Your essential guide to What’s On in and around Exeter this weekend (26-28 October).
Gluck's Opera "Orfeo ed Euridice"
Friday, The Blackmore Theatre, Exmouth
Orfeo ed Euridice, a tale originating in Greek Mythology, tells the story of Orfeo, a grieving man who is given the chance by Amore (the personification of love) to travel to the underworld in attempt to save his beloved wife Euridice. But is there more pain to be had in fighting nature? Can Euridice really be brought back, or has Orfeo been driven mad by grief? Tickets from the box office: 07484 509514 or http://blackmoretheatre.co.uk/production/orfeo-ed-euridice/
Puppetry of the Penis – The Greatest Bits Tour
Friday, Exeter Northcott
Australia’s greatest theatrical export, Puppetry Of The Penis is celebrating their 20th Anniversary with the hilarious Greatest Bits Tour. This brand new show brings you a collection of all of their “greatest bits” which is sure to “make audiences roll in the aisles in uncontrollable fits of laughter”. This is a non-sexual show and does contain full frontal male nudity. https://exeternorthcott.co.uk
The Chicago Blues Brothers – Motown Mission
Saturday, Exeter Northcott
The award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers. The show is a high-octane, adrenaline-pumping musical mash-up which has jump started the legacy of Jake and Elwood for a new generation with its modern twist on this cult classic and an energy and spirit that is impossible to resist. https://exeternorthcott.co.uk
Friday & Saturday, Cygnet Theatre, Exeter
Tales of death, doom and destruction to ensure juvenile propriety & fear. Before David Walliams’ The World’s Worst Children there were plenty of naughty children whose stories needed to be told. Parents told tales to curb bad behaviour and the children listened politely; pondering the likelihood of the stories being true, while relishing the gruesome death and destruction. Older children (now Mums & Dads) may remember some of the stories. Join the Cygnet Company for 50 minutes of ghoulish and playful physical storytelling. https://cygnettheatre.co.uk
Saturday, Cygnet Tjeatre , Exeter
The early 1970s, a time of personal and social turmoil, “free” sex, drugs, cold war, ban the bomb. Christine and Martin are certainly not enjoying the so called sexual revolution, not helped by the “Let it all hang out !” movement. Their marriage is not working although both want it to and so embark on various paths to save it: some bizarre, some comic, some desperate. Join them in their laughter and tears as they experiment with sex games, pharmaceutical solutions and tantric sex. Sadly they would have made great friends. https://cygnettheatre.co.uk
Mark Kermode: How Does It Feel?
Sunday, Exeter Northcott
Mark Kermode recounts his utterly foolhardy attempts to fulfill his dreams of becoming a pop star – from building an electric guitar from scratch while at school, to playing the tea chest bass on the kids TV show ‘Utterly Brilliant’, and becoming the musical director of a major TV show – all without ever learning to read music. This will be a hilarious evening in which the film critic recalls falling in love with Slade as a teenager, and recording an album at Sun Studio as an ageing old ted. Warning: There may be musical interludes. Or not. Mark will be signing copies of his new book after the show. https://exeternorthcott.co.uk
Kirsty Merryn - The "She & I" tour
Friday 7pm, St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot,
Award-winning folk singer-songwriter Kirsty Merryn comes to South Devon on tour this Autumn. https://www.seetickets.com/event/kirsty-merryn/kingskerswell-parish-chur...
Saturday, Exeter Phoenix
Soaked in electric crescendos and folk tinged sing-along anthems, Shred Kelly is known for their high energy live show that ignites dance floors with their alternative folk sound. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
Samaritans Charity Gig Night
Saturday, 7.30pm, Clifford Room, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
A free night of fabulous local music – all to raise funds for Exeter Mid & East Devon Samaritans, featuring The Felt Bottomed Blues Band, National Pastime, Scott Morrison & Ishy and Melody & the Jones. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk
Lion Star live at The Old Firehouse
Saturday, The Old Firehouse, 50 New North Road, Exeter
Lionstar are a Reggae/Rock/World Fusion band from south-west UK, they have played alongside UB40, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Aswad, Bad Manners, Soul II Soul, Happy Mondays to name just a few... See them live and Free at The Old Firehouse
Dead Dolls Cabaret of Horror
Sunday, Exeter Phoenix
Wyrd Ways Art Collaborative presents a terrifyingly saucy mix of dancing, show tunes and clowning in this horror themed cabaret. Come one, come all inside our off-color comedy circus and meet the grotesque creatures that haunt it. Wyrd Ways Art Collaborative is a group of local artists producing experimental art events in Exeter. With special guests The Ambiguous A, Baby G, Prince Sass and more. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
Saturday, Clifford Room, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
Internet bookseller disposing of excess stock. Thousands of quality used titles!
Fiction and non-fiction including History, Film, Art, Spiritual, Travel, Biography and much, much more. Hundreds of children’s titles too. Something for everyone, all priced to clear from just 50p each. 10am-1pm.
Saturday & Sunday, Crealy Adventure Park & Resort, Exeter
A stunning Firework Extravaganza. Selected rides will be open late and there will be a live DJ from 5pm so that you can soak up the magical atmosphere before the main event which will be taking place from 6pm both nights. https://www.crealy.co.uk/events/firework-extravaganza
Topsham Community Market
Matthew's Hall, Topsham, Exeter
Topsham Community Market is held every Saturday indoors at Matthews Hall in Topsham near Exeter from 8:30am to 1pm. A vibrant market with a range of food stalls as well as clothing, craft, antiques and plenty of other types of exciting stalls.