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

4340M Vital Sparks Logo FINAL

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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

Bike Shed flyer 2

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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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Homeward Bound for Theatre West

Homeward Bound is a new solo performance by Ruth for Theatre West, Bristol. Directed by Derek, it will play the Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol  from September 15 -26th.

Homeward Bound flyer





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Johnny Mathis Killed Our Christmas

From Thursday 19th June, whilst everyone is watching England v Uruguay in the World Cup, ripple will be performing the first showing of Johnny Mathis Killed Our Christmas at St Annes Arts and Community Centre, Barnstaple. This is very much a first outing for our show and it will be fantastic to perform it within an established festival and to get feedback from both audiences and fellow performers. St Annes has a great history and feels very intimate inside, so we are looking forward to being there and starting a new creative journey.

  • Thursday 19th @ 8.30
  • Friday 20th @ 9.30
  • Saturday 21st @ 8.15

For more information click on the flyer below

Barnstable flyer


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A Word in Your Ear



What seems like an age ago, ripple worked with the Theatre Royal Playwrights Forum to create some audio plays to be listened to in situ within the foyer of the Theatre Royal Plymouth. Then the theatre went dark in 2013 for a major refurbishment and so they were put on hold but now everything is back to normal. The final three plays have now been put onto the web for people to download and listen to.


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Road Trip



Ripple had a great day out yesterday. We travelled on the cross-county train, from Plymouth via Exeter to BARNSTAPLE. If you’ve never taken this trip we would recommend you give it a go. Don’t forget to get a Devon & Cornwall railcard though – £6.40 return, Bargain!
There is so much to see on the trip: industrial landscapes; rural towns; the sea; the Exe Valley; the beautiful Devon countryside. Just wonderful.
The purpose of our journey was to deliver flyers and posters for our forthcoming show at Barnstaple Theatre Fest and to take a look around the venue we will be performing at – St Anne’s Chapel . Bill & Gill of Multi Story (who are organising the event) very kindly agreed to meet us there and gave us a little tour of the space. We are very excited about the prospect of performing our piece here in June. St Anne’s Chapel is an intimate, characterful space with huge potential. Set within a little cluster of ecclesiastical buildings, behind the main shops, it truly is a hidden treasure. My mind is already spinning with other ideas for future projects here, but that will have to wait.
We will be performing an extract of our new show “Johnny Mathis Killed Our Christmas” on Saturday 31st May at The barbican theatre, as part of the Beta5 scratch night. Tickets are only £3.00 and details can be found here or you can check out the Barnstaple Theatre Fest website for details of the June festival.

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Johnny Mathis Killed Our Christmas

Barnstable flyer

Our new show Johnny Mathis Killed Our Christmas will play at the Barnstaple Fringe Fest in June. Click on the above image to enlarge.

The performances will be at the St Anne’s Arts Centre Barnstaple on…
Thursday 19th June @ 8.30
Friday 20th June @ 9.30
Saturday 21st June @ 8.15

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New Show

Just before Christmas Derek and Ruth performed fifteen minutes of a new piece in the brand new theatre space within the Theatre Royal Plymouth. The Lab is hosting scratch nights facilitated by New ModelTheatre and this was the second outing. With it being so close to Christmas we decided to theme it so we chose Johnny Mathis’ Christmas hit ‘When a Child is Born’ as a starting point. We had decided on our characters, who we chanced upon on our walk last year(see our post ‘Starting to Drift’) so we just had to come up with a back story. We also decided to play around with using little dialogue, to see if any of the back story was relayed through body language and interactions.I mean this is what scratch nights are for right, to experiment. After some really positive feedback we are now going to work it up into a show for the summer, whether we keep Johnny Mathis, we will have to see!

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