This weeks ripple events


We are part of the Heritage Open Days and the Jewish Heritage Days starting this week

Thursday 7 September Plymouth Cemetery Audio Trail.

2pm. Listen to the audios in the synagogue vestry and then take a walk up to the cemetery to see the graves. Free event but booking advised for numbers. Contact Jerry Sibley 07753 267616 or 01752 263162

Thursday 7th September Phonic FM Exeter

6-8pm. I will be appearing on Phonic FM’s first Culture Club talking about our Exeter audio trail. Listen live on Phonic FM: 106.8FM in Exeter; phonic.fmworldwide. Listen again at

Sunday 9th September Exeter Audio Trail

Synagogue open 11-3 have a tour of the synagogue and listen to our audios with your refreshments. There will also be a film running to illustrate one of our stories.

Sunday 9th September Falmouth Presentation

12.30pm. Derek and I will be talking at the Falmouth Poly about how we unearthed stories from the Plymouth cemetery and how they turned into a project called Hidden Stories: Hidden Places. Places are free but we are asking people to sign up here

Sunday 9th September Falmouth Audio Trail

2-4pm in the Ponsharden Cemetery our audio trail will be part of a talk and walk in both the Jewish cemetery and it’s neighbour, the Dissenter’s burial ground. Derek and I will be there in person to hand out the headphones.

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Presentation in the Falmouth Poly


Hidden Stories A2PosterOn the weekend of the 9/10th of September ripple will be presenting their audio trail in the Ponsharden Burial Ground in Falmouth between 2-4pm. Prior to the cemetery opening we will be giving a talk about the wider project, called Hidden Stories: Hidden Places, at the Falmouth Poly at 12.30pm. There will be stories that are firmly rooted in Falmouth but ones that take us away from the county and ones that have strong connections across the eighteenth and nineteenth century Jewish communities across the south west of England. It is hoped that if you attend this free event you will get a rounder context to the audios and the background to the project as a whole; once the presentation is finished there will be time to make your way to the Ponsharden Burial ground for the open day.  Hidden Stories: Hidden Places also includes audios in Exeter that will be accessed within the Exeter Synagogue  also open on the 10th. Here you will be able to listen to stories that are pertinent to people buried in the Jewish cemetery at Bull Meadow plus there will be some short films to watch.

Hidden Stories: Hidden Places is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Exeter City Council’s small grants scheme and FEAST, a programme to make great art happen across Cornwall.

FEAST harnesses the talents and energy of Cornwall’s artists and communities, generating new opportunities for everyone to enjoy the arts. The focus is on bringing people together to share experiences as audiences or participants, and on animating local celebrations and cultural life.

For the link to book your place at the Falmouth Poly see below

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Film maker wanted

ripple theatre co are offering a unique opportunity for a film student or emerging film maker who would perhaps be interested in collaborating with us to create a short documentary film.
We are currently in the Research and Development stage of our current project Hidden Stories: Hidden Places. In 2017 we were commissioned to create an audio trail of the Old Jewish Cemetery on Plymouth Hoe for The Plymouth Synagogue. This was included in the 2016 Plymouth History Festival and repeated in September for the Plymouth Art Weekender. Due to the success of this project we secured funding from Feast, Exeter City Council and Arts Council England to expand our project to include Exeter Jewish Cemetery and The Falmouth Jewish Cemetery and Dissenters Burying Ground.
We are now in the process of writing and recording the audios, editing for which will be completed in August. We have some strict deadlines we must adhere to for which you must be confident you can too. We are holding two public events at the Exeter & Falmouth sites in September of this year which we require to be filmed. Also, for you to conduct any relevant filming/interviews in connection to our work. Our intention is to create a small documentary style film that we can use in our report to the Arts Council and which can also be used to support an application for the next stage of our project. We anticipate film will play a more integral role in the next stage and there is potential for the successful applicant to be a collaborator with us.
If interested you can contact us in the first instance via our Contact page. Please give details about yourself, including contact details and links to any relevant examples of your work.
There is a fee available for this initial opportunity.

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Exeter Respect and final Cemetery Audio


This weekend [3/4 June] we will be hosting a stall at the Exeter Respect Festival in the community area. You can find out all about our current project Hidden Stories: Hidden Places, an artist led project working with Exeter’s Hebrew Congregation and their Family History Society to research stories gathered from the families buried in the old Jewish cemetery off Magdalen Street. Ruth will  be on the stall on Saturday and our producer Fiona will be there Sunday, whilst on the same day Derek will be opening the cemetery door in Plymouth for the last time within the Plymouth History Festival. If you’ve been meaning to come along and listen to our audio trail, its your last chance between 11-3pm this Sunday.

Hidden Stories: Hidden Places, Exeter is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and through Exeter City Council small grants scheme.

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If you can’t make either but want to be kept informed of the project, dates we will be sharing work and audios, then email us at or contact us via our ‘contact‘ page and we will add you to our newsletter.

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Plymouth History Festival



Image by Derek Frood

The Old Jewish Cemetery, Lambhay Hill, Plymouth PL1 2NP
Sunday 7, 14, 21 and 28 May and 4 June, 11am-4pm (last entry at 3pm)
Tours take place at quarter past, half past, quarter to and on the hour

Located on Plymouth’s historic Hoe, in the shadow of The Citadel, lies a hidden secret: The Old Jewish Cemetery. Contained within high stone walls it has always remained hidden from public view. The only clue to its existence is an insignificant door. Funded by Vital Sparks and Drakes Foundation, recorded with Stage Technical Services and hosted by the Plymouth Hebrew Congregation, an audio trail has been created in the garden cemetery by Ruth Mitchell and Derek Frood. It brings to life the lives of those buried within this hidden gem. In 1740 this plot was a family garden; today it is a calm oasis that hides a wealth of history and culture.

Bring your smart phone and headphones or use the MP3 players that will be available on the day. Please note: The Cemetery includes entry and exit steps with uneven terrain throughout and therefore is not suitable for those with limited mobility. For those unable to attend the Cemetery, an opportunity to hear the audio trail at the Synagogue Vestry is available on Tuesday 23 May.

Free / Donations very welcome / Booking essential due to limited spaces via 07753 267616 or

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The Cemetery Audio Trail


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Plymouth Art Weekender



Located on Plymouth’s historic Hoe, in the shadow of The Citadel, lies a hidden secret: The Old Jewish Cemetery. Contained within high stone walls it has always remained hidden from public view. The only clue to its existence is an insignificant door.
Earlier this year that door was opened and for the first time in its history the general public were given the opportunity to step over the threshold. A few months later, with the aid of funding from Vital Sparks, an audio trail is being created in the garden cemetery, bringing to life the lives of those buried within this hidden gem.
In 1740 this plot was a family garden; today it is a calm oasis that hides a wealth of history and culture.

Open for one hour
Friday 23rd September at 11am
Saturday 24th September at 2pm
&Sunday 25th September at 2pm
Recorded with StS, Stage technical Services
Plymouth Hebrew Congregation

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Damnation Alley in the Plymouth History Festival

During May Plymouth runs a month long History Festival and ripple have a few things to dangle in front of your appetites for all things ancient and local.

Our sound walk Damnation Alley is available during the whole History Festival, all you have to do is download the audio to your smartphone or MP3. The sound walk starts at the Barbican Theatre  once there switch on and listen to the instructions. Download the sound walk  via this link here and find out more about it in the History Festival here.

We are making some small audios for the tour of the old Jewish Cemetery in Lambhay Hill which will be open on three occasions within the festival. A small talk followed by the chance to walk around the graves. Keep your eyes out for aids to help you understand more about the inhabitants!! Scroll down the link for more information.

Ruth will be performing her award winning show Coffee with Vera in the synagogue, Catherine Street on Wednesday 11th in the morning and Saturday 14th in the evening. Come and find out if she’s found those Jewish relatives!!

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Bike Shed Residency

ripple will be in residency at the Bike Shed Theatre Fore Street Exeter from the 29th September to the 10th October. We will be performing two of our shows  The Talisman and Johnny Mathis Killed Our Christmas alongside Ruth’s solo performance Homeward Bound and a scratch performance of Derek Frood- In Development, Derek’s first solo show. Click on the flier below to get more info

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Project A38

A38 Proto

Project A38 is something we will be working on throughout 2015.

During January’s From Devon with Love theatre makers from Plymouth will be able to support Exeter performers by travelling up the A38 in the company of Derek and Ruth. Listen to tales of horror and joy as they share stories from the road in their car. For a suggested donation you will be dropped off at the door of the theatre and returned to where we started.

More information in the new year.

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