What’s on – Autumn Season

Cygnet Company Autumn Shows

As the evenings draw in, and the temperatures drop the Cygnet company have a short season of Gothic tales to chill and thrill you.

Join us in old dark houses, haunted by ghosts, and terrible secrets just waiting to be discovered.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a key voice in early American feminist literature – The Yellow Wallpaper is a classic text. Her tales explore, with anger and psychological insight, the nature of marriage and childbirth in the late nineteenth century.

Reza de Wet was one of South Africa’s most awarded playwrights. Her plays have a dreamlike atmosphere within a sharply defined reality. Crossing is a play about sisterhood, confinement, isolation and the troubling echoes of past events, of wandering spirits seeking peace in a wild landscape.

We hope our season of Gothic tales will give you the best sort of sleepless nights!

Autumn Visiting Shows

All Is Mended

Friday 8th October

Living Room Theatre in association with Crediton Arts Centre

A comedy with heart, All is Mended is a retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream telling a new story of life in a care home about magic and remembering, resilience and forgetting, old age and young dreams. A shape-shifting drama, funny and sad, real and dreamlike, a tale of life and death and of course love. Interwoven with extracts from our collected conversations, wisdom and memories with local elders from Devon’s care homes, their families and the staff. With just 2 actors playing all the parts, come and be away with the fairies (and Puck, Bottom & Co) for a hour or so.

The show is accompanied by our free art exhibition “Old Hands @ Art”, works created by our care home residents with our All Is Mended artist around themes of love and magic. And our book collecting extracts from our work in Devon’s care homes communities: conversations, poems, photos, paintings, and a sprinkling of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Available to look at and buy at the exhibition and the show.

Tickets for Fri 8th Oct 7:30pm available here

Blodeuwedd Untold

Unearth the unwritten Blodeuwedd, the Frankenstein of flowers.

Captured in the pages of a medieval book, the ancient myth of Blodeuwedd describes a woman made out of flowers who was turned into an owl as punishment for adultery. But who was this woman before being confined to the page?

Jo Blake, international contemporary storyteller, irradiates this figure of Welsh myth through word, movement and ritual. The myth is unravelled in this radical reclamation of the untold; intertwined with personal experience and striking observations of the role of myth in our unmythic modern lives. (Blodeuwedd: blod-ae-wuth). After performances in the UK and Sweden, BLODEUWEDD UNTOLD ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 as part
of the Pleasance Futures’ Regional Theatre Partnership with Royal & Derngate Theatre, receiving 4-star reviews.

Sat 9th Oct 7:30pm

Tickets £12 (£10 NUS/Under 18s)
The 1 hour performance will be followed by a chance to hear Jo Blake in conversation with mythologist Dr Martin Shaw exploring trickster, myth and the feminine, and an opportunity for audience Q&A.

“Blake is a phenomenal storyteller”

A Younger Theatre

“A tour de force of beauty and Welsh Mythology… Blake is remarkably in tune to the shifting of the world… a paradigm of natural storytelling” The Wee Review

“An intimate and rich experience”

Theatre Weekly

Strictly Sherlock

Join the king of the detectives as he brings to life some of his greatest and most baffling cases. This original one-man show has been adapted from the originals written by Arthur Conan Doyle. We eschew the excesses and deviations of other adaptations and return to the original source material. Expect nothing but Strictly Sherlock!

Jonathan Goodwin returns as Sherlock Holmes, in a show scripted by himself and co-directed by Goodwin and Gary Archer.

14th October 7:30pm

Tickets £12

15th October 7:30pm Tickets £12

★★★★A powerful study of the emotional toll of the miners’ strikes and youthful idealism, Undermined is not to be missed.’

EdFringe Review, Becky Wilson

★★★★ ‘a strongly-performed show with a sense of thoroughness and accuracy here, a piece which is partisan but passionate’

The Scotsman, David Pollock

★★★★ ‘Danny exerts a powerful presence on a simple darkened floor with just a chair’

Broadway Baby, Richard Beck

★★★★ ‘Danny Mellor whose grandfather was a miner takes us back to the strike against pit closures of 1984-1985 in a fast often funny monologue called Undermined.’

British Theatre Guide, Keith McKenna

OUTSTANDING SHOW – ‘Undermined is quite simply the best example of theatre telling a political story without labouring the point’

Fringe Review, Donald Stewart

“This is a deliciously visceral experience that leaves the young audience with their skin tingling and their curiosity piqued”

– The Guardian

Edward is a bit of an oddball. A shy and troubled boy, he is always watching the horizon, waiting for something to happen. Then one day “the Jumblies” arrive, and his life is turned upside down… then shaken about a bit… and then a bit more!

With a huge and colourful cast of abstract and figurative puppets, this absurd take on Lear’s nonsense classic explores that difficult age between being a child and becoming an adult.

Dancing chairs, a troublesome telephone and a swarm of shape-shifters all play their part in this tale of a lonely boy who has difficulty facing up to the facts.
Brought to you by the designer/director and composer partnership behind Little Angel Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland and The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.

Showing 28th & 29th October 1:30 & 4:00pm
Tickets £12:

Mythic mayhem, human clap-o-meters and audience power!

Brace yourselves for tales to make you want to rip up the rules and riot! Two teams of stand-up tale-tellers slam down stories of the super-women and unstoppably imperfect goddesses who stalk through the world’s myths and legends.

18th November 7:30pm Tickets


Friday 3rd December

Radio 4 playwright and storyteller Ian Pearce returns to Exeter with this sell out Edinburgh Fringe show from 2019 A funny, touching and self-deprecating account of growing up in 1970s Wolverhampton. Ian looks back at his deluded teenage years. Being a trainee butcher at the Co-op is only a temporary situation before he reveals his true artistic talents to the world. No careers officer or personnel manager is going to stop him producing his rock album, publishing his poetry or mounting his first exhibition. A world of awkward romantic relationships, Sex Pistols, Crossroads and Angel Delight. An honest and clear-eyed view of his younger self. Yes, he freely admits, I really was that stupid.