16th July 2015

Exmouth Festival brings NEW ROPE STRING BAND to Exmouth!

All profits from this show will go directly towards Exmouth Festival 2016!

Once seen, never forgotten: an indefinable confusion of superb musicianship and side-splitting comic genius, the New Rope String Band are truly unique entertainers. Elements of circus, clowning, vaudeville, slapstick and sheer inspired silliness are spliced with beautiful acoustic music from various world traditions, in precision-honed yet uproarious performances that have delighted audiences from Borneo’s Sarawak rainforest to the Shetland Folk Festival. Equally at home in tiny village halls or on major festival stages, these three maniac minstrels mix up long-time favourite routines with ever-evolving new material. From musical gyrations to deconstructed nursery rhymes, Python-esque absurdism to pyrotechnics, dream sequences and live, interactive film, expect the hilariously unexpected. Sadly the New Rope String Band have come to the end of their tether. The sheer strain of spreading joy around the world for more than 25 years as Old and New Rope has proved too much. Audiences’ laughter muscles have been stretched and twanged and they, too, need a rest. But, before these ageing folk-cabaret artistes go their separate ways, heading for new and exciting theatrical and musical horizons, they have decided to do a farewell lap of honour, a celebratory extravaganza of their finest routines with some specially-created final flourishes. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity.

For diehard audiences it’s a chance to come along, laugh once more and say goodbye. For those who’ve never seen them, wake up, this is your last chance!The New Rope String Band are: Pete Challoner, Tim Dalling and Jock Tyldesley.

“inspired madness” The Scotsman

“…best thing of the festival – by popular vote!” Belfast Childrens Festival

“…prodigious musicianship laced with their very own brand of slapstick” The Glasgow Herald

“…quite frankly, the written word cannot begin to do justice to the supercharged silliness of the performance…” Castle FM

“They made me laugh until I cried, and played some great music. If the Queen could knight them or something, it would be a good idea.” (Tim O’Brien)

“They were a revelation! I didn’t expect them to be quite as incredible as they were.” (Bob Gibbon, Director, Orkney Folk Festival)

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12th to 17th October 2015

Curtain up on Murder

by Bettine Manktelow Director: Andy Jury

The play is thriller/murder mystery with a few twists. The first is that the plot surrounds a drama group putting on a murder mystery. You see them rehearse and then they realise they are locked in the theatre. One by one the actors are bumped off. Tensions ramp up as the play progresses and the bodycount rises. Eventually the murderer(s) are revealed but there are still more twists woven into the plot.

18th to 23rd January 2016

Dick Whittington – The Pantomime

by Graham Barraclough Director: Mary Mulchay

A traditional family pantomime by Graham Barraclough. Dick travels from Gloucester with his cat to find his fortune in London. He meets Alice Fitzwarren who persuades her father to give Dick a job. All is well until something goes missing and Dick gets the blame and is dismissed in disgrace. Determined to prove his innocence Dick joins a voyage to the Barbary Coast, where his adventures really begin! The evil King Rat and the all-powerful Sheik Anvac are set to ruin Dick’s chances of happiness – will he ever get back to England? Will he be able to prove his innocence? All the usual fun and frolics of traditional pantomime make this great family entertainment – not to be missed!