This week sees the start of From Devon with Love 2016, an annual fortnight-long festival of new, home-grown talent at The Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter. The Reviews Hub caught up with Alex Jackson and Chloe Whipple from the Bike Shed to tell us more about the festival, as well as the theatre’s graduate company, In Bed with My Brother, to tell usabout their showWe Are Ian. Marketing Officer Alex and Producer Chloe are part of the team at the Bike Shed hoping to make this year’s festival bigger and bolder than ever.
So, tell us a little more about FDWL
From Devon with Loveis two weeks of theatre from locally based companies, using the finest creative juices… fresh from our green and inspiringcounty!
What are you most excited about?
The mostexciting thing for me about FDWL is that I get to see some of the county’s mostexciting youngcompanies do their thing. All the work is made in Devon and it’s all original, so over the two/three weeks I get to be entertained andchallenged by the imaginations of some of Devon’s mosttalented theatre makers.
What kind of stuff can we expect to see?
The work being shown as part of FDWL is fromcompanieswho are at thebeginning of their professionalcareers in the arts,which make it trulyexciting. The shows tend to be energetic, topical, entertaining, often funny andalways
We have a wide range of styles, from physical theatre to new writing and spoken word. Every night there will be something different to entertainaudienceswhile celebrating the rich artistic scene we have here in Devon. We’ve tried to make the festival as accessible as possible.
In Bed with My Brother is made up of Exeter graduates Nora, Dora and Kat. They’ll be performingWe Are Ianat the festival from 27-29 January.
What first attracted you to FDWL?
Our company is bred out of Exeter Uni, and so we have strong ties to the theatre community in Devon. The Bike Shed is a really great place for us to try out new work and develop ideas in a supportive and nurturing environment. It’s a really unique and eclectic festival – but at the same time really accessible for audiences.
Tell us a bit about your show
We Are Ianis a show in celebration of our mate, Ian – he used to be a DJ in Manchester’s Acid House scene, and a little while ago asked us to make a show about his life. So we did. This is our second show and, this time, we’re supported by the graduate scheme at the Bike Shed. We’ve got music from the era, lots of dancing and – of course – messy multimedia madness.
Shows also includeMind Over Mattby Matt Cann,Tallby White Hippo, Blacksite’sVote Me, Chris White’sWanderlust, Blacksite’sAll Fall Apart,Scratchworks’Great Train Robbery,and Alix Harris’ Mixed Up Me.
Runs from 19 –29 January 2016