“Colder Than Here” – 16th to 21st September 2019

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Meet the Cast – From Left to Right: Alix Kelman as Jenna, Ray Virr as Alec, Helen Ballard as Myra and Helen Bowhay as Harriet (Photographer: Jules Allen of Jallen Photography)


The Exmouth Players present “Colder Than Here”, a black comedy, by Laura Wade at The Blackmore Theatre, Bicton Street, Exmouth, on the following dates and times:

  • Monday 16th to Friday 20th September 2019 at 7.30pm; and
  • Saturday 21st September – Matinee Performance (only) at 2.30pm.
A quiet moment as the family pause for thought. (Jules Allen of Jallen Photography)


Nobody can ignore the fact that Myra is dying, but in the meantime life goes on.  There are boilers to be fixed, cats to be fed and the perfect funeral to be planned.  As a mother researches burial spots and biodegradable coffins, her family are finally forced to communicate with her, and each other, as they face up to an unpredictable future.

Despite what is facing the family, there can certainly be happy moments as is evident here.

Director’s Notes

A beautifully written play which dwells not on the disease that is killing Myra, but rather on her family’s confusion about how to deal with the situation, highlighting their inadequacies as they are forced to face up to an unpredictable future.  As Myra plans her funeral – researching possible burial spots and biodegradable coffins – life goes on with a boiler to be fixed, dismay at the disappearance of a cat, a daughter’s disastrous love life and more. This dysfunctional family will in turn make you laugh as well as bring a tear to your eye.


In Support of FORCE Cancer Charity

Naturally, there can be pause for thought moments.



Myra (Mother)                       –          Helen Ballard

Alec (Husband & Father)      –          Ray Virr

Jenna (Daughter)                 –          Alix Kelman

Harriet (Daughter)                –          Helen Bowhay

It’s time for a picnic – good to know no-one forgot the bottle.
What can the two sisters be talking about?














Adults – £10

Under 16’s – £6

Buy a group booking of 10 tickets and get one ticket free.

Coach parties are welcome.

Please call Ticket Line 07484 509514 to book now.

BLACKMORE THEATRE BOX OFFICE NOW OPEN DAILY (except Sundays) between 9.30am and 1.00pm

TICKET SALES UPDATE:  Last chance to see this beautifully written play.  Only today’s Matinee performance left starting at 2.30pm.  Tickets are still available.  Please call the Ticket Line above to book now.  You won’t know what you are missing unless you do.


This amateur production of “Colder Than Here” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

Now there’s a novel idea! A biodegradable coffin in your lounge with an opportunity of having a drink or more in it. (Photograph courtesy of Keturah Weber)
Time for a family discussion and pause for thought. (Photograph courtesy of Keturah Weber)













Laura Wade may possibly be best known for “Tipping the Velvet”.  “Colder Than Here”, her beautifully poised family drama, was first performed at the Soho Theatre, London, in 2005, with the following reviews:

“Laura Wade’s play is a 90-minute masterpiece, a jewel, dark but translucent.” – John Peter of the Sunday Times

“Wade’s original and beautifully observed play balances raw emotion with a deliciously delicate black humour.” – Aleks Sierz of The Stage


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