Paul Bull

In 2012, when Fin and I weren't able to pay ourselves, we were given an envelope with around seven ten pound notes in it. It was a gift from a handful of Labour city councillors. In exchange, they wanted a drink on our menu called Red or Dead - the name of their quiz team. What we did with the money was up to us.

Read more


Why I Wrote ‘The Episode’

I’m trying to work out why I wrote this play. I’m finding it very difficult. So, I thought I’d try and explain why I think the inspiration for the show, ’America’s Next Top Model’ is worthy of a play and a conversation.

Read more


Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival

After the success of last year, we’re really excited to be brightening up your winter gloom with our 7th Laugh Out Loud (LOL) Festival bringing you an array of comedians from all over the country for a city-wide festival. It’s a chance to see award-winning comedy both in the intimate atmosphere of The Bike Shed Theatre and at other venues across the city as Exeter takes the comedy circuit by storm.

Read more


Swans and Socialism; The Making of Eat the Poor

For us, each show tends to come out of whatever we’re talking about at the time. Eat The Poor began in 2016, against a background of news about inequality, food banks, homelessness and benefit cuts. We wanted to know more, to think about how the country had got here and what we could do about it. We also knew it had to be funny – but you figure you’ll find the comedy along the way.

Read more


7 Years On

A small heater attempted to warm the space whilst final rehearsals took place. Seb returned from Macro with beers, bottles of vodka, gin, whisky and rum and some wine. We gave the toilets a final clean. Someone had been sick on the back steps, so we cleaned these too. Floors were hoovered, lights focused, line runs completed.

Read more


Jack Dean returns to The Bike Shed

After the success of Nuketown, Jack Dean is back at The Bike Shed Theatre with his new show Grandad and the Machine.

Read more


Writers Retreat Blog Jan 2017

What is the etiquette with pyjamas on a writers’ retreat? As I packed for the inaugural Devon playwrights’ cost-price retreat, my mind was suddenly beset with questions. For instance: slippers. I love my slippers more than certain family members, but did I want to waft around in them in front of my esteemed peers? And then there was the biggie: What Was I Going to Write?

Read more


An open invitation to celebrate a new season of cultural events in Exeter

Exeter’s cultural venues will celebrate a new season of events at a launch party held at the Cathedral on Thursday 26 January.

Read more


Job Opportunity: Theatre Manager

We’re looking for a curious, brilliant, collaborative and precise person to join our team at the Bike Shed in the role of Theatre Manager.

Read more


Bike Shed’s Bar Manager Wins Place on Coveted Cocktail Apprenticeship

We’re super proud of our Bar Manager, Justine Bock, who has been selected to join the Apprentice Team as part of the Tale of the Cocktail 2017 on tour.

Read more