SCARE THE HORSES is a live performance and events club, sharing thoughtful new work in intriguing and intimate settings across Exeter.

‘It’s really exciting to see this type and quality of event happening in non-traditional performance spaces.’

Audience member

Curated and hosted by artist and performance maker Paula Crutchlow, events by national and international artists will unfold as a series of cultural acupuncture in unusual spaces throughout 2020.

‘The connection between the venue and content is important, and works beautifully.’ 

Audience member

This programme of experimental and smaller scale events is open to everyone for general ticket sales, and seed funded by its membership – a group of interested advocates who enjoy contributing directly to a vibrant and fresh live events scene in the city. The more the membership grows, the more events will happen.

‘Very refreshing to know that Scare the Horses is awakening a more considered approach to performative practice in Exeter… Bringing a sense of refinement and intellectual rigor’

Audience Member

Can you imagine 2020 as a thrilling cultural journey? Do you want that journey to happen in Exeter? Why not become a Founder Member of Scare the Horses, and enjoy more culture to think with in 2020.


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Working in partnerships – SCARE THE HORSES events happen in collaboration with local independent businesses and cultural organisations. Thanks to all the local artists, venues and organisations who have supported us in 2019. Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer support, or have a space and are interested in working with us to host an event in 2020.

Curated by Paula Crutchlow – an artist and performance maker who has been collaborating as a director and dramaturg with theatre makers, storytellers, musicians, dance artists, and new writing projects nationally and internationally for over twenty five years. Since 2001, her work with artist collective Blind Ditch has created social and unexpected happenings in everyday spaces across the South West; often using participatory approaches and digital technologies to engage publics as thinking citizens and active spectators.

Paula is also a facilitator, workshop leader and an excellent host! Between 2010-12 she co-brokered make-shift with Munich based net artist Helen Varley Jamieson. This ground breaking digitally networked event connected homes across the South West to homes in Europe, India, New Zealand the USA, by staging an online performance with home owners and their guests. 2015-17 she was the co-founder of Museum of Contemporary Commodities with cultural geographer Professor Ian Cook. Together they hosted people in parks, galleries, empty shops and even the Royal Geographical Society, in lively and creative conversations about data, trade, place and values. Paula’s most recent artist researcher role is as a team member developing The Common Line, Britains first linear forest.

Paula is currently Artistic Adviser for Adverse Camber, supporting visioning and development for the company, and directing ensemble work with some of Europe’s foremost storytellers and musicians. She is a board member of B-side, a socially embedded arts organisation and biennial festival on the isle of Portland, Dorset. As a scholar and educator Paula was an Associate Lecturer in Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, Devon 2001-10, and achieved a doctorate in Human Geography through an ESRC funded studentship in Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter 2013-18.