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Exeter Phoenix

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Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3LS
  • Telephone 01392 667080
  • Bar open Mon–Sat 10am–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 10am–3.30pm & 3.30pm–9pm.
  • Box office times Mon–Sat 10am–8pm
  • Email
  • Website www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
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19-25 Devon Film Fund: Live Pitch

Exeter Phoenix have partnered with BFI Film Academy South West to offer one Devon based filmmaker aged between 19 and 25 access to £1000 in cash funding to support the production of a short film, of any genre, which is up to 12 minutes in length. Four of the best ideas will be invited to pitch their ideas at Two Short Nights Film Festival, 3-4 Feb 2022, to win the chance to turn their ideas into a short film

Thu 3 Feb

48 Hour Film Challenge Premiere With Award Ceremony + After Party

The best films from 2022’s 48 Hour Film Challenge, followed by the presentation of this year's festival awards. Join us afterwards in the Café Bar for the Two Short Nights after party. Film programme to be announced.

Fri 4 Feb

A & Reef

Emerging at the height of Brit-pop, Reef had little in common with their British peers; instead of sounding like an amalgam of the Beatles, the Jam, and Stone Roses, they were indebted to the Stones and the Black Crowes. But, through constant touring, as well as being featured in a television commercial for Sony's Minidisc player, they managed to cultivate a large fan base that expanded significantly with the release of their breakout album Glow.

Alternative rock band formed in Suffolk, England in the early 1990s by brothers Jason Perry, Adam Perry and Giles Perry alongside Mark Chapman and Stevie Swindon after the Perry family moved there from Leeds.

'A' were originally called 'Grand Designs', but abandoned this name in 1993, before signing with Warner Bros. Records in 1995. They released their first album 'How Ace Are Buildings' in 1997

Thu 14 Apr

Prices to be confirmed

Abstracting Florals 5 Weeks 2022

Abstracting Florals 5 week course beginning Mon 7 Mar following sessions 14,21,28, 4 Apr

This course is aimed at beginners who are ready to embrace a more abstract style of painting. Working from still life flower arrangements you will learn a range of techniques and processes, colour theory and composition. Big gestural marks, excellent use of colour, space and intuitive painting will help get rid of limiting beliefs and create more freedom in your work.

In this course, you'll learn everything - how to prep a canvas, pick the best working colour palette, how to loosen up and create a very loose sketch. Then you go on exploring the layering process and the fundamentals of what makes an abstract painting look good.

Week 1

Materials, mixing colours and creating your own colour swatch library. Prepping canvases and creating a loose sketch

Week 2

Focusing on composition, creating depth and mark making.

Week 3

Gestural mark making and incorporating a famous artists style into your work.

Week 4

Working on a larger canvas. Tying all the parts together and creating a large abstract floral work.

Week 5

Create 4 studies with different dramatic aspects. Using tone, colour, mark making and a palette knife.

Tutor Sophie Berger

Mon 7 Mar

£120 (£100)

Advanced Script Writing

Designed for more advanced scriptwriters to push their work to a more professional level.

This intensive one day course is designed for those with some scriptwriting experience that are looking to push their work to a professional level.

Run by locally based script editor Lucy V Hay, this session will draw on the importance of scriptwriting as the starting point for most dramatic films. You will be introduced to the basic elements and key concepts to be expected from a professional screenplay. Looking at common vocabulary used when developing screenplays, script analysis and usual exercises based on your own story ideas.

Any writers who already have treatments or script written would be encouraged to bring these along to the session.

We offer a range of film production courses covering scriptwriting, cinematography, sound, editing and visual effects, please do take a look at the full programme of courses available.

We offer a range of film production courses covering scriptwriting, cinematography, sound, editing and visual effects, please do take a look at the full programme of courses available.

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

Lucy V. Hay is a script editor, author and blogger who helps writers. Her site at www.bang2write.com has appeared on The Write Life’s ‘Top 100 Sites for Writers’ four years in a row. Lucy is the script editor and advisor on numerous UK features and shorts. She has also been a script reader for over 15 years, providing coverage for indie prodcos, investors, screen agencies, producers, directors and individual writers. Lucy’s debut crime novel, The Other Twin is being adapted by Agatha Raisin producers Free@LastTV.

Fri 4 Mar

£60

Ahir Shah: Dress

Ahir Shah: Dress

Featuring his signature blend of philosophical inquiry, personal examination, and sweet gags, Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Ahir Shah returns to stand-up with a new show about significance, insignificance, and scurvy.

Ahir’s last show, Dots, was recorded as a special for HBO Max (albeit after a 14 month delay brought about by events you may recall). That show was about uncertainty. Ideally, this tour will end in a way that is less on the nose.

As seen on Mock The Week, Live At the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, and The Mash Report. ‘Intricately crafted, profoundly moving, howlingly funny… a blazing talent firing on all cylinders’★★★★★ Telegraph

‘Tremendously thoughtful, woundedly candid and self-laceratingly funny’ ★★★★ Scotsman 'It’s a highly personal howl in the dark from this sharpest of operators. Impassioned, probing and unexpectedly moving.' ★★★★ Mail on Sunday

Sun 6 Feb

Alabama 3

Alabama 3

Characterful blend of southern-fried preachifying, dancefloor-friendly beats and a whole lotta love.

Sat 2 Apr

£27.50

The Alarm

The Alarm

Rabble-rousing Welsh rockers, best known for a string of hits in the early 80s.

Thu 7 Apr

£24.20

Andy Zaltzman

Andy Zaltzman delivers his clued-up political comedy with surreal similes and often punchlines of pure silliness and has become an Edinburgh Festival staple. He writes a regular cricket blog for Cricinfo and co-presents The Bugle, a weekly satirical podcast with guest co-hosts including Al Murray and Nish Kumar.

Brand new show for 2018

'A purveyor of subtle but excellent political satire' (Julian Hall, The Independent)

'… a masterful comedian, running through a variety of original material with ease and intelligence… his blend of intellect and comic timing make him a must-see at the Fringe this year' (Katy King, Three Weeks)

'Probably the best satirical comic we’ve produced in the last two decades. Intelligent, biting and silly' (Time Out)

'Political comedy at its best' (Sunday Times).

Thu 24 Mar

£12

Andy Zaltzman: Plan Z

Andy Zaltzman: Plan Z

One half of the satirical podcast The Bugle is back with a show encompassing national identity, hope, fear and live action democracy.

Thu 24 Mar

Prices to be confirmed

Andy Zaltzman: The Bugle Live

The Bugle Live Podcast

A  live performance of the global smash-hit podcast, The Bugle.

Thu 24 Mar

Prices to be confirmed

Animate With Procreate

Bring your Ipad and Apple Pencil along as local illustrator Scotty Gillespie takes you through how they use Procreate in their own practise.

This interactive session is a great way to learn about animating illustrations. Whether you enjoy drawing in your own time and would like to broaden your knowledge or use illustration as part of your creative business this relaxed session will give you some tools and help develop your practise.

Scotty has also put together a digital toolkit for you to take away with you at the end of the session, including tips and resources to continue learning after you leave.

  • Please note to attend this session you will need to bring your own Ipad & Apple Pencil with Procreate installed.

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

Scotty Gillespie is a multidisciplinary illustrator whose work consists of bright, optimistic imagery and celebrating inclusivity, playfulness and tenderness. Their practice spans across illustration, textiles, animation and ceramics and includes working with companies and brands, collaborating with other creatives and independent practise.

Thu 24 Mar

£30

Aristocrats

  • 2020
  • Japan
  • 2h 4min
  • Directed by: Yukiko Sode
  • Cast: Guin Poon Chaw, Kei Ishibashi, Shizuka Ishibashi

"Sophisticated and layered this book adaptation by Japanese director Sode Yukiko (Good Stripes, screened at Exeter Phoenix in 2015) that shows contemporary Tokyo from the differing perspectives of two women thown together by chance.

Hanako has always been able to rely on her privileged background, but suddenly finds herself alone when her relationship with her fiancé ends. Under pressure from her wealthy family, she goes in search of a new potential husband.Miki, played by model-actress Kiko Mizuhara (Queer Eye: We're in Japan!, Norwegian Wood),has arrived from a less affluent family in a smaller town to build a life for herself in Tokyo.

ARISTOCRATS finely dissect modern Tokyo with all its various social bubbles and accompanying standards of behaviour and beautifully deconstruct the typical woman-meets-man story by placing the emphasis on solidarity, identity, background and class.

Sun 20 Mar

Bare Safe's 10th Birthday Ft Nubiyan Twist And K.o.g

Celebrating 10 years of Bare Safe events.

It’s been a long time since our last event at the Phoenix back in November 2019. We were due to celebrate our 10th Birthday in March 2020 but lockdown hindered this. Super happy to announce we have the mighty Nubiyan Twist performing! These guys are festival headliners in their own right and have gone from strength to strength recently with their new album Freedom Fables having 4 Radio 6 A list singles and a performance on Jools Holland live on TV have cemented the band as a key player in the UK Jazz scene. Expect a powerful horn section, ultra-tight musicianship and heavy afro-jazz grooves as the band bring their incendiary show to the Phoenix.

Fri 25 Feb

£16

Beardyman

Beardyman

British multi-vocalist, musician and comedian from London renowned for his beatboxing skills and use of live looping.

Fri 27 May

Prices to be confirmed

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Singer-songwriter from York.

Fri 4 Mar

£17.75

Beyond Face Presents: An Evening Of Early-Stage Live Performance

Promoter EP

"Beyond Face presents an evening of early-stage live performance from global majority artists from across the region. Featuring short performances from some of the most exciting artists from the South West, expect new writing, spoken word, dance and much more, come along and be among the first to watch and shape this work.

*Beyond Face CIC is a Devon-based performance company whose mission is to raise the profile and visibility of Global Majority artists, young people and communities in the South West."

Mon 28 Feb

Bob Log III

Bob Log III

American slide guitar one-man band who wears a full body human cannonball suit to perform.

Sat 26 Feb

£13.20

Sat 26 Mar

£13.20

Boiling Point

Boiling Point
  • 2021
  • UK
  • 1h 32min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Philip Barantini
  • Written by: Philip Barantini, James Cummings
  • Cast: Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson, Alice Feetham

AD | Dir Philip Barantini/GB 2021/95 mins Stephen Graham, Jason Flemyng, Vinette Robinson

Actor-turned-director Barantini follows his short of the same name with this single-take thriller set in an elite London restaurant. We follow Andy (Graham, electrifying), an emotionally damaged and drug addicted chef, across one night in his eatery. As well as being formally dazzling and incredibly nerve-jangling, it also paints a vivid portrait of pressure.

Plus/ Doggerland, a short film by Jack Benjamin Gill exploring the reality of human trafficking in the UK, screens before the feature.

Event/ The screening on Thu 30 Dec will be followed by a recorded Q&A with director Philip Barantini.

Sat 5 Feb
Sun 6 Feb
Mon 7 Feb
Tue 8 Feb
Wed 9 Feb
Thu 10 Feb

Brother Strut

Funk-soul band who believe musicians are the main focus of a band, not the vocalist.

Sat 4 Jun

£21

Buzzcocks

Buzzcocks

Punk veterans who can still pull off those frustrated teenage sentiments and shine with 'Ever Fallen in Love?'.

Wed 23 Mar

£22

Caravan

Caravan

British prog pioneers.

Fri 25 Mar

£27.50

Cert X Presents: Childs Play

"CERT X Presents Child's Play 1988 with an introduction to Child's Play by Dr Eddie Falvey, co-editor of New Blood: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Horror (2021) and author of Devil's Advocates: Re-Animator (2021), a critical study of the cult film by Stuart Gordon.

Gunned down by Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon), dying murderer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) uses black magic to put his soul inside a doll named Chucky – which Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) then buys for her young son, Andy (Alex Vincent). When Chucky kills Andy's baby sitter, the boy realizes the doll is alive and tries to warn people, but he's institutionalized. Now Karen must convince the detective of the murderous doll's intentions, before Andy becomes Chucky's next victim.

Tickets incluse limited edition 'Friends Till The End' badge drawn by Shaky Kane (first come first served)"

Fri 11 Feb

£8

Chhaya Youth Company - Hymnos + Khaos

Hymnos
“Fortunately, no matter how many times she is pushed down, she bounds up again. No matter how many times she is forbidden, quelled, cut back, diluted … she emanates upward in women, so that even the most quiet, even the most restrained woman keeps a secret place for Wild Woman. Even the most captured woman guards the place of the wildish self, for she knows intuitively that someday there will be a loophole, an aperture, a chance, and she will hightail it to escape.”― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, ‘Women Who Run With the Wolves’

Inspired by the story of Iranian artist and friend Saba Zavarei and her online platform Radio Khiaban, dedicated to Iranian women singing in the public spaces of Iran, an act currently forbidden by the state.

Choreographer: Kay Crook | Composer: Cameron Murray Crook
Dancers: Gintare Geltyte & Jenna Anne Nathan
Age Guidance: Recommended 10+
Duration 20 minutes

Khaos
Not neat, nor calm, nor perfect, but vibrant, chaotic and powerful – we are wild 21st century women. We are not to be gazed upon but met head on.

Khaos celebrates what it is to be woman, drawing on ancient stories and oppressive archetypes to bring audiences of all ages a highly energetic, stirring and visceral dance performance that rejects order in favour of complexity and chaos. Live musicians join six contemporary dance artists to revel in the joy, tenderness and the power of wild women.

Expect evocative choreography that seems to compel audiences to dance in the aisles and out into the streets.

Choreographer: Kay Crook | Musical Director: Cameron Murray Crook
Dancers: Alethia Antonia, Gintare Geltyte, Jordan Harapiak, Jenna Nathan, Kayleigh
Price, Verena Schneider
Live Musicians: Fiona Barrow, Cameron Murray Crook, Joe Love

Sun 20 Mar

£12 (£10)

Chris Smither And Special Guest Zak Trojano

Chris Smither

Honing his synthesis of folk and blues for over 50 years, Chris Smither, truly an American original, returns to the UK to perform music from his vast song catalogue in 2022.

A profound songwriter and captivating performer, Smither mesmerizes listeners with his guitar playing – melding the styles of his two major influences, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt into his own signature guitar sound. His music draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers and continues to earn accolades. Critics universally agree on Smither’s important contribution to contemporary music from five-star reviews in Mojo magazine to a Top 10 spot on Rolling Stone Senior Editor David Fricke’s best of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival performances in 2014.

Chris’ songs have appeared in films and TV shows and been covered by Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall, Emmylou Harris and Diana Krall, among others. Chris continues to tour festivals, music clubs and concerts halls all over the world.

“With a weary, well-travelled voice and a serenely intricate finger-picking style, Mr. Smither turns the blues into songs that accept hard-won lessons and try to make peace with fate.” New York Times

For this 2022 tour, Chris will be supported by his friend, the excellent songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Zak Trojano

Sun 5 Jun

£16.50

Coco and the Butterfields

Coco and the Butterfields

English indie pop band.

Wed 26 Oct

£17.60

Colour Workshop 1 Day 2022

During the day we will take inspiration from different schools of art and their approaches to colour theory. You will be guided through a series of exercises that explore mixing and using colour. Finally you can use what you have learned to create your own colour study.

Sat 12 Mar

£50 (£42)

Constellations

Promoter EP

Mapping my 30-year standard normal*

An intimate performance exploring landscapes of memory and humanity’s relationship with the earth, Constellations is designed for small audiences of up to 6 people. Through a re-imagining of the performance space in miniature, it examines humanity’s power to both destroy and be destroyed, and our capacity to care for a world within which we are totally enmeshed.

*30 years is the standard reference period for calculating climate normals and identifying variations in global temperature (WNO, 2021).

Sian Goldby is an interdisciplinary performance maker and practice-based researcher based in Bristol. Her current research explores performative re-imaginings of micro and macro scale in relation to environmental crisis. www.siangoldby.com

Sun 29 May

£8 (£6)

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club

Legendary actor, host and broadcaster Craig Charles is one of UK’s most beloved Funk and Soul DJs. From Robot Wars to Red Dwarf, Craig has now grounded himself as a Funk & Soul icon after 10 years of broadcasting on BBC 6 Music with their primetime Saturday night show.

Fri 11 Feb

Sold out

Creative Business Skills: Instagram

These workshops are aimed at people with a small creative business. Whether you are an artist, maker or musician these are practical, digital marketing workshops, to help you grow your business.

Instagram is the social media platform that has exploded over the last 24 months. Sharing visuals is such an effective form of digital marketing as a creative, that if you don’t have an account already, it’s about time you did! But are you making the most of it?

This practical workshop will cover all Instagram elements such as;
Personal or Business account?
What kind of images?
Accounts to follow
Best practice
How to build an audience
How to optimise hashtag use
Instagram challenges
Make the most of your bio
Scheduling your posts

We will be hands on so please bring your chosen electronic device – whether you prefer to use a laptop or a tablet. Please sign up to Instagram beforehand (if you need support with this please get in touch prior to the workshop.)

We will look at different creative Instagram accounts to see who uses it well, and to help you get inspired! We will get a plan of action together so that you can leave the session ready to schedule at least a week’s worth of posts!

We will be keeping this workshop small so there will be plenty of opportunity for some one on one advice and support. There will also be plenty of opportunities to network with your fellow creative friends.

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

Wed 23 Mar

£30

Creative Business Skills: Pinterest

These workshops are aimed at individual and small creative business’. Whether you are an artist, maker or musician these are practical, digital marketing workshops, to help you grow your business.

Pinterest is the platform that we can get lost in very easily! Full of incredible images, inspiration and information, it is impossible to limit the time you spend on it… But how can you use it for your own business? What benefits does it have for you and how can you make the most out of it?

This practical workshop will look at;

We will be hands on so please bring your chosen electronic device – whether you prefer to use a laptop or a tablet. Please sign up to a business Pinterest account beforehand (if you need support with this please get in touch prior to the workshop.)

We will look at different creative Pinterest accounts to see who uses it well, and to help you get inspired! We will get a plan of action together so that you can leave the session ready to build your boards!

We will be keeping this workshop small so there will be plenty of opportunity for some one on one advice and support. There will also be plenty of opportunities to network with your fellow creative friends.

We offer a range of film production courses covering scriptwriting, cinematography, sound, editing and visual effects, please do take a look at the full programme of courses available.

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

Becky Craven is a Devon based creative who has 20 years of marketing experience working with well known companies including Nestle, Timberland, Clarks, Virgin, Boots plus 1000’s of entrepreneurs and has since developed a successful career in photography after completing an MA Photography.

@beckycravencreative

Wed 23 Mar

£30

Creative Journalling 5 Weeks 2022

Creative Journaling is a wonderful way of gathering and exploring creative ideas through image and the written word. It can also be a vehicle to look within as a way of overcoming creative challenges. It may be a medium, an image, a poem or text or a memory triggered which awakens the creative urge. The key is to be open to receiving the inspiration.

Let me take you on a journey, on this 5 week course you will be guided and supported to unleash your imagination and compile a journal documenting your creative thought process, with a view to inspiring future creations, be they written, audio or visual. Although this course leans towards the visual, poetry and prose will be woven into the journey.

This is a great opportunity to meet other creative and share ideas experience and support. Join us with an open heart. The creative process can at times be exposing and uncomfortable as well as great fun and hugely rewarding. This course offers a non- judgemental space for people to play. Everything is optional.

An A5 journal is provided in the cost of the course along with all basic materials.

Fri 4 Mar

£120 (£100)

Creative Project 1 Day Fine Art Development Workshop

The Project is a 1 day workshop that supports you to realise your creative ideas and produce a fine art project .

You will be guided through a series of exercises to help you develop an open and exploratory approach and there will be chances to work collaboratively and opportunities for group feedback

Sat 26 Feb

£50 (£42)

Sat 9 Apr

£50 (£42)

Cut Capers

Cut Capers

Hip-hop, ska and swing nine-piece from Bristol.

Fri 15 Apr

£15.40

Dance Against Racism

Promoter: External 18+ enres ranging from:

Afrobeat, Jungle, Bossa, House, Dub, Cumbia, Breakbeat, IDM, Electronica and everything in-between.

About ~ Somatic: ~

From a dual heritage Indian-English background, Somatic (Somin Griffin-Dave) specialises in the sonic world as a Sound Artist, Producer, DJ, Sound Engineer and Tour Manager.

Inspired by the Devon landscapes he grew up in, his versatile practice includes creating electronic music that treads the line between club and home listening, audio for dance & film and audio-visual creation.

Although his sound is rooted in electronica and more traditional dance music genres like Jungle, Drum and Bass, IDM, Techno and Breakbeat, he draws on music from a wide pool such as Bossa, Afrobeat, Cumbia, modern western Classical, Jazz and his Indian heritage to create a big melting pot of sounds that informs in sonic identity.

Somatic is also a Daytimers affiliate and the human behind the Sonic Landscapes of Colour Project

More info: linktr.ee/somin_somatic

www.sominsomatic.com

About ~ Sonic Landscapes of Colour ~

Through 10 interviews and 5 recording sessions with non-western traditional instrumentalists the 60min Sonic Landscapes of Colour sound-art documentary, will tell the story of what it's like to grow up in the South West as a ‘person of colour’.

This will then hopefully be carried on BBC, other local radio stations and streaming platforms along with mini-sode's which will be used as anti-racism resources in education.

About ~ Resilient Roots ~

People of Colour, need a safe space to meet, share and talk openly about their experiences of living and growing in Devon. Resilient Roots aims to offer this held, independent, safe online meeting space to you. Post BLM we recognised this need even more, as we heard time after time our people publicly speak out about their experiences & difficulties of racism & living in the South West.

Come exactly as you are, you are fully welcome!

Sat 5 Feb

£10

Digital Textile & Surface Pattern Design

2 Day Course 10 - 5pm

This is an introduction to using Photoshop, over two days, to explore digital surface pattern techniques, that will be part of the process to enable you to develop and manipulate your own design ideas, in your future textile designs. Through a series of exercises the course covers:
Creating documents
Creating shapes
Filters
Using the colour tool
Transformation of shapes
Layer transparency
Layer masks
Defining patterns for fills
Putting tiles into repeat
Finalising designs for digital printing

Images will be provided to work from during the course. Please bring a notebook, pen and a USB stick to save your work.

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.

Lesley studied BA Fashion/Textiles at Birmingham Polytechnic. Then designing and hand screen printing fabric, t- shirts and hand painting silk scarves. Followed by a Post Graduate Diploma from Staffordshire University in Computer Aided Design and Manufacture.

Thu 3 Feb

£140

Dry Season

Menopause? Seriously? WTF?

Kat thought they were far too young to worry about menopause; biology thought differently. Now their hormones are going haywire, their diary is full of NHS visits and sleep is a distant memory. Join Kat on a journey featuring anxiety, insomnia, and self-conscious jogging as they explore their changing identity, question societal expectations of age and gender, and do their best to navigate the first chaotic year.

Interweaving music, movement and medical texts with original poetry and animation, Dry Season is a witty, honest and intimate spoken word theatre show about questioning assumptions and learning to rewrite your story.

First 5 tickets: £5

Take advantage of our new early bird special! The first 5 tickets to this and other shows are just £5. The discount will be applied automatically at the last checkout screen, or call our box office on 01392 667080 to check availability.

Save £6 when you book any 3 theatre/dance shows

Explore more of our theatre and performance programme, and enjoy money off your tickets! Save £6 when you book for three shows from our performance programme. Book any three theatre or dance shows and your £6 discount will be applied automatically.

Sat 16 Apr

£12 (£10)

Dubioza Kolektiv

Dubioza Kolektiv

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

Sat 21 May

£20.35

Dutty Moonshine Big Band

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

Fri 6 May

£15

Elvana

Elvana, Utilita Live From The Drive In

Elvis-fronted Nirvana tribute combining rock'n'roll with grunge.

Fri 24 Jun

£22

Eng-Er-Land

Hannah Kumari and WoLab present ENG-ER-LAND

“Walking up to Highfield Road for the first time was mind blowing. Seeing all the other people with their shirts and scarfs, feeling like you’re part of that, feeling that excitement in the air.”

Written and performed by Hannah Kumari
Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair

1997.Last year England made it to the semi-finals of Euro 96, Gina G came third in Eurovision and 13 year-old Lizzie went to her first in-person football game: Coventry vs. Manchester City. Not the Man City of today, oil and superstars, but the old Man City - a bit rubbish, but with good fans. Lizzie fell in love with the beautiful game that day, and she’s been obsessed ever since. But then something happens to make her question her place in the stands. ENG-ER-LAND is an energetic play about who’s really on your team.

Supported by The Football Supporters’ Association and with public funding from Arts Council England.

Produced by Alistair Wilkinson for WoLab
Choreography by Nadia Sohawon
Sound Design by Tingying Dong
Dramaturgy by Milli Bhatia
Photography by Ali Wright

Bio
Hannah Kumari is a performer, theatre maker and writer originally from the Midlands and now based in Frome. She has worked for BBC, Channel 4, Universal Spain, Little Angel and Horse & Bamboo among others, and been featured on BBC Sportshour, Channel 5 News and BBC Newsnight. Hannah was recently commissioned by Bristol-based Theatre company The Wardrobe Ensemble to develop & present a new piece of theatre; she creates interdisciplinary work inspired by her own experiences. ENG-ER-LAND had its premiere with a sold-out run at Jermyn Street Theatre in London in June 2021.

WoLab is a working laboratory for artists to create. They provide performance makers of all experiences, with the opportunity to have a go. WoLab trains, mentors, nurtures and creatively entitles artists, helping them discover and refine their talents, and then showcases them to the industry - leading them onto other further work and exciting opportunities. Along with ENG-ER-LAND, other work in development includes: Screwdriver by Eve Cowley and Elin Schofield, In the Net by Misha Levkov, TIGER by Tom Kelsey, A Romantic Comedy by Tiwa Lade, A nightmare is witchwork by Billie Collins, Ostrich by Alistair Wilkinson, and The Director’s Development Fund, in partnership with Hannah Joss and Stage Directors UK. Past work includes: First Commissions (Paines Plough); The Actor-Writer Programme (Theatre N16/Bunker Theatre); Man-Cub (RADA/King’s Head); PlayList (King’s Head); happy ever after? (Bunker Theatre); and R&D’s of heavymetalsexyanimal by Sam Rees (Theatre Deli); and Asperger’s Children by Peter Machen (Trinity Laban)."

Sat 26 Mar

£12 (£10)

Eric Steckel

Blues metal guitarist.

Sun 24 Apr

£13.75

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 during the session on a particular theme. There will also be an opportunity to share images taken between sessions and any projects participants are individually working on. Support is given both technically and aesthetically by photography tutor Vanessa Miles and also fellow members.

Places limited to 6 per session so early booking is advisable.

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

Fri 11 Feb
Fri 11 Mar

Exeter Phoenix Commission Premiere

Join us on closing night for the highlight of the festival, the Exeter Phoenix 2022 short film commission premiere screening. South West Documentary Short Film Commission A Village with a View Dir. Joe Inman A Village with a View, is a living document of a small village in Cornwall. The village has existed for 80 years, being built over time by the people who live there. As the tourist industry in Cornwall explodes, the landowner wants to take the land back, and the residents have to fight to keep the houses and the community they share. Micro Short Film Commission Crave Dir. Lois Norman Crave explores and questions the truth of who we are and the strength it takes to be all of who we can dare to be Voicemail Dir. Zoe Bloss

Voicemail is a story that follows a young woman making an important phone call where she learns how to say goodbye. It's ultimately about how we find connection when we most feel alone. Salt in the Wounds Dir. Tom Stockley Salt In The Wounds reflects on the experience of queerness and coming of age in the working class suburbs of Torquay Devon Short Film Commission Raptors Dir. Beth Emily Richards An experimental exploration of the relationships between humans and birds of prey in the urban environment. South West Short Film Commission Placenta Pâté Dir. Tia Salisbury Is it possible to create anything edible from a semi-defrosted organ, how do you assemble a food processor through the fog of sleep deprivation and why’s it so hard to be a Mum when it’s all you’ve ever wanted? Artists Moving Image Commission On Coaley Peak (A fragment) Dir. Dan Guthrie Dan Guthrie was chosen by Exeter Phoenix for their 2021 Artists’ Moving Image commission. His proposal was to make a film about Blackness and belonging in the English countryside, taking a family photo of some of his relatives at the Gloucestershire viewpoint Coaley Peak as a starting point. Whilst making the film, something happened. 

Fri 4 Feb

£5

Experimental Drawing Half Day

Experiment with drawing 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. All materials supplied.

Tutor Sarah John

Thu 17 Feb

£25 (£21)

Tue 5 Apr

£25 (£21)

Experimental Painting Half Day

Experiment with painting techniques such as scumbling and sgraffito to create some unique colour artwork. Suitable for beginners and improvers. All materials supplied unless stated otherwise.

Tutor Sarah John

Thu 17 Feb

£25 (£21)

Thu 7 Apr

£25 (£21)

Experimental Still Life

Experiment with objects, techniques and materials to create a still life with a difference. Tutor Sarah John

Thu 14 Apr

£15

Faustus

EP Promotion

The pioneering ‘bloke folk’ trio

Faustus, with their trademark powerhouse English folk, have spent much of the past two years researching and writing new material from the poetry of 1860s Lancashire Cotton Famine, resulting in powerful and moving new songs and an already acclaimed 5-track EP, Cotton Lords. Band members Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Steeleye Span, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast) are three of the leading lights of their generation and all deeply rooted in the English tradition. ’One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ ★★★★ The Guardian

Wed 2 Mar

£13.20

From The Specials

Neville Staple, legendary front man of The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Special Beat, also known as The Original Rude Boy, is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once, but twice. 

His 2-Tone legacy is huge. 2-Tone fused traditional ska music with punk rock attitude, energy and musical elements. The movement helped to transcend and defuse racial tensions in Thatcher-era Britain. The actual black and white chequered imagery of 2 Tone has become almost as famous as the music itself.

Neville's 40-year career in the music business started out from the early days with Ray King, Pete Waterman, The Coventry Automatics and his Jah Baddis Sound System, before taking to the stage with The Specials during the famous ‘Clash’ tour.

Dig out your pork-pie hats and dancing shoes and get ready for a great night of live music in MAC's freshly spruced up Outdoor Theatre!

Sat 23 Apr

£23.10

From The Specials - Neville Staple & Roddy Radiation

2-Tone music legend Neville Staple, ‘From the Specials’, also known as the ‘Original Rude Boy’ celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Ghost Town, one of the most iconic hit songs of the 1980’s, with an exclusive 2-Tone party tour.

Joining the well-loved rude boy and his highly celebrated band will be Roddy Radiation, the brilliant original Specials guitarist and his ‘Skabilly Rebels’, and other surprise star guests along the way. Expect a fun, stomping, nostalgic trip through 2-Tone-Ska hits like ‘A Message to You Rudy’, Rat Race, Gangsters and more, plus top career classics and exclusive ‘one-off’ merch.

Sat 23 Apr

£21

Funeral Flowers

Can you escape the cycle you’ve been bound by your whole life?

Emma Dennis-Edward’s multi award-winning play tells the story of Angelique, 17, who dreams of being a florist.

Part poetry, part play, we’re taken on the journey of a young girl with her mum in prison left to navigate the care system and the recurring threat from her boyfriend’s gang.

Mon 9 May

£12 (£10)

Funke and the Two Tone Baby

A multi-instrumentalist who combines original songwriting, guitar, harmonica and electronics.

Thu 20 Oct

£8.50

Further Drawing 5 Weeks 2022

This course will boost your artistic confidence, building on basic skills you already have.

In this course we will consider the artists and practitioners and art movements that we are inspired and influenced by.

With these in mind, each week the focus is on your own unique drawing style and will be enhanced by further exercises in line/tone/colour/3D/ composition and design in different mediums, enabling you to progress in your art practice.

Tue 1 Mar

£120 (£100)

Further Painting with Acrylics 5 Weeks 2022

5 week course beginning Tue 1 Mar following on 8,15,22,29

An ideal follow on course from Painting with Acrylics or those wishing to further develop skills and techniques using this popular medium

Week 1

Abstract Composition

Project: Abstract Composition. Using all the accumulated skills students will develop their own painting from a photo. Students should bring with them a selection of images that resonate with

them. These could be photos you have taken, cuttings from magazines or newspapers or photos you have found online. The aim will be to create an abstract painting that is born from the key elements of what excites you about your chosen images.

Week 2

Life model

Starting with a limited palette, students will concentrate on tone and shading, then we will be having a variety of timed exercises, work on freeing up the brush strokes and create interesting studies from the life model.

Week 3

Modern Landscape

Using contemporary landscape artists as inspiration, students will produce their own painting based on the style of their chosen artist.

Week 4

Let Loose

Using all the accumulated skills students will develop their own figurative Painting.

Week 5

You’ve Made It!

Supported self study followed by final touches to artwork. Additional tutorials can be delivered on a one to one or group basis.

Evaluation of course, learner achievement and progression, most importantly… Celebration!

Tue 1 Mar

£120 (£100)

Gelong Thubten

Gelong Thubten - A Monks Guide To Happiness Live (14+)

Gelong Thubten is a Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author from the UK.

He is a world pioneer in mindfulness meditation teaching, with over 20 years’ experience working with schools, universities, hospitals, businesses, prisons and addiction centres. He trains staff at major corporations such as Google, and is regarded today as one of the UK’s most influential meditation teachers.

He teaches mindfulness to medical students and has lectured at Oxford University. He also works with the United Nations. Thubten collaborated with Ruby Wax on the book ‘How to be Human: the Manual’, and his own bestselling book, ‘A Monk’s Guide to Happiness’, was published in June 2019.

Tue 11 Oct

£19.80

Gentlemans Dub Club

Gentleman's Dub Club

Dub, reggae and dance courtesy of the Leeds-based nine-piece.

Sat 5 Mar

£20.35

Glenn Tilbrook

Glenn Tilbrook

Solo show from the former Squeeze frontman.

Sun 27 Feb

£22

Gong

Gong

You just can't keep a good psychedelic rock band down, and these far-out pioneers have been in the business for eternity.

Tue 22 Mar

£19.80

Gypsy Caravan Weekender with Mad Dog Mcrea

Promoter: Midnight Mango

Fri 29 April – Sun 1 May

Weekend tickets – early bird - SOLD OUT Teir 2 weekend tickets - £49 x 100

Day tickets may not happen, the idea is to sell weekend tickets only, they MAY sell any extra on the door on the night, if there are any left,

This is a full building event using the auditorium, Studio 1, Workshop and bar/terrace with ticketed entry from 6.00 each day (there will be some free activity on Sat & Sun afternoons).

This is a re-scheduled event from 2020 - the press release is attached / Darren has updated the artwork / band images are available from www.midnightmango.co.uk

Fri 29 Apr

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.

Thu 1 Sep

£19.25

Tue 1 Nov

Prices to be confirmed

Hang Massive

Hang Massive

British-Swedish ambient music duo.

Wed 25 May

£22

Hannah James and Toby Kuhn

Hannah and Toby met in Summer 2018 at Floating Castle festival in Slovenia and it was clear that these two musicians shared a common approach to music making and a real artistic chemistry. Award-winning folk musician, dancer and composer Hannah James is complemented perfectly by the virtuoso cello of Toby Kuhn. Known for her work with Lady Maisery, Maddy Prior, Sam Sweeney, Seasick Steve and Songs of Separation (with Eliza Carthy and Karina Polwart and more), Hannah is one of the key figures in the modern UK folk scene. Rooted in the English Tradition but enriched by her collaborations all over Europe, her charismatic blend of accordion, vocal and clog dancing forged an instant artistic chemistry with impressive French cellist Toby Kuhn. Toby is a post-classical musician with a taste for improvisation and folk music of all persuasions. Always on the lookout for new ways to play his instrument, his unorthodox approach has won admiration and acclaim from Japan to Canada, bringing the full potential of the cello with him on his journey across style and invention. Together, their music is soulful, original and conversational. The combination of accordion and cello allows for a huge palette of sounds and textures which lift James’s pure voice and deeply honest songwriting. In the next breath they switch to choppy rhythms and joyful interplay between cello and percussive dance. This duo deliver a diverse, playful and hugely original performance.

https://hannahjamesmusic.com https://tobyscello.org https://hannahtobymusic.org

Tue 5 Apr

£14

Hawk & Hill Theatre: Lost In The Woods

6+ 45mins

presents

Lost in the Woods

Written and performed by Hila Meckier & Arran R Hawkins

“Once upon a time, a little girl and a little boy were lost in the woods”…

That is usually how these things start.

Only this time it seems they are not only lost in the woods, but within their own story!

An absurd comedy for all ages (6+), Hawk and Hill theatre bring a new twist to the fairytales you know and love. With buckets full of imagination, and oodles of laughter, Arran Hawkins (UK) and Hila Meckier (Israel) combine their decades of theatrical experience into a fun-filled family theatrical performance you don’t want to miss!

(In English - 45 mins duration)

Hawk & Hill’s Lost In The Woods is a family show, suitable for all ages, that re-imagines the classic fairy-tales of Grimm's Bros, Hans Christian Andersen and similar.

Told through the eyes and minds of a middle aged Hansel and Gretel, who have been lost in the woods ever since they ran away from home when they were kids, Lost in the Woods is a fast-paced, comedic and energetic show.

This two hander brings everyone’s favorite fairy-tale characters to life thru shadow play, physical theatre, imaginative use of everyday props, voiceover, music and laughter. From grandkids to grandparents and all ages in between, this chaotic comedy of confusion is a winner with all audiences.

Armed with a suitcase full of everyday objects, H&G have to dive into stories that are not their own, telling rival fairy-tales with the help of whatever comes to hand.

Can Hansel & Gretel survive the erratic storyline, find the lost pages from their own tale and finish it so they and the audience can get home? Or will they all be stuck in other fairy-tales forever!?

Join Arran R Hawkins and Hila Meckier, the creative team behind Hawk & Hill Theatre to find out.

Thu 2 Jun

£12 (£10)

Hold On Let Go

Unfolding Theatre in association with LittleMighty presents:

***Hold On Let Go***

Alex is 56. Luca is half his age.

Alex has an encyclopaedia in his head. Luca has one on her phone.

Alex can’t recall his mother’s voice or most of the 1980s. But he can instantly bring to mind his mother’s cooking and his family’s stories of the Spanish Civil War.

Luca worries that she can’t remember the important stuff – things that might make the world a better place. Her journey sucks her into a black hole crammed full of everything she’s ever forgotten.

A poignant, personal meditation on the gaps in our memories, Hold On Let Go asks what we want to pass on to future generations. It’s a show that bakes bread, dances on the kitchen table and wonders what is left when words are gone.

First 5 tickets: £5

Take advantage of our new early bird special! The first 5 tickets to this and other shows are just £5. The discount will be applied automatically at the last checkout screen, or call our box office on 01392 667080 to check availability.

Save £6 when you book any 3 theatre/dance shows

Explore more of our theatre and performance programme, and enjoy money off your tickets! Save £6 when you book for three shows from our performance programme. Book any three theatre or dance shows and your £6 discount will be applied automatically.

Thu 12 May

£12 (£10)

Hot Club of Cowtown

Hot Club of Cowtown

Hot jazz/western swing trio.

Tue 3 May

£20.35

Wed 4 May

£20.35

The House Of The Lost On The Cape

"The House of the Lost on the Cape is an Anime adaptation of the Japanese novel by Sachiko Kashiwaba.
17-year-old run-away Yui and 8-year-old Hiyori have no place to go when they run into Kiwa, a strange old lady who offers them a place to stay.

Despite it being a slightly banged-up old house overlooking the sea the two girls find comfort in this legendary building, said to look after lost travelers and they embrace a mysterious but warm communal life within thr old folk house – the Mayoiga., As the warm hospitality of Kiwa takes effect both girls' damaged hearts begin to heal little by little.

Until one day, a variety of strange beings which Kiwa calls ""Fushigitto"" begin popping up around the house… "

Wed 30 Mar

I_Ran

Aurora borealis comes in view… A cloud appears above your head… and a beam of light comes shining down, on you.

​Welcome to I_RAN, a solo performance investigating notions of anxiety and the human desire to run away from emotion. Pungent with the euphoric melancholy of electronic music and taking the narrative and stylings of hit song ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’ by 80’s new wave, synth-pop band A Flock of Seagulls, I_RAN follows a character as they fall in love with a seagull and struggle to face their feelings. A treadmill, a scrolling LED text bar and a mute performer guide audiences through an unusual world formed with a sharp, mesmeric aesthetic.

Playful, surreal, and lonely, this is for those who dream of running… of running far away…

First 5 tickets: £5

Take advantage of our new early bird special! The first 5 tickets to this and other shows are just £5. The discount will be applied automatically at the last checkout screen, or call our box office on 01392 667080 to check availability.

Save £6 when you book any 3 theatre/dance shows

Explore more of our theatre and performance programme, and enjoy money off your tickets! Save £6 when you book for three shows from our performance programme. Book any three theatre or dance shows and your £6 discount will be applied automatically.​

Tue 1 Mar

£12 (£10)

Intro To Papermaking & Forming 1 Day Course

In this workshop we will spend the day working with found plant material and recycled pulp to make sheets of handmade paper and to mould around natural and manmade items to make vessels. There will be the opportunity to incorporate additional materials such as threads, pressed petals, leaves and seeds to personalise your vessel. All materials are provided.

Paper making can get messy so wear something suitable or bring along an apron.

Sat 30 Apr

£55 (£46)

Intro To Papermaking Half Day

In this workshop we will focus on working with recycled pulp to make sheets of handmade paper. There will be the opportunity to personalise your sheets of paper through the addition of threads, pressed petals, leaves and seeds. All materials are provided.

Paper making can get messy so wear something suitable or bring along an apron.

Mon 28 Feb

£35 (£30)

Introduction to Canva

1 Day Course
10am - 5pm

Learn to create bespoke social media and marketing materials using Canva Learn the skills to create your own marketing materials, social media friendly graphics and posters using the platform Canva.

During this one day course our tutor will take you through the basics of Canva and help you use those skills to design your own poster or programme for your business or project to take away with you.

Please bring a USB stick to take away what you make on the day.

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

Becky Craven is a Devon based creative who has 20 years of marketing experience working with well known companies including Nestle, Timberland, Clarks, Virgin, Boots plus 1000’s of entrepreneurs and has since developed a successful career in photography after completing an MA Photography.

@beckycravencreative

Fri 18 Feb

£60

Introduction To Editing

Film editing is now something that anyone can do at home to a basic level, however to take it to a professional level and understand what works and what doesn’t, takes the same amount of dedication and awareness as any other art form.

This course will get you started in digital editing – from the basics of file types and imports to learning to edit with story, music, rhythm, pace and performance in mind. You’ll be able to hone the almost infinite possibilities of your footage to create a desired effect and a cohesive whole. Suitable for those looking to create video content for a company or filmmakers look to expand their skill set.

The session is taught on mac computers with Adobe Premiere Pro, however a majority of the skills taught are transferable to other platforms and software.

We offer a range of film production courses covering scriptwriting, editing and visual effects, please do take a look at the full programme of courses available.

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

Ashley Thorpe is a professional filmmaking and FX editor based in Exeter.

Ashley returned to his Devon roots in 2005 and focused all his energies upon creating a series of animated short films using neglected aspects of English mythology as source material. His latest production – Borley Rectory (a Carrion Film / Glass Eye Pix NYC co-venture) starring Reece Shearsmith & Julian Sands was released in 2019. In 2015 Ashley animated the opening Lalo Schifrin scored sequence for Neil Marshall’s (Game of Thrones, Westworld) and Axelle Carolyn’s Saturn Award nominated Hollywood Horror feature Tales Of Halloween. Ashley regularly teaches animation, visual effects and filmmaking to a variety of age groups.

Fri 4 Mar

£60

Introduction To Lightroom Classic

Adobe Lightroom Classic is software for the professional and keen amateur photographer, helping you organise, edit and share your photography. It also allows for a cross platform interaction with other programs such as Adobe Photoshop. Lightroom Classic will help you take control of a large collection of photos and edit and manipulate them. This is non-destructive software ideal for working with RAW images. It will enhance your digital photos and help with noise reduction, colour balance, cropping, sharpening and converting to black and white. This course will offer an overview of the library and develop modules for the complete beginner.

The workshop will teach you to:

In the Library Module:

In the Develop Module:

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

We offer a range of film production courses covering scriptwriting, cinematography, sound, editing and visual effects, please do take a look at the full programme of courses available.

Workshop 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 and ran the Environmental Picture library in London in the early nineties. In London she worked as a freelance picture editor, researcher and as a film stills photographer. Since living in Devon, she has worked in the fields of wedding, press and events and as a photography teacher. She has a masters degree in photography. Her passion is working on environmental themes.

Vanessa is Exeter Phoenix’s principal photography tutor. She is now director of Well Image, a social enterprise improving wellbeing through creative photography projects.

Mon 14 Feb

£60

Invisible Other

Invisible Other takes the stories from women’s lives and celebrates them by putting them centre stage. Through these women we remember the ordinary, reveal the forgotten, join in with the laughter and share the best stories that make up the fabric of all our lives.

During lockdown, Ruth interviewed over 20 women online, Invisible Other is a celebration of their stories and their life experiences.

Ruth will perform Invisible Other on Sunday March 13th

Read more about Ruth Mitchell and the project here>>>>>

Partners

Far Flung Dance, Plymouth

Women’s Centre Cornwall

Fawcett Devon

Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council

Theatre Royal Plymouth

First 5 tickets: £5

Take advantage of our new early bird special! The first 10 tickets to this and other shows are just £5. The discount will be applied automatically at the last checkout screen, or call our box office on 01392 667080 to check availability.

Save £6 when you book any 3 theatre/dance shows

Explore more of our theatre and performance programme, and enjoy money off your tickets! Save £6 when you book for three shows from our performance programme. Book any three theatre or dance shows and your £6 discount will be applied automatically.

Sun 13 Mar

£12 (£10)

Iwane: Sword Of Serenity

"Witness his strength, his grace, and his pain. A live-action adaptation of a popular period novel series by an author with over 65 million copies in print! A tour de force of Japanese period drama entertainment. This samurai has virtues that many of us have forgotten.

Iwane Sakazaki returns to his homeland and gets caught in the middle of an incident that results in the tragic death of two of his best friends from childhood. He decides to leave his domain, parting with his fiancée Nao, and becomes a vagrant masterless samurai with nothing more to lose.

Iwane drifts to Edo, filleting eels during the day and working as a bodyguard at night for Imazuya, a reputable money exchanger. He gradually wins the trust of the people around him because of his mellow nature, the chivalrous way he treats everyone with courtesy, and his skills of swords.

One day, he learns that Imazuya is being targeted in a conspiracy to sabotage a new monetary system implemented by the government, and Iwane decides to protect the people who have given him support

Wed 23 Mar

Jabala & The Jinn

Written by Asif Khan
Produced by AIK Productions and Turtle Key Arts. Brochure image illustration by Nadine Kaadan

A story of a little girl’s encounter with a very cheeky Jinn.

We’re in Bradford. It’s been a few months since Jabala’s beloved Mum died. Dad is a brilliant father, but it’s an effort to get to school on time every day.

One morning, when she says goodbye to her house as usual, Jabala hears a voice replying to her in Arabic. But no one’s there. Could it be Mum? Has she imagined it?

With the help of a ‘Refugee Boy’ at school, a Shakespeare enthusiast called Munir, she summons… a Jinn. But this is no ordinary ‘Jinn’, as told in grandma’s stories and Jabala is in for a surprise.

As the day of Eid approaches, events take a drastic turn and Jabala is forced to make some difficult decisions. Will things come together in time for the celebration?

Using physical theatre, original music and vivid design, this new play by award winning writer Asif Khan is a funny and endearing story for the whole family.

The development of the play has been supported by Stratford Circus, Kala Sangam & The AMAL Foundation."

Tue 19 Apr

£12 (£10)

Jack Botts

Jack Botts

For fans of Ben Howard, Xavier Rudd and Jeremy Loops, Jack has come from beginnings busking in Byron, to countless sold out headline shows and festival appearance across the country, and is now arguably one of Australia's fastest rising songwriters under the radar.

Though 2020 had its hurdles, Botts took it in his stride and played over 90 COVID-safe shows across the country, from regional hotspots to multiple nights at Melbourne's Northcote Social Club on his sold out headliner and a debut on the arena stage with a set alongside the likes of Ocean Alley, Jack River & Ruby Fields.

Built on an authentic and no-frills approach to life and music, the twenty three year-old has swiftly built a fanbase spanning over 250,000 Monthly Spotify listeners and over 14 Million catalogue streams in just a few short years.

Please check out the title track from his new EP Slow Morning out now from the new EP which is out in full on Friday June 4.

While 'Slow Mornings' the single touches on a particular moment in time, Slow Mornings the EP courses more thoroughly through a formative period in Jack's life. Marking a memory bank of the highs and lows of the last 18 months, Slow Mornings dives into new love - let alone a long distance love in a COVID-world - and all its highs, lows, joys, frustrations and anticipations.

Mon 28 Mar

£5

Jack Lukeman

Jack Lukeman

Award-winning Irish singer-songwriter.

Sat 19 Feb

£16.50

Jamie Lawson

Jamie Lawson

The English singer-songwriter performs his pop originals.

Wed 18 May

£27.50

Thu 19 May

£27.50

Japanese Woodblock Printing 1 Day 2022

Learn the basics of this traditional technique to create a beautiful finished woodblock print.

Adrian Holmes will show you the wonderful art of Japanese woodblock printing. Traditional Japanese woodblock printing is a beautiful and meditative print process using watercolours and rice. Green and environmentally friendly, it uses non-toxic materials to create rich organic prints which are beautiful to the eye.

This form of printing requires no printing press and is all done manually giving the artist complete freedom and control. Enjoy this opportunity to learn in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere and create a beautiful finished woodblock print.

Sat 19 Feb

£55 (£46)

Japanese Woodblock Printing Weekend Course

With a Focus on floral and botanical shapes, form, and abstraction this short course is ideal for both those trying this beautiful traditional Japanese technique for the first time and for those who wish to learn more.

Learn the process of designing for woodblock, with emphasis on botanical shape form and composition considerations that give you a solid foundation for any artistic practice, though the thrill of carving and creating your own custom prints might be hard to beat!

Work with the wood to carve curvilinear shapes and learn how to create stark and clean prints that have a precise and professional finish. Explore the possibility of working with watercolour inks, producing both vivid and subtle hues that give your work a lasting luminous quality.

Numbers are limited to ensure that you will experience a unique and engaging workshop in which you can experiment and develop your own ideas and style.

Day 1 will begin with a walk around various areas of the city picking up ideas and inspiration. We will then back to the studio for group work focusing on drawing and carving of the woodblock.

Day 2 will be focussed on printing and you will have plenty of time to create a set of prints to take away with you. There will be lots of opportunities to experiment with colour and different papers and you will learn all about how to treat your paper before and after printing.

Skills/Techniques Covered:

Designing for woodblock
Piecing out the design onto wood
Using cutting tools safely for a clean print
Managing paper, rice and paints
Printing and aftercare

Materials: All materials will be provided by the tutor. The items you will need to bring with you are listed below.

Please bring with you:

Any sketches or photos that inspire you, but this is not compulsory (Keep ideas simple!!!)
You might like to bring your own watercolours (which must be in tubes) as the tutor will just have basic colours
Any of your own paint brushes you want to use.
Wear something that can be splashed without disaster, (although it is not a particularly messy process)
A cushion for your bums

Sat 23 Apr

£110 (£95)

Jo Harman & Mike Farris

A rare double header of world class vocalists, one from each side of the Atlantic - with a band to match - comes to the Phoenix on 3rd November 2022.

Tennessee's Mike Farris is a 'one of a kind' talent that was rewarded with a Grammy for his 'Shine For All The People' which was followed with the equally revered 'Silver and Stone' album. Mixing gospel, rock, soul, blues and more, Farris is a true powerhouse performer of whom Rolling Stone declared '(his) supersized voice (is) filled with the electricity of Saturday night and the godly grace of Sunday mornings'. UK's own respected elder and tastemaker Bob Harris advises “I truly believe that Mike Farris is one of the great artists of today. He sings the truth with a depth of feeling that warms my heart and touches my soul” whilst American Songwriter Magazine confirm "There aren’t many current male singers who use their voices to soar, float and deliver material with the spiritual commitment of Mike Farris".

UK's award winning, Radio 2 play-listed, multi million streaming, vocalist Jo Harman is, according to Rag n Bone man 'one of the UK'S finest talents' and this tour represents a much anticipated return to the stage after an extended break following the birth of her first born. An artist regarded by 'black' music magazine editor 'Chris Wells' as 'right now…perhaps the Uk's finest vocalist' has in recent times opened BluesFest at O2 Arena for Live Nation (who booked her a record 5 years running) and she has headlined major Festivals throughout the Uk and Europe, including being one of 12 artists playing to a 300k audience at Parkpop, Netherlands. 'UK's best female blues soul voice' opines The Daily Mirror, and 'a voice that leaves you speechless', so says Huey Morgan, Fun Lovin' Criminals, BBC Radio 2.

Thu 3 Nov

£20 (£18)

Jonny And The Baptists

Jonny & The Baptists: Dance Like It Never Happened

Oh wow, the last two years have been awful haven't they?

So what do we do now? Just power through? Laugh and pretend it’s definitely fine?

Or deal with the trauma of multiple lockdowns, emotional shutdowns and total breakdowns?

In "Dance Like It Never Happened" musical comedians Jonny & The Baptists are gonna try to do it all. Grieve, bounce back, have a cry and then do the macarena. It’ll be the funniest, most joyful and uplifting show you will ever see about feeling totally bereaved.

Through their trademark blend of joyful songs, silly stand-up and riotous storytelling Jonny & The Baptists should help you find meaning, humour and beauty in the worst years of the century (so far).

Sun 12 Jun

£16

Jonny & The Baptists: Dance Like It Never Happened

Jonny & The Baptists: Dance Like It Never Happened

This is a show about grief. This is a show about loss. Just not how you’d expect. Dance Like It Never Happened is the funniest, most joyful and uplifting show you will ever see about feeling totally bereaved.

At the end of 2019 we lost another election and our place in Europe. But worst of all for us, we lost a friend we loved more than life.

This followed by the year that was 2020, and our decades-long system of dealing with grief - ignoring it, drinking heavily and making jokes - we finally broke. Totally.

In their most honest and personal show yet, Jonny & The Baptists learn to accept and engage with their grief, telling the story of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance through their trademark blend of silly, joyful songs, deadpan stand-up and riotous storytelling. Finding meaning, humour and beauty in the hardest part of life.

Sun 12 Jun

£17.60

Josh Berry & Rafe Hubris

Josh Berry & Rafe Hubris

In his debut UK tour, award-winning, Josh Berry mocks people who went to slightly more prestigious private schools than him for an hour. Josh will probably agonise about whether it’s right that he’s making lots of money these days over the course of a performance he’s charging you to watch. He’ll also in all likelihood do quite a few impressions although he’s really trying to leave all that stuff behind because he thinks he’s artistically above it now.

Also starring, Rafe Hubris (BA, OXON) who is, by his own admission, ‘the most significant special advisor working for the conservative party’ and has been at the coalface* throughout the government’s coronavirus response. Watch this supremely confident 24 year old Eton and Oxford alumnus, tell the story of the 2020 pandemic which he thinks he’s managed ‘vary wall’. Expect lots of audience interaction as Rafe riffs on some of the major points of the pandemic, from Johnson getting covid to the Cummings scandal.

Thu 21 Apr

£16.50

Kathakali

Kathakali, the classical dance drama of Kerala south India, makes a welcome return to this country to perform a story that highlights the dignity, strength, and compassion of women.

The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company, involve outstanding international artists from Kerala, and bring emotion, colour, and incredible characters onto the stage.

The company have toured extensively in the UK and world-wide bringing Kathakali to thousands of people. For anyone unfamiliar with Kathakali there is a chance to see the makeup being applied, view the costumes, meet the artists and a short pre-show demonstration.

Allow your imagination to enter the magical world of Kathakali and find a place where stories come alive.

Wed 6 Apr

£12 (£10)

Kiba: The Fangs Of Fiction

Amid a power struggle within major publishing company Kunpu, cocky industry operator Akira (Yo Oizumi) gets assigned to lead its failing culture magazine Trinity. As new editor-in-chief he enlists the help of earnest rookie editor Megumi (Mayu Matsuoka) and attempts to revitalize the print by securing the commitment of a celebrated author, breaking out new literary talent and taking risks. This A whip-smart, twist-laden workplace comedy anchored by an all-star ensemble cast, offers a comically cynical look at corporate culture that nevertheless celebrates the tenacity of the underdog and was a box office succss in Japan.

Wed 2 Mar

King Hammond + Barefoot Bandit + Gold Steppers

Nick played his first professional gig in July 1977 at The Roxy club in London with his band The Dead sharing a bill with Cock Sparrer, Dead Fingers Talk & DJ Don Letts. That same week he was pictured on the front cover of the Melody Maker underneath the headline Teds Vs Punks! Between 1978-1980 he appeared on many post punk singles including cult classics from Cuddly Toys & Steve Treatment.

Fri 13 May

£16.50

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Empathy Pains

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Empathy Pains

The multi-award winning comedian takes aim at her latest bête noire: empathy.

Thu 10 Feb

£16.50

Kris Barras Band

Kris Barras Band

Blues rock guitarist.

Tue 8 Mar

£20.35

Wed 9 Mar

£20.35

Larkhall

Piano, visual art and technology collide in Larkhall’s moving, cinematic performance. A composer, pianist and creative coder, he has written software to turn the nuances of each performance into reactive visual projections. His music has earned accolades from across Europe and the USA, with his 2019 album The Sea Was Never Blue reaching the #2 spot on the iTunes Classical chart. Described as “Vividly beautiful” and “Exceptional… very powerful, something you need to experience”, this album introduced his unique style of new classical piano music coupled with generative video.

As a concert pianist, Larkhall was awarded the jury prize for new music at the Shostakovich International Piano Competition, and was twice selected for the prestigious Britten Pears Arts fellowship. As a technologist, he has worked with multi-Grammy-award-winning group eighth blackbird.

https://youtu.be/PeHzFmNPMEU

Mon 4 Apr

£12 (£10)

Larry Dean: Fudnut

Larry Dean: Fudnut

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

Thu 26 May

£15

Laura Veirs

A haunting, sparse mix of deadpan folk and blues from US singer-songwriter Laura Veirs.

Thu 23 Jun

£23.65

Lavender - By Holly Fitzpatrick

A butch trainwreck that works in the cereal aisle. A Christian university student with a dead mother and an engagement ring. An expectant audience. So, Nancy and Lucy must confess everything, starting where it began: sharpening pencils aged 7.

Lavender is a new play by emerging South West playwright Holly Fitzpatrick. Two queer female protagonists stand onstage, surrounded by coats and dresses, gin bottles, school bags, homework. History in the polyester fabric of thongs, dolls and skipping ropes.

This is a vibrant, outrageous, truthful sapphic which scrutinises the impact of Christian iconography on female sexuality, gender expression and autonomy. A timely exploration of how performance functions as a means of survival in hetero society.

After positive feedback from Exeter Fringe Festival, the team are developing the piece with two weeks of rehearsal at Exeter Phoenix and Theatre Royal Plymouth. This queer artist-led project includes workshops at Exeter Library for LGBTQ+ youth, a premiere performance and panel discussion at Exeter Phoenix, and performances at London VAULT Festival.

Our event will run for 1 hour and 30 minutes, with a performance and panel discussion between local queer academics, artists, and our own creatives. The discussion will explore the protection and championing of queer creative spaces in the South West.

This will be the first time that LAVENDER has been shown to a real audience, so we are excited for you to be a part of our journey!

Content warning - Contains strong language, reference to eating disorders. The discussion may explore queerphobia in the South West. If you have any concerns or questions before booking, do drop us an email at playlavender@gmail.com

Wed 23 Feb

Leveret

Leveret

Trio playing traditional folk.

Thu 13 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Life: Untitled

promoter – EP Adapting her own stage play, Kana Yamada’s incisive and comic directorial debut is a multifaceted portrayal of women’s lives intersecting with a Tokyo escort service. The dynamic group is anchored by Kano (a breakout role for Sairi Ito of The Naked Director), who works in the rundown office where the women all wait for calls and becomes a witness to others between their visits to local love hotels, including the veteran Shiho (Reiko Kataoka of Hush!). Portraying an industry frequently exploited in Japanese media for objectifying scenes of titillation or abjection, Yamada shows sex workers’ dignity and desires amidst the misogyny and violence pervading society, updating the humanistic impulses of Kenji Mizoguchi to address the contemporary alienation of labor with humor and drama.

Wed 16 Mar

Lime Cordiale

Lime Cordiale

Australian pop rock group from Sydney, New South Wales.

Mon 12 Sep

£16.50

The Longest Johns

The Longest Johns are a Bristol based, a capella folk music band, born out of a mutual love of traditional folk songs and shanties. They rock maritime songs alongside the more unusual and less traditional folk tunes. I doubt any of Bristol’s The Longest Johns ever imagined they would be able to get so far on just four voices. In a few short years they have gone from singing sea shanties in a kitchen to International folk festivals, tours, TV appearances and gained a huge online following. As the face of the 2021 sea shanty revival with their track Wellerman, the Johns are reaching millions of new fans all across the globe and showing them just how great these songs can be. - For any ticketing queries please contact your ticket provider. - For any queries regarding our Covid safety & seating: thegrand.info/covidsafety - For any accessibility or other questions, please refer to our Contact / FAQ page - thegrand.info/contact - Please note there will be strobes, flashing lights, loud noises, confetti, the occasional balloon drop and other fun stuff used in the venue. This is an 14+ event (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult 21+) .

Tue 26 Apr

£14

Lou Sanders: One Word: Wow

It's me again, your old internet friend Dr Giggles.

It's time for a little get together; so pull up a chair, get all cosy and let me tell you about the time I gave this horse a boner. I'll bring my skates, you bring your wallet and we'll all take some piccies.

Maybe this show is the real vaccine?

As seen on The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS), Taskmaster (Channel 4), QI (BBC Two), Travel Man (Channel 4) and co-host of Mel Giedroyc's Unforgivable (Dave).

'A comedian who leaves you wanting more'Times 'She's terrific'Guardian 'Thank the comedy Gods'Chortle

Sun 3 Apr

£16.50

Lou Sanders: Say Hello to Your New Step-Mummy

Lou Sanders: Say Hello To Your New Step-Mummy

Lou Sanders discusses mental health, relationships and pervs in her latest hour.

Sun 3 Apr

Prices to be confirmed

Magical Bones

The Britain’s Got Talent finalist takes to the stage with his much-anticipated debut UK tour following a sold out and critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh festival. Join Bones as he effortlessly combines intricate sleight of hand with mesmerising illusions and jaw dropping break-dance moves in one of the most awe-inspiring shows, you’ll see this year. Direct from appearances on America’s Penn & Teller Fool Us, BBC1’s BAFTA Awards, ITV1’s This Morning and Sky’s Around The World In 80 Tricks.

Wed 9 Feb

Prices to be confirmed

Magical Bones: Black Magic

Magical Bones: Black Magic

Sleight-of-hand magic and dance moves from the break dancing magician Magical Bones.

Wed 9 Feb

£19.25

Making And Using Natural Pigments: Blues 1 Day 2022

Work with the blues of ancient times. In this 1-day workshop you will be shown techniques for mixing watercolour paint using Lapis and Egyptian Blue. These paints can then be used to create landscapes. Use fresh blue spring skies and your own imaginary inner landscapes as inspiration and please do bring along your own reference material if you have a particular image you want to work from.

All materials are provided.

Our Art classes can get messy, so attendees are encouraged to wear clothing suitable for painting in or bring along their own aprons.

Artist Jenny Mellings works across a range of media including painting drawing and stop frame animation. Her work has been exhibited widely and Jenny has taught in many different educational settings and has worked with arts organisations and galleries to deliver workshops and projects (Jenny holds a Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education)

Find out more about Jenny’s work at https://jennymellings.com/

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

Sat 5 Mar

£50 (£42)

Making And Using Natural Pigments: Colours From The Landscape

Experiment with glorious mud! Use natural geological colours found in South West England to make a series of painted studies and prints. All materials provided but do bring along your own reference material if you have a particular image you want to work from.

Our Art classes can get messy, so attendees are encouraged to wear clothing suitable for painting in or bring along their own aprons.

Artist Jenny Mellings works across a range of media including painting drawing and stop frame animation. Her work has been exhibited widely and Jenny has taught in many different educational settings and has worked with arts organisations and galleries to deliver workshops and projects (Jenny holds a Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education)

Find out more about Jenny’s work at https://jennymellings.com/

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

Sat 19 Mar

£50 (£42)

Manchester Calling! Live @ Exeter Pheonix

Manchester Calling! is a night celebrating iconic Manchester music by The Stone Roses, Oasis The Smiths and Morrissey.

Featuring live performances by #1 tribute bands: The Total Stone Roses, The Smiths Presumably and Oaysis, if you’re keen to hear your favourite Manchester anthems performed LIVE by exceptional tribute acts, surrounded by like-minded music fans, this event is for you.

Fri 16 Dec

£24.75–£27.50

Martha Tilston

Martha Tilston

Folk singer-songwriter from Brighton, now based in Cornwall.

Sun 13 Feb

£17.60

Sun 13 Mar

£17.60

Martin Carthy

Ballad singer, ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist Martin Carthy is coming to Exeter Phoenix!

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it

‘Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all’ Q MAGAZINE

Tue 15 Feb

£15

Matt Forde

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

Thu 17 Feb

£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

Thu 17 Feb

£16

My Mate Wren

Promoter - EP

My Mate Wren Theatre Workshop 7pm £12 (£10) 40 "80 mins, no interval

14+ due to strong language and themes"

Tue 17 May

£12 (£10)

New Band Showcase 2

New Band Showcase: Dust in the Sunlight

When singer-songwriters Annie Rew Shaw and Billy Wright met at a friend’s recording session in 2017, neither of them were looking to form a new band. Each focused on individual projects, they seemed set on different courses… until they started singing together. With voices that effortlessly merge, and combined experience of years of songwriting and performing, the pair decided to join forces and form Dust In The Sunlight.

Within 12 months of their official formation, the duo signed to indie label Project Melody. They released their eponymous debut EP during the first UK lockdown in 2020, receiving plaudits from the likes of CLASH, Record of the Day and BBC Introducing, alongside airtime on Radio X, Amazing Radio and BBC Radio Devon.

Drawing in new collaborators, the EP was followed by a series of remixes by The Big Pink, Owen Cutts (Stormzy, Empara Mi) and Peaking Lights. The final remix by Tom Donovan (Monster Florence, Foreign Beggars) charted at 39 on the US Apple Music electronic chart.

Later that year, Dust In The Sunlight released an unexpected cover of ‘Hard To Explain’ by The Strokes, which was praised by legendary producer Gordon Raphael as ‘totally unique’.

Wed 2 Feb

£3

Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley
  • 2021
  • US
  • 2h 30min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, David Strathairn

An ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.

Fri 11 Feb
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Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague

Bossa nova covers of the likes of Joy Division, the Cure, the Specials, the Clash and other early 80s alternative heroes.

Fri 18 Mar

£30.25–£33

Oas-is

Oas-Is

Tribute to iconic Mancunian swaggerers Oasis.

Sat 11 Jun

£16.24

Ocean Alley

Ocean Alley

Six-piece from Sydney who combine psychedelia, grunge, blues and reggae into a lolloping, lysergic rock'n'roll groove.

Tue 29 Mar

£17.60

Oh My God! It's the Church

Oh My God! It's the Church

Non-stop Pentecostal party.

Thu 5 May

£13.20

Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone

75-year-old Momoko lives alone on the outskirts of Tokyo. She has built a family and lived happily for 55 years since coming to Tokyo at age 20 to avoid an arranged marriage. Her plans for peaceful twilight years with her husband were thwarted due to his sudden death. But since then she found three companions. Momoko regains the energy to continue her journey through life in the past and present along with memories and reality that intertwine. Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone is based on the novel of the same title written by Wakatake Chisako, which earned her the Akutagawa Prize at age 63. Okita Shuichi, who has consistently continue to delivered a message of calm and warm consolation that started with his debut film The Chef of South Polar to「Mori, The Artist’s, Habitat」portrays the life of an old woman with humor and care. Tanaka Yoko and Aoi Yu give a lovable performance in the lead role.

Wed 9 Mar

Our Body Is A Planet

OUR BODY IS A PLANET Prremier followed by panel discussion with the Director.

Thu 3 Feb | 7:30pm | Studio 74 & online FREE

The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology’s artist in residence, Léonie Hampton, will be premiering her film “Our Body is a Planet” at the Exeter Phoenix and online.

Online ticket holders will be sent a link to this event 24 Hour before it takes place.

The screening will be followed by a discussion about the film’s art/science collaboration between Léonie and Professor Neil Gow, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact and Professor of Microbiology at the University of Exeter. The conversation will be facilitated by Sarah Campbell, Associate Director of Arts and Culture, University of Exeter.

Our Body is a Planet is a short film that challenges the way we think of ourselves as individual genetically prescribed entities, independent from our surroundings. Without fungi and bacteria our bodies and biosphere would not exist; we are in partnership with the microbial world. Our bodies are made up of more microbial cells that our own ‘human’ cells. This symbiotic life sustaining alliance is under threat, partly as a result of the colossal scale of the destructive practices wrought by humans on the planet during the age of the anthropocene. The delicate balance between living bodies and the world is in danger. Fungi are being forced to adapt to changing environments and this is leading to an increase in fungal pathogens and the spread of new diseases. Today, mostly as a result of modern medicine, HIV, and probably climate change the number of lethal fungal infections is increasing, killing 1.5 million people a year. If these practices continue to grow scientists warn that we will face a medical emergency with an increase in drug resistance, and the threat of fungal virulence due to climate change.

Simultaneously there is so much to be gained from the study of fungi; about which we still understand very little. They offer us collective, resilient, regenerative ways of being that might in turn lead us back to a more balanced partnership with the microbial world and one another. The symbiotic and pathogenic pathways of fungi challenge our animal imaginations and mechanistic modern systems of life, offering new possibilities of how we might learn to “live and die well together on a damaged planet” *

*Quote Anna Tsing, The Mushroom at the end of the World

Image caption: Aspergillus fumigatus, a fungus that plays a major role in composting and regeneration of organic matter in our world, but can also become pathogenic and deadly.

Image credit: Léonie Hampton of Still/Moving working in collaboration with Elaine Bignell's Team at the CMM.

Thu 3 Feb

Parallel Mothers

Parallel Mothers
  • 2021
  • Spain
  • 2h 3min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Cast: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

The story of two mothers who give birth on the same day.

Fri 4 Feb
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Patrick Kielty: Borderline

Patrick Kielty

Bittersweet, poignant and laugh out loud funny, Borderline is a comedic love letter to the future of our islands from this award-winning comedian’s personal past.

Thu 9 Jun

£22

Pattern Pusher

Energetic retro-pop three piece Pattern Pusher are on a mission to uplift and inspire with feel-good music that is hitting all the right notes in a world crying out for positivity. This is an 18+ event.

Fri 1 Apr

Paul Draper

Paul Draper, Love Amongst Ruin

Alt.rock / indie singer-songwriter and former frontman of Mansun.

Tue 15 Mar

£16.50

Peat and Diesel

Peat and Diesel

Three-piece Scottish folk band from Stornoway, known for their humorous insight into island life, made up of Boydie MacLeod, Innes Scott and Uilly Macleod.

Sun 27 Mar

£18.15

Peat & Diesel

The story began when three Stornoway Cove's (Innes, Uilly and Boydie) met up in the house to have the craic on a Saturday night playing music with just the dog and the cat watching. After a few tunes getting thrown across the room Boydiestated muttering a few sentences. As he is a man of few words no attention was really given to him until he shouted 'Quick, line me out!' Not a second to spare a set of old broken headphones were cable tied to a guitar amp and out came a few cobwebs followed shortly after with a sound nobody had ever heard before. What came next was five gallons of lyrics, verse after verse, song after song Peat & Diesel was born!

The songs won't make much sense to the average person, but the person behind the lyrics isn't your average man so if you have a listen and you can relate to it you are a special breed!

Peat & Diesel Light my Byre takes you on a journey to the heart of the Western Isles, where #peatlemania was born. You might have time for a brandy in the 'Airidh' but don't miss your ride in Calum Dan's Transit Van, we ain't stopping till we lose the water!

Selling out Glasgow's iconic Barrowlands in one dayas well as over 7,000 ticketsacross their debut tour happening in Jan 2020has seen the band turn a corner in the public eye and with the band's second album Uptown Fank out on Jan 24th2020 things just keep going from strength to strength!

Sun 27 Mar

£18.15

Peggy Seeger & Calum Maccoll

Making a very welcome visit on her rescheduled ‘First Farewell Tour’, the charismatic Peggy Seeger - singer, songwriter, feminist, icon, Ewan MacColl’s partner and muse - is the undisputed queen of folk and political song. Join Peggy and her son Calum MacColl, an exceptional musician in his own right, for a glorious evening of up-close performance by these two world class musicians. Expect to hear some of Peggy’s new songs from her hugely successful ‘First Farewell’ album, some old favourites, a few surprises, and plenty of relaxed family banter.

“Peggy may be folk royalty, but there’s nothing either reverent or nostalgic about this joyous and intimate performance” The Guardian

“Glorious - Peggy is a commanding presence” The Times

“An effortlessly intimate affair” The Scotsman

“A memorable warm and charming evening of great music, family humour and grace.” Irish World

Sun 27 Mar

£19.25

Peggy Seeger & Calum Maccoll

Peggy Seeger

The First Farewell Tour: Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl

Making a very welcome visit to Exeter on her rescheduled ‘First Farewell Tour’, the charismatic Peggy Seeger – singer, songwriter, feminist, icon, Ewan MacColl’s partner and muse – is the undisputed queen of folk and political song. Join Peggy and her son Calum MacColl, an exceptional musician in his own right, for a glorious evening of up-close performance by these two world class musicians. Expect to hear some of Peggy’s new songs from her hugely successful ‘First Farewell’ album, some old favourites, a few surprises, and plenty of relaxed family banter.

Sun 27 Mar

Prices to be confirmed

Pendragon

Pendragon are an English neo-progressive rock band established in 1978 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, as Zeus Pendragon by guitarist and vocalist Nick Barrett.[1] The word Zeus was dropped before the band started recording, as the members decided it was too long to look good on a T-shirt.[2] There were a few personnel changes in the early days, but since 1986 the lineup has remained relatively stable (with only the drummer changing several times since then) and the band were still active as of 2020.

Sun 10 Apr

£26

Photography For Beginners 5 Weeks 2022

This weekly photography course will build your confidence in photography skills, taking you from beginner to brilliant in five weeks. Designed for participants who have their own DSLR cameras, this course is run by professional photographer Vanessa Miles for those who love photography and want to venture off the automatic mode.

You will explore how apertures, shutter speeds and ISO’s work together as well as analyzing composition and how to make the best use of natural light in multiple situations. We will also look at the different genres of photography. You will gain practical, hands on experience as you get to know your camera in this interactive course. In a small group you will be taking pictures and downloading the images in most of the sessions, creating a supportive environment to learn and progress your skills in the medium you love.

Please note that all attendees are expected to bring along their own DSLR camera. Compact cameras are not suitable for this course, some bridge cameras might be possible, if you’re unsure please contact us on: digital@exeterphoenix.org.uk

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

Mon 28 Feb

£150

Platform 4 presents: Triffids!

Platform 4 presents: Triffids! A gig theatre adventure in music sound and pictures…Meteors! Killer plants! B movies! This remarkable collision of music, text and rich visual imagery takes the audience deep into John Wyndham's classic cold war novel: The Day of the Triffids. The live soundtrack is created with instruments including Moog, Double Bass, Theremin, Hammered Dulcimer and… a Cactus! The incredible team behind Triffids have worked with The National Theatre, Bellowhead, Southbank Centre, Kneehigh, BBC and The Bone Ensemble; together they create a very special magic, as seen in their previous collaboration ,the acclaimed Invisible Music.

Mon 7 Mar

£12 (£10.50)

Portraiture 5 Weeks 2022

Explore portraiture techniques and approaches. Learn to translate the 3D model onto the 2D surface through various drawing and painting methods. Look at character and personality as well as bone structure and muscular form. We will also be gaining inspiration from the work of artists who have specialised in portraiture.

All materials supplied.

Thu 3 Mar

£125 (£105)

Post Truth Whatever

Excessive Human Collective presents Post Truth Whatever an inter disciplinary live dance theatre performance which challenges us to look at how we decipher fact from fiction in a post-truth world.

Excessive Human Collective’s impressive ensemble of female dancers combine seamlessly with projections, live and recorded text and a brand-new electronic composition to create a world where fact and fiction blur and anything can become reality.

Post Truth Whatever explores hyper normalisation, political double speaks and how we engage with digital tools to access information. The work presents 3 female performers as they create and broadcast propaganda in a fictional world which is eerily similar to our own. We watch as they slip in and out of control of the hegemonic narrative they are trying desperately to weave.

The physical language employed is complex, virtuosic and rigorous in its interpretation of the theme.

Post Truth Whatever has been created with funding from Arts Council England alongside commissioning support from Swindon Dance. The work’s creation has been supported by Exeter Phoenix, Dance in Devon, Yorkshire Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Dance United Yorkshire.

First 5 tickets: £5

Take advantage of our new early bird special! The first 5 tickets to this and other shows are just £5. The discount will be applied automatically at the last checkout screen, or call our box office on 01392 667080 to check availability.

Save £6 when you book any 3 theatre/dance shows

Explore more of our theatre and performance programme, and enjoy money off your tickets! Save £6 when you book for three shows from our performance programme. Book any three theatre or dance shows and your £6 discount will be applied automatically.

Excessive Human Collective is a dance theatre company under the creative direction of Imogen Reeve. Imogen uses an interdisciplinary approach to create genre defying, dance performance work and her pieces have been shown across the UK. The company has been supported by Arts Council England, Leeds Inspired, Swindon Dance, Exeter Phoenix, Dance in Devon, Yorkshire Dance and Richard Chappell Dance Company.

Mon 14 Feb

£12 (£10)

The Psychology Of Serial Killers

During this talk, you will discover how serial killers are classified. What are the differences between lust killers like the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) Killer, and visionary killers such as David Berkowitz (Son of Sam)? Jennifer will explore the different categories, using case studies to illustrate.

Crime Expert Jennifer Rees will also debunk common Serial Killer Myths – you may be surprised by what you learn!

Jennifer will discuss the typical differences between males and female serial killers, again, incorporating case studies to illustrate.

You will also investigate the phenomenon of killer couples such as Fred and Rose West and The Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, as well exploring the Folie à deux syndrome, a.k.a ‘shared psychosis’.

Why do women fall in love with known serial killers? Jennifer will discuss the clinical knowledge surrounding why serial killers gain admirers, fan mail, and even spouses in light of their atrocious crimes. Learn about Hybristophilia, and the astounding case of the Night Crawler’s trial.

How common are homicidal fantasies? Have you ever fantasised about killing someone? You may be surprised by the results of the research!

Identifying John and Jane Does – how are victims identified? You will watch a fascinating time-lapse video of facial reconstruction on the skull of a discovered body.

Sun 6 Feb

£21–£42

Re:birth

Dam Van Huynh draws upon the words of writers, poets, activists as an awakening to his displaced experience as a child refugee from the Vietnam war.

Moving from a state of disorientation into a state of consciousness, Re:birth retraces a personal experience of rediscovery. The performance unravels a recollection of visual impressions and sensations, a memory book whose pictures and stories long forgotten begin to resurface, a distortion between memories and dreams.

Movement responds to a field of light, sound and voice to elude the senses. Winner of the Asian Arts Award for Best Directing 2018

First 5 tickets: £5

Take advantage of our new early bird special! The first 5 tickets to this and other shows are just £5. The discount will be applied automatically at the last checkout screen, or call our box office on 01392 667080 to check availability.

Save £6 when you book any 3 theatre/dance shows

Explore more of our theatre and performance programme, and enjoy money off your tickets! Save £6 when you book for three shows from our performance programme. Book any three theatre or dance shows and your £6 discount will be applied automatically.

Mon 25 Apr

£12 (£10)

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.

Sat 28 May

£27.50

Reef

Reef

Britrockers who sounded anachronistic even back in their 90s heyday.

Thu 14 Apr

Sold out

Riot Act

Riot Act is a solo verbatim show, created entirely, word for word, out of interviews with three key-players in the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement. It is a celebration of queer activism across the decades, pulling no punches, hilarious and inspiring….it’s a riot.

Riot Act is a solo verbatim show, created entirely, word for word, out of interviews with three key-players in the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement; Michael Anthony Nozzi; a survivor of the Stonewall Riots, Lavina Co-op; an alternative ‘70s drag artist and Paul Burston; a ‘90s London AIDS activist.

This critically acclaimed audience favourite is a breathtaking, rip-roaring, whiteknuckle ride through six decades of queer history, taking the audience right up to the present day.

Provocative, tender, truthful, funny, political and personal, these are stories of queerness, sexuality, activism, addiction, family, childhood, love, sex, drag, community, togetherness, conflict, identity, youth, ageing, loss, fierce queens and a Hollywood diva.

Riot Act is a celebration of queer activism across the decades, pulling no punches, hilarious and inspiring….it’s a riot.

Written and Performed by Alexis Gregory Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair An Emmerson & Ward Productions and Alexis Gregory Production

Sat 7 May

£12 (£10)

The Roots Resistance Showcase - Film Screening

The Roots Resistance is proud to collaborate with Exeter Phoenix to present a collection of film for a special screening in Studio 74. This series of short films shares the voices, perspectives and experiences of both the individual and the collective, and represent the threads of creativity that run through in Exeter and beyond.

The Roots Resistance is a multidisciplinary collective of creatives based in Exeter seeking to engage with the arts as a means of transformative expression. Through creativity, discussion and the exchange of ideas, the Roots Resistance is a project that brings together Black and POC communities, and their allies, in Exeter and beyond.

With the aide of the Exeter Decolonising Network, Exeter Annual Fund and the Education Incubator, over the past year Roots Resistance was able to commission artwork from the community. This showcase is the resulting body of work (and more!) achieved by the collective and its members.

Bio

We are the Roots Resistance, a student-led project that seeks to support the Black and POC community in Exeter and beyond with a philosophy grounded in anti-racism and decolonial knowledge production.

Founded in 2020 and funded by the Exeter Annual Fund and the Education Incubator, our aim is to build a hub of expression limited only by an exclusive commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive community for all. Through creativity, discussion and the exchange of ideas, we hope to share the experience of Black and People of Colour in an honest, inclusive and transformative way.

A collection of film, photography and poetry commissioned and curated by the Roots Resistance, a multidisciplinary collective of creatives based in Exeter and worldwide seeking to engage with the arts as a means of radical expression.

To reserve a free ticket for the live performance, please click here. (Link through to performance listing)

Sat 5 Feb

The Roots Resistance Showcase: Live Performance

The Roots Resistance is proud to collaborate with Exeter Phoenix to present a collection of commissioned poetry for a special performance in The Workshop. This series of short poetry performances shares the voices, perspectives and experiences of both the individual and the collective, and represent the threads of creativity that run through in Exeter and beyond. There will also be an exhibition of poetry in the space prior to the event from 5pm – no need to book, just turn up!

The Roots Resistance is a multidisciplinary collective of creatives based in Exeter seeking to engage with the arts as a means of transformative expression. Through creativity, discussion and the exchange of ideas, the Roots Resistance is a project that brings together Black and POC communities, and their allies, in Exeter and beyond.

With the aide of the Exeter Decolonising Network, Exeter Annual Fund and the Education Incubator, over the past year Roots Resistance was able to commission artwork from the community. This showcase is the resulting body of work (and more!) achieved by the collective and its members.

We are the Roots Resistance, a student-led project that seeks to support the Black and POC community in Exeter and beyond with a philosophy grounded in anti-racism and decolonial knowledge production.

Founded in 2020 and funded by the Exeter Annual Fund and the Education Incubator, our aim is to build a hub of expression limited only by an exclusive commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive community for all. Through creativity, discussion and the exchange of ideas, we hope to share the experience of Black and People of Colour in an honest, inclusive and transformative way.

A collection of film, photography and poetry commissioned and curated by the Roots Resistance, a multidisciplinary collective of creatives based in Exeter and worldwide seeking to engage with the arts as a means of radical expression.

To reserve a free ticket for the film screening, please click here. (Link through to film listing)

Sat 5 Feb

Rowan Rheingans – Dispatches on the Red Dress

Rowan Rheingans – Dispatches on the Red Dress

Dispatches on the Red Dress is an intimate and courageous new solo show by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning songwriter Rowan Rheingans.

A Fringe First award-winner at 2019’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, adventurous new writing meets the warmth of a folk gig in this heartfelt and personal one woman show, uniquely weaving immersive storytelling with live fiddle, banjo and original songs taken from Rowan’s brand new genre-melding debut solo album The Lines We Draw Together (The Guardian’s Folk Album of the Month).

Unravelling the joy and pain from a story of her grandmother’s youth in 1940’s Germany, Rowan celebrates small acts of resistance and boldly asks a troubling question for our times: can hope for our future be found in the very darkest pockets of our history?

Sun 11 Sep

£15.40

Roxanne De Bastion

Harvest Sun Promotions present Roxane De Bastion at Leaf, Liverpool on 3rd February 2022.

Sun 27 Feb

£8

Roxanne De Bastion - 'heirlooms & Hearsay' (full Band Show) / Katie Mac (full Band Show)

Red Balloon Music celebrates our 8th Birthday with an amazing end-of-year joint-headline show!

We are incredibly proud to present the return of the amazing Roxanne de Bastion - performing her 2017 album 'Heirlooms & Hearsay' with a full live band - in the intimate surroundings of Gullivers in Manchester!

This has only ever been performed once before - in front of a sold-out crowd at Kings Place in London back in February - so is a rare chance to hear this album in it's entirety!

We are also extremely excited to announce the welcome return of KATIE MAC - performing with a full live band!

With two headline acts of this calibre, this show is sure to sell quickly - don't miss out!

Support comes from THOM MORECROFT.

ROXANNE DE BASTION: http://www.roxannedebastion.com

Roxanne de Bastion writes emotive, incisive alt-pop and charms audiences with what BBC6 producer Tom Whalley described as 'one of the most perfect voices [he's] ever heard'.

Her debut album Heirlooms & Hearsay is a bold autobiographical concept album which was championed by the likes of Janice Long, Chris Hawkins, Gary Crowley and Tom Robinson.

Since its release, Roxanne has toured extensively across the UK and North America, opening for the Wainwright Sisters, Thea Gilmore and Lambchop, as well as performing at Glastonbury on the legendary Acoustic Stage and Stage 2 at Cambridge Folk Festival.

Roxanne is at the forefront of a new wave of artists breaking with tradition to forge exciting independent careers. As such, Roxanne was invited to join the FAC (Featured Artist Coalition), where she sits on the Board of Directors alongside Imogen Heap, Radiohead's Ed O'Brien, Katie Melua and Dave Rowntree of Blur. Roxanne also created a music conference specifically from and for artists called FM2U, which aims to empower & educate artists as well as create a strong community of artist entrepreneurs.

Heirlooms & Hearsay is a beautiful masterpiece! She truly is a rising star - If you get a chance to see her live, please do!" (Janice Long, BBC Wales)

Mighty Impressive (Chris Hawkins, BBC6)

A 'Real Deal' SongwriterFeist with a spark (Fresh On The Net)

Astonishingly Assured (The Sunday Times)

KATIE MAC: https://www.musicglue.com/katiemacmusic

Katie Mac is a singer-songwriter from Huyton, Liverpool.

Taking influence from Laura Marling, Joni Mitchell and Regina Spektor, she has also been compared to the likes of Patti Smith, PJ Harvey and Kate Bush.

Katie took her music to the next level by adding five band members to her solo act, and self-organising two full UK tours in 2016/2017.

She has found great support off Dave Monks of BBC Introducing in Merseyside, and has been opened up towards a national audience with the help of BBC Radio 6 Music.

THOM MORECROFT: http://thommorecroft.com

Played on BBC 6 Music by Tom Robinson and described by ex-editor of NME, Q, Mojo and Word Paul Du Noyer as cheering and addictive, Thom Morecroft is a British singer-songwriter from Shropshire, living in Liverpool.

Born in Shrewsbury in the early 1990s and moving away to Liverpool where he was a student in the early 2010s, he became part of a vital, healthily populated scene of acoustic singer-songwriters in the north-west. He developed an idiosyncratic live performance and a distinctive vocal style.

Thom has opened for the likes of Robert Vincent, Roxanne de Bastion, Beans on Toast and Will Varley and toured his EP and single releases in the UK and Germany. Last year, he started work on a new album at Elevator Recording Studios in Liverpool with engineer/mixer Tom Roach and producer James Thorne. The album is in the finishing stages of production, and will be released on December 6th.

Sun 27 Feb

Prices to be confirmed

The Ruts DC

Ruts DC

Fri Nov 18 / doors 7.30pm / auditorium / standing / all ages / £20 / support – TV Smith / promoter – EP

Fri 18 Nov

£20

Scrap Soundtracks

Create your own soundtrack to a silent film with household items!

Come along and explore different ways of making sound effects and music, make some upcycled instruments and work together to create a live score to a short silent film.

The course will look at different ways to make noises and sound effects using items you can find around the house and upcycled instruments that are easy to create. Using the different sounds the group will look at how best to pair the sounds with a silent film, creating a live score and live soundtracks.

ROBYN LAWRENCE

Robyn is a creative producer living in Exeter with a keen interest in upcycling and looking at creative ways to bring together different artforms. Whilst primarily working in events and digital programming Robyn has assisted with Exeter Phoenix’s regular youth arts group.

Thu 24 Feb

£30

Scratchworks The Snow Beast

Test tubes bubble, experiments explode and new inventions whirr for the Science Academy’s Final Exams. But Faina’s got a problem… her project has unexpectedly burst into flames! Join Faina and her owl assistant Maude as they set off on an action-packed adventure as they battle through the wild, wintry wilderness in search of the truth about the Snow Beast.

A captivating collision of storytelling, an original score and interactive science experiments that will inspire budding scientists of all ages.

Welcome to the Seldomberg Science Fair, Lab coats - check! Goggles -on! Ideas are bubbling in the air!

In the snowy town of Seldomberg test tubes bubble, experiments explode and new inventions whirr for the Science Academy’s Final Exams. But Faina’s got a problem… her project has unexpectedly burst into flames!

Desperate to pass her Final Exams, Faina sets off on a perilous expedition to find the legendary Snow Beast. With help from her owl assistant Maude, they encounter extraordinary spectacles and mountainous obstacles as they battle through the wild, wintry wilderness in search of the truth.

Can you help Faina and Maude overcome the scientific puzzles along the way? Does The Snow Beast even exist?

This show is a captivating collision of storytelling, original music and interactive science experiments which will inspire budding scientists of all ages.

The Snow Beast is a collaboration between critically acclaimed theatre company Scratchworks and award-winning writer Jack Dean. Originally developed in association with Barbican Theatre, Plymouth.

Age guidance: 6+

Thu 24 Feb

£12 (£10)

Sculpture From Life Half Day

Work from a life model and develop your technique for translating observations into a clay sculpture.

All materials supplied unless stated otherwise.

Tutor Sarah John

Sat 2 Apr

£25 (£21)

Sham 69

Promoter - JS Promotions

Formed in Hersham in 1975, Sham 69 became one of London's must-go-see bands. Their first single, 'I Don't Wanna', produced by John Cale (formerly of Velvet Underground) was released on Step Forward Records in '77, its success prompted Polydor Records to sign them up. Jimmy Pursey, founder member and singer with the legendary punk band, has reformed the band with Dave Parsons (guitar), Dave Tregunna (bass) and Robin Guy (Drums). Due to popular demand, they return for select gigs, to play Classic Sham and new material.

Fri 8 Apr

£25

Sham 69

Sham 69

The veteran bolshy Cockney punk rockers are still going with this tour featuring Jimmy Pursey, Dave Parsons, Dave Treganna and Robin Guy.

Fri 8 Apr

£26.40

Shorts #2: Bodies In Motion

A collection of shorts that explores our relationships with our bodies, how we connect through them, and the stories they tell. Virgin My Ass Dir. Adar Sigler | 17 mins | Israel Ophir asks Harel for a small favour that might make him feel like a normal gay guy. OK, maybe not that small a favour. During the somewhat ridiculous, somewhat exciting night the two will spend in bed, they will learn a small lesson in intimacy and community. One-Life Stand Dir. Natalia Alejarra | 5 mins | UK One-Life Stand offers a playful take on the rom-com, taking the viewer on a visual tour of the genre’s cliches before revealing that things aren’t quite as they seemed. Big Touch Dir. Christopher Tenzis | 3 mins | USA An Afro-Surrealist story about a giant woman and a tiny man who through the power of touch, experience an unexpected transformation. A little too much Dir. Martina Scarpelli | 4 mins | USA In an imaginary space a woman lets go of herself and overcomes fearing her own greatness. She discovers her body, she embraces her emotions, and learns to own all the parts that make her HER. I, Too, Am America Dir. S-hekh Shem Hetep | 4 mins | USA A dance short film that intertwines perception and one's true identity. A Transgender story inspired by true events. Out of Time Dir. Delphine Montaigne | 9 mins | France

This time, Felix is risking a lot. The director summoned his mother and threatened to deny him access to the establishment. But what could Felix have done? And what kind of establishment is it exactly? From A Strange Land Dir. Caroline Steinbeis | 7 mins | UK An inquisitive retiree surprises her new neighbours to say hello. A short film about overstepping the line and how we find common ground. Crumbs Dir. Maya Zydman | 19 mins | Israel One night, two naked souls. A night of love and manipulation, sexuality and anger, rejection and longing. A film about the grey areas of sexuality, consent, and gender roles, but at the same time, a film about love.

Thu 3 Feb

£5 (£20)

Shorts #3: The Balance Of Power

Who holds power, who has control, and what happens when the balance of power starts to shift? A collection of films that explore people reimagining their place in the world. Salt Water Town Dir. Dan Thorburn | 15 mins | UK As rising sea levels loom across the coast of Wales, a father and son clash over the future of their failing caravan park. Greed Dir. Amber Danger Johnson | 4 mins | USA A revolutionary message for women everywhere to break the binds of their patriarchal overlords, dispel the myth of greed and take what is rightfully theirs. Men take heed, a reckoning is coming. Two Options Dir. Gon Caride | 10 mins | France In the country of Freedom, Equality and Fraternity, in this new Europe without borders, besieged by fear and intolerance, a polish immigrant will have to face the reality of racism. The Pie Shop Dir. Tyler Pierreson | 10 mins | UK When Mickie asks to join Kim one quiet Saturday morning, they find reflecting on the past can be both a comfort and a torment. One Acre Dir. Jo Barker, Holly Black, Dee Butterly | 5 mins | UK We follow a young new entrant farmer as she reflects on her experience of farming; from climate change, to community and the art of letting go of control. Al-Sit Dir. Suzannah Mirghani | 20 mins | Sudan An arranged marriage in a cotton-farming village in Sudan. Does 15-year-old Nafisa have a choice?

Thu 3 Feb

£5 (£20)

Shorts #4: Documentary Strand

From the power of cinema to the importance of cuckoo clocks, these documentaries are sometimes funny, sometimes moving, but always compelling. Patter Merchant Dir. Fergus Cruickshank | 9 mins | UK Grandpa Colin Mackellar is a true Glaswegian Patter Merchant, cheekily recounting the stories of the streets he grew up in. But these stories seemed to have shifted in everyone’s memory, including his own. Welcome to Colin’s Glasgow. A Town Still Standing Dir. Marvin Meckes, Lukas Fuhrimann | 18 mins | Switzerland Ever since the boom of the 1980s faded, the cuckoo clock has gradually lost its appeal and magic, and so has its birthplace. Between abandoned restaurants and empty souvenir shops, the residents eagerly hope for the return of tourists. About Father, About Death Dir. Farhad Hajari | 15 mins | Islamic Republic of Iran

After the death of his father, the filmmaker is faced with his personal belongings and reflect on the nature of death. Dajla: Cinema and Oblivion Dir. Arturo Dueñas | 15 mins | Spain Life is going on in Dakhla, one of the Sahrawi refugee camps in southern Algeria, forgotten for 45 years. The celebration of a film festival, the Fisahara, breaks the monotony. The event ends, life (and oblivion) continues. Totalis Dir. Ciara Flint | 7 mins | UK Filmed sporadically over the course of a year, TOTALIS follows the story of a young musician and his battle with Alopecia - a condition that is slowly but surely stripping him of his identity. The Last Pig Slaughter Dir. Villi Hermann | 10 mins | Italy While tidying up during the lockdown 2020, the filmmaker uncovered photos of a day spent with the butcher peddler in his village shortly before they decided to stop for good in 1970.

Fri 4 Feb

Shorts #5: Local Talent

The best filmmaking talent from Devon and the South West. Seagull Dir. Dean Puckett | 6 mins | UK Seagull is a recovering drug addict who is about to have a very strange night. Scapelands Dir. Katie Beard, Naomi Turner, Liv Lockwood | 4 mins | UK A short dance film that explores our primal connections with nature and the effect of urban living on the human mind. The Accidental Choir Mistress Dir. Jo Barker, Holly Black | 6 mins | UK The Accidental Choirmistress and members of the Tuesday Fun Club Choir take us on a journey of love and grief, how it can permeate music and bring people together when we most need to be close. A.R.P.U. Dir. Phil Spencer | 25 mins | UK In a world where data is our only currency, a career-driven young mother is forced to fight for her way of life when a global tech giant comes to claim a debt. The Thing That Ate The Birds Dir. Sophie Mair, Dan Gitsham | 12 mins | UK On the North Yorkshire Moors, Abel, Head Gamekeeper, discovers the thing that is eating his grouse. Pickney Dir. Michael Jenkins | 16 mins | UK Leon is a mixed-race teenager trying to work out where he fits in. He is close to his Nan, the only person he know from his Jamaican side of the family. He goes to his Nan’s Nine Nights and meets the rest of his family for the first time where he begins to understand, identity is more than skin deep.

Fri 4 Feb

£5

The Showhawk Duo

The Showhawk Duo

Quirky acoustic guitar duo who tackle everything from Queen to Daft Punk.

Sat 7 May

£19.25

Sofie Hagen: Fat Jokes

Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing (Work in Progress)

Edinburgh comedy award winner Sofie Hagen presents; Fat Jokes. A show bursting with big jokes and fat punchlines. Sofie returns to her craft of devastatingly brilliant joke writing and storytelling and has created this collection of fat jokes and unforgettable moments that you can laugh at without feeling like sh*t. Come as you are and enjoy an actual fat person at the top of her game.

Thu 8 Sep

£17.60

Sons Of The East

Sons Of The East are an indie-folk band from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. Band mates Dan Wallage, Nic Johnston and Jack Rollins have already seen their music achieve 130 million streams and over 30 million YouTube views as their popularity continues to soar worldwide.

The band’s motley acoustic – electric sound has become a unique and charismatic trademark. Soulful, joyous and irresistible. Songs like Into The Sun, My Repair *and *Come Away have become classics with over 70 million streams between them.

After sellout tours through Europe and Australia, 2020 saw Sons Of The East release You Might Think, the first single from their forthcoming debut album.

2021 sees the band play some of the largest festivals in Europe before embarking on their debut tour of North America.

Tue 8 Feb

The Specials

The Specials

The legendary 2 Tone and ska revival band, famous for hits such as Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town, still going strong with a career spanning over 40 years.

Sat 23 Apr

Prices to be confirmed

Squidge

Do you squish or squash, tickle or most certainly not, handshake or hug, stretch out or snuggle in like a bug?

‘Squidge’ is a fun interactive dance performance with live music and digital projection, which takes a light-hearted look at our sense of touch and how it influences our everyday lives. At the heart of the show is a tale of friendship, compromise and how each and every one of us need touch to make us feel alive! Immerse yourself in this shared experience for children 3-8yrs and their grown-ups.

Sit in your own special seating area where you can explore magical light-up boxes, full of exciting textures for little hands which will delight and tickle your senses.

“Playful and cheeky, perfect for young audiences” – audience member

Squidge is produced in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome and The Core at Corby Cube with support from Arts Council England and is ‘See It Safely’ approved’ which certifies that we are complying with the latest Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines.

Mon 11 Apr

£12 (£10)

Steve Bugeja: Summer Camp

Steve Bugeja: Summer Camp

Steve Bugeja

In 2009, Steve spent his summer working at a kids camp in America. Woefully ill-equipped, disastrously naive and notoriously bad with children – this is the true story of what happened. Following two critically acclaimed sell-out Fringe runs, Steve Bugeja returns with his third solo show. BBC New Comedy Award winner, as seen on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and heard on BBC Radio 4’s Fresh From The Fringe. 'Plentiful jokes and compelling storytelling' (Scotsman). 'Truly hilarious' (Fest Mag). 'Big laughs and gentle pathos' (Guardian). ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk). ★★★★ (Scotsman). ★★★★ (Fest).

Buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry or Pay What You Want at the venue

Sun 26 Jun

£13.20

Steve Bugeja: Tried To Start His Own Nickname

Steve Bugeja: Tried To Start His Own Nickname

One of comedy's most exciting rising stars, Steve Bugeja (AKA 'The Mighty Booj', 'Moulin Booj', or - for December only - 'Ebenezer Booj') is bringing his brand new show for 2022. A familiar face on TV and radio, Steve hosted the BBC Radio 4 series Economics with Subtitles, and has made numerous appearances on TV shows such as The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One), Love Island: Aftersun (ITV2), Russell Howard's Stand Up Central (Comedy Central).

A prolific writer, Steve was a key member of the writing team for The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One) and for Iain Stirling's gameshow Celebability and sitcom Buffering (ITV2), and has contributed material to Mock the Week (BBC2), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and to BBC Radio 4. 

Tickets £8 (Early Bird Price £6)

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Please note advanced tickets are not available direct from the venue.

Sun 26 Jun

Prices to be confirmed

Summer Theatre Week With Paddleboat

Summer theatre week for imaginative 7-11 year olds

Imaginative young people aged 7 to 11 are invited to create stage play with award winning PaddleBoat Theatre Company during the summer holiday.

The inventive Exeter-based company, which is known for its distinctive and playful approach to theatre, will guide youngsters through a week of storytelling, puppetry, music, design, acting and directing.

This theatre week offers children the chance to have fun creating with other children and professional artists to put together a piece of original drama and perform on Exeter Phoenix's stage.

The week will focus on the magical art of cloud cutting. Join us to make stories from the clouds, turn the everyday into the extraordinary and create your own adventures in the sky.

At the end of the week, friends and family will be welcomed into Exeter Pheonix's auditorium to watch the children perform their show on stage.

Katy Dash, Artistic Director of PaddleBoat, said: “Whether you have loads of experience performing or you want to try drama for the first time, this week will be such a lot of fun.”

When: Monday 23rd August - Friday 27th August, 10-4pm (performance at 3.30pm on Friday 27th August)

Who: Aged 7-11 years old on course start date – no previous theatre experience required.

Where: Exeter Phoenix (rehearsals will take place in the auditorium and top studio with the end of week performance taking place on the stage in the auditorium). PaddleBoat will be at the Exeter Phoenix entrance to meet and greet children and parents/guardians. Children must be signed in when they are dropped off and signed out when they are picked up.

What: We will spend a week exploring storytelling, puppetry, music, design, acting and directing – everything you could possibly need to create a brand new piece of theatre. At the end of the week, friends and family will be invited to the Exeter Phoenix to see what we have created.

How to book: when you purchase a ticket on the Phoenix's website a form will be emailed to you, please fill this out for each child and return it to Michael@paddleboattheatre.co.uk before the 9th August.

How much: £150 per child

Mon 21 Feb

£160

Swim

Promoter - EP

SWIM / Liz Richardson / Mon 23rd May 2022 / Auditorium / £12 (£10) / 7.30pm / running time TBC

SWIM follows the true story of three sisters from a village in the Peak District. One sister lost her baby girl, another sister lost her young son. The remaining older sister (Lisa) is grieving for both. The show is about Liz's friendship with Lisa, the community they live in, the highs and the lows whilst they try to keep afloat through outdoor swimming. A tale with humour and heart.

Written and performed by Liz Richardson (Gutted) and featuring live music and video projection, SWIM is premiering at Theatre by the Lake in Spring 2022 ahead of a rural and UK theatre tour

Mon 23 May

£12 (£10)

T A P E Presents But Where Are You Really From? Call Me By My Name?

It’s an experience not uncommon within a diaspora to have your name viewed as too foreign or exotic, and subject to either whitewashing or clumsy - and sustained - mispronunciation.

Expanding on the theme, this programme will look at the wider ideas of labels and definitions of identity and heritage.

The final screening in a three-part series presented by T A P E Collective, of programmes of short films by mixed heritage filmmakers around the themes of identity and heritage, exploring othering, belonging and the trouble of melting pots.

What’s in a Name? In this documentary short, Brits explore the challenges they’ve encountered with their non-Western names. UK 2020 Dir Runyararo Mapfumo 11 min

But You’re Not Black A Chinese-Caribbean-Canadian woman tries to embrace her parents’ Trinidadian identity and traces back her roots. Canada 2019 Dir Danielle Ayow 19 min

Rice & Bread A monotonous night in a south London takeaway is ‘enlightened’ when a delivery driver is reminded of a contentious theory he learnt on YouTube. UK 2019 Greta Griniute 5 min

5 Stars Across three Uber journeys, a woman of colour explains who she is to people who have already made their mind up. A poignant exploration of cultural lines and the desire for connection. UK 2021 Dirs Remi Itani, Aneesha Lowni 13 min

Stranger Baby Substituting sly metaphor for political rhetoric on immigration, Lin examines our world of ethical and racial complexities. US 1995 Dir Lana Lin 14 min

Once an Old Lady Sat On My Chest A magical realism short about a young British Nigerian woman who is forced to deal with her identity crises when a mysterious old woman squats on chest. UK 2017 Dir Candice Onyeama 13 min

Northern Great Mountain - Stoerre Vaerie Elle, 78 claims that she is completely Swedish and has grown a resentment for Sami people even though she speaks Sami and grew up in the Mountains in Lapland. Under pressure from her son, she reluctantly returns north for her sister's funeral. Sweden, 2015, dir. Amanda Kernell, 15min

Tue 8 Feb

£8

Talk

Talk

Have we forgotten how to socialise?

During the past 18 months we’ve all had to avoid human interaction. Here at Kill The Cat HQ we’ve been examining the human population and reckon we all need a little help re-adjusting, so, don’t worry we’re here to help: prepare yourself for a once in a lifetime “social” event. TALK is a social-scientific-experimental-game-show-installation-theatre-extravaganza.

The Kill The Cat “scientists”will guide you through this unique interactive installation, a treasure hunt of communication –make a pot of tea, paint a portrait, share memories, dress-up in cardboard armour and there’s a few surprises along the way, some pops and bangs and mad cap fun.(full disclosure, for legal reasons, this is in no way scientific but it will get us all talking again – probably)

Sat 12 Feb

£12 (£10)

Sun 13 Feb

£12 (£10)

Tangerine Dream

Tangerine Dream

German electronic music band founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese.

Thu 17 Mar

£30.24

Therapy?

Therapy?, The Eureka Machines

Irish power metal trio who have been at this game for a mighty long time now.

Mon 28 Mar

£26.25

This Is The Kit

This Is The Kit

Kate Stables and her band perform folk-rock originals.

Thu 3 Mar

£22

Tile Making 1 Day Workshop

Explore classic ceramic design and create your own panel of tiles. Through this one day workshop you will look at the tile designs of Gaudi, Art deco and Minton tiles to inspire you to create your own designs. Covering tile cutting, slip decoration and design, you will have your own bundle of completed tiles to collect a week or so after the end of the session.

All materials are included.

Sat 26 Mar

£55 (£46)

Toby Jepson

Toby Jepson found fame as the frontman/singer/songwriter in British rock band Little Angels who achieved significant success in the UK, Europe and Japan between 1989 and 1995. Signed to Polydor Records, they clocked up 10 UK Top 40 hits, and a number 1 album with the band’s final studio album ‘Jam’ in 1993, followed by a farewell sell out show at the Royal Albert Hall in 1994.

Between 2007 and 2017 Toby fronted Eddie Clarke’s (Motörhead) vehicle Fastway across the globe, sang for Scottish rock band GUN. and then once again on a global scale fronting Dio’s Disciples – a band made up of the late great Ronnie James Dio’s last line up.

As a producer, Toby’s production credits include working with Macclesfield rock act The Virginmarys on their critically acclaimed debut album ‘King Of Conflict’, this in turn led on to working as a producer/arranger for many acts including Saxon, Fastway, and The Answer, as well as being the principal writer/arranger/producer for UK rock act Toseland.

Toby has also written and co-written songs for and with a vast array of artists including Katie Melua, Dan Reed, Russ Ballard, Biff Byford, Hugh Cornwell, Matt Sorum, Giuliano and Dante Gizzi, James Lomenzo, Brian Tiche, and Jim Vallance.

Toby’s new band Wayward Sons have been hailed as one of the key bands at the forefront of the U.K. hard rock scene. Their debut album ‘Ghosts Of Yet To Come’ was voted Number Eight by Planet Rock Radio’s listeners in 2017’s Top 20. Wayward Sons also went on to be voted ‘BEST NEW BAND’ in the station’s ROCKS Awards 2018. The new album ‘The Truth Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is out now via Frontiers Music Srl.

Thu 3 Feb

Cancelled

Transglobal Underground

Firm Festival Favourites, Transglobal Underground were the first collective to fuse club culture and world music and continue to wow audiences across the globe!

Sat 2 Jul

£20.90

Two Short Nights Second Chance Screening

"A second chance to experince this year's Exeter Phoenix Commission and Two Short Nights 48 Hour Film screenings which premiered at Two Short Nights Film Festival

EXETER PHOENIX COMMISSION PREMIERE 60min | 16+ Join us for the highlight of the festival, the Exeter Phoenix 2022 short film commission premiere screening, which showcases this year's selection of commissed filmmakers from across the region.

More - https://www.twoshortnights.com/commission

TWO SHORT NIGHTS 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE 60min | 12A | Free More - https://exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/48-hour-film-challenge-premiere-with-award-ceremony-after-party/

The best films from 2022’s 48 Hour Film Challenge,"

Sun 6 Feb

Two Short Nights Social

TWO SHORT NIGHTS SOCIAL

HOSTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DEVON FILM LOGISTICS

Thu 3 Feb | 7:30-9pm | The Mermaid, 11b Gandy St, EX4 3LS

FREE. Booking essential

Exeter Phoenix and Two Short Nights Film Festival are inviting you to join us for a special social event hosted by our sponsors Devon Film Logistics.

This event will be a great opportunity to grab a drink and connect with a combination of professional filmmakers, emerging talent and individuals working within the industry. Devon Film Logistics will be sharing details of their current projects and will be talking about opportunities for those working regionally to get involved.

This event is planned with Covid-19 safety measures in place. We will be encouraging attendees to make use of the space and to respect social distancing. Tables and chairs will be laid out for those wanting to chat over a drink and we will be operating a traffic light system, which will allow guests to make it clear if they are comfortable with contact. Booking is essential and we will be managing the capacity.

If you would like to find out more about what we are doing to keep Two Short Nights safe please email digital@exeterphoenix.org.uk

About Devon Film Logistics

Based in North Devon, Devon Film Logistics provides unique film fixing abilities, with a team of creative, competent, and practical experts; there is no such word as can’t.

With an emphasis upon ‘keeping it local’ they aim to support the local economy, promote, and provide local talent, and help productions reduce their carbon footprint.

In 2021 they worked with Warner Brothers, Netflix, ITV, Film4, BBC, The BFI and more, supplying staff and crew including Marshals, Drivers, Machine Operators, Security, Runners, Location and Unit Management as well as all the equipment needed to make each production a success.

Thu 3 Feb

Villagers

Villagers

The stage moniker of Dublin's Conor O'Brien, a rootsy narrative songwriter whose debut album I Saw The Dead was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.

Wed 16 Mar

£24.75

What She Said

Promoter - EP

Five of Bristol’s top female musicians, Sara Colman, Katya Gorrie, Ruth Hammond, Rebecca Nash and Tammy Payne, celebrate the women who helped forge the future they now inhabit.

From unknown women fundamental to the big band scene of the 30s, to renowned artists like Nina Simone, Alice Coltrane, Joni Mitchell and Bjork, What She Said pays tribute to these pioneering women.

As female artists who haven’t felt limited by their gender, each musician explored their record collections and chose a work from a female composer from the last 100 years to translate through their own voice.

Expect brilliant new arrangements, from Ann Ronell’s Willow Weep for Me and Teena Marie’s Casanova Brown to the Eurythmics’ It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back) and Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock. Alongside this, each musician has written new music for this line up inspired by the women who have influenced them.

What She Said brings together an incredible ensemble of singers and multi-instrumentalists, hand-picked to offer a diverse and subtle palette with which to explore this history.

Mon 14 Mar

£13 (£12)

Wildwood Kin

Wildwood Kin

Acclaimed indie/Americana trio from Exeter, comprising two sisters, Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney.

Fri 30 Sep

£16.50

Willie and the Bandits

Willie & The Bandits

Classic blues rock three-piece much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience.

Sun 6 Mar

£16.50

Young & Animated Saturday Club

6 Weeks
10am - 1pm
£25 per session £110 for all
£85 Top Up
6x sessions
8 - 13

Sat 5 Feb

£110

Your Face My Face

Working in pairs We will be using charcoal and collage techniques to create fun images of one another!

BA Hons Applied Arts (Ceramics)/PTLLS

Sarah is a practising ceramics and fine artist and is a regular tutor at Exeter Phoenix. Observation of human and natural form (in both 2D and 3D media) has remained central to her interests. Sarah focuses on learning ways to see, that are key for expressing the world of form around us, and on sharing skills and techniques in an informal atmosphere, which bring out the best creative ideas.

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

Tue 15 Feb

£25

Tue 12 Apr

£25

Yukon Ho!

Come to the Yukon! Cold, dark, and lonesome, with big animals, dubious men and dodgy liquor. Lots of liquor.

Where there are more caribou than people, tossing chainsaws is sport and watching bears forage for garbage is considered a big night out. It’s where ‘Intrepid’ Jen grew up and barely escaped.

Join her riotous cabaret-style survival guide and learn to quaff questionable cocktails, beBear Aware and kick your way out of Canada’s frozen North with your mukluks on fire.Tragic, funny and bizarre, it’s all mostly true.

Sun 20 Feb

£12 (£10)

Zion Train

Zion Train bring their heady brand of live of live dub reggae back to Exeter Phoenix with new vocalist Cara Jane Murphy joining master mixer Neil Perch and brass section The Crispy Horns. Live support comes from reggae band Revelation Roots with reggae singer-songwriter Kouatchou opening the evening.

Zion Train are one of the most unique and enjoyable live dub acts on the planet, their use of dynamic onstage dub mixing whilst performing alongside acoustic instruments and exceptional vocalists, make Zion Train one of a kind

Zion Train have now played well over 3,000 shows, have released 19 albums, own and operate their Abassi Sound System and run the Run the Universal Egg and Deep Root independent record labels.

This big reggae night is a fundraiser for Exeter’s community radio station Phonic FM.

Fri 22 Apr

£18

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