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Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3LS
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  • Bar open Mon–Sat 10am–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 10am–3.30pm & 3.30pm–9pm.
  • Box office times Mon–Sat 10am–8pm
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The 10th Annual Exeter Poetry Slam

Date/Day: 8th December 2019 / Sunday Start and end time: Start: 19:30 End: 22:00 Price: £8:00 Detail (150 words maximum, subject to editing by our marketing team): Tim King and Amie-Lee Richardson proudly host the 10th Annual Exeter Poetry Slam. If you've never been to a spoken word event before this is a great place to find out what it's all about.Twelve of the finest poetic performers from across the South West go head to head to find the latest Exeter Slam Champion. If previous years are anything to go by, competition will be fierce as past winners include: Edinburgh Festival favourites Robert Garnham and Chris White, the glorious Amani Saeed and current UK National Slam Champion Birdspeed. There will be a £75 cash prize for the winner alongside the chance to headline at Taking the Mic early in 2020 (worth another £25).A panel of three expert judges (TBA) will also perform as part of the competition.Twelve contestants, three rounds, one winner, much kudos…

Sun 8 Dec

£8

2 Short Nights Festival Pass

Festival Pass (all festival events, excluding Reza Pakravan & Agile Rabbit: Big Natural History and Conservation) £35

Wed 27 Nov

£35

2040

2040
  • 2019
  • Australia
  • 1h 32min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Damon Gameau

A documentary on scientific discoveries that can help to save mankind: the titular year is when director Gameau’s daughter will turn 25. Some of the discoveries are eye-opening and Gameau is a charming host. His is a positive voice that deserves to be heard.

Wed 4 Dec

48 Hour Film Challenge Premiere With Award Ceremony + After Party

48 Hour Film Challenge Premiere with Award Ceremony + After Party Fri 29 Nov 90mins 20:30 - midnight Free 12A Auditorium/Café Bar The best films from 2019’s 48 Hour Film Challenge, followed by the presentation of this years festival awards. Join us afterwards in the Café Bar for the Two Short Nights after party. TWO SHORT NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights Film Festival is back for its 18th year with another exciting programme of screenings, talks and workshops that celebrate the vibrant world of short film. Whether you make film or love film, join us for must-see short films from across the globe, emerging local talent, and special events with industry professionals.

48 Hour Film Challenge Premiere with Award Ceremony + After Party

Watch the best films from 2019’s 48 Hour Film Challenge, followed by the presentations for this years 48 Hour Film where teams write, shoot and edit their films in just two days! An annual Two Short Nights Tradition, this free event is always full surprises!

After the screening we’ll be presenting the Best 48 Hour Film Award, Best Short Film Award and Audience Choice Award. Join us afterwards in the Café Bar for the Two Short Nights after party.

FULL FILM LINE UP TBC

Find out more about the 48 Hour Film Challenge: https://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/48-hour-film-2019/

Fri 29 Nov

Agile Rabbit: Big Natural History Television And Conservation

Our speaker is head of the BBC Natural History Unit; founded in the 1950s as the first and biggest production unit of its kind, it is regarded as the world’s greatest maker of wildlife documentary films. Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Life on Earth, and dozens more groundbreaking series were all delivered by this Bristol-based outfit. Julian Hector will be discussing the relationship between Natural History Television and conservation of the natural world it depicts. We’ll be looking at the power of documentaries to move the public, change government policy, and inspire scientists across the world. Julian will reveal special secrets and stories behind the making of documentaries, while charting their effect on our attitudes and behaviour to a natural world in crisis.

Audience members will be able to ask questions at this event, which is held in partnership with Two Short Nights film festival and the Global Systems Institute.

TICKETS £5 ADVANCE 6 P.M. EXETER PHOENIX, GANDY STREET, EXETER, EX4 3LS

BIOGRAPHY

At the BBC Natural History Unit, Julian Hector is an experienced producer and editor, and responsible for delivering series such as Blue Planet II, Planet Earth II and Dynasties. On radio he developed Tweet Of The Day, World On The Move, Saving Species, and Migration.

Thu 28 Nov

£5.50

Agile Rabbit Climate Change Theatre Action

CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION Join us in Exeter and be part of a global event: an evening of short play readings that encounter our changing climate in unexpected ways. Climate Change Theatre Action is a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays specially commissioned to coincide with the United Nations climate change meetings. Written by playwrights who come from every inhabited continent on the globe, they represent several cultures and Indigenous nations, are from industrialized and developing countries, urban and rural areas, and range in age from 20s to 60s. Some are from low-lying island nations threatened by sea level rise, others are from countries facing severe heatwaves, floods, or droughts. Climate scientists and meteorologists from the University of Exeter and the MET Office have accepted the challenge of reading these plays, introduced by Dr Sharanya Murali and Dr Evelyn O’Malley from the University of Exeter’s Drama Department. The plays will be followed by a panel discussion where the scientists will discuss the relationship between creativity and their work. Audience members will be invited to join in the conversation, which is held in partnership with Climate Change Theatre Action and the Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter. THE WORKSHOP, EXETER PHOENIX £3 ADVANCE THURSDAY 5 DECEMBER 6 P.M.

Thu 5 Dec

£3

Agile Rabbit - Killing Eve: Making a Psychopath

Find out what truly makes a psychopath, from the leading expert who helped to create Killing Eve’s Villanelle. Dr Mark Freestone has worked on some of the most interesting, infamous, and disturbing psychopath cases of recent times. Using real case studies, Mark will be looking into dangerous minds, while sharing secrets from behind the scenes of Killing Eve.

Do you remember the scene where Villanelle dresses up as her handler at a mock birthday party? That happened to Mark, who was hired by Killing Eve to work with Phoebe Waller Bridge to make Jody Comer’s character psychologically convincing.

Exploring the many factors that make a psychopath, the complexities and contradictions of their emotions and behaviour, as well as an examination of how the lives of psychopaths develop inside and outside the institutions that are supposed to contain them, this talk will open up a window into the world of those who operate in a void of normal human emotion.

THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY STUDIO 74 TICKETS £5 ADVANCE 6 P.M. EXETER PHOENIX, GANDY STREET, EXETER, EX4 3LS

Thu 27 Feb

£5.50

Alexei Sayle

Alexei Sayle

Doyen of the alt.comedy scene, off on tour for the first time in years.

Wed 4 Mar

£22.50

Thu 5 Mar

£22.50

Anima - Joli Vyann

Tue 26 Nov | 7.30pm | £12 (£10) |8+ Box office notes: Auditorium – dance capacity Age recommendation: 8+ Running time: 60 mins (no interval)

Anima is Latin for breath, life and soul. Joli Vyann’s new show explores the simple act of breathing in all its forms and how it connects us all.

How does breath affect our emotions? Our physicality? Our very being? The performers push themselves to the limits of their physicality where breath is shared, breath is stolen and breath is forced. Using Joli Vyann’s unique blend of dance and acrobatics, Anima is about the delicate connection between two people breathing through an emotional roller coaster. Anima features a live musician, using dance, circus, voice and wind instruments, allowing breath to literally become the soundscape for the performance. AGE: 8+ Running time: 1 hour (no interval) Choreographed & Directed by Joli Vyann Performed by Jan Patzke - Olivia Quayle (Joli Vyann) & Nao Masuda Produced by Turtle Key Arts - Holly Cameron-Jennings Live Music and Original Composition - Nao Masuda featuring didgeridoo tracks by Laurent Suara Lighting Design - Tim Slater (The Point) Technical Stage Manager - Sophie Postlethwaite

Tue 26 Nov

£12 (£10)

Bad Manners

Bad Manners

Buster Bloodvessel and co persist with the comedy ska.

Wed 18 Dec

£22–£27.50

The BellRays & Los Pepes

Blues is the teacher. Punk is the preacher. It’s all about emotion and energy, experience and raw talent, spirit and intellect. Exciting things happen when these things collide. Bob Vennum and Lisa Kekaula made the BellRays happen in 1991 in East LA but they weren’t really thinking about any of this then. They wanted to play music and they wanted it to feel good. They wanted people to WANT to get up, to NEED to get up and check out what was going on. Form an opinion. React. So they took everything they knew about; the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, the Who, the Ramones, Billie Holiday, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams, the DB’s, Jimmy Reed, Led Zeppelin, to name a very few and pressed it into service. It was never about coming up with a ‘sound’, or fitting in with a scene. It was about the energy that made all that music so irresistible. It was the history BEFORE Led Zeppelin that led them to that point. The Beatles thought they were playing R&B. It just came out like ‘Rubber Soul’. The Ramones were trying to be Del Shannon or Neil Sedaka and out came ‘Rocket to Russia’. With the BellRays there was no conscious effort to ‘combine’ rock and soul because they didn’t see them as divided in the first place. Blues was teaching. Punk was preaching. The BellRays were always listening.

www.thebellrays.com

https://www.facebook.com/BellRays

Sat 18 Jan

£12.50

Blancmange

Blancmange

Rest easy – everyone's third favourite 80s synth pop band are back, back, back. Living on the ceiling and all that. Now, how about a Thompson Twins' reunion?

Thu 22 Oct

£22–£23.10

Calamity Jane (Singalong) (U)

BFI MUSICALS: Dir. David Butler

USA. 1953, 101 mins Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie

Dust off your Stetson and polish those cowboy boots – Calamity Jane is coming to Exeter phoenix.

Starring the luminous Doris Day, who sadly passed away earlier this year at the age of 97, Calamity Jane is one of her best-loved films and a cult classic for queer audiences. Based on the life of real Wild West heroine and gunslinger, this hugely entertaining film won the Academy Award for Best Original Song (‘Secret Love’) and was recently celebrated with a special screening at the BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

The Deadwood stage of wild Dakota is brought to life in glorious Technicolor in this dazzling digital restoration.

Remember to bring your singing voice with you as this film is also offered as a singalong version, ensuring you will have a night to remember. Whip-crack-away!

Sun 5 Jan

Carus Thompson

CARUS THOMPSON : SHAKESPEARE AVENUE ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR

Australian folk-rock songwriter and storyteller Carus Thompson returns to the UK to launch his seventh studio album Shakespeare Avenue.

Recorded in Dartmoor, in the South-West of England with Mercury nominated producer Sean Lakeman, the album takes its name from a street in Bath, Somerset where Thompson’s late Grandfather lived, before he left his home for Australia.

In the reverse of his Grandfather’s journey, for Shakespeare Avenue Thompson moved his family to Dartmoor to write and record with a new approach that delved further down the folk path, spurred by his connection with good friend and folk-star Seth Lakeman.

Thompson has opened for Seth on four UK tours across the years. When it comes to embracing the folk traditions of the South-West you couldn’t ask for a better guide. Seth, his brother Sean (who’s supurb production perfectly accentuates Thompson’s songs), and Sean’s partner the sublime Kathryn Roberts all feature on Shakespeare Avenue. Often referred to as a “virtual folk dynasty”, the trio bring their heavyweight musicianship to the record.

Thompson’s narrative, character based, emotive songs have long earned him comparisons to Springsteen and Mellancamp, however this time there is also a distinct Richard Thompson, Christy Moore, Dick Gaughin folk edge.

The connection with the Lakeman clan, together with the move to England, has paid dividends with what is undeniably Thompson’s best work to date.

A renowned live performer he can’t wait to deliver these new songs to his UK fans.

“This is quality songwriting” – Jeff Jenkins, Living in the Land of OZ

“A treasure in the Australian musical landscape” – The Dwarf

www.carusthompson.com

Sat 30 May

£12 (£10)

Coptic Bookbinding 2 Day Course

Two Day Course

Sat 7 - Sun 8 Dec | TIME | £100 (£85)

Brochure:

Learn the ancient Egyptian art of Coptic Bookbinding in this weekend course.

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Bookbinder Esther Williams will take you through how to prepare signatures, wax your own thread, and the traditional method of Coptic stitch.

On Day 1, you will make an A5 Coptic bound book with a simple stitch pattern.

On Day 2, ou will make a second book where you can experiment with designs and more decorative stitch patterns whilst consolidating the method.

You don’t need to have any experience in bookbinding to do this workshop, both beginners and pros are welcome.

Tutor Esther Williams

Sat 7 Dec

£100 (£85)

Create A Pom Pom Star Wreath

Craft workshop for children ages 5+ Create a fab pom pom wreath in a star shape perfect as a Christmas decoration for the door, tree or house! All materials, equipment, juice & biscuits included. Drop off workshop - feel free to drop your child off or stay with them and enjoy some crafting! Pom Stitch Tassel are fully insured and DBS checked so you can ensure your child's safety with us. Pre-booking for this workshop is essential. This workshops requires a minimum of 7 attendees in order to run.

Sunday 15th December 2019 10:30 – 12:30pm £15.00 per person

Sun 15 Dec

£15

Creative Writing Building Strong Characters

Building Strong Characters In this 3-hour workshop, participants will focus on the 5 steps to create strong and memorable characters. Step 1: Identify your character and their roles in the story. Step 2: Get inside your character’s head. Step 3: Research, research and more research! Step 4: Dialogue and your character’s ‘voice’. Step 5: Show, don’t tell.

Sat 8 Feb

£9

Creative Writing Imitating The Greats

Saturday 15th February 2-5pm Imitating the Greats In this 3-hour workshop, participants will focus on imitating the writing style of great authors such as Dickens, Austen and Steinbeck. We’ll look at what makes these writer’s style so amazing, and then write our own short stories in the style of one of them!

Sat 15 Feb

£9

Creative Writing Story Plotting

Saturday 18th January 2-5pm Story Plotting In this 3-hour workshop, participants will learn and practise different elements of story plotting while building their story: The exposition: Set up the problem, develop a compelling character and start creating your main plot. The exposition: World building – Develop a powerful setting. Rising Action & Climax: Create an effective midpoint – find the point of no return. Rising Action & Climax: Raise the stakes. Falling Action & Resolution: Final conflict. Obligatory scene and denouement

Sat 18 Jan

£9

Creative Writing Superhero Story

In this 3-hour workshop, participants will develop the perfect superhero and use different elements of story plotting while building their story. We’ll discuss all the important questions such as: What makes your superhero unique? What are their special powers? Do they have a dual identity? Who is their antagonist? And then there will be time at the end of the session to share our stories.

Sat 14 Mar

£9

Daniel Steer

Daniel Steer is a professional songwriter, top liner, producer and musician in multiple genres from rock and indie to dance, ballad and singer/songwriter.

His songs have been used worldwide for film (“Song for Marion” with Christopher Ecclestone, Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave), US TV dramas (Challenge 2, The Rivals, Best Ink and Revenge) and sync (BBC TV Winter Olympics theme and FIFA Goals of the Week)

As a co-writer he has had multiple radio play listings, including numerous weeks spent on BBC Radio playlists. He has written with numerous high profile artists and writers for major and independent labels.

His tracks have been played in the UK and internationally on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, Planet Rock, XFM, BBC Introducing, KROQ LA, Portland FM, Radio 101 Italy, Flux FM, Germany, Virgin Europe and he has had number one tracks on Apple Rock. His tracks have several million streams on Spotify.

As the frontman and writer of indie band The Quails and rock band, Reigning Days he has performed on main stages and toured extensively throughout Europe, the USA, India, Russia and in the UK at Glastonbury, Download, Latitude, 2,000 Trees, The Great Escape. He has released 5 albums and has had tracks in the Kerrang!, Scuzz and MTV top 10 charts and reached number one on both Apple Rock and in the MTV rock charts.

Daniel’s first solo album will be released in Autumn 2019.

Thu 28 Nov

£12

Dodgy

Dodgy

Mid-90s indie trio, best known for their hits 'Good Enough' and 'Staying Out for the Summer'.

Sat 30 Nov

£22

Dub Pistols

The MJR Group presents..

Dub Pistols,

Sat 7 Dec

£17.50

Dubioza Kolektiv

Dubioza Kolektiv

Bosnian band known for infusing their ska, reggae and punk beats with a Balkan twist.

Sat 22 Feb

£19.25

Dutty Moonshine Big Band

Fourteen-piece heavy bass ensemble, playing a fusion of jazz with grime and hip-hop.

Wed 18 Mar

£15

Easter In Art

WED 8 APRIL | 6PM + SUN 12 APRIL | 1PM

Directed by Phil Grabsky 85 mins The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history. From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day. Shot on location in Jerusalem, United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of us all.

Wed 8 Apr

£11 (£10)

Sun 12 Apr

£11 (£10)

Ed Wynne

Ed Wynne is undoubtedly a gifted instrumentalist. He is credited as one of the linchpins of the UK festival scene’s re-emergence along with his band Ozric Tentacles, who formed at Stonehenge Free Festival 1983 and became staples of the Glastonbury Festival, with their most recent performance at Glastonbury in 2016 on the Glade stage.

With an incredible flair for creating masterful tapestries of sound, and for having sold over a million records worldwide, Ed Wynne’s debut solo album, Shimmer into Nature (Kscope), will be re-launched with bonus tracks to coincide with the tour. Shimmer into Nature was recorded and inspired by the different locations Ed Wynne travelled to over three years, from deep in the Colorado Mountains, to the coastlines of Cornwall and South Devon, before being completed on Scotland’s East Coast by the Firth of Forth. Expect an enthralling performance of Ed Wynne’s solo material and classic Ozrics.

Thu 16 Apr

£15

Elf (Pg)

Dir. Jon Favreau Will Farrell, Zoey, Deschanel, James Caan

97 mins, 2003, USA

The greatest way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. The second greatest way to spend Christmas cheer it to collectively watch ELF in Studio 74 and take joy in following Buddy the Elf as he journeys through the seven levels of the candy cane forest, through the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops, and then walks through the Lincoln Tunnel.

Buddy was raised in the North Pole but on discovering out he is actually a human, not an elf, he travels to New York City in search of his real dad.

Free Candy canes with every ticket.

Sat 14 Dec
Sun 15 Dec

Exeter Phoenix Camera Group

Popular monthly social photography meet-up, with training and exhibition opportunities. The Exeter Phoenix Camera Group is a monthly social meet-up for anyone keen on photography who has some experience, or may have been on the beginners course and would like to keep in contact with like minded enthusiasts.

Prior to joining the group, participants should be able to use the manual features of their camera, off the automatic mode. As a group you will be spending some time taking pictures together, but participants are expected to be working on their own individual projects and will be supported both technically and aesthetically by photography tutor Vanessa Miles and also fellow members.

At each session there will be different opportunities to work on technical software such as Lightroom or work with special camera techniques, such as external flash. There will also be chance to critically engage with Photography, via gallery visits, group critiques and focused discuss on the work of well-known Photographers.

Places limited to 8 per session so early booking is advisable. If you would like to come along and try out a session we have £20 drop-in price available, then £110 for a 6 session membership. Drop-in sessions are only for those who have not attended previously. During the membership the 6 sessions must be taken consecutively.

Group attendees get 10% off all food and hot drinks at the Café Bar.

Vanessa Miles is a professional photographer based in Exeter.

Her experience is rich and varied in the world of photography. She was a founder member of a women’s photography collective in South London in the early eighties and set up ran the Environmental Picture library in London in the early nineties. She has worked as a freelance picture editor, researcher and as a film stills photographer. Since living in Devon, she works as a wedding, press and events photographer, and photography teacher. She is Exeter Phoenix’s principal photography tutor and teaches photography at Exeter College for adult education. She is a freelance lecturer for higher education and has recently completed an MA at Plymouth University.

Fri 13 Dec

Exeter Phoenix Commission Premiere

Fri 29 Nov (Repeat Screening Sat 30 Nov) 60mins Fri 29 Nov - 19:15 - 20:15 Sat 30 Nov - 16:00 - 17:00 £5 15+ Studio 74 Join us on closing night for the highlight of the festival, the Exeter Phoenix 2019 short film commission premiere screening. TWO SHORT NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights Film Festival is back for its 18th year with another exciting programme of screenings, talks and workshops that celebrate the vibrant world of short film. Whether you make film or love film, join us for must-see short films from across the globe, emerging local talent, and special events with industry professionals.

Exeter Phoenix Commission Premiere Join us on closing night for the highlight of the festival, the Exeter Phoenix 2019 short film commission premiere screening, and the official opening of our 2020 commission schemes.

Short Film Commissions

Patrick Louisa Fielden A drama exploring a defining afternoon between two school girls as they take intimate photos to share with an older man.

Shuttlecock Tommy Gillard Exploring 21st-century homosociality, Shuttlecock follows a man forced to question his notion of masculinity after an obsession with a member of his badminton club spirals out of control.

Micro Film Commission

Flicker Jordan Thomas Flicker follows two deaf campers in a heated argument after a seemingly supernatural run in.

House Hunting Phil Spencer House Hunting is a short film providing and intimate look into how PTSD can manifest itself in veterans.

South West Documentary Commission

Åland Joe Auborn Åland is an artistic impression of the relationship between the inhabitants of the Åland islands in Finland and the population of Eurasian wolves who are returning to the archipelago for the first time in over a century.

Fri 29 Nov
Sat 30 Nov

Experimental Drawing 1 Day Workshop

1 DAY EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING WORKSHOP Mon 2nd Dec 10.30 -4pm £48/£41

Try out some unexpected exercises designed to help develop a creative approach to drawing. Try out some unexpected exercises designed to help develop a creative approach to drawing. Experiment with sketching and mark-making techniques using a variety of materials to unlock your creative potential. This fun and surprising workshop is suitable for all levels of ability and will also offer an insight into art history and contemporary art. Tutor Nicci Wonnacott use existing text

Mon 2 Dec

£48 (£42)

Fanboy

Joe has always been a nerd. As a kid he was unaware of it. As a teenager he hid it. As a twentysomething he owned it. But as Joe turned 30, two things occurred to him. Firstly, humanity had been given 12 years to save the world from climate chaos, and what was Joe doing? Playing games and watching films, that's what. Secondly, he'd always felt like the fandoms he belonged to gave him a community when he was isolated. But, as he looked closer, it seemed some of those very communities had become perpetrators of the very things they once provided respite from. It's like Buzz Lightyear said: "Either you die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain…" Wait, what? Fanboy is a love letter to the things we adore absolutely, unconditionally and obsessively. It also asks questions about the nature of fandom. Is our nostalgic relationship with pop culture preventing us from engaging with the present? Are we worshipping false gods? And - when Donald Trump claims he could shoot someone and not lose voters - just how far will fans go for their idols? Form: Fanboy is a blend of storytelling, stand-up comedy and performance art. It will be fast-paced, funny, and highly visual. The audience will also play a key role in the narrative: masks to wear, jobs to do and parts to play, so that the room fills with the characters Joe depicts. Joe will draw props in order to find them, bringing the space to life in real time. In fact, Everything in the room will look like Joe drew it, so that by the end people feel they've spent an hour inside his imagination, but also that they've each brought their own along with them. The term work-in-progress is both a visual and dramaturgical element of the show. The design will be one that is half finished - line drawings that need colouring in. Joe promises the audience at the start of the show that it will look better once it's done. As the show progresses however, we realise that this obsession with imagined perfection is problematic: enabling fanboys to attack creators of the things they say they love, or people in the communities they say they belong to and, more urgently, preventing many of us from mucking in and solving the existential threat we're all facing. Expect mini-versions of your favourite films. Like Harry Potter in 60 seconds. The Marvel Cinematic Universe in 60 seconds. And Gone in 60 Seconds in 60 seconds. Expect hand-drawn fan-art filling the space, slash fiction and haikus filling the air, and the smell of the 90s filling your nostrils. Whatever that means… And expect more quotes, references and easter eggs than Pixar films have Randy Newman songs.

Fri 22 Nov

Five Years - Neal Pike

Sat 23 Nov | 7.30pm | £10 (£8) Box office notes: Studio 1, capacity 70 Running time: Approx. 60 mins with no interval Content warning: This production includes references bullying, occasional strong language Age guidance: 16+ Access Information: Five Years is a Relaxed show and BSL interpreted

Brochure:

Five Years recounts the time that Neal Pike spent at a special educational needs school from 1998-2002. From ps2’s to playgrounds, to mean teachers and important friends, it’s a story about the fun and pain of adolescence and working out where to fit in a world that puts you into boxes.

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Access Information: Five Years is a Relaxed show and BSL interpreted

‘Let me tell you about Foxwood. A place that my skipping voice would not get me thrown down stairs. Unlike other schools. It was very much like other schools.’

From 1998-2002, Neal Pike attended a special educational needs school in Nottinghamshire. Five Years is about trying to hold on to a sense of who you are during those messy, brutal and mundane years of adolescence. With warmth and humour that cuts to the bone, Neal Pike explores identity, community and the parts of him that were shaped by Foxwood.

Written and Performed by Neal Pike Directed by Matt Miller

‘Engaging, warm and illuminating’ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

‘The show talks of human-ness, of vulnerability, and ultimately of escaping those boxes.’ DISABILITY ARTS ONLINE

Running time: Approx. 60 mins with no interval Content warning: This production includes references to sexual abuse and bullying, occasional strong language Age guidance: 14+

Sat 23 Nov

£10 (£8)

Flo & Joan

'If Flanders & Swann and Flight of the Conchords and Garfunkel & Oates had a six-way time-travelling gang-bang that somehow mixed all their DNA, the offspring might end up sounding something like Flo and Joan' (Chortle).

Tue 3 Mar

£14

Frida Kahlo

Wed 8 | 7:30pm + SUN 12 JULY | 1PM

Dir. Ali Ray 90 mins

This highly engaging film takes us on a journey through the life of one of the most prevalent female icons: Frida Kahlo. She was a prolific self-portraitist, using the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her turbulent and, at times, tragic life. Guided with interview, commentary and Frida’s own words, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN uncovers that this, however, was not a life defined by tragedy.

Featuring key exhibitions and interviews with world-renowned Kahlo curators, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN explores the extraordinary symbolism and themes in these personal canvases to seek a deeper understanding of the real Frida Kahlo.

Using cinema to take an up-close and intimate look at her works we examine how great an artist she can be considered. Displaying a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy on screen, this personal and intimate film offers privileged access to her works and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience and her unmatched lust for life, men, women, politics and her cultural heritage.

We might think we already know Frida Kahlo – the image of floral crowns, big brows and folk style clothing have made her a muse to generations – but what lies beneath the surface of this intensely passionate woman?

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality” Frida Kahlo

Wed 8 Jul

£11 (£10)

Sun 12 Jul

£11 (£10)

George Egg: Movable Feast

George Egg: DIY Chef

A mix of award-winning stand-up comedy, innovation and multitasking as Egg demonstrates more live cooking.

Thu 2 Jul

£13.20

Hand Made 2020 Diary Long-Stitch Bookbinding 1 Day 2019

1 DAY HAND MADE 2020 DIARY WORKSHOP Sat 23rd Nov 10.30-4pm £48/£41 Learn the art of long-stitch bookbinding and make your very own week-view diary for the year 2020.

Learn the art of long-stitch bookbinding and make your very own week-view diary for the year 2020.

Bookbinder Esther Williams will take you through how to prepare, assemble and bind an A5 sized long stitch book with a faux leather cover and tie, using a simple and stylish diary layout designed by Esther.

If you’d like to use real leather feel free to bring your own piece - it needs to be at least 30 x 50cm.

You don’t need to have any bookbinding experience to do this workshop, beginners and pros are welcome. Tutor Esther Williams (use existing copy)

Sat 23 Nov

£55 (£48)

The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family

Mordant wit from the Addams family of country rock. Rennie writes the lyrics about killing small mammals and husband Brett delivers them in his dry baritone.

Sun 3 May

£19.25

Harry and Chris: This One's for the Aliens

Harry and Chris: This One's for the Aliens

Comedy-rap-jazz duo dedicate their latest hour of wordplay to our extraterrestrial neighbours.

Sun 8 Dec

£16.50

Hayseed Dixie

Hayseed Dixie

Bluegrass covers of the hard rockin' sounds of AC/DC, Motörhead, Queen and other rock monsters plus an increasing number of comedy originals creeping into the set. The band perform tracks from their back catalogue as well as their new album, Free Your Mind and Your Grass Will Follow.

Wed 1 Apr

£20.35

Holiofest

Holiofest is a one-day rock and metal festival in support of mental health charities in loving memory of Tom Holio.

Probably the most fun you will ever have raising money for charity! Support creativity supporting mental health.

Sat 18 Apr

£10

Hugh Cornwell Electric

Hugh Alan Cornwell is an English musician and singer-songwriter, best known for being the vocalist and guitarist for the punk rock/new wave band the Stranglers from 1974 to 1990.

Sun 24 Nov

£26

Hugh Cornwell

Hugh Cornwell

Ex-frontman of punk stalwarts the Stranglers plays a mix of material from his solo and band career.

Sun 24 Nov

Prices to be confirmed

Introduction To Adobe Illustrator 2 Day Course

Mon 28 & Tue 29 Oct Wed 04 & Thu 05 Dec 2 DAYS 10am – 5pm

Adobe Illustrator provides all the tools you need to create logos, infographics and stylised illustrations. Get inspired in this two-day introduction.
Our Adobe Illustrator course is lead by our Adobe Certified Instructor, who has an in-depth knowledge of Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC and the workflow between these software packages. The session is taught on the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud.

This course will offer an in-depth introduction to Adobe Photoshop and prepare you with an understanding of how to use the programme to benefit your work. The workshop will teach you to:

• Navigate your way around the programme. • Import images and introduce you to the tools and commands to get your projects started. • You will learn how to modify, manipulate and scale images. • Manage layers, amend modes and adjust to incorporate backgrounds. • You will discover how to use text, colour control, drawing, shapes and brushes as well as how to use different styles for various audiences.

Individual needs will be catered for where possible. All courses are taught on Apple Mac computers and skills learnt are transferable to PC.

Workshop attendees get 10% off all food and hot drinks at the Café Bar.

‘Stimulating, exciting, creative’ ‘Well-structured, practical, illuminating’ AUDIENCE FEEDBACK

John Wigzell is a professional graphic designer based in Exeter, he is an Adobe Certified Instructor.

Originally trained in graphic design and photography, John has years’ of experience working with creative technology. He spent a number of years coordinating a digitisation project in the British Film Institute’s Stills, Posters and Designs archive and has worked as a technical specialist in a busy design studio serving the UK Government. He now works as a graphic designer and website developer, and loves to share his knowledge of typography, publishing, digital imaging and web standards with anyone who’ll listen.

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Wed 4 Dec

£160

Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2 Day Course

Wed 02 & Thu 03 Oct Tue 26 & Wed 27 Nov 2 DAYS 10am – 5pm

Learn to edit, retouch and apply special effects to images in this two day introduction to Adobe Software, the professional image manipulation software. Our Adobe Photoshop course is lead by our Adobe Certified Instructor, who has an in-depth knowledge of Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC and the workflow between these software packages. The session is taught on the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud.

This course will offer an in-depth introduction to Adobe Photoshop and prepare you with an understanding of how to use the programme to benefit your work.

The workshop will teach you to: • Navigate your way around the programme. • Import images and introduce you to the tools and commands to get your projects started. • You will learn how to modify, manipulate and scale images. • Manage layers, amend modes and adjust to incorporate backgrounds. • You will discover how to use text, colour control, drawing, shapes and brushes as well as how to use different styles for various audiences. •
Individual needs will be catered for where possible. All courses are taught on Apple Mac computers and skills learnt are transferable to PC.

Workshop attendees get 10% off all food and hot drinks at the Café Bar.

‘Engaging, informative, helpful’ ‘Clear, relevant, structured’ AUDIENCE FEEDBACK

John Wigzell is a professional graphic designer based in Exeter, he is an Adobe Certified Instructor.

Originally trained in graphic design and photography, John has years’ of experience working with creative technology. He spent a number of years coordinating a digitisation project in the British Film Institute’s Stills, Posters and Designs archive and has worked as a technical specialist in a busy design studio serving the UK Government. He now works as a graphic designer and website developer, and loves to share his knowledge of typography, publishing, digital imaging and web standards with anyone who’ll listen.

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Tue 26 Nov

£160

It's A Wonderful Life (U)

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (U)

Dir. Frank Capra James Stewart, Donna Reed

130 mins, 1946, USA

The old ones are the best and no Christmas is complete without a visit from an angel, or in this case an angel in training. Angel Clarence is sent down from heaven to help desperate George Bailey as he battles to grasp what is important in life.

Mon 23 Dec
Tue 24 Dec

Jackie Oates

Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk and she has won multiple BBC Folk Awards.

Sun 5 Apr

£13.20

Jah Wobble

Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart

The musician, born John Wardle, plays world music from his 36-year career, plus new works.

Thu 13 Feb

£19.25–£22

Jayde Adams: The Ballad of Kylie Jenner's Old Face

Jayde Adams: The Ballad of Kylie Jenner's Old Face

As seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats does Countdown, Comedy Central's Roast Battle & BBC's upcoming TV show Good Omens.

In 2019 if you want to be a 'successful independent woman person' you better have something you want to say and you better be wearing a Serious Black Jumper. In her SBJ Jayde will rifle through all the noise and self-promotion and figure out what's actually going on.

'Britain's Funniest Woman comic' Daily Mail has put the sequins and showbiz in a box (for now), 'She's a star.' said The Guardian after last years extravaganza - but if you want to be a successful woman in 2019 - it's time to get serious. If pop stars, razors and even sausage rolls can attach themselves to important movements to sell themselves why can't Jayde Adams?

'She's a star' Guardian

'Glamour, glitter and a deconstruction of modern feminism? Now that's divine.' Fest Mag

'There's little doubt that Adams is anything but stardom bound.' Evening Standard

'A naturally comic storyteller. She's hilarious.' Alice Jones, I Paper

'A poised performer with a wealth of potential. Jayde is anything but jaded.' Chortle

Sun 16 Feb

£13

Joanna Shaw Taylor

British Blues Award winner promotes her latest album.

Sat 7 Mar

£32.45

Joanne Shaw Taylor

Joanne Shaw Taylor

Bluesy-rock from the solo artist.

Sat 7 Mar

£32.45

John Shuttleworth's Back

John Shuttleworth's Back

John Shuttleworth returns with songs and stories.

Thu 2 Apr

£22

Kagemusha Taiko: Shadow Warrior

Kagemusha Taiko present an exciting new show.

Taiko is drum theatre. Using taiko, Kagemusha Taiko create moods, explore the tension between space and time, and tell stories. "Shadow Warrior" is the English translation of the Japanese "Kagemusha" and under the artistic direction of Jonathan Kirby, this show is about Western European myths, legends and magick.

Incorporating bass guitar and vocals, the second half of the show represents a departure from conventional taiko drumming, including guest artist Tim Kirby who is currently leading Bristol-based band Brutal Wounds. Brothers Jonathan and Tim were once known as Diatribe (John Peel favourites, back in the day). "Art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable."

Sat 4 Jan

£15 (£12)

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards-winning duo perform contemporary folk.

Thu 27 Feb

£16

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Empathy Pains

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Empathy Pains

Multi award winning comedian Kiri Pritchard-McLean (Have I Got News for You, Live at the Apollo, 8 out of 10 Cats, Frankie Boyle's New World Order) is back with her fourth full length show. Previous shows have seen her tackle structural racism, sexism, child grooming, adoption and emotional abuse so what seemingly unfunny subject has she picked to turn into laughs this year? Chernobyl? The shrinking size of creme eggs? No, empathy. Which sounds fine actually but maybe not the way Kiri tackles it.

Kiri thinks that we live in a time where empathy is seen as a weakness like asthma or being first to pull away from a handshake. But why is that? Surely what we need in these divided times is more empathy? So Kiri is off on a search to find a group of people who she struggles to empathise with, what could this mean…..? Well, it means she's spent the last year talking to non offending paedophilles on the internet. Yup, her search history is a disaster. So, come and see her make the impossible hilarious or possibly get arrested.

★★★★★ The independent

"An impressive comic, making powerhouse standup from the thorniest of subjects" The Guardian

Thu 14 May

£15.40

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Victim, Complex

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Victim, Complex

The comedian discusses victims, loves and lies in her latest hour.

Thu 14 May

£15.40

Lanterns on the Lake

Lo-fi and sweeping indie-folk from the five-piece from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Fri 17 Apr

£13.75

Larry Dean: Fudnut

Larry Dean: Fudnut

Stand-up comedy from the well-respected young Scot.

Sun 8 Nov

£15

Last Wednesday Series: Sue Gent

NOVEMBER ARTIST: SUE GENT Illustrator Sue Gent will give an overview of her practice and share thoughts on developing a unique identity and style. Sue’s work combines traditional and digital techniques. Her clients include Quarto Publishing, Waitrose and the BBC. She also produced Radiohead’s multi-award-winning ‘There, There‘ video.

Wed 27 Nov

£3.50

Lee 'Scratch' Perry

Lee 'Scratch' Perry

The godfather of dub, Lee 'Scratch' Perry supplies a night of eccentric reggae sounds.

Fri 20 Mar

£17.50

The Little Unsaid

John Elliott, known by his stage and recording name The Little Unsaid, is an English songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist

Sun 24 Nov

£13.20

Lloyd Griffith

After the success of his sold out 2017/18 UK tour, comedian, choirboy and host of Soccer AM, Lloyd Griffith is back on the road with his hilarious new stand-up show. Expect jokes, dubious impressions, jokes, a bit of choral singing, jokes, maybe a fact about a Cathedral, jokes and probably the story about about that time he had a toilet incident on the A46. As seen on: Soccer AM (Sky One), Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Bounty Hunters (Sky), Drunk History (Comedy Central), The Premier League Show (BBC2). Online: Every Premier League Football Fan in 90 seconds, Jack Whitehall’s Training Days, Taxi To Training, BBC3 Quickies: The Tape Guy.

"Lloyd bounces off the audience and has everyone laughing along with him. This is an hour of uplifting stand-up that’ll have you smiling for days. A warm, relatable and hilarious show" ★★★★ The Sunday Post

‘Disarmingly good’ Dominic Maxwell, The Times

‘Punchy gags and a jaw-dropping singing voice. Expect to hear more from Griffith’ Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard

‘Lloyd Griffith has to be my favourite find from this show. It's not often you get a comic and a choirboy rolled into one, and he's seriously talented in both areas’ Leicester Mercury

Recommended 14+

Thu 12 Mar

£15.40

Lou Sanders: Say Hello to Your New Step-Mummy

Lou Sanders: Say Hello To Your New Step-Mummy

It’s me, Loulie, AKA the face that launched a thousand dicks! In this show I’ll examine relationships (all kinds, baby), mental health (other people’s, I’m fine) and perverts (that one is mainly me, actually).

I’ll be oversharing, wanging on about spirituality and giving everyone some much unwanted advice.

As seen/ heard on Taskmaster, QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Travel Man, Hypothetical, The Russell Howard Hour, The Unbelievable Truth, Ultimate Worrier and more.

‘A comedian who leaves you wanting more.’ ★★★★ Times ’She’s terrific.’ ★★★★ Guardian ‘Lou Sanders deserves a Comedy Award nod… her best show yet.’ ★★★★ Evening Standard ’Thank the comedy Gods.’ ★★★★ Chortle 16+ recommended

Thu 23 Jan

£15.40

Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait

WED 15 JAN | 6PM + SUN 19 JAN | 1PM

Directed by David Bickerstaff 80 mins For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits. The exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself. One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency. Spanning nearly seven decades his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation. This intensely compelling exhibition creates a unique opportunity for EXHIBITION ON SCREEN to reveal the life’s work of a master in one show.

Wed 15 Jan

£11 (£10)

Sun 19 Jan

£11 (£10)

Lucy Spraggan

A Crosstown Concerts Promotion Following the X Factor Spraggan was signed to Columbia Records. She was the first contestant in the show's history to score a Top 40 single and album before the live shows even aired with her independently released album Top Room At The Zoo. Her debut major label album, Join The Club, was released on 7 October 2013, reaching number 7 in the UK charts.[3]

Her third album, We Are, was released on 4 May 2015. It was preceded by lead single "Unsinkable", released 13 April 2015.

In July 2016 Spraggan released "Dear You", the first single from her fourth album I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing. The video starred This Is England actor Thomas Turgoose.[4] 510 sellable + 20 guests 450 standing 60 reserved seating

Venue x 200 140 standing 60 reserved seating

Crosstown x 310 (standing) 200 x see tickets 40 x gigantic 50 x ticket web

Wed 27 Nov

Lucy Spraggan

Lucy Spraggan

X Factor singer-songwriter with a light, observational style.

Wed 27 Nov

£19.80

Mad Dog Mcrea

Mad Dog Mcrea

Devon band blending folk rock, gypsy jazz and bluegrass.

Thu 9 Apr

The Man Who Bought The Moon

L'UOMO CHE COMPRÒ LA LUNA Fri 22 Nov | 6pm

Dir. Paolo Zucca 2018, 102 mins, Italy, Argentina, Albania Italian with English subtitles.

A Sardinian fisherman has promised the moon to the woman he loves. And Sardinian men always keep their promises.

When the Italian Intelligence Agency obtains information that an unidentified man living in Sardinia is the real owner of the moon it is almost too hard to believe. The news is instantly relayed to all intelligence agencies in the world, which leads to each government claiming that they have the rights to the moon. In an attempt to get to the bottom of this strange claim a Sardinia-born secret agent is dispatched into the island. However, he must first be reminded what it is to be a Sardinian.

Taking festivals by storm this charming film is a must see.

Presented in partnership with Italian Cultural Society (please include logo).

Tickets £7 | £6 Italian Cultural Society | £5 Students and under 25s.

Fri 22 Nov

Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us

Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us

Storytelling and stand-up about the British identity and the 'divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom' from comedian Mark Thomas.

Wed 11 Dec

£13.20

Martin Stephenson & The Daintees

Martin Stephenson & The Daintees

Now resident in Scotland, the respected Geordie songwriter performs with his band The Daintees.

Sun 1 Dec

£18.70

Matt Forde

Star of Unspun with Matt Forde dolls out political comedy and satire.

Tue 28 Apr

£16.80

Matt Forde: Brexit, Pursued By A Bear

Matt Forde: Brexit, Pursued By A Bear

Join Britain's leading political comedian as he once again promises his last show as an EU citizen (maybe). As seen on Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, The Royal Variety Performance and Unspun, “our foremost satirical stand-up…Whatever your politics, you’ll find excellence here” ★★★★ Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times ★★★★ Dominic Maxwell, The Times ★★★★ Tim Cornwell, The Scotsman

Tue 28 Apr

£16

Muppets Christmas Carol (U)

Dir. Brian Henson Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire

85 mins, 1992, USA / UK

This musical Muppets take on Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic is becoming something of a seasonal tradition for Studio 74 and who are we to take this away from you loyal festive film fans.

Let Kermit, Miss Piggy and a very grumpy Michael Caine get you in the festive mood as they retell the tail of Scrooge, a stingy old man who learns to change his ways on Christmas Eve.

Sat 21 Dec
Sun 22 Dec

Neon Waltz

Neon Waltz are a six-piece indie rock band hailing from John O'Groats, Scotland.

Sat 14 Dec

£8

Now That'S What I Call Manchester!

The Total Stone Roses come to Exeter for a special one-off double-header gig. Two of Manchester's finest bands by the best tribute acts around - all for one ticket price! Expect to hear all the hits including 'I Wanna Be Adored', 'Wonderwall', 'She Bangs The Drums', 'Roll With It', 'Supersonic' and many, many more besides! Two blistering sets with all the hits, representing the soundtrack to an incredible era of music. This is not to be missed!

Fri 20 Dec

£19.25

Painting Still Life 1 Day Course

One Day Workshop

Thu 12 Dec | 10.30am-4pm | £48 (£41)

Brochure:

Use a range of materials and experimental techniques to build simple compositions suitable for beginners and improvers.

Web:

Use a range of materials and experimental techniques to build simple compositions suitable for beginners and improvers.

Tutor: Nicci Wonnacott

Thu 12 Dec

£48 (£42)

Pop-up Christmas Cards

Sat 21 Dec 3x 2hr sessions 10am – 12pm 12.30pm –2.30pm 3pm – 5pm £14 per session 8 – 14yrs Pop-up Christmas Cards Create your own fun and festive pop-up Christmas card. Combine your crafting and computer skills to design your own pop up festive Christmas card!

In this fun and easy two hour session 2.Times Do will guide you through the steps to design your own Christmas card on computer software and cut it out on a laser machine. Then it's ready for you to decorate and personalise with your own style, before you add the colour changing light to really bring your card to life. Take the card home or give it to your best friend!

This session is for those aged 8-14 years old, parents are welcome to stay to help younger children and join in the fun. All materials will be provided and attendees will be able to take the Christmas cards home with them afterwards.

2.Times Do are a community interest company based in the South West that provides workshops and consultancy services for schools, libraries, museums and other public venues who are interested in growing their technological and digital offering. They are particularly focused on the creative side of technology and predominantly use Raspberry Pis, Arduinos and BBC Micro:bits.

Sat 21 Dec

Portraiture 1 Day Workshop

½ DAY PORTRAITURE CLASS Sat 23rd Nov 10.30 -1pm £24/£21

Explore portraiture techniques and approaches Use existing copy Tutor Nicci Wonnacott

Sat 23 Nov

£24 (£21)

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers

A unique brand of 'bag rock' (that's bagpipes plus rock, if you were wondering) with stirring tunes and energetic performances. Expect everything from 'Flower of Scotland' to Coldplay's 'Clocks', via AC/DC and Deep Purple.

Thu 7 May

£28.08

Rgs Presents Reza Pakravan

Taking the audience on a breath-taking journey across the continent, filmmaker Reza Pakravan will share tales of his journey to the tense frontiers and enduring traditions of the Sahel.

Situated at the southern edge of the Sahara desert, the Sahelian belt is where climate change has hit hardest, where temperatures are rising faster than anywhere else, and where global warming has contributed to the greatest human migration ever witnessed on the planet. This is a wounded frontier, populated by men and women who struggle to overcome the horrors of war, terrorism, desertification, and the slow dissolution of their nomadic traditions. And yet, despite everything, they are fighting back. By growing an 8000km Great Green Wall composed of thousands of trees, they are battling to stop desertification and bring life back to the Sahel.

In this high-energy, adventure-packed talk, Reza unearths issues linked to climate-related migration and the impact that desertification has on the lives of the indigenous people who call Sahel their home –from the Wodaabe nomads, to climate refugees and Sudanese fighters.

Wed 27 Nov

£12

Rhys James: Snitch

Rhys James: Snitch

The latest hour from James, as seen on Mock the Week and Roast Battle, and as heard on BBC Radio 4's Rhys James Is….

Sun 23 Feb

£13.20

Rob Auton: The Time Show

Rob Auton: The Time ShowThe Time Show is the latest comedy/theatre/spoken word show by writer and performer of some of what he writes Rob Auton. Following on from his critically acclaimed shows about talking, hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, the Fringes comedian laureate(British Comedy Guide) now turns his attention to time. He will be asking questions such as What time is it? and What is it time?Praise for Rob AutonA genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot. The GuardianCharming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch. The IndependentPoetic, pithy and profound Evening StandardHe romantically seeks wonder and amazement in the everyday…an engaging, thoughtful show Steve Bennett, ChortleJust sad. Vanessa FeltzPraise for The Time Show so farFrom eye-wateringly funny one-liners, to meandering musings on what it means to live in the moment, The Time Show is beautifully upliftingThree Weekseccentric, off-beat and absurd humourThe Time Show leaves you feeling a little bit mind-bended, but all the better for itEdinburgh Festivals Magazinebrings the house downspend an hour with Rob Auton if you want to rediscover that your life, and art, and existence at large, is far more than the sum of its parts The Pricklegags imbued with real soul and humanity. Make time for it FestAs precious as time is, this show is well worth an hour of yours.Theatre WeeklyThe Herald festival pick - Funny, moving and relentlessly uplifting, this may well be the most magical hourEvening Standard festival pick - combining stand-up, spoken word and the sort of emotional insight you dont think youll get from a comedy showyou can bet hell turn out something unexpected

Sun 26 Apr

£14.30

Rob Newman –Philosophy Show Work In Progress

14+

Catch Rob Newman as he tries out new material for the next series of his BBC Radio 4 stand-up philosophy show Total Eclipse of Descartes.

****‘Hugely entertaining, gleefully jaunty and refreshingly intelligent… I loved it.’ The Guardian 2018

‘He is one amazing comedian’ Time Out

‘Intellectually charged and adorably ambitious…a delightfully digestible dose of brain food’ The Times 2018

Winner: Best Scripted Comedy – BBC Audio Drama Awards 2019 Winner: Best Comedy with a live audience – BBC Audio Drama Awards 2019

Sun 31 May

£15

Sam Lee's Singing With Nightingales

Award-winning traditional folk singer-songwriter is joined by special guests and recordings of nightingales for these immersive performances.

Thu 6 Feb

£22.40

Screening #1 Nobody’S Metaphor Premiere

Wed 27 Nov 90mins 15:00 - 16:30 £5 (FREE to Filmmakers Lab members) 16+ Studio 74 Join Filmmakers Lab for the premiere of Chouette Film’s new documentary. TWO SHORT NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights Film Festival is back for its 18th year with another exciting programme of screenings, talks and workshops that celebrate the vibrant world of short film. Whether you make film or love film, join us for must-see short films from across the globe, emerging local talent, and special events with industry professionals.

Screening #1: Nobody’s Metaphor Premiere + Q&A Filmmakers Lab host the premiere of Chouette Film’s documentary Nobody’s Metaphor, after which we’ll be joined by the producers of the film for a Q&A.

NOBODY’S METAPHOR (2019) This powerful documentary follows an innovative project, which enabled a group of young muslim girls to learn fencing. Through gruelling fencing classes fused with spoken word workshops the girls are empowered with confidence, visibility and friendships. The film was made by Chouette films, a carbon neutral production company.

Filmmakers Lab This session is run in partnership with the Filmmakers Lab, a filmmaking talent development initiative, providing networking and skill building opportunities for filmmakers in Devon, and further afield across the South West.

Open to all, but aimed towards early-career filmmakers who have an aspiration to develop themselves further as practitioners. Meeting monthly at Exeter Phoenix these supportive social sessions include creative workshops, peer-to-peer development, guest speakers, masterclasses and film screenings.

For further information and a list of upcoming sessions visit the Filmmakers Lab website: www.filmmakerslab.co.uk

Wed 27 Nov

Screening #2 No Man’s Land (18)

18+ Please check ID Wed 27 Nov 90mins 21:00 - 22:30 £5 15+ Studio 74 Walk up to the boundaries of our existence and see what lies beyond. TWO SHORT NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights Film Festival is back for its 18th year with another exciting programme of screenings, talks and workshops that celebrate the vibrant world of short film. Whether you make film or love film, join us for must-see short films from across the globe, emerging local talent, and special events with industry professionals.

Screening #2 No Man’s Land A collection of short films that walks up to the boundaries of our existence and explores what happens when we reach out to cross them.

The Crossing Chris Shaw, 2018, UK, Animation, 5mins Tens of thousands of Tibetans have fled their country to escape persecution. The Crossing follows one such Tibetan as they attempt this dangerous trek and explores why they make this life-altering decision.

Holding Space Rebecca Kenyon, 2018, UK, Documentary, 10mins An intimate, observational documentary about preparing for death, told through the connection between a dying person and their end of life doula.

Who are you? Tanya Yakovlev, 2019, Israel, Drama, 7mins When a daughter visits her sick mother, who suffers from memory loss, she finds herself reliving a childhood trauma.

Hymn of Hate Matt Kennard, 2018, UK, Drama, 11mins Set in No Man’s Land at The Somme during the early Spring of 1916, Hymn of Hate is a poignant and never more relevant film, made to coincide with the centenary of the end of the Great War.

Bellmouth Joe Roberts, 2018, UK, Drama, 16mins Amy is taken on a camping holiday for her 15th Birthday by her Dad but the carefree days with her little brother soon give way to uncertain weeks.

The Story of Bin Tian Guan, 2018, China/USA, Drama, 19mins In order to avoid being bullied from two hooligans, Xiao Bin, a 13 years old son of immigrant, attempts to join a teenager street gang.

Afterword Boris Seewald, 2017, Germany, Drama, 10mins Approaching the microphone in a small room, a young woman prepares to make the speech of her life.

Wed 27 Nov

Screening #4 Nature Calls

Thu 28 Nov 90 minutes 19:30 - 21:00 £5 15+ Studio 74 Shorts that hold a lens up to the natural world and the effect it has on people. TWO SHORT NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights Film Festival is back for its 18th year with another exciting programme of screenings, talks and workshops that celebrate the vibrant world of short film. Whether you make film or love film, join us for must-see short films from across the globe, emerging local talent, and special events with industry professionals.

Screening #4 Nature Calls Get in touch with with your wild side with this selection of short films that hold a lens up to the natural world and the effect it has on people.

Tangled in Foxes Maryana Gorkova, 2019, UK, Animation, 1min Experimental animation exploring movement and choreography through the creatures closely resembling foxes.

Flying Lessons Laurence Donoghue, 2019, UK, Drama, 9mins A young man turns into a seagull every time he feels panic.

Go Go Go Jose Macerola, 2019, UK, Documentary, 3mins When your job is your passion and your passion is a 30 strong pack of huskies. Judi muses on her life and love of dogs as the physicality and majesty of these animals unfolds.

Two Balloons Mark C. Smith, 2017, US, Animation, 9mins Two adventurous lemurs navigate their dirigibles halfway around the world to a place where happenstance and fate threaten to disrupt their reunion.

Ice Farmers Tatsuya Ino, 2019, Japan, Documentary, 3mins Tokujiro IV and his buddies grow natural ice using traditional techniques and an understanding of the world around him.

NAURU Petra Stipetic, Maren Wiese, 2019, Germany, Animation, 3mins Nauru deals with the downfall of the Pacific Island Nauru and portraits it in a fairytale-like manner. We see the personified island literally consuming itself until its unable to swim anymore.

Artiko Josu Venero, Jesus Mari Lazkano, 2019, Noway/Spain, Documentary, 17mins Resting on the table is the map of my last trip to the Svalbard archipelago, at the North Pole. That map, crumpled and broken, has become a form of mental cartography, a territory of painting and drawing, a new and exciting space for the imagination.

Thu 28 Nov

Screening #5 - Defining Moments

DATE Thu 28 Nov DURATION 90mins TIME 21:00 - 22:30 PRICE £5 AGE 15+ ROOM Studio 74 BROCHURE COPY From the significant to the misguided this selection of shorts champions those who put themselves on the line, even if it doesn't quite work out as planned… WEB COPY TWO SHORT NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights Film Festival is back for its 18th year with another exciting programme of screenings, talks and workshops that celebrate the vibrant world of short film. Whether you make film or love film, join us for must-see short films from across the globe, emerging local talent, and special events with industry professionals.

Screening #5 - Defining Moments There are moments in life that define how our fate will pan out. From the significant to the misguided this selection of shorts brings the characters decisions to the forefront and champions those who put themselves on the line, even if it doesn't quite work out as planned…

Too young for a Memoir Case Jernigan, 2019, US, Animation, 5mins A man plunges into his reservoir of memory, nostalgia and regret but he finds love there, and curiosity, and personal expression.

Treacle Rosie Westhoff, 2019, UK, Drama, 18mins Two friends road tripping through California find lines begin to blur between them when the always heterosexual Jessie in her drunken, post breakup loneliness kisses bisexual Belle. Treacle aims to give a voice to the ‘B’ in ‘LGBT’.

Stationary Louis Chan, 2019, UK, Drama, 13mins Taking place in a parked car over the course of one afternoon, former drug dealer Jimmy confronts his childhood best friend Che about the example she's setting to her impressionable younger brother.

A Battle in Waterloo Emma Moffat, 2019, UK, Drama, 11mins During the Battle of Waterloo, Ellen (Jessie Buckley) searches for her missing husband in the nearby forest and resorts to desperate measures to survive.

My Grandson, Charlotte Tyler Pierreson, 2019, UK, Drama, 13mins A transgender teen and his immigrant granddad; a Sapeur from the Congo, bond over their shared understanding of the importance of identity and of always being true to one's self.

Riccardo that bounced on to the stars Lana Vlady, 2019, Italy, Drama, 12mins Because of Riccardo, Lisa's chick who decided to take a flight from the fourth floor, Marianna will have to explain to her seven-year-old daughter that there is something in the world called "death".

Thu 28 Nov

Screening #6 South West Showcase

Fri 29 Nov 90 mins 14:00 - 15:30 £5 15+ Studio 74 The best young filmmakers in the South West in partnership with Into Film. TWO SHORT NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights Film Festival is back for its 18th year with another exciting programme of screenings, talks and workshops that celebrate the vibrant world of short film. Whether you make film or love film, join us for must-see short films from across the globe, emerging local talent, and special events with industry professionals.

Screening #6 South West Showcase A selection of short films celebrating the exceptional talent of young filmmakers from the South West of England. Curated in partnership with Into Film these bold documentaries, quirky animations and gripping dramas bring together a variety of untold stories and present some very different aspects of the world we live in.

Callisto Animation, 5mins A hazy awakening aboard an abandoned moon base leaves a young space explorer desperate for answers.

Low Drama, 9mins Wren doesn't remember anything about being above. She is sleep walking through her life until Mac arrives and makes her question everything.

The Inroad Drama, 8mins When young Johnny wakes up in the back of a car out in the countryside, he is concerned about how he got there. But his situation gets worse when a man approaches with a gun.

Having A Ball Animation, 1min The Bristol millennium dome's journey around the creative city of Bristol

Blink Drama, 5mins Blink is Dystopian film about a boy who disrupts the system.

Three Young Men On A Bench Experimental, 3mins An experimental reinterpretation of an old family photo which explores what it was like to grow up as black immigrants in a rural area fifty years ago.

Belief Drama, 10mins A boy loses someone he loves, he feels very lost, confused and heartbroken. But he is given the light to help him out of the darkness.

Underlies Drama, 6mins A curious son strives to understand the truth behind his Mother's death, but does the truth really lie beneath the water's surface?

The Dad Drama, 3mins The Dad focuses on the life of Andrew, and how he coped with his full of bad wind and overweight dad who has a brooding dark secret that makes him kind of cool.

A Soft Touch Drama, 3mins A Soft Touch is a very simplistic, short and sweet journey into the mind and imagination of a blind child. We follow his interest in paper planes into his imagination, despite his mothers concern of wasted paper!

Margaret-100-Year-Old Bristol City Super Fan Documentary, 6mins Meet Margaret Dodds, Bristol City FC’s 100-year-old superfan. Season ticket-holder Margaret talks about her unusual life, her love for the game and how sport unites people of all ages in this affecting short documentary.

Chasing Borders Documentary 2019 Chasing Borders follows the story of a young refugee fleeing a war zone, looking for safety. Having to leave his family and country, share the story of what it’s like to be a young refugee trying to find a home…. Based on a true story, this documentary tells the heartbreaking story of one person walking to safety.

Dropping In Documentary, 6mins A young man is searching for himself and finds what he needs at the skate park…. In this emotional documentary, Nathan talks about how skateboarding stopped him getting in trouble, helped him with confidence, and drop in rather than drop out. As he tailsides across Thornbury and kick flips around Bristol, this documentary, filled with tricks, stunts and grinds, asks who are we and what can we push ourselves to do.

The Squircle Animation, 5mins A person struggles to find their place in a world they don't quite fit in.

INTO FILM Into Film are a UK-wide programme designed to support teachers and educators to achieve a wide range of effective learning outcomes in their use of film. Their programme includes a network of extra-curricular film clubs, resources for use in clubs and in the classroom, training opportunities, a cinema-based film festival and our annual Awards. intofilm.org

Fri 29 Nov

Screening #7 Local Talent

Fri 29 Nov 90 mins 17:00 - 18:30 £5 15+ Studio 74 The most promising emerging talent from across the South West. TWO SHORT NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights Film Festival is back for its 18th year with another exciting programme of screenings, talks and workshops that celebrate the vibrant world of short film. Whether you make film or love film, join us for must-see short films from across the globe, emerging local talent, and special events with industry professionals.

Screening #7 Local Talent + Director Q&A A showcase dedicated to the most promising emerging filmmaking talent from across the South West. Followed by a director Q&A to discuss and share their filmmaking experiences with the audience.

Alice 404 Kate Graham, 2019, UK, Animation/Drama, 8mins In the near future, a teenager uses an app to play back her memories, ignoring the call and texts of concerned friends. A short sci-fi that explores grief in the digital age.

Abridged Andy Thatcher, 2019, UK, Documentary, 9mins Striking shots of the M5 bridge and its surrounding landscape complement a meticulous, meditative voice-over, both of which investigate how biography, aesthetics and geography can collide to link us with nature, the wider world, and one another.

Odd Girls Ellie Jo Hilton, 2019, UK, Drama, 15mins Odd Girls is set in the midst of the UK's AIDS crisis, when a young lesbian finds herself caring for a dying adversary when everybody else has abandoned him.

Her To Take Annie Martin, 2019, UK, Documentary, 9mins A documentary exploring the benefits of risk-taking for women in outdoors adventure sport.

Swivel Lois Norman, 2019, UK, Dance, 9mins What if, you can be all of who you are and still allow another? That just for one night, judgement no longer exists? What if, an intimacy of touch, a truth of want, Swivels around your doubt and trusts? What if, love is not a gender, it is a swivel of the heart?

Bob and Marion Amanda Bluglass, 2019, UK, Documentary, 5mins Bob and marion are addicted to running marathons. They’ve been doing it for decades, and don’t seem to be slowing down yet.

Mary of Exeter George Barron, 2019, UK, Animation, 8mins Mary, a heroic pigeon from Exeter flew top-secret messages across the English Channel in the Second World War. Local youth groups, partner organisations and many volunteers produced 1000s of mono-prints and drawings to animate this amazing true story.

Fri 29 Nov

Semi-Toned And Friends

Join internationally renowned A Cappella sensation Semi-Toned and three guest acts for a varied evening of singing, dancing, and comedy.

Champions of the Voice Festival UK and winners of ‘The Choir: Gareth’s Best in Britain’ on BBC2, the boys in burgundy are back with a new show for 2020!

“If there’s a seat to be had, grab it!” - Broadway Baby

“These boys are simply at the top of their game.” - ScotsGay

“Absolutely excellent!” - Gareth Malone

Sun 9 Feb

£11 (£9)

Shextreme Film Festival Tour (15)

Shextreme Film Festival UK Tour (15) Dir. Various 87 mins | various | 2019

Short copy: The world’s first film festival celebrating women in extreme sports and adventure, Shextreme returns to Exeter. To all the wild women who answer the call of adventure: Shextreme is dedicated to you.

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To all the wild women who answer the call of adventure: Shextreme is dedicated to you.

The world’s first film festival celebrating women in extreme sports and adventure, Shextreme returns to Exeter.

Leading the charge for gender equality in adventure filmmaking, Shextreme’s UK tour takes the best of the 2019 festival out on tour, electrifying audiences with an exciting and inspiring celebration of adventurous, active women. There is no shortage of amazing women in adventure. However, there IS a shortage of filmmakers sharing their empowering stories on screen, and Shextreme addresses this through its action-packed programmes of active, adventurous women, both on screen and behind the camera.

For the Shextreme UK film tour, we have assembled a selection of inspirational stories from our latest festival, encompassing mountaineering, biking, surfing, skiing, slacklining and more. Prepare to be inspired!

www.shextreme-film-festival.com

PROGRAMME

The Alchemy of Mountains 02:28 | Director: Anna-Maria Montonen
 An artistic animation reflecting illuminating the effects of time spent in the mountains.

Nurture 03:30 | Director: Ruth Farrar
 An awakening on two wheels: Jessica Strange examines the mental wellbeing benefits of mountain biking.

Sarah 03:52 | Director: Boryana Ivanova
 Once a swimming champion in Syria, now Sarah finds herself on a broken boat in the Mediterranean. She knows that this will be the most important race she will ever compete in. The prize - saving her own life and the life of her sister.

Circle of the Sun 05:03 | Directors: Inigo Grasset and Lena Stoffel
 One day of magic: surf and ski on a surreal journey in Norway with freeride skier Lena Stoffel.

Undercurrents 42:00 | Directors: Bronwyn Harvey & Christina Baldwin Why is surfing so wonderfully addictive? Exclusive to Shextreme: U.K. surf documentary Undercurrents explores the relationship between connection and compassion and its link to our mental wellness. Bringing in ideas from the Blue Mind movement, the science of mindfulness and flow, the film explores our relationship to the sea and find out what happens when we pursue what we love. This fascinating film features surfing pioneer Arlene Maltman, one of Europe’s first female surf champions, mindfulness innovator Dr. Tamara Russell, surfing yogi and marine activist Natalie Fox as well as Cornwall-based Blue health coach and Blue Mind Advocate Lizzi Larbalestier.

Sundaze 01:38 | Director: Nicole Tobin A modern-day surf animation.

Portal 03:12 | Director: Mikhail Linnikov Journey to Russia’s Lake Baikal: a sacred place of power for Siberian shamans and a fun place to also become entranced in slackline.

High Passes 21:17 | Director: Cosima Barzini
 High Passes takes us from the beautiful Himalayan mountains of India to the busy metropolis of Kuala Lumpur while we follow India’s first women’s ice hockey team as they compete for international glory.

Where the Wild Things Keep Playing 03:44 | Director: Krystle Wright
 From dirt to waves to ice, this is Krystle Wright’s unapologetic celebration of active women getting rowdy outside – without changing a thing

Sat 23 Nov

£7

Sun 24 Nov

£7

Shorts #3 Documentary Strand

Thu 28 Nov 90mins 16:00 - 17:30 £5 15+ Studio 74 A powerful collection of short documentaries from across the globe. TWO SHORT NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights Film Festival is back for its 18th year with another exciting programme of screenings, talks and workshops that celebrate the vibrant world of short film. Whether you make film or love film, join us for must-see short films from across the globe, emerging local talent, and special events with industry professionals.

Shorts #3 Documentary Strand Featuring stories from close to home and reports from overseas, this powerful collection of short documentaries observe societies from across the globe and offer a frame in which to scrutinize the position we humans find ourselves.

El Infierno (Hell) Raúl De La Fuente, 2019, Spain, Documentary, 23mins Chennu committed his first crime when he was 15 years old: being a street kid. And he entered hell: Pademba Road, the adult prison in Free- town. In hell, Mr. Sillah is in charge, and there is no hope. Chennu got out after four years. Now he wants to go back.

Mama Mania Vincent Sparreboom, 2019, Netherlands, Documentary, 13mins While on the verge of a manic episode, the mother of the director gets involved in a suspicious internet relationship.

Comings and Goings Martha Orchard, 2019, UK/US, Documentary, 20mins Exploring the destruction of Exeter bus station in relation to England’s past, present and future. Asking how it is impacted by gentrification, what it means to live with buildings and their histories, what is being destroyed, and for whom?

Breakwater Emma Askew, 2019, UK, Documentary, 8mins Breakwater explores the importance of local action in reducing marine litter in the long-term at a national scale.

99 Problems Ross Killeen, 2019, Ireland, Documentary, 13mins The colourful and cartoonish ice cream vans across Ireland are synonymous with childhood delight, hot summers and their unmistakable chimes - but the person behind the cone is a character often forgotten about.

Thu 28 Nov

Simon Brodkin: 100% Simon Brodkin

Simon Brodkin: 100% Simon Brodkin

The comic takes a break from his Lee Nelson persona and plays himself in this debut stand-up hour.

Thu 30 Apr

£22.40

Simon Munnery: Alan Parker Urban Warrior Farewell Tour

Simon Munnery: Alan Parker Urban Warrior Farewell Tour

Multi award-winner comedian with an innovative stand up show.

Wed 8 Apr

£13.20

Simon Munnery: The Wreath

Simon Munnery: The Wreath

British Comedy Award nominee and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee delves into his joke about going to a funeral and catching the wreath.

Wed 8 Apr

£13.20

Sorry We Missed You (15)

Dir. Ken Loach 101 mins | UK, France, Belgium | 2019

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Deeply moving Ken Loach’s latest look at life in today’s Britain is a fine successor to I, Daniel Blake. Set in Newcastle, Sorry We Missed You shows how ordinary lives are affected by the gig economy.

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Sorry We Missed You centres on former labourer Ricky, in-home carer Abbie and their two kids, Seb and Lisa Jane. Ricky thinks his new ‘self-employed’ status, driving for a big delivery company, will be an end to debt – but are there enough hours in the day for Ricky and Abbie to get their work done, let alone function as a family?

Deeply moving Ken Loach’s latest look at life in today’s Britain is a fine successor to I, Daniel Blake. Set in Newcastle, beautifully crafted and performed SORRY WE MISSED YOU shows how ordinary lives are affected by the gig economy

Fri 22 Nov
Sat 23 Nov

£4.50–£7

Sun 24 Nov

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Mon 25 Nov

£4.50–£7

Tue 26 Nov

South West Documentary Commission: Live Pitch

Thu 28 Nov 60 minutes 14:30 - 15:30 FREE 15+ Workshop Teams pitch their documentary ideas in front of a live panel to try and secure the South West Documentary Commission 2020. TWO SHORT NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights Film Festival is back for its 18th year with another exciting programme of screenings, talks and workshops that celebrate the vibrant world of short film. Whether you make film or love film, join us for must-see short films from across the globe, emerging local talent, and special events with industry professionals.

South West Documentary Commission: Live Pitch Watch filmmaking teams pitch their documentary ideas in front of a live panel to try and secure the South West Documentary Commission 2020 and get funding and support for their non-fiction short film project.

The South West Documentary Film Commission is aimed at filmmakers looking for funding to realise a non-fiction short film project exploring any subject matter, which demonstrates originality within the documentary genre. The final film is required to be 5 minutes in length and may use any form production technique for delivery, such as live action, reenactment or animation. Find out more here >>

Thu 28 Nov

Steampunk Yule Ball 2019 - A Space Oddity

“No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed that we were being scrutinised as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets. And yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly, and surely, they drew their plans against us…” H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

Join Fey Pink and her motley crew of intergalactic creatives from all corners of the galaxy for an unmissable night of SPACE ODDITIES – . Are you a Space Pirate looking for your crew? Or an Alien hunting Steampunk? Maybe you fancy yourself Ziggy Stardust for the night? Or a killer cyborg? If so, come and join our party of misfits, miscreants, and mischief makers. All welcome. All loved.

We will have some astronomical performances from the unsurpassable PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL; the interstellar GASLIGHT TROUBADOURS; the cosmological MEN WHO WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING; and introducing the “out of this world” SHE ROBOT.

Also joining us from the grave our very own Richard Burton(ish) as our Master of Ceremonies.

Cosmic tunes in the Bar from DJ’s PERFECT & LOUIE-LOUIE.

And moreover … get fire freaky with the extra-terrestrial Fire Hoopers!

Plus a very special WAR OF THE WORLDS themed room.

And more to be confirmed ….

Tickets are limited so book yours now to avoid disappointment!

Sat 14 Dec

£17

Sustainable Filmmaking Round Table With Filmmakers Lab

Wed 27 Nov 90mins 17:00 - 18:30 £5 (FREE to Filmmakers Lab members) 16+ Workshop A panel of industry professionals explore sustainable filmmaking. TWO SHORT NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights Film Festival is back for its 18th year with another exciting programme of screenings, talks and workshops that celebrate the vibrant world of short film. Whether you make film or love film, join us for must-see short films from across the globe, emerging local talent, and special events with industry professionals.

Sustainable filmmaking round table with Filmmakers Lab Filmmakers Lab hosts a panel of industry professionals for this exploration of sustainable filmmaking, what it means, why it’s important, and how you can minimise the impact of your next project.

Filmmakers Lab This session is run in partnership with the Filmmakers Lab, a filmmaking talent development initiative, providing networking and skill building opportunities for filmmakers in Devon, and further afield across the South West.

Open to all, but aimed towards early-career filmmakers who have an aspiration to develop themselves further as practitioners. Meeting monthly at Exeter Phoenix these supportive social sessions include creative workshops, peer-to-peer development, guest speakers, masterclasses and film screenings.

For further information and a list of upcoming sessions visit the Filmmakers Lab website: www.filmmakerslab.co.uk

Wed 27 Nov

The Sweet

The Sweet

The glam rockers behind huge hit 'Blockbuster'.

Thu 19 Dec

£28.08

To Womb It May Concern 1/5

Women’s Stand Up Comedy Workshop 1/5: Comedy performing/writing workshop that focuses on Punchlines and Comedy Persona Run by Dr Maggie Irving: teacher, speaker, and performer. PhD: The Female Clown – Plymouth University. Lectured in comedy at, Winchester University. Runs various workshops from: stand-up, physical comedy, contemporary clowning, and public speaking in the South West.

Sat 11 January 2020 10am – 4.30pm £65 (£50 concessions) What is the class? A safe space to share thoughts and feelings regarding how we view the world right now with all its pain and angst – and interpret them through comedy. Why should I go? Finding the funny is a valuable skill and life enhancer; it strengthens many interactions and perspectives. This class focuses on writing and sharing new material created in the workshop. We will work on comedy techniques including misdirection rule of 3, lists; exaggeration, repetition, emphasis timing and the all important, persona – who are you going to be when faced with an audience? The day will be structured by writing and editing material, followed by an end of day ‘sharing of your ideas’. Yeah folks – you’re going to do a snappy gig. This will run for the last 30 minutes – you are welcome to invite guests to attend at 4pm

Sat 11 Jan

£65 (£50)

To Womb It May Concern 2/5

Women’s Stand Up Comedy Workshop 2/5: Vulnerability: valuing openness, emotion and making warm connections Run by Dr Maggie Irving: teacher, speaker, and performer. PhD: The Female Clown – Plymouth University. Lectured in comedy at, Winchester University. Runs various workshops from: stand-up, physical comedy, contemporary clowning, and public speaking in the South West.

Sat 07 March 2020 10am – 4.30pm £65 (£50 concessions) What is the class? A safe space to share thoughts and feelings. Why should I go? Finding the funny is a valuable skill and life enhancer; it strengthens many interactions and perspectives. This class focuses on developing or the further development of persona and who we are when open and playful. We will explore stories, experiences and your point of view on your field of interest in order to grow and develop as a leader. We will work on shedding ‘norms’ and shine a light on flaws, foibles and funniness in order to grow as a enigmatic speaker The day will be structured by writing and editing material, followed by an end of day ‘sharing of your ideas’. Yeah folks – you’re going to do a snappy gig. This will run for the last 30 minutes – you are welcome to invite guests to attend at 4pm

Sat 7 Mar

£65 (£50)

To Womb It May Concern 3/5

Women’s Stand Up Comedy Workshop 3/5: Story telling: funny people. Creating comedy characters, narration - accents, quirks and idiosyncrasies Run by Dr Maggie Irving: teacher, speaker, and performer. PhD: The Female Clown – Plymouth University. Lectured in comedy at, Winchester University. Runs various workshops from: stand-up, physical comedy, contemporary clowning, and public speaking in the South West.

Sat 09 May 2020 10am – 4.30pm £65 (£50 concessions) What is the class? A safe space to share thoughts and feelings regarding how we view the world right now with all its pain and angst – and interpret them through comedy. Why should I go? Finding the funny is a valuable skill and life enhancer; it strengthens many interactions and perspectives. This class focuses on developing characters for a stand up performance or funny speech. Threading other voices into a performance creates interest and humour. We will look at voices, quirky behaviour, physical manifestations and idiosyncrasies that help build original and funny people. The day will be structured by writing and editing material, followed by an end of day ‘sharing of your ideas’. Yeah folks – you’re going to do a snappy gig. This will run for the last 30 minutes – you are welcome to invite guests to attend at 4pm

Sat 9 May

£65 (£50)

To Womb It May Concern 4/5

Women’s Stand Up Comedy Workshop 4/5: Why so serious? Clowning around; acting the fool – questioning and laughing at ourselves. Creating ‘comic business’ Run by Dr Maggie Irving: teacher, speaker, and performer. PhD: The Female Clown – Plymouth University. Lectured in comedy at, Winchester University. Runs various workshops from: stand-up, physical comedy, contemporary clowning, and public speaking in the South West.

Sat 12 Sept 2020 10am – 4.30pm £65 (£50 concessions) Why should I go? Finding the funny is a valuable skill and life enhancer; it strengthens many interactions and perspectives. This class focuses on the art of clowning and how we might include clown skills in a performance. We will endeavour to maximise our physical comic potential and use mime, facial and physical gestures, emotional response and the importance of ‘clocking’ an audience. How many clown characters can you develop? How might you insert clowning into a set? The day will explore these questions and leave you knowing that you don’t have to be a clown per se to clown. The day will be structured by writing and editing material, followed by an end of day ‘sharing of your ideas’. Yeah folks – you’re going to do a snappy gig. This will run for the last 30 minutes – you are welcome to invite guests to attend at 4pm

Sat 12 Sep

£65 (£50)

To Womb It May Concern 5/5

Women’s Stand Up Comedy Workshop 5/5: Power, Politics, Provocations and Satire in comedy Run by Dr Maggie Irving: teacher, speaker, and performer. PhD: The Female Clown – Plymouth University. Lectured in comedy at, Winchester University. Runs various workshops from: stand-up, physical comedy, contemporary clowning, and public speaking in the South West.

Sat 14 Nov 2020 10am – 4.30pm £65 (£50 concessions) What is the class? A safe space to share thoughts and feelings. Why should I go? Finding the funny is a valuable skill and life enhancer; it strengthens many interactions and perspectives. This class focuses on investigating and developing material that has political intentions. Everything is political to a greater or lesser degree but how we mine newspaper articles for political satire and performance is a skill that can be learnt and developed. Let’s have fun mimicking, mocking and creating satirical material by using comedy making techniques including character development, physical comedy, exaggeration, wit and much much more. The day will be structured by writing and editing material, followed by an end of day ‘sharing of your ideas’. Yeah folks – you’re going to do a snappy gig. This will run for the last 30 minutes – you are welcome to invite guests to attend at 4pm

Sat 14 Nov

£65 (£50)

Tommy

Dir. Ken Russell UK, 1975. 106 mins Elton John, Roger Daltry, Tina Turner, Oliver Reed, Jack Nicholson A boy witnesses a violent act that leaves him in shock, and he appears to lose the ability to hear, see or speak. An encounter with a pinball machine seems to re-awaken his senses and he soon becomes a ‘pinball wizard’ – but will these skills be enough for him to make it in the real world? Ken Russell’s 1970s rock musical is a creative tour-de-force that boasts the most incredible cast, including The Who, Elton John, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton and even Jack Nicholson.

Sun 8 Dec

Turin Brakes

Turin Brakes

The acoustic guitar-toting English duo take some new tunes on the road, along with their decade-strong back catalogue in tow.

Thu 5 Dec

£24.75

The Velveteen Rabbit

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Vinland

By Jack Dean and Christopher Harrisson

A dark, wintry Viking adventure

Set sail with Freydis and her son Snorri on a Viking adventure brought to life through storytelling, animation, live drawing and music. Join her crew of explorers as they find out they’re not alone in this strange new land and come face to face with ghosts, monsters and wild gooseberries. Follow Snorri as he confronts an ancient spirit set on revenge and learns the truth about himself.

Vinland retells the incredible historical tale of the Vikings last journey to North America inspired by the Viking sagas of Erik the Red and his family.

Supported by Arts Council England & artsdepot.

ABOUT JACK DEAN:

Jack Dean is a poet, playwright, performer, emcee and composer. His work tells stories that wander the lands between myth, memory and history. He has toured internationally, including at Latitude Festival, the South Bank Centre and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York. He is the creator of the Fake Town Fables and Infinite Hex podcasts. He really likes zeppelins. www.jackdean.co.uk

ABOUT CHRISTOPHER HARRISSON:

Christopher Harrisson is a theatre maker, writer and illustrator based in Bristol. His theatre work includes solo show ‘The North! The North!’ and illustration/animation work includes The Guardian and Sony. He trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq and is former Co-Artistic Director of award-winning company Rhum and Clay. Christopher will create animation and live illustrations for Vinland. www.haveyoulostme.com

Thu 20 Feb

£12 (£10)

Wille And The Bandits

Essentially Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But in a similar way to how these bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits try to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.

The use of more bizarre instrumentation and eclectic influences in the song writing often pushes them more into a world music or progressive category. Having toured with artists such as Deep Purple through to the John Butler trio and played major festivals across Europe, the band seem to leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds with their energetic and soulful performances.

They have received great critical acclaim, being voted in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and reaching number 2 in the UK blues chart with their first single on downloads alone. Now touring their third independently released studio album Wille and the Bandits fan base, repertoire of sounds, styles and innovation seems to be growing at an exponential rate.

The band are praised in the press for their albums; bursting at the seams with textures, originality and soul. Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have also praised the band's musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues.

It's rare to find a band as dynamic as Wille and the Bandits, one that is just as comfortable and as impressive at both ends of the sonic spectrum. In the modern age of disposable music it is refreshing to hear a band that still value the art of creating albums and who continue to bring new instruments and ideas into their songwriting rather than settling for a tried and tested formula. Ten seconds of Youtube will not scratch the surface of the band's sound and message; this is a band that is very much about discovery and one best experienced LIVE!.

Thu 26 Mar

£15

Wordpress 2 Day Course

Thu 17 & Fri 18 Oct Tue 10 & Wed 11 Dec 2 DAYS 10am – 5pm

An intensive introduction to creating a new website using powerful, user-friendly software. This is an intensive introduction to creating a new website using the powerful, user-friendly software WordPress.

Over the two days you will learn to: · Set up a WordPress website (optionally use can use your own domain and set up webhosting)* · Use WordPress to manage your website content · Publish posts to speak with your audience · Create content pages to display your products/services · Arrange and personalise the website menus · Embed and manage a range of media, including images, videos and adverts · Use WordPress Themes and make your site personalised. · Insert Widgets and add plugins · Integrate social media content into your WordPress website

Individual needs will be catered for where possible. All courses are taught on Apple Mac computers. Wordpress is open source web-based software so all skills learnt are transferable to PC (bring your own laptop if you prefer).

*Setting up web hosting and registering a domain will require purchasing services from third party providers, your tutor will guide you through the best available options.

Workshop attendees get 10% off all food and hot drinks at the Café Bar.

“Inspiring, useful, brilliant” “Excellent tutor” AUDIENCE FEEDBACK

Tue 10 Dec

£160 (£140)

Your Face My Face

YOUR FACE MY FACE Wed 23rd Oct 10.30 -1pm £20 per pair Mixed ages 8+

Work with a family member or friend and use fun techniques to create portraits of each other Use existing copy Tutor Sarah John

Wed 11 Dec

£20

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