theatre collective is Derek Frood, Ruth Mitchell and David Prescott. We are 3 theatre makers based in South West England creating theatre and audio performance. You can sign up for our newsletter by using our ‘contact us’ page above.

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Hidden Stories: Hidden Places

Hidden Stories:Hidden Places grew out of our highly successful Plymouth Cemetery trail,  it is an artist led project researching and gathering stories from the people buried in overlooked and often unknown Jewish cemeteries in Exeter and Falmouth. The project culminated in a sharing of the stories for the Heritage Open days on September 10th. We gave a presentation about the project in the Falmouth Poly;  in Exeter the stories were part of the open day in the Exeter synagogue and in Falmouth part of an audio trail in the Ponsharden Jewish and Dissenters Cemetery .

Hidden Stories:Hidden Places was created & voiced by Ruth Mitchell & Derek Frood, additional voices Kirsty Cox and David Prescott,                                                                                   Sound design, audio visual and recordings by Stage Technical Services, Exeter                                  Produced by Fiona Fraser-Smith

Thanks to the Exeter Hebrew congregation and their Family History Society plus Kehillat Kernow and the Friends of Ponsharden Cemeteries

The audios for Falmouth, Exeter and Plymouth are all on line to listen to, just CLICK HERE

Plus click HERE for a film about Hidden Stories: Hidden Places

Hidden Stories:Hidden Places was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England , Exeter City Council small grants scheme and  Feast Cornwall a programme that makes great art happen across Cornwall.


I made it to the Jewish cemetery, along with several hundred other people! Beautiful, moving audio artwork.’ Kate Sparshatt, Executive Director, Plymouth Arts Centre

‘A revelation…goosebumps…wonderful work’. Jacquie W

We used these publications for our research

Friedlander, Evelyn Ed. (2002) The Jews of Devon and Cornwall Catalogue of Exhibition  The Hidden Legacy Foundation


Fry, Helen (2013) The Jews of Exeter Halsgrove: Somerset

Fry, Helen (2012) Jewish Cemeteries of Devon. e-book

Nunn, Robert & Tom Weller (2016) The Dissenters’ Burying Ground, Ponsharden, Cornwall – Monument Survey Dissenters Press: Cornwall

Pearce, Keith (2014) The Jews of Cornwall- A History: Tradition and Settlement to 1913 Halsgrove: Somerset

Susser, Bernard (1993) The Jews of South-West England: the rise and decline of their medieval and modern communities. The Exeter University Press:Exeter

Online the Exeter Synagogue Archive

The Exeter synagogue

The Plymouth synagogue

Kehillat Kernow , the Jewish community of Cornwall






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