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.
“An extremely professional young theatre company. Noctium has delivered clever, accessible productions that audiences have loved”
Winner of Best Original Production
Birmingham Fest 2015
Elia Neu/Now Festival Nominee
A performer and director with previous work in improvisation, site-specific performance, puppetry, mask, devised, scripted, outdoor and folk theatre.
With a keen interest in choreographed movement, Jessie enjoys devising work with a heightened performance style.
Charles’ interests lie in the creation and development of music and sound, always looking at new ways to write and perform.
The Country Doctor
“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
“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
Hymns For Robots
“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
Monday 7th May 2018 - Friday 18th May 2018
Hymns for Robots / Brighton Fringe Festival / Rialto Theatre
Friday 11th May 2018
The Country Doctor / Cornerstone / Didcot
Thursday 10th May 2018
The Country Doctor / The Place / Bedford
Friday 22nd September 2017
Hymns For Robots / The Belgrade Theatre / Coventry
Saturday 22nd April 2017
The Woman and the Wobbulator / First Bite Festival / Birmingham
Friday 4th November 2016
The Country Doctor / Create Theatre / Mansfield
Thursday 6th October 2016
The Country Doctor / The Arena / Wolverhampton
Wednesday 20th July 2016 - Friday 22nd July 2016
The Country Doctor / The Belgrade Theatre / Coventry
Sunday 3rd July 2016
Animate / Godiva Festival - Rhythm Tent / Coventry
Monday 20th June 2016
Animate Scratch / Theatre Absolute / Coventry
Friday 16th May 2014 - Tuesday 17th May 2016
The Country Doctor / Theatre Absolute / Coventry
Friday 13th May 2016
Scratch Night - Animate / Artrix Theatre / Bromsgrove
Saturday 16th April 2016
National Theatre Connections Event - Improvisation Workshop / The Belgrade Theatre / Coventry
Thursday 8th October 2015
PILOT Nights - Animate / Arena Theatre / Wolverhampton
Thursday 24th September 2015
The Country Doctor / The Ellen Terry Theatre / Coventry
Friday 11th September 2015
Animate / Health and Wellbeing Conference / Birmingham
Friday 17th July 2015
The Country Doctor / A E Harris - Birmingham Fest / Birmingham
Saturday 16th May 2015
Animate / The mac Birmingham - (h)experiment festival / Birmingham
Tuesday 20th May 2014
The Country Doctor / The Ellen Terry Theatre / Coventry