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River Land

By Daniel Jamieson

A new show, telling a St Thomas Story

River Land tells the story of Walter and Ellie. Both live in St Thomas and both love the place dearly. Walter’s life is teeming with the ghosts of St Thomas past, especially those vivid memories of a time, 60 odd years ago, when the Exe burst its banks and water filled the streets. Young Ellie, on the other hand, is overwhelmed by visions of global floods to come. What hope might their new friendship bring?

Along with the Festival of St Thomas Stories, our new show, River Land, is the culmination of three years’ work for Theatre Alibi, listening to the powerful, moving, and often very funny stories from our neighbourhood. Join us as we open the doors to Emmanuel Hall. We’ll have original live music, Alibi’s trademark theatricality, and a space that is utterly transformed. We’re also proud to announce that the cast includes St Thomas’s very own Steve Bennett, well known as Exeter’s magnificent pantomime dame.

There will be a post-show Q&A after the 7.30pm performance on Sat 9th July.

We’ve set out to make River Land our most environmentally friendly production to date! Read more about how we’ll be making our work sustainable going forwards.


We know how uncertain things can be at the moment, so if you cannot attend your performance due to an issue related to COVID-19, you will be able to receive a refund on your ticket or re-arrange the date.


There is the opportunity for you to let us know about any access requirements you have during the booking process. The performance space is wheelchair accessible and carers are provided with a free ticket. There will be a socially distanced performance, a BSL interpreted performance, and a dementia friendly performance. See dates below.

We will list trigger warnings on our website, and at Emmanuel Hall before the performances, once these have been identified during the rehearsal process.

Running Time: 1 hour

Book your tickets below


Supported by


The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation


Writer: Daniel Jamieson

Director: Nikki Sved

Performer: Steve Bennet

Performer: Winnie Arhin

Performer: Michael Wagg

Musical Director & Performer: Elizabeth Westcott

Set & Costume Design: Ioana Curelea

Lighting Design: Marcus Bartlett

Sound Design: (Somatic) Somin Griffin-Dave