We’re always keen to turn your eyes towards local events and happenings, so – as we’re based in the South-West – we wanted to share with you the latest up and coming events happening at the independent venue Exeter Phoenix, who have a hell of a great summer season on the way, featuring all kinds of creative goodness from theatre, to live music, indie cinema, contemporary arts, creative workshops planned for the summer months ahead.
Here’s a rundown from their official press release, we say… get involved!!
If you’re looking for a summer of eclectic music, look no further. Performances from folk superstars Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, blues rockers King King, hillbilly-rock from Hayseed Dixie and cult icons The Beat are just the tip of the iceberg. You can also expect big celebrations as Exeter Pride and Phonic FM both celebrate their tenth anniversaries at the venue this summer.
Exceptional theatre moves centre-stage this summer as the venue’s newest performance space, The Workshop, is home to a diverse offering this season. Explore themes of activism with Pussy Riot’s Riot Days and Dreadnought South West’s The Cause, whilst Jenna Watt’s Faslane and Jack Dean’s NukeTown invite you to take a closer look at ideas around the ongoing nuclear debate. Fans of comedy can look forward to a brand new show from the masterful Tim Key, as well as a double bill from the award-winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees.
Our main contemporary arts space, Phoenix Gallery, will host its last exhibition during Art Week Exeter before undergoing a major refurbishment thanks to grants from Arts Council England and The Foyle Foundation. The final exhibition before the renovation will be Another Spring, a special show curated by art historian and critic Dr Jean Wainwright that brings together work by internationally recognised artists reflecting questions of citizenship and identity.
The venue’s independent cinema Studio 74 brings the region’s film fans the newest indie releases, and will also be home to Cine Queer – a special film season presented with Exeter Pride – celebrating love, life and LGBT+. The summer will also see Big Screen In The Park return for another magical week of outdoor cinema on Exeter Phoenix’s giant screen in Northernhay Gardens.
Is there a budding Spielberg in the family? Summer Film School returns for a week of film-making fun for ages 10-14. Other creative activities for kids this summer include clowning classes, animation afternoons, family theatre, clay workshops and our Young Singer Songwriter Club for emerging musicians.
Head here for more: www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/whats-on