Any space can be a theatre, anyone can tell a story.

Published May 6, 2014

A Synagogue, a Cathedral, gardens, pubs and a parked caravan outside Central Station – theatre pops up all over the city for Ignite Festival.

Mon 2 Jun – Sat 7 Jun.

Ignite is a six day celebration of live performance in Exeter. Smaller than, but similar to the Edinburgh Festival, it will bring acclaimed national companies and the newest theatre-makers together to perform exciting new shows at venues all over the city.  Hundreds of performances will take place from morning ‘til night at venues including ourselves, The Bike Shed Theatre and The Cygnet as well as new ‘pop up’ spaces at Rougemont Gardens, Exeter Cathedral, Exeter Synagogue, The Guildhall Shopping Centre and even a parked postal sorting office outside Central Station.  The city will buzz with performers and audiences, comparing notes and experiencing fresh and inspiring new shows.

With this in mind we’re delighted to announce our confirmed line-up for this year’s festival.  Starting on Monday 2nd June and running until Saturday 7th June, we’ll host a celebration of new live performance work.  This year will bring a record number of Ignite performances to Exeter Phoenix with a mixture of high profile shows and exciting work by the newest theatre makers.  For a full list of our shows visit our Ignite pages here.

Some of our highlights include Major Tom by Victoria Melody a British artist who, accompanied by documentary film footage and her dog, tells the true of how an average 34-year-old woman became a beauty queen and how her pet basset hound became a championship show dog. Paper Cinema will present a unique version of the Odyssey as they manipulate pen and ink illustrations in front of a video camera and project in real-time to explore this epic tale.  A special outdoor performance by the clown troupe Le Navet Bete will take place in Rougemont Gardens and many other new pieces of theatre, comedy and dance will all be performed in just under a week of shows.

Check out the full festival line up by visiting