast choice of performances at these Theatres and Cinemas all of which are within easy reach of Boreat Manor.