What's on at The Cygnet Theatre

Spring 2024

When This Is Over - Exeter College

8th - 11th May

7:30pm & some 2:30pm

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A group of young people, their lives shaped by billions of seemingly random events going back to before they were born, come together onstage to share stories about their past, their present, and what might lie ahead.

When This Is Over is a uniquely personal, theatrical celebration of hope, possibility and imagination. It's about how we can work with chaos and embrace our collective imagination as we prepare for a deeply uncertain future – together.

Originally conceived by Company Three – and developed alongside more than fifty other youth theatres across the UK – When This Is Over is a play designed to be created and performed by young people, drawing directly on their own life experiences and the stories they want to tell. As with Company Three's widely performed play Brainstorm, the script is a blueprint for an amazing theatrical adventure.

When This Is Over was named Community Project of the Year at The Stage Awards, and Outstanding Drama Initiative at the Music and Drama Education Awards.


Wednesday 8 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Thursday 9 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Friday 10 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Saturday 11 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm



Influence - Exeter college

16th - 18th may


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What happens when eleven fame-hungry social media influencers are cast to take part in Influence, Britain's newest and most influential game show? Who will gain more likes, follows and influence on Bleatt,  the most exciting Social Media platform of all time? Who will take home the coveted £100,000 prize? Who will end up festering in the Sin Bin, or turn into a Troll?  And how far are the contestants prepared to go to win? It’s you, the Great British Public, that will decide the fate of this group of hapless wannabes. 


Exeter College UAL Musical Theatre Performing Arts students showcase this new and exciting work. Book, lyrics and music by Dr Elfyn Jones. 



Thursday 16th May 7.30pm 

Friday 17th May 7.30pm 

Saturday 18th May 2.30pm & 7.30pm. 




20th june



Author and musician Tom Kitching launches his new book and album, 'Where There's Brass', with a special storytelling and music concert tour.

Documenting six months living in the London waterways community, making the long journey across England from Manchester on a traditional narrowboat built in 1937, 'Where There's Brass' tells the story of the contemporary London waterways; a floating slum at worst, a bohemian, alternative, vibrant community at best.

It is a love letter to the waterways, and a rallying cry for what they can be in the future.
Stories old and new interwoven with a specially composed suite of music, underpinned by Tom's long term accompanist, the brilliant Nordic mandola player Marit Fält.

This project builds on the success of his previous work, most recently 'Seasons of Change', the stories and music from 18 months busking around England.


Chopped liver and 'u'nions

21st june



From the producer of Old Herbaceous, Three Men in a Boat, Fagin? & What’s Wrong with Benny Hill?, comes a new show all about the East End of London and the fires of rebellion and change have burned for centuries.

In 1888 the Matchgirls Strike leads the way in industrial action and the formation of the Trades Union movement, then in 1968 the women of Fords in Dagenham strike, leading to the introduction of equal pay legislation.

Between all of this, in 1928 Sara Wesker forms the United Clothing Workers Union, is elected to the Communist Party of Great Britain's Central Committee and fights at the Battle of Cable Street. She also just happens to have a nephew who is a famous playwright. This is her story.

At the heart of the play is a real woman who had a scandalous love life, suffered a broken heart and has subsequently been forgotten despite all she did to invoke change and improvements for the working class, and in particular the female working class.

Chopped Liver & Unions is a play with music that includes some of the original protest songs sung by Sara's singing strikers.

"Simply splendid...a must see show" - Mark Aspen ★★★★★

"a real sense of history and culture" - The Edinburgh Reporter ★★★★

"electrically exciting" - The Real Chris Sparkle ★★★★★


The Comedy of Errors

3rd - 14th July

Various times


Leaflet back FINAL

At Cygnet & On Tour

the comedy of errors

Coming Soon!

I'm Sexy and i know it

25th October



A heartfelt comedy with a banging soundtrack. Come and experience Anna's jpurney of self-discovery where she learns to love the person she is!

And other wonders

20th September


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Artemis Story-telling

Once upon a time there were three sisters, and three brothers, and a mortal king, a fruit of life, a mountain of glass, a witch in the woods with a knife, and a daughter, a slaughter and a sacrifice, a shared myth, a curse, a tragic truth, another world beyond a wall, the devil himself, and other wonders…

Fall into the surreal, enchanting and hallucinatory world of three wonder tales told by Sarah Liisa Wilkinson. We promise to return you in one piece… unless you choose to stay.

Half-English and half-Finnish, storyteller Sarah Lisa Wilkinson delights audiences with her engaging, energetic and playful performance style. She has told stories to people in the UK and internationally in theatres, clubs, pubs, festivals, churches, front rooms and all-night sleepovers. She is a member of The Embers Collective, a storytelling and music group in London.  “one of the brightest new talents to emerge in British storytelling” The Crick Crack Club

Ticket Price: £11 or £9 (pay what you can) Age restriction: 14+

Future Shows!

Ill met by moonlight

26th & 27th September



A one man show based on the life of Charles Laughton

Written and performed by Steve Bennett

The year is 1953, and nearing the end of a gruelling reading tour of North America the acclaimed British actor Charles Laughton, the star of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mutiny on the Bounty and an Academy award winner for The Private Life of Henry VIII, finds himself stranded in a Philadelphia theatre dressing room.  Alone and unable to escape, he is finally forced to reflect upon his life, his career and the difficult choices he’s had to make along the way.


Storytelling double bill

23rd November



Storytelling Double Bill: we bring you comedy & tragedy, local legend & global myth, daylight & darkness and an unforgettable night of story that will have you on the edge of your seats. Two UK storytellers at the top of their game.

The Unbelievable Adventures and Most Tragical Death of Tom Thumb, Knight of Arthur's Court

It's the time of King Arthur, and young Tom wants more than anything to be a knight at the court of Camelot. There's just one problem: Tom is only the size of a man's thumb and has a bad habit of being eaten by things... A many-stomached journey through the madcap adventures of one of Britain's most overlooked folklore heroes on his quest for recognition and glory. Amelia Ace Armande brings us a tale of heart, soul, and plenty of guts!  “Poised and sparkling” – Fringe Review

Walk By Night

It’s London, now, and a young woman is taking a short-cut home through the park. Her story shifts, becomes entangled in a dark knot of tales: Giles Abbott twists together threads of Devon song, Irish folktale, medieval Japanese legend and more. Watch where you tread – there is danger to and danger from those who walk by night…

Part of The Exeter Story Fix (www.artemis-storytelling.co.uk/storyfix)


Tickets £13/£11 or pay what you can