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You might have heard of, or even joined us at, our St Thomas Stories pop-up exhibition in October 2019. The event took place here at our home, Emmanuel Hall, and attracted over 1000 visits. Photos and objects of St Thomas were shared with the local community and everyone was invited to contribute their own stories; whether it was by adding labels to photos or having their story recorded for our archive of oral histories. We now have the exciting task of making a show, inspired by the stories that emerged. The performances will take place here at Emmanuel Hall from the 15th to the 23rd of May 2020.

The show will include elements of the stories we have collected and will be performed by a cast of professional actors. Part of the performance will also see some of our St Thomas community on the stage. COULD THIS BE YOU?

This is open to EVERYONE  over the age of 16, no matter what your physical abilities or your experience might be. If St Thomas is close to your heart, then come and join us…

If you’d like to find out more we will be holding a free taster session on Saturday the 8th of February from 2pm – 3.45pm here at Emmanuel Hall. Hosted by choreographer Jane Mason, alongside Theatre Alibi’s Artistic Director Nikki Sved, this session will draw on some of the stories of St Thomas (including maybe your own) and explore ways these might be shared with an audience. It will give you a clear idea of what might follow and allow you to decide whether you would like to join us for more sessions and as part of the performing team in May…

As with any Theatre Alibi event, there will be tea and cake.

If you do choose to commit more time following the taster session you will be looking at 2 more sessions before rehearsals start and will then be expected to join the actors for 2 rehearsal sessions.

The show will run from the 15th to the 23rd of May with a potential of 15 performances – you will not be expected to participate in every single one but should keep this in mind if you did choose to sign up.

To join us for the taster session email annie@theatrealibi.co.uk with your name and contact details, or give us a call on 01392 217 315. And if you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to get in touch.



Volunteer Call Out – sT thOMAS sTORIES


The project is a celebration of our local area. With a propensity to flooding St Thomas has a fertile history. It was where a lot of the “less desired” industries were shoved to keep them away from the city centre. It was also where lots of the fun was had; the first Theatre in Exeter, the fair, the speedway… Its community welcomed the Black GIs during the war and housed most of the evacuee children. The place is bursting with stories.

The St Thomas Project will start in September 2019. In October we will host a temporary exhibition and ‘Story Shop’, where we’ll be inviting the local community to look at old photographs, hear recordings and tell a few stories of their own. The project will culminate in a whole week of performances, exhibitions and more here at Emmanuel Hall in May 2020.

We will be working in partnership with Plymouth University to collect a number of Oral Histories throughout the area. These, along with the stories collected during the “Story Shop”, will form part of a digital archive which will be publicly available long after the end of the project.

We would love if you could join our team of volunteers!


You can help in a number of ways; from the smooth running of events, including the October Story Shop, and the May performances to capturing recordings of stories, promoting the project and helping with the evaluation process.

Our partners at Plymouth University are hoping to be able to offer training to our volunteers in collecting Oral Histories. Oral Histories are recorded interviews of people’s lives and pasts.


We already have some dates in the diary. It would be great if you could join us in the run up, during, or after some of these.

5 – 8 October 2019  Temporary Exhibition at Emmanuel Hall

15 – 23 May 2020  Final performance


If you would like to apply to be a volunteer on this project, please email or write to us explaining, very briefly, why you would like to be part of the project.

Our email address is info@theatrealibi.co.uk

Our postal address is: Emmanuel Hall, Emmanuel Road, Exeter EX4 1EJ

If you prefer to speak to somebody, whether it be to find out more about what’s involved or let us know you would be willing to join our team of volunteers, then you can contact us on 01392 217 315.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Invitation for technical and designer introductions

Theatre Alibi would like to invite technicians, design assistants, stage managers (all under that umbrella – TSM, CSM, DSM, ASM), prop makers, and anyone else who specialises in a theatre backstage area, making and touring theatre, to introduce themselves to us. We’d love to know who is currently out there and wants to work in creating joyful, intricate and inventive stories for the stage and for thousands of people to see.

Send your CVs and a brief introduction about who you are and what you do to rachael@theatrealibi.co.uk

Scroll down for more information about work experience and internships. 

Work Experience

We offer a limited number of work experience placements to those studying Drama or related subjects beyond GCSE. These take place during August and September when we are rehearsing our autumn production and are for a maximum of five days. Placements are given the opportunity to sit in on rehearsals, help in our office and, where possible, observe the design and making process. If you’re interested in a placement, please write or email us at info@theatrealibi.co.uk telling us a bit about yourself and what you expect to get out of the experience.

Design Placements

We usually offer two Design placements each year to students and graduates of Theatre Design or related subjects. If you’re interested in a placement, please write or email us at info@theatrealibi.co.uk telling us a bit about yourself and what you expect to get out of the experience.

Theatre Alibi is a member of the Independent Theatre Council with Ethical Manager Status. We’re committed to being fair employers and making our company a rewarding and enjoyable place to work and we’ll always pay at least the Equity minimum. Encouraging diversity is an important part of our principles and we’re keen to ensure our recruitment process is fair and transparent in relation to everyone we take on.