Exeter Fringe Festival held an inaugural festival of performances by local artists and shows from further afield in summer 2019. The festival, which aims to provide a regular celebration of Exeter’s vibrant theatre ecology was founded by Elaine Faulkner and Alex Jackson who met when they worked together at The Bike Shed Theatre. The 2019 festival was attended by over 1000 people.

The 2021 festival will take place this October, entertaining audiences and supporting local theatre makers in person. From 11th to 17th October 2021, the Exeter Fringe Festival, supported by Exeter Northcott Theatre, will include live performances, running alongside a research and development programme, work in progress showings and panel events. The festival will take place in person, with Covid guidelines in place to ensure safety of audiences and performers.

Festival Team

Meet the team working on the 2021 Exeter Fringe Festival.

Alex Jackson Profile Picture

Alex Jackson

Co-Founder and 2021 Festival Director

Find out more about Alex by visiting his website, or Twitter.

Elaine Faulkner



Find out more about our fantastic partners and venues for the 2021 Exeter Fringe Festival.

Exeter Northcott Theatre

Strategic Partner

We bring people together to create and share extraordinary experiences.

We believe that stories help us understand each other and the world around us, and that live performance has a unique power to reach out and communicate.

We work with artists and communities so that people can tell their stories no matter who they are or where they’ve come from.

We make events that entertain, provoke and inspire so that people can connect and share moments they’ll never forget.

We are here for the people of Exeter, Devon and beyond. To create, to connect, to bring joy and change lives.

Exeter Northcott is supported by Arts Council England, Exeter City Council and the University of Exeter. Registration No. 8393145 Charity Registration No. 1151620

The Barnfield Theatre

Partner Venue (Performance Programme)

The Barnfield Theatre, situated in Exeter city centre, is a characterful venue over 130 years old with a 286 seat theatre, 60 seat flexible studio space and gallery. Throughout the year we host a wide variety of performances including professional music and theatre, community theatre and school groups.  We are also home to several regular clubs and classes for both children and adults.  Whether you are an audience member or a participant in one of the community groups or classes, the Barnfield Theatre is a space to connect, experience and engage in the arts.

Exeter Phoenix

Partner Venue (Performance Programme)

Exeter Phoenix is a vibrant, world-class multi-artform venue in the heart of Exeter. Our programme spans live music, theatre, cinema, contemporary art, dance, comedy, creative courses, family activity and more. We also nurture a thriving arts scene, supporting creatives at every stage of their career and practice. We thrive on developing new talent by giving artists the tools and space to experiment, take risks and realise their best ideas. As a registered charity, we are committed to providing access to arts for all and supporting artistic development.


Partner Venue (Research and Development Programme)

Maketank is an artist-led grassroots organisation. Its mission is to build a sustainable community-based platform for performance practitioners within the city to pioneer experimentation, collaboration, and creative civic engagement.

Maketank aims to provide space for local artists to keep in practice, create new performance work, and exchange knowledge and resources.

Find out more at on Maketank’s website.

Exeter Library

Partner Venue (Research and Development Programme)

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Exeter Library is Libraries Unlimited’s flagship city centre library with over 1km of shelves containing over 60,000 books, CDs and DVDs. One of the busiest public buildings in the South West of England, the library has a reserve stack of approximately 150,000 items and the Special Collections Archive consists of early printed books ranging in date from an Incunable of 1480 to c.1900. Additional resources include large children’s library, a dedicated teen area, Business and IP Centre, FabLab, meeting rooms, public access computers and café.

Libraries Unlimited is an independent charity and a staff and community owned social enterprise, established in April 2016.

Libraries Unlimited runs Devon’s and Torbay’s public library service, Devon Libraries and Torbay Libraries, commissioned to run 54 libraries across the county. Each local library has something for everyone: books and information, eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, eNewspapers, music, films, computers with access to the Internet, free Wi-Fi and much more.

Find out more about Devon Libraries