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

Curated and hosted by director and performance maker Paula Crutchlow, events by national and international artists will unfold as a series of cultural acupuncture in unusual spaces throughout 2019.

This programme of experimental and smaller scale events is open to the public, and seed funded by its membership. The more the membership grows, the more events will happen. Members will also be invited to hosted gatherings to talk about their audience experiences and the potentials of live performance together. The aim is to build a group of interested advocates for contemporary performance in Exeter, who contribute directly to a vibrant and fresh live events scene in the city.

Can you imagine 2019 as a thrilling cultural journey? Do you want that journey to happen in Exeter? We are inviting Founder Members to join now, and enjoy more culture to think with in 2019.

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Find out more about our events programme, and the release dates for publicly available tickets here.

Paula Crutchlow is an independent 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 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 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 an ESRC funded Doctoral Researcher in Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter 2013-17.