A Different Track
Circle of Spears

surrealist dark comedy


mild language and existential angst

60 mins


Fri at 21:15

Sat at 16:00

Sun at 18:45

A Different Track
Circle of Spears

Brian's life is in ruins. Will his Guardians, Vivian and Walter, help him put it right? Either way his train journey home is about to take a VERY different turn.

This contemporary play includes everything from sword fights to dancing, from humor to heart felt conversations. And, of course, some otherworldly beings and the London underground. So mind the gap and come on a fantastical ride with us.

Founded in 2015, Circle of Spears is a South West based theatre company. We're a small team of professionals who have toured nationally with our show “Witch” and are excited once again to be premiering a play at this year's Fringe Theatrefest that was written for us. We specialise in small scale thought provoking pieces. We also are an independent audiobook production house which in part funds our more ambitions theatrical endeavours. This will be our fifth time at Fringe Theatrefest and our second premiering a piece of new writing.


Sam Burns

Coming from a theatre background Sam cut his acting teeth at Cygnet Training Theatre. He has performed in the West End and received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Torvald with Cygnet Training Theatre’s 2013 production of A Doll’s House. He has also appeared in a Rowntrees commercial for Channel 4, Circle of Spears' first theatrical production, Witch, written by fellow spear Tracey Norman and the second, Outside of the Box, which he wrote. He also narrates audiobooks with Circle of Spears and elsewhere as well as being a cast member on the popular Dungeons and Dragons podcast Flintlocks and Fireballs.

Anna Platten

Anna trained as an actor at Cygnet Training Theatre in Exeter, and has been involved in a number of local professional theatre companies, including Middleweight Theatre and Circle of Spears. She has also appeared in immersive theatre productions with PNP Events and will be appearing in a TV series due to be released this year along with other film work.

She has toured throughout the South West and London, including performing at the London Horror Festival and at Exeter's own Barnfield and Bike Shed Theatres.

Mark Shorto

Mark is from Jersey and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He moved to London and performed in various fringe shows, also children’s and street theatre. He came to Devon to join colleagues who had formed cross-cultural Imule Theatre. Other theatre includes White Horse in Germany, Actors of Dionysus, Orchard Theatre in Barnstaple, Drum Plymouth and Exeter's Northcott and Bike Shed.