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Noctium is a Coventry-based theatre company formed by graduates of Coventry University. With backing from Coventry University, the European Regional Development fund, the Belgrade Theatre and Arts Council England, Noctium has worked tirelessly in developing its company, its shows and the skills of its collaborators.

The company relies on the talents of its performers, drawing them together to form its work. Through their wide and varied experiences Noctium’s artists bring a rich artistic knowledge to each project.

The People

Connor Alexander

Connor
Alexander

Artistic
Director

A performer and director with previous work in improvisation, site-specific performance, puppetry, mask, devised, scripted, outdoor and folk theatre.

Jessie Coller

Jessie
Coller

Artistic
Director

With a keen interest in choreographed movement, Jessie enjoys devising work with a heightened performance style.

Charles Craggs

Charles
Craggs

Artistic
Director

Charles’ interests lie in the creation and development of music and sound, always looking at new ways to write and perform.

The Projects

“JET-BLACK SATIRCAL HUMOUR... TOE-CURLING GRUESOMNESS”**** - What's On

“Brilliant, captivating a very unique performance.”

“Best performance I’ve seen by a ‘new’ company.”

“A lovely, naughty, inventive, Berkoff-flavoured piece!”

Fleeing the shame of his failure at medical school in Moscow, a young man escapes to the cold isolation of the Russian countryside. Here, he happens upon a lonely medical surgery.

A peculiar cohort of nurses and surgeons take him in to be their new head doctor; a position he freely embraces despite his lack of qualifications. How long will he survive in the country before his failure in the city catches up with him?

Inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov, Noctium takes you into a world of gruesome operations and bizarre comedy set deep in the tundra of the Russian countryside.

The Country Doctor photos credit to Depict Photography
The Country Doctor trailer credit to Mindriot Productions

“Mesmerising”

“Excellent, a magical piece”

“The newspaper was absolutely magical!”

“Inventive, witty, well-observed”

Blinking awake, your eyes take in the enormity of the world around you. To the left there is nothing; to the right there is nothing. But suddenly a flower appears, maybe you won’t be alone?

Through the animation of objects Noctium brings you a tale of lonelines, loss and unwavering hope through the eyes of little things.

Created as part of the (h)experiment season at the Mac Birmingham Noctium has begun work on bringing this piece to a wider audience as it continues to explore the weird and wonderful.

Animate photos credit to Matthew Cawrey

“A fantastic piece of theatre!”

“A riveting performance!”

“Effective, fascinating with lots of atmosphere” - What’s on Magazine

“What a show it was!” - Elementary What’s On

“Superb, inventive and entertaining!” - Coventry Observer

“One of the most intelligent productions about Delia I have seen” - Brian Hodgson, long term collaborator and friend of Delia Derbyshire

In a small house’s loft, packed in hundreds of cereal boxes, lies the life’s work of Delia Derbyshire-the unsung genius behind the Doctor Who theme tune and trail blazer of electronic music. Join Noctium as they explore this unique tale of the mother of modern music. Using strange sounds and weird wobbulations, Noctium brings you a sonic experience your ears won’t believe.

Hymns for Robots mixes Noctium’s unique heightened performance style of drama, comedy and Expressionism with the explorative use of analogue and digital music creation. Audiences will be treated to an abstract audio landscape as they visit Delia’s childhood in the blitz through to her death in 2001.

In collaboration with Coventry University and sound artist Tim Seeley, Noctium has formed an associated workshop aimed to inspire children to pursue a love of maths and music through Delia’s tale. With artistic support from Berlin based Sound Artist Wolfram Spyra and the Institut für Alles Mögliche, Hymns for Robots has produced a stand-alone sound installation that allows audiences to experience Delia’s work and methods first hand.

Hymns for Robots photos by Arnim Freiss

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Associates

Joff Chafer

Joff
Chafer

Artistic
Consultant

Sam Craggs

Sam
Craggs

Sound
Artist

Lou Lomas

Lou
Lomas

Tour
Producer

Harley McKittrick

Harley
McKittrick

Performer

Daniel Mosley

Daniel
Mosley

Performer

Glenn Noble

Glenn
Noble

Artistic
Consultant

Josh Patel

Josh
Patel

Performer

Jes Rowe

Jes
Rowe

Performer

Nate Ryan

Nate
Ryan

Performer

Tim Seeley

Tim
Seeley

Sound
Artist

Emma Sherwood

Emma
Sherwood

Performer

Wolfram Spyra

Wolfram
Spyra

Sound
Artist

Jamie Topp

Jamie
Topp

Design
Director

Jack Trow

Jack
Trow

Performer

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