City Guide: Exeter

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RADAR artists are coming from across the UK and beyond to be part of the festival.

Before they get here we’ve been asking them to write little city guides for theatre-lovers. Here’s Joe Sellman-Leava on Exeter, where it all began with his theatre company Worklight Theatre​.


Best place in Exeter to see new plays, new work and why?

The Bike Shed Theatre. This was being set up as we were graduating in 2010, and the venue and its team remain as committed now as they were then to nurturing and retaining local artists as well as programming national and international work. It’s done a huge amount for the city’s theatre ecology.

Best place to have a coffee and write?

The Phoenix Arts Centre. There’s always an interesting exhibition to wander around. Having said that, the Cathedral Green is a very nice place to sit/think/write.

The playwriting/theatre/artistic community in Exeter is…

Full of passion and promise.

Where to go to get inspired?

See some new work. Take a red coat tour and walk through some of the city’s beautiful history.

New plays from Exeter are…

Innovative, exciting and authentic.

Three Exeter Essentials:

  1. Firehouse – get a pizza and local ale
  2. McGahey’s coffee shop
  3. A walk along the quay

Writers to read?

Natalie McGrath

Where to go to escape the city?

Exmouth. It’s a beautiful coastline, and only a short train ride away.

And what image represents Exeter for you?

The Imperial beer garden on a sunny evening.

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Don’t miss Joe in Labels at RADAR on 16 Nov as part of a double bill with Portrait by Racheal Ofori. For more info and to book tickets click here.

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