Category Archives: Exeter


by Lionel Bart
Lighting Design: Jon Primrose
Set Design: Becky Hawkins
Directors: Rachel Vowles, John Whitehead

Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Far from the Madding Crowd

at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

Photo © Marc Hill, Apex

Photo © Marc Hill, Apex

“Thomas Hardy’s greatest, most inspirational novel, brought to the stage by a company with an enviable reputation for dramatising classic works of fiction.
Bathsheba Everdene arrives in the village of Weatherbury to take charge of the dilapidated estate that she has inherited. A proud and independent young woman, but still ignorant in the ways of the country, her fate becomes entwined with three men, any of whom could bring salvation or disaster: the dashing young cavalry officer Sergeant Troy, her wealthy and powerful neighbour Squire Boldwood, and the quiet, dependable farmer Gabriel Oak.
Bathsheba’s relationships with each of these men leads her on a turbulent journey from innocence to experience in the first of Hardy’s great Wessex sagas.”

Lighting Design : Jon Primrose
Set Design : Sarah Williamson
Directed by : John Durnin and Gillian King
Devised by the company

Performances 28th August – 20th September 1997 at 7.30pm (8.00pm on Saturday)


Far from the Madding Crowd is a funny, moving and powerful play and anyone wanting to see how literary adaptation should be done should go to Exeter immediately. No previous knowledge of Thomas Hardy is required.”
The Independent 2nd September 1997

“…another faultless production. Novel adaptations are becoming a quality trademark for the Northcott Theatre.”
Western Morning News

UnExpected Festival

Unexpected 2013 Logo15-22 September 2013

A festival consisting of new and/or unusual events in ‘unexpected’ locations, all happening during one week in Exeter.

Jon acted as production manager, technical manager and lighting designer for two of the events, in contrasting locations.

Additional crew: Nick Slater, Josh Lucas.

Wet Sounds

A multimedia installation in Exeter’s Pyramids swimming pool, with audio by sound artist Joel Cahan, and lighting & sound system design by Jon Primrose.

Wet Sounds event at the Exeter Pyramids pool

Wet Sounds event at the Exeter Pyramids poolThe Last Supper

The Last Supper

A re-staging of the existing piece The Last Supper by Reckless Sleepers involved a simple unobtrusive lighting rig, with additional design and operation by Nick Slater. The location, Exeter’s historic Guildhall, meant that a minimal lighting design was necessary, without excessive equipment visible.

Other UnExpected Events:

Circus event in Southernhay, by Circomedia of Bristol, during the UnExpected Festival. Photo by Jon Primrose

Circus event in Southernhay, by Circomedia of Bristol, during the UnExpected Festival. Photo by Jon Primrose

The Exeter Riddles

Outdoor performance at Belmont Park, Exeter on Saturday 23 February 2013

Jon acted as Technical Director and Lighting Designer

Artistic Director: Ian Smith, Mischief La Bas
Production Design: Ewan Hunter
Projection Design: Sumit Sarkark
Technical Director / Lighting Design: Jon Primrose
Site Manager: Dave Blencowe
Stage Manager: Paul Harvey
Pyrotechnics: Mandy Dike

Sound system: Puxley Ltd.
Additional Lighting: GLS
Staging: Sound Events
Scaffold Structure: Isca Scaffolding, Exeter