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Exeter Drama Company

In September 1954 five drama enthusiasts got together to form a Drama Company. They named it The Whipton Drama Company which later became The Exeter Drama Company.
Each of the five people contributed 5 to get the company started and the subscription for members was set at 5 shillings a year!
The first play was Ladies in Retirement by Ward Percy and Reginald Denham in 1955.
The first production under the name of The Exeter Drama Company was Pinocchio in 1958.

Stepcote hall in 1958

In 1959 the Company moved to Stepcote Hill. The first play performed here was Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward.

outside Stepcote hall in 1959

We are still a very active company and continue to put on a varied programme with four main productions and four One Night Stands each year.
Plays over the years have included most subjects imaginable - comedy, tragedy, murder mysteries, ghost stories, pantomimes, farce and thrillers.

Associate members receive details of our forthcoming programme four times per year and can buy tickets to whichever of these plays they wish to see.
Members are actively involved in the running of the theatre - everything from acting on the stage to making the tea/coffee for the audience on production nights.

Membership is currently running at around 50 members and over 300 people are on our mailing list and regularly come to see our plays.
Our club night is Monday evening where all full members can come and meet. There is usually a rehearsal underway for the next play.

Due to the building at Stepcote sadly falling apart, we had to move, and from March 2008, we began rehearsing in an annexe at Alphington Village Hall.



In February 2018 due to The Shed being 'no longer fit for purpose' we, once again, packed our bags and moved out.

In April 2019 we took up residence in Cornerstone on the corner of Bull Meadow Road and Kimberley Road in St Leonards, Exeter. With productions planned for the rest of 2019 and through into 2020 we look forward to a long and secure tenure working with our new landlords!

the shed theatre

Before 2018

the shed theatre

After 2018!